Appearances on EWTN next week

Next week I have the privilege of being the guest on EWTN Live (Wednesday), Life on the Rock (Thursday) and Bookmark (recorded for later transmission). I will discuss the forthcoming publication of the Ignatius Press edition of To Raise the Fallen in North America, and the life and example of Fr Doyle more generally. It is a very exciting opportunity to reach a wider audience and make Fr Doyle more well known in the United States, and indeed globally. And, personally, it is very exciting to visit the EWTN headquarters and studios in Alabama!

I never imagined some of the recent exciting developments relating to Fr Doyle when this site was established some years ago. It is a sure sign that devotion to Fr Doyle is growing and developing, not just in Ireland, but globally.

Please pray for a safe and successful trip. Please also pray that three further important initiatives relating to Fr Doyle will come to fruition soon.

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Thoughts for October 17 from Fr Willie Doyle

 

One of the obstacles to my leading a fervent life is the thought of what others may think. I would often wish to do some act of mortification, but I am prevented because I know others will see it. Again, I desire to keep certain rules which I have often broken (e.g. Latin conversation), but a false shame, a fear of what others may say, stops me.

I know this is a foolish, mean and small spirit; but it is alas! too true in my case. I must pray to overcome it and make some generous acts against this false shame and pride.

For fifteen years has Jesus been waiting for me to return to Him, to return to the fervour of my first year of religious life. During that time how many pressing and loving invitations has He not given me? What lights and inspirations, remorse of conscience, and how many good resolves which were never carried into effect. O my God, I feel now as if I cannot resist You longer. Your infinite patience and desire to bring me to You has broken the ice of my cold heart. “I will arise and go” to You, humbled and sorrowful, and for the rest of my life give You of my very best. Help me, sweet Jesus, by Your grace, for I am weak and cowardly.

COMMENT: Fr Doyle reflects here on aspects of the First week of the Spiritual Exercises, and tomorrow we shall read his notes on the fruits of the First Week.

For today perhaps it will be helpful for us to reflect on Fr Doyle’s impression of himself as weak and cowardly and in need of God’s grace. If Fr Doyle, so devoted and focussed, needed God’s grace to live a life of virtue, how much more necessary is it for the rest of us to humble ourselves before Christ and beg Him for the graces we need. God gives us many means by which we may obtain these graces – prayer, penance, spiritual reading, the sacraments, spiritual direction, the example and intercession of the saints… We who so obviously need God’s grace must make sure to take advantage of all of these opportunities for grace.