Thursday, June 20, 2013

Year of Faith - The Saints - The Irish Martyrs

Today we remember the 17 Irish Martyrs who were beatified on the 27th September 1992 by 
Bl. John Paul II and we ask their intercession for our country at this time.  We pray to them with an attitude of faith and hope as they had in the Lord, who is Lord of all Life.  All martyrs lay down their life for Jesus Christ who is our Way, our Truth and our Life.  Their faith meant more to them than their careers or their very lives and hence they inherited the Eternal Life and the glorious crown of martyrdom where their happiness and joy will never end in the Kingdom of the Lord.  

Margaret Bermingham Ball 1584, 
Patrick Cavanagh, 5 July 1581
Edward Cheevers, 5 July 1581
Dominic Collins, Jesuit lay brother from Youghal, Co. Cork, 31 October 1602
John Kearney, Franciscan Prior of Cashel, 1653
Matthew Lambert, 5 July 1581
Maurice MacKenraghty, Chaplain to the Earl of Desmond
Robert Myler, 5 July 1581
Terence Albert O'Brien O.P., Bishop of Emly , 31 October 1651
Conor O’Devany, Franciscan Bishop of Down & Connor, 11 February 1612
Patrick O'Healy, Franciscan Bishop of Mayo, 31 August 1579
Peter O'Higgins O.P., Prior of Naas, 23 March 1642
Dermot O'Hurley, Archbishop of Cashel, 20 June 1584
Patrick O'Loughran, priest from Co. Tyrone, 11 February 1612
Conn O'Rourke, Franciscan priest, 31 August 1579
Francis Taylor, former Mayor of Dublin
William Tirry, Augustinian priest from Cork, 12 May 1654

More information on the above from: Wikipedia - Irish Catholic Martyrs

Holy Martyrs of Ireland, you witnessed by giving your own lives for the sake of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Please intercede for Ireland and its leaders at this crucial time.  Help us to believe and put our trust in the Lord to protect the lives of innocent human beings and that we may know and learn to cherish the faith that you gave your very lives for.  Help us to have courage, and witness to the Truth of the Gospel and return to a greater faith in the 
True Presence of Jesus Christ who is with us in the Most Holy Eucharist.  
Grant us also the grace of final perseverance. 
We ask this through your most powerful intercession today, 
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Picture above is of Bl. Dominic Collins (Jesuit brother)

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