Thoughts for the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross from Fr Willie Doyle

Upon the cross He hangs now, the most abject and despised of all men, the butt for vile jests, a common mark for all to hurl their jibes at. There He hangs, in agony no human lips can tell, no mind conceive, an impostor, a vile hypocrite, a failure.

Come, sinner, gaze upon your work for you have nailed Him there!

COMMENT: On this, the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross, we remember how the instrument of torture on which Christ was abused and insulted, was also the sign of His victory over sin and death.

Let us also remember to pray for the Church around the world, but especially in Ireland. Unfortunately many wish to subject the Church to vile jests and jibes, just as Christ Himself was tormented. Let us pray for grace to touch their hearts, but also very especially that the internal corruption that has occasioned these jibes will be eradicated once and for all.

Reminder

Across the Divide: An Irish Padre of the Great War: Fr. William Doyle, S.J., M.C., Chaplain to the Forces 1915-1917 a talk on Fr Doyle’s military career by Carole Hope on this coming Saturday 15th September in the Lecture Theatre in Collins Barracks, Dublin. Doors open at 2pm and the talk commences at 2.30pm. The talk is hosted by the Western Front Association, and there is a small fee of €3 to cover costs. This talk will cover Fr Doyle’s military career. Carole is completing a new biography of Fr Doyle, and has a particular interest in his service during World War I. She has uncovered many fascinating details of Fr Doyle’s life as a military chaplain that weren’t previously in the public domain. The talk promises to be a most informative and interesting event.

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