2001-05-12 / Columnists

Meet The Irish by Harry McGuirk

Visitation of Saint Theresa’s relics is taking place. It is estimated that close to two million people will have turned out to welcome The Little Flower to all parts of Ireland. Thank God!

The other great miracles offered by Christ to the people of Ireland was Saint Patrick’s return to Ireland as a Bishop to give the holy faith to the pagan Irish, and Our Lady of Knock appearing to the People of Ireland to strengthen the faith.

"Little Flower at this hour show your power." Saint Theresa of the Roses, bless us all. The relics of Saint Theresa of the Little Flower continues.

Saint Theresa was born in France in 1873. She was the youngest of nine children. At an early age little Theresa was brought to live in Lisisiu in France. At the age of 15 she entered the Carmelites in Lisisiu. It was her desire to spend her life going good. Her life was full of good deeds. She died at the early age of 30. She had led a beautiful life on earth.

At the present time the relics of Saint Theresa are visiting 72 areas in Ireland. People of all ages are making their way to various venues here in Ireland to visit. We have already told you about our visit to Saint James Hospital Church. It was so exciting and beautiful. We came away with such a feeling of elation and happiness. The beautiful saint certainly touched us.

From Ferns in County Wexford where the cortege was met with an Irish Army ceremony through all the areas in between. The other evening the venue was Mount Joy Jail. The Carmelites are proud and happy. Onward through the country the cortege visits. Dublin in at present a focal point with Saint James, presided over by Father Murphy and a large contingent of Carmelites.

Our cousin in New York, at the Carmelites, is Father John Logan. I’m surprised he isn’t over here. But who knows?

Now the ceremonies are in the Carmelite Church at White Friar Street, Dublin, in County Kildare.

Next week the visitations will be Tuam, county Galway, followed by three days at the famous Knock Shrine in County Mayo. Can you imagine the crowds! Longford will receive the relics followed by Meath. The visitation continues. God bless Saint Theresa of the Little Flower. God bless all participants. God bless you and our prayers are with all of you. Relics depart for Lebanon June 30.

SPECIAL REPORT: This past week marks the 20th anniversary of Bobby Sands and his comrades who died on a hunger strike. They were young men who suffered in English concentration camps in Ireland because they upheld the right of an Irish Republic. We will never forget Sile Develara had flown to New York in a sad state. She had been allowed to visit Bobby Sands and as she expressed to us that there was no hope for Bobby Sands, that he was on his death bed and would soon be dead for Ireland’s cause. May he and his comrades rest in peace.

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