Some thoughts for April

Published on April 14, 2018





Universal: For Those who have Responsibility in Economic Matters


That economists may have the courage to reject any economy of exclusion and know how to open new paths.






Emma Sisk, from Co. Tipperary, is a communications officer for the Irish Bishops’ Conference


Emma’s Story


“I believe every woman should be respected, empowered and treated equally. This is why I am pro-life.


“I see abortion as incompatible with feminism because it doesn’t recognise the strength we have as women. It deceives us into thinking we are not strong enough to be mothers. The founders of the early feminist movement were strong pro-life advocates. For me, being a feminist and pro-life are inseparable. True feminism cares about the rights of all women, born and unborn.


“Irish women deserve better than abortion. We deserve better supports and practical resources in pregnancy and motherhood. Abortion is a reflection that we have not met the needs of women in pregnancy. I was born seven years after the Eighth Amendment was introduced. I don’t feel the law introduced in 1983 violates my rights as a woman.


“I’m proud and thankful I was born in a country where every person is welcomed in life and protected in law – especially the youngest members of our society, unborn babies.


“The reality of our pro-life laws is that we all have someone in our life – an aunt, uncle, friend, brother, sister, cousin, nephew, niece, son or daughter – who is in our life today because we don’t have local access to abortion in Ireland. We might not even know it.


In Britain, 1 in 5 babies lives end in abortion every year and 185,000 abortions were performed in 2016.


Without the Eighth Amendment, it will only be matter of time until we have a similar rate of abortion in Ireland.


“Some people say you can’t be a feminist unless you support abortion. Yet there are women like me – and there are many of us – who consider ourselves feminists and also respect life from the moment of conception.”




Lord, as parents, leaders, guides we think we can hand down prescriptions to others with no reference to their own experience. As a result, we call others to repent but do not communicate forgiveness, or we offer a false forgiveness without repentance. But we are witnesses that those who preach to the nations must always start from Jerusalem, the place where they abandoned their Lord and experienced that he rose from the dead and returned to stand among them.




We pray that all may see you and recognise in their suffering the frustration of death, so that they, like you, will be the only ones who can bring peace to their countries and to the wider world.


We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.


In the Spiritual Exercises, St Ignatius gives us the idea of meeting sacred scripture with one’s own life, mediated through Imaginative Contemplation. “Praying with Art” offer a series of reflections in tandem with pieces of art. Each month a painting is offered in the hope that it will enable you to reflect more deeply on a particular passage of scripture. The idea is that you can return to the painting and scripture and discover more depth throughout the month. Access this, and other rich online spiritual resources, on:






Our children see the way we treat others, especially the elderly and the needy. This sometimes helps us understand –even in a painful way-where we have gone wrong.  There is very little that escapes our children’s attention.


Knowing that we are teaching by our actions can help us be aware of, and then correct, our mistakes. It should also inspire us: When we treat our family members with patience, humility, and affection, we are building a foundation of love for thentry next generation  as well.