Thursday, August 9, 2018

New adventures and excitement in southwest Ireland. Today we left early and headed to the Lillarney National Park with some of the most beautiful landscapes in Ireland. I gave my talk on “Creation Screams of Existence of God” (see below).

We visited Muckross House and walked through  The manicured gardens and pathways. Then 2 1/2 hours of free time in Kalarney for jaunting in the horse carts, fabulous lunches and exploring this beautiful city full of flowers and the Franciscan Church.

After our time in Killarney we boarded our buses and went for the beautiful drive around the southwest Peninsula of Kerry called the “Ring of Kerry“. Mass in Sneem village church, some free time and dinner and then to the local pub for Guinness and music and dancing with all the local folks.

STEVE’S 8 MINUTE TALK “CREATION SCREAMS THE EXISTENCE OF GOD”

OUR FULL DAY OF ADVENTURES

EVENING IN THE PUB (WITH DANCING, OH MY!) PART 1 and PART 2

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Grilling a Deacon

by Steve Ray on August 9, 2018

Tomorrow is the Feast Day of Deacon St. Lawrence.

Young Deacon Lawrence (only 28 years old when killed) was the treasurer for the Church in Rome and responsible for the care of the poor. When the Emperor called Lawrence to appear before him he demanded that Deacon Lawrence–as the treasurer of the Church of Rome– turn in all the treasures of the Church. The next day Lawrence gave the money to the poor and then brought all the poor of the Church to the Emperor and said, “These are the treasures of the Church!”

LawrenceAs expected, the Emporer was infuriated and commanded that Deacon Lawrence be tortured and killed. Lawrence was then martyred by roasting. They put him on a grill and roasted him to death. Halfway through the torture, he shouted cheerfully from the flames, “I’m well done on this side. Turn me over!”  He is buried in St. Lawrence  Outside the Walls in Rome along with St. Stephen and St. Justin Martyr.

Because of his answer, he is the patron saint of comedians, cooks and chefs. Don’t you just love Catholic humor!

I know SO MANY marvelous deacons today. We should all be grateful to the deacons that serve us in the Church today!

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