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My New Sangha

On this Feast of St Raphael the Healer, I share my reply to an email that came from my old Buddhist community (sangha) after several years of silence:


St Raphael the Archangel

Thanks for letting me know about the retreat places.  I’ve been on a lot of retreats with [my old Buddhist sangha].  I’m very grateful for everything I learned and experienced there.  However, I would like to remove my name from your lists because I am no longer Buddhist.  I have found my true sangha with God and all His angels and saints and saints-in-the-making.  I can no longer kneel in front of statues of the Buddha: a man who never claimed to be a god, who died like any other man no matter how enlightened he was.  I no longer meditate like a lump, trying to detach myself from suffering.  I embrace suffering and am glad to offer it up for souls.  Prayer can be difficult but I’m never alone.  I can talk with my Maker or any number of my friends in Heaven, or I can just rest in their company.  I can kneel in contemplation resting in the peace that only Our Lord can give – like a baby in its mother’s arms.  I write all this not to condemn Buddhism but to be a signpost for you and for anybody else you wish to share this with.  Those of you who live near to Galway and Limerick have a great treasure at your disposal.  I urge you, if you have fallen away from the Faith, to attend traditional Latin Masses with the Institute of Christ the King or to speak with their wonderful priests.  Their church in Limerick is the Sacred Heart church on The Crescent (, and they also celebrate Mass every Sunday at the Claddagh Church (Dominican Priory), Galway, at 2:30.
Yours in Christ,

A Rhetorical Question for Atheists

Well, it isn’t exactly for atheists but I thought “those who don’t believe in angels” was long-winded and didn’t seem quite right either.  Anyway, the question is; how did people in the fifth century, and beyond, manage to independently build  seven buildings dedicated to the same person on a straight line stretching from Ireland to Israel?  For those smart Alecs who start talking about the line not being straight because of the curvature of the earth: one, you’re missing the point, and, two, I did say it was a rhetorical question.  The answer is, of course, that the builders weren’t building independently at all.  Now, one could come up with all sorts of convoluted theories as to how people separated (often widely) in time and space, without the benefit of GPS, could work together on such a project but the simplest answer is the historical one.  Tradition has it that the buildings were inspired by St. Michael the Archangel.

For those who have already come up with an alternative theory I offer this last thought:

“For those with faith, no evidence is necessary; for those without it, no evidence will suffice.”