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Ireland Issues and Challenges

Updated: Mar 15, 2021

A Message from the Editor

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, our March 15 issue is addressing Ireland Issues and Challenges. We also feature a special St. Patrick’s Day dinner for all of our Irish readers and for those who wish there were Irish.

We have a new interviews from Valerio Ciriello S.J. ,Father Paul M. Addison OSM, and Friar Tobias Macias Martinez OSM in both English and Spanish. We have a complete list of our Jesuit Interviews on our web for The Jesuits and our Servite interviews on our web for The Servites.

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St. Patrick’s Prayer

May the Strength of God pilot us.

May the Power of God preserve us.

May the Wisdom of God instruct us.

May the Hand of God protect us.

May the Way of God direct us.

May the Shield of God defend us.

May the Host of God guard us

Against the snares of the evil ones,

Against temptations of the world.

May Christ be with us!

May Christ be before us!

May Christ be in us,

Christ be over all!

May Thy Salvation, Lord,

Always be ours,

This day, O Lord, and evermore. Amen

by St. Patrick

A Prayer for Healthcare Workers and First Responders

God, you promise to stay close

to those who are loving and true.

Be close now and accompany

those healthcare workers and first responders,

who have fallen ill, and

who have been faithful in their work

to care for others, especially those most in need.

Restore their health, so they may once more serve.

Give them renewed hope and courage.

Instill in us a deep appreciation for all those

entrusted with our safety, security, and health.

Continue to watch over your family.

We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen

by Father Louis Cameli Profiles in Catholicism

A Prayer to End Racism

Dear heavenly Father,

We thank You for the gift of life and for the gift of our humanity.

You have created each one of us in Your image and desire to reveal Yourself through those we encounter each day.

Teach us to see as You see, to recognize all of our neighbors as unrepeatable instances of Your love, and to respect their dignity as Your beloved daughters and sons.

Stir up in each of us, and in our nation, a spirit of justice and of charity, that we might cooperate with Your grace and tirelessly work to eradicate the sins of scapegoating and racism.

Strengthen our faith in these difficult days, and teach us to joyfully unite our struggles to the cross of Your Son.

Give us the wisdom to recognize Your presence among us and the courage to trust in You.

We ask all of this through Christ our Lord,


by Martin Nyberg ,Seminarian Profiles in Catholicism

Prayer for Peace and Action

What is the plough without the farmer, the seed without the sower, the flour without the baker? We are all instruments of the power of eternal goodness and truth to share the goodness by loving the stranger, healing the wounded, ending hunger and injustice. When all are Good Samaritans the world will be saved.

Until then we live to bring peace of mind and heart to all we can in your friendship Lord Jesus. Amen by Father Shay Cullen Profiles in Catholicism

“I Beg You”

A prayer for peace in Myanmar

You, Lord, call all the nations of the earth to speak to you, to dialogue with you, and to tell of all that troubles us and so,

I beg you, to listen to the many prayers that rise, daily, from all who pray, whatever their religion, whatever their language, from the place where each one of us discovers our need of your help.

You, Lord, know that we live in times of change when old ways

Are passing away but, like tides, do not leave without returning –

I beg you, therefore, to inspire the billion and one ways that each

Of us needs to change, that each of us needs to recognize the

Aspirations of the peoples of the earth to a more open, engaging

Kind of rule, allowing the past to subside and starting anew today.

You Lord, know our imperfections, whether we are afraid to let

Change change us, to admit our faults, to go forward and so,

I beg you, to listen to the loss of blood, the loss of life, the loss of Freedom, to guide our going and coming from the past into the

Present, so that the present is not a return or a repetition of the past.

Oh Lord – Send your Holy Spirit to take forward all that is good, True and beautiful, all that is taken up in the ordinary, day to day

Ways of life, whether shopping, cooking meals, solving problems,

Imbuing in us a spirit of appreciation, welcome, inclusivity, turning

Us towards each other and away from what divides, recognizing our common culture and hopes for each other and our children.

Oh Lord – Send your Holy Spirit to search out our hidden fears and

Wounds, enabling us to recognize, more and more, what we have in

Common with our communities, what we share, as well as what Needs to be a new development, even involving new people and

Practices, new industries and new relationships to other countries.

Oh Lord – Send your Holy Spirit to make it possible for us to go out To others, to share in the rising tide of the people’s participation in Politics, let learning involve forgiveness as well as justice, truth As well as understanding, love as well as economics and, above and Beyond all else, let us live as brothers and sisters of each other and Let the nations of the world see our rich inheritance and share in it.

Oh Holy Family, Mary and Joseph, guide the small steps that take to

Heart the welfare of the family, of the bereaved or lost, blessing

Each venture soaked in its hope in you, changing our worries into

Work, into neighbourliness, into practical acts that remedy the tragic

Events of our recent past and bring us together in a friendly society.

Oh Blessed Trinity, fount of all goodness, origin of all relationships,

Draw us out of our isolating views, deepen, broaden, enrich us, Teaching us to grasp the gift of communion, sharing what we can,

Building on what stands to reveal the deepest nature of the human

Person: that each of us is called to the other to be an irrevocable gift:

Putting talent to talent to bring multiple kinds of cooperation.

Oh Lord, let us beg and beg again that your grace of forgiveness

Falls like snow, softening the harshness of life melting, in time,

Our unwillingness to move forward, calling us to see the wider Horizons of human love flowing from your wounds, whether seen

Or unseen, hidden or opened, origin of all saving good actions.

by Francis Etheredge Profiles in Catholicism

A prayer for Native Americans with and affected by Covid-19

Heavenly Father,

We know that Your Providence guides all things.

As we persevere through the current pandemic,

we ask You to send Your Holy Spirit

upon the Native American people,

who are suffering with high death rates and severe isolation

as a result of this pandemic.

May Your Spirit console these people,

and give them the confidence that,

although an illness may weaken or destroy the body,

You, Father, in communion with Your Son and Your Spirit,

are ever present in the souls of all who believe.

We ask You to keep these people close to You

through the Sacraments of the Holy Catholic Church

and through the generosity of Christians.

And we ask this through Christ Jesus, Our Lord.

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, Lily of the Mohawks,

please intercede to Our Heavenly Father

for all the Native American people as they suffer.

Kateri, you lived through small pox,

an illness that took the lives of your family members

and left you with scars on you face,

but your face was miraculously cleared upon your death

as a sign of your holiness and devotion to

Our Lord and His Blessed Mother.

We ask you, Kateri, to intercede for the Native American people,

that, in the midst of the isolation, illness, and death that they are now experiencing,

they may devote themselves with constant vigor

to Our Crucified Lord and His Sorrowful Mother,

so that this time of suffering may be a time of great grace.

Amen. by Deacon Will Stuever

A Quote to Remember

"I pray to God to give me perseverance and to deign that I be a faithful witness to Him to the end of my life for my God"

by St. Patrick

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