Thoughts for November 28 from Fr Willie Doyle

Try to take your days one by one as they come to you. The hard things of yesterday are past, and you are not asked to bear what to-morrow may have in store; so that the cross is really light when you take it bit by bit.

COMMENTS: What sane advice from a man who knew a thing or two about hardship! Often we multiply our hardship when we think about ongoing future problems. When we are sick we tend not to be able to imagine what it would be like to be well again or to have our energy back. When we face economic deprivation we tend to imagine that we will not see happier days.

Fr Doyle’s words today should give comfort to all those who suffer in any way. Let us follow his advice to live life bit by bit. We are not now asked to carry tomorrow’s burden. That burden may even be lighter than we think when it arrives. And when tomorrow’s burden arrives, today’s burden will have passed already.

Let us carry our cross day by day and bit by bit, consoled by the fact that we are never abandoned by our loving God.

Fr Doyle on RTE television this Sunday, November 30

Spirit Level, a programme on RTE 1 television (in Ireland) has a programme this coming Sunday on Just War. As part of this programme, there will be small segment on Fr Doyle and his life as a chaplain in World War 1. I was interviewed for the programme, and some filing was also done in the Irish Jesuit archives, as well as at Fr Doyle’s family home in Dalkey.

I don’t know what will make the final edit – we will just have to wait and see.

Irish readers may want to watch the programme at 17.05 on Sunday evening. I will also post the link to the programme after it has aired.