3 June 2021

Michael Collins?

It will soon be a century since General Michael Collins signed an agreement with the British Government, fearing, as he did so, that he was signing his own death warrant. 

He was.

I hope that when Mansour Abbas signed up to the new Israeli coalition last night, he was not signing his death warrant.

Nothing has worked in the Holy Land. The settler movement has continued to create Facts Upon The Ground. Periodically, armed conflicts seem to finish with the Palestinian casuaties at ten times the the numbers of Jewish casualties. This undoubtedly creates immense pleasure in the leadership of Hammas. American presidents with domestic political interests stage Press Opportunities, but ...

I suppose the arrangement agreed last night have less than a 0.1% chance of leading to anything ... but surprising things can happen. I will pray to the God of Surprises!!


Anonymous said...

Fr Huniwicke would you please advise me. Their was an encyclical by one of the Piusi that said if you communicate daily one should confess daily. Am I perhaps remembering wrongly

Mick Jagger Gathers No Mosque said...

Dear Father, Can anyone, other than an Irishman, sing a soulful ballad better than this one about Michael?


As a Corkie, ABS listens to this every St Paddy's Day

coradcorloquitur said...

"Nothing has worked in the Holy Land"---and nothing ever will, for God does not bless injustice and cruelty.

Phil B said...

"Nothing has worked in the Holy Land."

Surely that overstates things. Consider that in 2020 four Arab countries - the United Arab Emirates, Sudan, Morocco, and Bahrain - recognized Israel. And perhaps the previous U.S. administration, which was instrumental in bringing about this happy outcome, could be given some credit for doing a bit more than staging "Press Opportunities."

frjustin said...

It sounds like some misunderstanding. The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains, Can. 916: "A person who is conscious of grave sin is not to celebrate Mass or receive the body of the Lord without previous sacramental confession unless there is a grave reason and there is no opportunity to confess; in this case the person is to remember the obligation to make an act of perfect contrition which includes the resolution of confessing as soon as possible."

So, what does this mean in practice? If you want to receive Communion daily, do you always have to go to Confession first? The short answer is no—so long as you're only conscious of having committed venial sins. If you are conscious of mortal sin, then you must receive the Sacrament of Confession. Until you have done so, you must refrain from receiving Communion.

Peter said...

Settlers? That's a derisive term Canadian Indians call all whites.