the Constitution explicitly states that freedom of conscience is guaranteed to
every citizen (cf. 44.2.1). Ireland
is a nation with a long and radiant history of men and women of conscience, who
have preferred to suffer rather than deny what their conscience tells them is
That history continues in our present moment. It is persons of conscience who shape the world; it is they who will triumph in the final analysis. Yes, they may seem for a time to be, as Jesus says in the Gospel today, like “lambs among wolves”, but let us never forget that the way of Lamb is the way of victory, because it is the way of truth.
At the very end, “the Lamb will conquer and the Woman clothed with the sun…” But even before that definitive end, human history is marked by those women and men who have the courage to be true to what we as human beings know in our hearts is right. We instinctively recognize such people and we admire them.
Above taken from and full Homily here: