I know what plans I have in mind for you; plans for peace and not disaster to give
you a future and a hope. When you call me and come and pray to me, I will listen
to you. When you seek me, you will find me. When you seek me with all your heart,
I will let you find me.
Jeremiah 29: 11-13
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“Too often we tell ourselves we aren’t smart enough or attractive enough or talented
enough to pursue our dreams. We buy into what others say about us, or we put restrictions
on ourselves. What’s worse is that when you consider yourself unworthy, you are putting
limits on how God can work through you. When you give up on your dreams, you put
God in a box. After all, you are His creation. He made you for a purpose. Therefore
your life cannot be limited any more than God’s love can be limited.”
“However desperate your life may seem, there is hope. As bad as circumstances may
appear, you can rise above them. To wish for change will change nothing. To make
the decision to take action right now will change everything!”
“God doesn’t love you if....God loves you always. Remind yourself of that when feelings
of loneliness and despair come over you. Remember, those are just feelings. They
are not real, but God’s love is so real that He created you to prove it.”
“The essential truth is this: each of us has some gift – a talent, a skill, a craft,
a knack – that gives us pleasure and engages us, and the path to our happiness often
lies within that gift.”
Our Deepest Fear:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are
powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually,
who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the
world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel
insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within
us. It is not just in some of us: It’s in everyone. And when we let our own light
shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated
from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
“When you follow Mary,
you will not go astray.
When you pray to her, you will not despair. When your mind is on her, you will not
wander. When she holds you up, you will not fall. When she protects you, you will
have no fear. When she guides you, you will feel no fatigue. When she is on your
side, you will arrive safely home.
“God moves and acts in whatever way he likes. Most of the time, what he seems to
like us the small, the unexpected, the quiet, the ignored, those that the world cannot
imagine could ever do anything of value. ..... In the ordinary life of Mary, the
extraordinary takes place.”
"To live without faith, without a heritage to defend, without battling constantly
for truth, is not to live but to 'get along'; we must never just 'get along'."
Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati
“Do not be afraid to be holy! Have the courage and humility to present yourselves
to the world, determined to be holy, since full, true freedom is born from holiness.”
Pope John Paul II
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve
“We are not some casual and meaningless product of evolution.
Each of us is the result of a thought of God.
Each of us is willed, each of us is loved, each of us is necessary.”
Pope Benedict XVI
Pope Benedict XVI’s Message to the children and young people of Ireland
(Apostolic Letter to the Catholics of Ireland, March 2010)
“I wish to offer you a particular word of encouragement. Your experience of the Church
is very different from that of your parents and grandparents. The world has changed
greatly since they were your age. Yet all people, in every generation, are called
to travel the same path through life, whatever their circumstances may be. We are
all scandalized by the sins and failures of some of the Church's members, particularly
those who were chosen especially to guide and serve young people. But it is in the
Church that you will find Jesus Christ, who is the same yesterday, today and for
ever (cf. Heb 13:8). He loves you and he has offered himself on the cross for you.
Seek a personal relationship with him within the communion of his Church, for he
will never betray your trust! He alone can satisfy your deepest longings and give
your lives their fullest meaning by directing them to the service of others. Keep
your eyes fixed on Jesus and his goodness, and shelter the flame of faith in your
heart. Together with your fellow Catholics in Ireland, I look to you to be faithful
disciples of our Lord and to bring your much-needed enthusiasm and idealism to the
rebuilding and renewal of our beloved Church.”“
Faith gives us an anchor in a raging sea, calm in the midst of chaos, vision to know
right from wrong, and the courage to express it.
No hole too deep where He cannot reach you. No mess you are in where He cannot get
you out. Nothing you have done where He cannot forgive. No life too bad where He cannot
redeem. No one too lost where He cannot find. No pit of despair where His hope cannot
touch. No darkness too dark where His light cannot shine. No hole too deep where He
Great Quotes for Young People
“If you are what you should be, you will set the world on fire!”
St Catherine of Siena
‘I wanted to live, to play for Munster, to travel the whole world’
To all youth about the gift of Life:
“Please, as a 16-year-old who has no say in his death sentence; who has no choice
in the pain he is about to cause and who would take any chance at even a few more
months on this planet, appreciate what you have, know that there are always other
options and help is always there.”
For these people, no matter how bad life gets, there are no reasons bad enough to
make them do this – if they slept on it or looked for help they could find a solution
and that they need to think of the consequences of what they are about to do.” “I
may be used as a symbol for other people to appreciate life more. It might not be
just suicide in particular but just to appreciate life in general then I’ll be happy
After a family pilgrimage to Lourdes he said “While I was there, I didn’t experience
much healing but I went for Confession and met a South African priest. I asked him
why God could give such an illness to young infants who have not had a life. His
reply gave me great comfort: we are not in this life for answers, this life is for
lessons and questions, it isn’t until Heaven that we receive answers”.
Donal died on Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord, Sunday, 12th May 2013.