On the right hand side of the page you will find a permanent link to buy the excellent new biography of Fr Doyle by Carole Hope entitled “Worshipper and Worshipped”.
The book is an excellent new addition to our understanding of Fr Doyle’s life, in particular his time as military chaplain – it contains many previously unpublished details of Fr Doyle’s time as chaplain in the Great War.
I hope to post a detailed review within a couple of days. For now, suffice it to say that those who already know and like Fr Doyle will discover, and like, new aspects of Fr Doyle’s life and character as a result of this excellent and enjoyable book.
EDIT: I notice that since posting this yesterday, Amazon has sold out of whatever stock it had of Worshipper and Worshipped. I presume they will be getting more stock, so you could leave an order with them and they will, I’m sure, be able to fulfil the order in due course. Alternatively, you could send me an email at the address on the right hand side of the page (under the picture of Fr Doyle) and I will put you in touch with the author who may be able to send you a copy directly or else may be able to point you to somewhere that has stock available immediately.
I would like you to note down in a little book the following things. Every day read each item over and put a little cross after it so that you may have constantly before your mind what you have to do and your faults.
1. Number of aspirations made. Number should be increased slowly but steadily.
2. Number of acts of self-denial. Same remark.
3. Fighting against worry, anxiety, etc.
4. Patience, gentleness, sweetness with everyone. This especially when you are busy, rushed, annoyed.
5. Absolute charity in words.
6. Quiet and calmness, exterior and above all interior.
7. Trying to see the hand of God in everything that happens to you or your work
8. Steady persevering effort to acquire interior union with God in your soul.
COMMENT: Today’s quote comes from a letter of spiritual direction that Fr Doyle wrote to one of his correspondents. This letter was specifically directed to a specific individual with specific spiritual needs. Fr Doyle was extremely balanced and flexible – he would never suggest that his advice should be adopted uniformly by everyone. Nonetheless, these 8 points provide an excellent set of tasks to aid our spiritual growth. Even taking one or two of them and attempting to follow them would be beneficial. In fact, those we live with might be especially keen that we follow this advice, especially when it comes to points 4 and 5 which urge us to have patience and to be charitable in speech!
Today is also the feast of St Brigid of Ireland, one of Ireland’s patron saints. We shall conclude today with Pope Benedict’s prayer for Ireland which specifically entrusts us to St Brigid’s protection.
God of our fathers, renew us in the faith which is our life and salvation, the hope which promises forgiveness and interior renewal, the charity which purifies and opens our hearts to love you, and in you, each of our brothers and sisters.
Lord Jesus Christ, may the Church in Ireland renew her age-old commitment to the education of our young people in the way of truth and goodness, holiness and generous service to society.
Holy Spirit, comforter, advocate and guide, inspire a new springtime of holiness and apostolic zeal for the Church in Ireland.
May our sorrow and our tears, our sincere effort to redress past wrongs, and our firm purpose of amendment bear an abundant harvest of grace for the deepening of the faith in our families, parishes, schools and communities, for the spiritual progress of Irish society, and the growth of charity, justice, joy and peace within the whole human family.
To you, Triune God, confident in the loving protection of Mary, Queen of Ireland, our Mother, and of Saint Patrick, Saint Brigid and all the saints, do we entrust ourselves, our children, and the needs of the Church in Ireland.