13 Jul 2011

Limerick Diocese celebrates an ordination!

This Sunday, July 17th, is a day of celebration for the Diocese of Limerick!!
John O’Byrne, a Janesboro man, will be ordained to the priesthood for our diocese at 2pm in St. John's Cathedral, Limerick City. The most Rev. Dr. Dermot Clifford, Archbishop of Cashel and Emly will ordain John on all our behalf.
Rev. John O'Byrne will celebrate his first mass at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church at 7p.m. on Monday, July 18th 2011.
Fr Noel Kirwin, Mick Lysart, John O'Byrne,
Lourdes Diocesan Pilgrimage 2011
The photo above is of John in his Lourdes Brancardia uniform – Its a lovely link for all who travel to Lourdes each year to see John taking this new step in his life.
Sacredspace 102fm joins in congratulating John and all his family on his ordination.
God knows me and calls me by my name.…
God has created me to do Him some definite service;
He has committed some work to me
     which He has not committed to another.
I have my mission—I never may know it in this life,
     but I shall be told it in the next.
Somehow I am necessary for His purposes…
     I have a part in this great work;
I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection
     between persons.
He has not created me for naught. I shall do good,
     I shall do His work;
I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth
     in my own place, while not intending it,
     if I do but keep His commandments
     and serve Him in my calling.
Therefore I will trust Him.
     Whatever, wherever I am,
     I can never be thrown away.
If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him;
In perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him;
If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him.
My sickness, or perplexity, or sorrow may be
     necessary causes of some great end,
     which is quite beyond us.
He does nothing in vain; He may prolong my life,
     He may shorten it;
     He knows what He is about.
     He may take away my friends,
     He may throw me among strangers,
     He may make me feel desolate,
     make my spirits sink, hide the future from me—
     still He knows what He is about.…
Let me be Thy blind instrument. I ask not to see—
     I ask not to know—I ask simply to be used.
Cardinal John Henry Newman.
from Meditations and Devotions, "Meditations on Christian Doctrine,"
"Hope in God—Creator", March 7, 1848

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