It was on that day 70 years ago when the United States of America used nuclear weapon for the first time in world’s history. It was used against Japan in Hiroshima, 3 days after the second bombing took place in Nagasaki.
Since then USA used atomic bomb in their tests more than 1000 times, USSR/Russia more than 700, France more than 200, UK and China 45, India 4, Pakistan 2.
After the first usage of this deadly weapon our history will never be the same. A temptation to use it is a part of any political game among the nations remains.
Mary, Queen of peace – pray for us!
I’m not really surprised that ‘yes’ vote won yesterday.
I was in some way expecting it would end up like happened. I’ve been living here a good number of years, enough to be able to see what is going on in the society.
My reflection on today’s result will be expressed in three quotations. Read them in order and you will understand.
Preamble to the Constitution of Ireland :
‘We, the people of Éire,Humbly acknowledging all our obligations to our Divine Lord, Jesus Christ, Who sustained our fathers through centuries of trial,’
from homily of Pope Saint John Paul II in Limerick:
‘Your country seems in a sense to be living again the temptations of Christ: Ireland is being asked to prefer the “kingdoms of the world and their splendour” to the Kingdom of God (cf. Mt 4 :8). Satan, the Tempter, the Adversary of Christ, will use all his might and all his deceptions to win Ireland for the way of the world. What a victory he would gain, what a blow he would inflict on the Body of Christ in the world, if he could seduce Irish men and women away from Christ. Now is the time of testing for Ireland. This generation is once more a generation of decision.’
from the Gospel according to Luke:
‘And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. ‘
I found this quite a big image of our Founder Saint Arnold Janssen unused and thought it would find a proper place in my room. Just for his birthday which occurs on Wednesday
Happy AllHallowsEve to all – let this music help you to renew desire for Heaven!
At the end of Newman’s day, let’s listen again to his words…
‘From the time that I became a Catholic, of course I have no further history of my religious opinions to narrate. In saying this, I do not mean to say that my mind has been idle, or that I have given up thinking on theological subjects; but that I have had no variations to record, and have had no anxiety of heart whatever. I have been in perfect peace and contentment; I never have had one doubt. I was not conscious to myself, on my conversion, of any change, intellectual or moral, wrought in my mind. I was not conscious of firmer faith in the fundamental truths of Revelation, or of more self-command; I had not more fervour; but it was like coming into port after a rough sea; and my happiness on that score remains to this day without interruption.’
Getting ready for the evening celebration of the Mass on this special day in our chapel