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Saturday, January 21, 2017
Irish archbishop at funeral of Fr Sean McCartan
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¬†Archbishop SeŠn Brady gave the homily at the funeral Mass yesterday of Fr SeŠn McCartan, Parish Priest, at the Church of the Sacred Hear, Cloghogue, who died in a car accident on Sunday. Extracts follow: We come together today to pray for the eternal rest of Fr SeŠn McCartan. We pray for his family and for all who mourn his untimely death. We ask God to have mercy on Fr SeŠn and also on Martin Kelly killed in the same accident. I offer my sympathy to the parishioners of this parish who have lost an outstanding Parish Priest and to the parishioners of the other parishes where he had served, especially to his many friends in Dundalk, and in his native parish of Beragh. Today my thoughts are with the priests of our own diocese who, once again, are being sorely tried and tested by this latest tragedy, shocked and saddened in disbelief at the lost of an esteemed colleague, a loyal friend and a zealous pastor. I offer sympathy also to the mother and family of Martin Kelly, whose funeral is taking place this morning also. May the prayers offered for them here today help to ease their pain and sorrow at this time. We know that God can draw good out of any situation, no matter how horrible or how evil. My prayer is that out of this death of Father SeŠn, which is evil and which is not God's will, will come some good. We pray, "Father bring glory to your name." Out of our grief and our shock and our sorrow, bring glory to your name. Help us all to face the prospect that we, one day, will die, for we live in an age which prefers to sweep death under the carpet, and not to face the reality of death and the necessity to prepare for that reality all through life. If this horrific tragedy is yet another example of so-called 'joyriding' then it illustrates spectacularly how unfortunate and inappropriate the name 'joyriding' is. There was nothing joyful about what happened here on Sunday morning last. Given the frequency of this occurrence, I believe that it calls for a decisive and resolute response from society. The security of life and limb of other road users demands such response. The common good requires that measures are taken and resources deployed to address this activity. But there is a deeper problem too, that of identifying and eliminating the causes of such behaviour. Perhaps a beginning could be made by distinguishing true joy from the frantic pursuit of thrills and spills. Happiness and joy are often seen as a result of good luck, success or having what one desires. Given our present circumstances, joy in that sense would have to be seen as unattainable by many people. But there is another view of joy which sees it as coming from a deeper place within ourselves and not depending on outward circumstances or on any given situation. Joy can be the result of the conscious choices we make ourselves but we do need to search for real joy and to work at attaining it.
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