June 5, 2020

About Martha of Ireland

An Introduction To St. Columcille

A while back, I threatened to write about the three patron saints of Ireland, and since I’ve covered St. Patrick and St. Bridget, now it’s time to tell you all about St. Columcille, because his feast day was yesterday, the 9th of June. Some of you may be more familiar with him under the Anglicised […]

Christian Superstitions

This post started out to be a joke (it still may end up as one, says you) or at least to be a mildly humorous look at some elements of Catholic and perhaps wider Christian practice.  The genesis or inspiration arose from a throw-away comment Jeff made in one of his Saturday Ramblings, and I […]

In The Desert, You Can Remember Your Name

Lent 2012: A Journey through the Wilderness In the Desert, You Can Remember Your Name In a tradition dating from at least as far back as the 7th century, Irish religious practice acknowledged a division of three martyrdoms: the red, the white, and the green.  Drawing from the established tradition of the Church about the […]

Confessions of an Older Brother

Okay, so I’m an older sister, not an older brother, but that guy in the parable?  I know exactly where he’s coming from.  The Pharisee and the Publican?  Here, admire the tzitzit on my prayer shawl!  In another context, I’ve referred to channelling my inner Saruman, but the fact remains, I like law and order […]

St Bridget And The Groundhog

In the United States, the 2nd of February is Groundhog Day. And while it is a great day of rejoicing, especially if it is a cloudy day and Mr. Groundhog doesn’t see his shadow. On the liturgical calendar, however, it is Candlemas (the Feast of the Purification of the Virgin, the Presentation in the Temple […]

Right Hand and Left Hand: Meeting both Material and Spiritual Needs

This is the last of a three-part series Martha began this morning looking at the relationship between justice and charity and mercy, and how our actions in these ways affect our salvation. So far she has been challenging and encouraging as only Martha can be. Let’s read together and see how she concludes this topic. […]

Quotes From The Fathers On Mercy That Might Enlighten—Or Offend—You

This is part two of a three part essay from Martha of Ireland exploring how love, justice and mercy all tie in to our salvation. Let’s take a look at what some Church Fathers had to say on the topic, and if we remember that justice, as well as charity, is also the foundation of […]

How To Earn Your Salvation in 14 E-Z Steps!

We are going to do something we don’t normally do here today. We’re going to feature a three-part essay. Martha of Ireland has written another brilliant piece, but it needs to be chewed slowly. Part two will run around noon Eastern today, while part three will show up around four this afternoon. Dig in! Salvation-based, […]

The Twelve Days of Christmas

Okay, I’m late with this, but on the other hand, as I’m sitting here gorged on turkey and ham and Brussels sprouts and carrots and parsnips and roast potatoes and bread sauce and gravy and mince pies and prosecco and sherry trifle and Butlers’ chocolates collection and shortbread and Bailey’s Irish Cream, you’re lucky to […]

Bride Of Top Ten Things People Hate About The Catholic Church

Welcome back for another go at telling me what you think is wrong with the Catholic Church. This is the second half of my top ten list of reasons I have heard or read or, maybe on the rare occasion, voiced myself about the Church. March on, dear reader, and give me your best shot. […]