Is Jesus weeping over Ireland?

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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. ‘


Coordinator of Commucations at European Zone of the Society of the Divine Word