Posts Tagged ‘Sr. Patricia McCarthy CND’

Picture the world we could have

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Think about this. A world at peace. A world where justice rules and peace reigns.  A world where no one is forced to go to bed hungry or homeless or powerless. A world where the threat of annihilation by weapons of mass destruction is no more. Impossible?

No, as a matter of fact, it is not impossible. We actually could be living in such a world right now on March 6, 2013, had people heeded 50 years ago the wisdom of  Blessed John XXIII in Pacem in Terris (Peace on Earth), the encyclical he published on April 11, 1963, as he struggled with the cancer that would take his life a few months later. There is nothing in this encyclical that could not become a reality if our generation only had the heart to live by the kind of ethic it calls for. It’s not an impossible dream.

Sr. Patricia McCarthy,  CND, who writes a monthly column for The Rhode Island Catholic, has permitted me to share her reflections on Pacem in Terris with you as  the world waits and the cardinal electors try to discern who has been called by the Holy Spirit to lead the Church.

I invite you to read or reread  Pacem in Terris itself along with Sister Patricia’s article,  which I have printed below. You will discover that a just and peaceful world does not have to remain an unfulfilled hope.

 

St. Patrick was an Englishman

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Well, now that I have your attention…!

Please let me share with you with an absolutely fascinating article about St. Patrick by Sr. Patricia McCarthy, CND, who writes regularly for The Rhode Island Catholic. Sr. Patricia has peeled away the myths about Patrick, patron saint of Ireland and patron of our own Archdiocese of New York. The man she reveals was far more interesting than the image we have of the bishop in the electric green chasuble, clutching a shamrock.

Here is the real Patrick, who was born in Britain and lived along the coast of what is now England before being captured by Irish raiders, taken to Ireland and sold into slavery. That capture changed his life and Ireland’s forever. It also altered the history of New York and everywhere else the Irish people carried the faith.

By the time you finish reading Sr. Patricia’s article about her namesake, you won’t care where he was born. You’ll be so impressed by his faith, his fervor and his courage. This man was one of Christianity’s greatest and bravest evangelizers.

Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig!