God's Call And having one's life transformed (By
Fr. Thady Doyle)
A Book For All God's People
This book is in a
special way, me. Behind the book, there is my own
personal experience, my experience of great hurt,
emptiness and desolation as a teenager and young
adult, then my experience of being deeply touched
by Jesus, my experience of spiritual growth
amidst real personal struggles, and now my
experience of ongoing joy through the outpouring
of the Holy Spirit.
It also includes most of the spiritual
insights that I have learned along the way,
setting important teachings and truths in the
context of my own lived experience.
The book is written for all God’s
people, but since I am a priest myself, it has
even extra interest for priests. In it I share my
experiences of 25 years in the priesthood
including my experiences of celibacy. It also
includes a very brief history, (6 pages), of how
married priests in the early Church were expected
to live a brother - sister relationship with
Do you tend to jump bits when
Then this book is for you! It is written
in 25 separate chapters each complete in itself.
One can get best value from this book by reading
just one chapter at a time.
If one comes to a chapter that one finds
too deep, one can leave it, until one is ready,
and move to the next chapter. But make sure that
you don’t miss the final chapter, “Growing in
Much of the opening chapter can be seen
on this website under “Fr Thady’s personal
testimony - rescued by Jesus” Published in 1999,
ISBN 0 95363300 4
Real Love Is Still
(By Fr. Thady Doyle)
a deeply committed Christian, was praying to meet
Mr. Right. In truth she wanted a marriage like
the wonderful marriage that her parents enjoyed,
and wasn't prepared to settle for anything less.
She wanted someone who would share her Christian
values and who could truly be her partner,
spiritually, mentally and emotionally.
the years have been creeping up. She is beginning
to fear being `left on the shelf', but she is
still determined not to compromise, preferring no
marriage to a substandard one.
her younger sister, Rita, a spiritual person but
without Rebecca's strong views on love, wants to
rush into marriage to a gorgeous but somewhat
selfish hulk, named James.
to sort things out, Rebecca finds herself
spending two weeks with James' brother, John, who
hasn't been to Mass since he was Confirmed and
doesn't even know the Our Father. On top of that,
he has quite a sexual history, whereas she
believes in abstinence before marriage. Naturally
the sparks fly.
is a novel that, with the anointing of the Holy
Spirit, could transform a person's understanding
of both sexuality and marriage. While the main
story line is pure fiction, so many of the
experiences described in it are in fact the very
real experiences of very real people.
Around 1540 all Catholic Church property in
Glendalough was confiscated. When in 1847, the
Catholics managed to get a site for a Church, it
was two km from the Monastic City. For the last
370 years and to this day, there is not even a
tiny place in the upper valley for people to go
in to pray.
In my Prayer Walks in
Glendalough, I have often sat in St. Kevin's Cell
and grieved for the fact that there was no
Christian Centre beside the Monastic City. How I
would love to see a Blessed Sacrament Chapel or a
Prayer Room, or even a Christian Information
Recently a tiny cottage was put
on sale right at the very entrance to the ancient
Monastic City. ts only a tiny cottage, far from being
the type of centre that I long to see, but it is
right beside the entrance to the Monastic City. I am trying to buy it, not for myself,
but for Lord, as hopefully a tiny Catholic
drop-in and prayer centre.
It is tiny, but what St. Kevin
started with was also tiny. My desire is for it
to be a little centre for the Lord until the end
But because of its location,
the price is astronomical. I have just been told
that my last bid of 400,000 euro has been
accepted. It is an enormous amount of money, but
if the cottage is secured, it will, please God,
be still there for the Lord in 400 years time and
much longer. If you feel you could make some
contribution towards its purchase, it would be
Meanwhile please pray that we
will be able to get planning permission for
change of use and also re the money. The March
2010 Curate's Diary will contain full details
- The Pilgrim's Guide"
once one of the four main places of pilgrimage in
Ireland. I myself have been going there as a
pilgrim for over thirty years. Not merely have I
visited it more often than I have visited all the
other pilgrimage destinations combined, but I
have visited it more often as a pilgrim than I
have visited any other place on the face of the
earth for any reason. I absolutely love it, and
going there has played an important role in my
own walk with Jesus.
It is a place
of immense natural beauty, and of infinite
variety. The very earth has been made sacred by
St. Kevin, St. Laurence O Toole, and a host of
other saints, male and female, who truly fell in
love with God and lived for Him in this
in which I draw not just from the history books,
but also from my own many pilgrimages and hours
of prayer there, is designed to help you to be
touched by God's love in this special place.
One can order a
copy by post for just 2.50 including postage, but
anyone who donates even 10 euro towards the
purchase of God's Cottage will get a signed copy.