Father Willie Doyle

Today is the anniversary of the death of Father Willie Doyle. He was serving as a chaplain in the First World War.

I wonder is there a happier man in France than I am. Just now Jesus is giving me great joy in tribulation, though conditions of living are about as uncomfortable as even St. Teresa could wish β€” perpetual rain, oceans of mud, damp, cold and a plague of rats. Yet I feel that all this is a preparation for the future and that God is labouring in my soul for ends I do not clearly see as yet.Β Sometimes I kneel down with outstretched arms and pray God, if it is a part of His divine plan, to rain down fresh privations and sufferings. But I stopped when the mud wall of my little hut fell in upon me β€” that was too much of a good joke!

For more, read here, or here, or visit Pat Kenny’s blog dedicated to Father Doyle (where I sourced the above quote).

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Posted on August 16, 2017, in Christianity and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 32 Comments.

  1. The more I read about Fr. Doyle, the more I love him! A wonderful, holy priest! Thank you, Sarah!

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  2. Love it and thanks for sharing. I never heard of him. I as well will have to do a little research. God Bless, SR

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  3. Thank you, Sarah. I’ve just learned about Father Doyle from you. He was a holy priest.

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    • Oh hello Myra, I’m glad to introduce you to Father Doyle. Thank you for your comment. πŸ™‚

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      • It’s a very touching story. Thank for sharing with us!

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      • I was very glad to share the story. It is very inspiring.
        How are you? You haven’t posted on your blog for a while. I hope you are well and continuing to make beautiful things.

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      • Thank you! Sarah. I’m fine. Just spent too much time on facebook! Besides I’m working on revise my”Everlasting Blossoms”. adding and deleting . Revised a lot! One of my grandsons really enjoyed the story and giving me a lot of suggestions. He is the best English teacher I ever had!
        Sarah, If I’m going to post on my blog, How am I or what should name it?

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      • That’s good news. I have no idea what you should call your your blog. I think that is one of the most difficult parts of running as blog. Does your grandson have any ideas?

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      • Not really! I’ll ask my son to add one more new item in the menu bar.

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      • What will you add to your menu?

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      • I added more stores and description. My grandson said the readers are not me. They would never knowing all the detail as I do. So everything should written down. When people read it, they will be in the story! I’m trying to do so. But I am not sure if I can do it perfectly. Now, school started, I don’t how much time my grandson can spare? Sarah do you think if ” The Life story of Everlasting Blossoms” would be ok? Do you how to add a item to the menu? I hope to try it myself. Waiting is a suffering to me!!

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      • Your grandson is right Myra, you should write all the details on your blog. I think a blog title should be short and snappy. I regret having made mine so long. I think a better title for yours would be just “Everlasting Blossoms”. Your blog is not just about the crochet but you also post your own little stories, which are like everlasting blossoms too. I do know how to add menu items but it is hard to explain here. I can start you off by getting you to the right place to do the editing but I would wait for your grandson to help you if you can’t figure out what to do next. Select the “My Sites” button at the top of your main WordPress page, then scroll down the left-hand menu to find and select “WP Admin”. Then select Appearance – Menus. I definitely advise waiting for your grandson though.

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      • Thank you so much, Sweet Sarah! I take you suggestion, and deeply appreciated. I’ll wait . At the Main while I can do more on writing!

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      • You’re welcome. I’m sorry I can’t help you more. I look forward to seeing your revamped blog, and reading your new stories. πŸ™‚

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      • Sarah, I found I have more than one sites.
        They are empty. What do think if I use one of them and change the theme name to Everlasting Blossoms. Post nothing else but the life story of everlasting blossoms
        ?

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      • That is an interesting idea. My first thought is that it would be less confusing for readers. The only difficulty I can see at the moment is how you would keep the blog alive once you had finished writing. I suppose it will take you a long time to write everything though…

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      • Yeeeea…………….! You are right!
        This is not a never ending story!

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  4. I was reading the story you shared about how a writer started writing a never ending story with a photo. a facebook friend sent me a notice. I lost that story. Could you send the site again?

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    • I don’t remember posting that, Myra. Are you sure it was me?

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      • En……… Not quite! I didn’t know how it it pop out! It;s ok.

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      • Sarah,I’m going to put one of them on my blog, Before I post it, could you tell which one you like better?
        better..
        #1.
        I’m going to revise the story of Everlasting Blossoms. The content will be much different than the one I wrote before. It will tell more stories about the one who first crochet those flowers. The stories indicate more about how the flowers she crocheted resembling she herself: good looking and inner beauty. She Cannot be reshaped, The changing of the weather
        (environment; conditions; circumstances) will not influence her. Like lotus flower break out from the mud.
        One who had a background as a princess lived in a bed of roses! Suddenly impoverishment fell on her. She resigned herself easily and calmly. How her artwork(Crotched flowers) was sustained by her love, her husband who named them”Everlasting Blossoms”. With the encouragement, she produced more. With the Zeal of passing down Everlasting Blossoms. To add some beauty to the world, she wrote down the instructions of how to crochet the flowers and butterflies. Wishing someday to have Everlasting Blossoms blossom everywhere. And butterflies flying all year long.
        The story is well organized. But pondering several titles for the late edition? It is very difficult for me to decide which one to chose. Your feedbacks and suggestions are needed desperately. Please do help me and tell me which one you think is good? If you don’t mind, please tell me why do you like the one you chose?

        1. Everlasting Blossoms–Behind the scene.
        2. Everlasting Blossoms–Budding flower.
        3. Everlasting Blossoms–Sprouting seedling
        4. Everlasting Blossoms–Garden without Soil.

        #2
        I am going to write a book. The story is well organized. There are several titles for the book. But I could not decide which one to chose. Your feedbacks and suggestions are needed desperately. Please do help me and tell me which one you think is good? If you don’t mind, please tell me why you like the one you chose?
        1. Everlasting Blossoms–Behind the scene.
        2. Everlasting Blossoms–Budding flower.
        3. Everlasting Blossoms–Sprouting seedling
        4. Everlasting Blossoms–Garden without Soil.

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  5. Hello Myra, I like titles 1 and 4 best. “A Garden without Soil” is my favourite. It is intriguing for people who don’t already know the story. 2 and 3 don’t really add much to the main title of Everlasting Blossoms. Is that the kind of feedback you wanted?

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  6. Yes! Sarh. That’s it!
    I like the “Garden without soil” so is my youngest grandson, Gabriel. But he suggested me do not decide the title too soon. The title of a good book should come last! Besides, he said he has not read the whole story yet. Gabriel encouraged me to go ahead to post the story on my blog. Name it as ” Everlasting Blossoms No. 2″ for time being. Read the comments of the readers. See what do they think about the content. That will help a lot.

    Shara, if I do post the story, do you think should I post one chapter a time? Would that be ok? Besides, I have not finish revised the whole book yet!

    Sarah, I really appreciate your help so much! It’s a blessing to know you.

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