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So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter.—2 Thessalonians 2:15

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Ériu rising: the 'Fat Land' returns to its pagan roots.

Dear faithful Irish brothers and sisters,

Do not give up hope, you sons and daughters of Saint Patrick! It only takes one saint to turn around a parish, a diocese, an entire nation! May God raise up such a person among you!

Strive to be holy! Put on the full armour of God (Ephesians 6:10-18).

Éire: i.e., Ireland; derived from the pagan goddess Ériu.
The University of Wales' reconstructed Proto-Celtic lexicon gives Φīwerjon- (nom. sing. Φīwerjō) as the Proto-Celtic etymology of this name. This Celtic form implies Proto-Indo-European piHwerjon-, likely related to the adjectival stem piHwer- "fat" (cf. Sanskrit pīvan, f. pīvarī and by-form pīvara, "fat, full, abounding") hence meaning "fat land" or "land of abundance", applied at an early date to the island of Ireland. The Proto-Celtic form became īweriū in Q-Celtic (Proto-Goidelic).—Wikipedia.
What must the Apostle of Ireland be thinking about his beloved land? Take note of the following passage, all ye neo-pagans.
EPISTULA PAULI AD ROMANOS: I:XXVIII-XXXII
Et sicut non probaverunt Deum habere in notitia, tradidit illos Deus in reprobum sensum, ut faciant ea quae non conveniunt, repletos omni iniquitate, malitia, fornicatione, avaritia, nequitia, plenos invidia, homicidio, contentione, dolo, malignitate: susurrones, detractores, Deo odibiles, contumeliosos, superbos, elatos, inventores malorum, parentibus non obedientes, insipientes, incompositos, sine affectione, absque foedere, sine misericordia. Qui cum iustitiam Dei cognovissent, non intellexerunt quoniam qui talia agunt, digni sunt morte: et non solum qui ea faciunt, sed etiam qui consentiunt facientibus.
Καὶ καθὼς οὐκ ἐδοκίμασαν τὸν θεὸν ἔχειν ἐν ἐπιγνώσει, παρέδωκεν αὐτοὺς ὁ θεὸς εἰς ἀδόκιμον νοῦν, ποιεῖν τὰ μὴ καθήκοντα,  πεπληρωμένους πάσῃ ἀδικίᾳ πονηρίᾳ πλεονεξίᾳ κακίᾳ, μεστοὺς φθόνου φόνου ἔριδος δόλου κακοηθείας, ψιθυριστάς, καταλάλους, θεοστυγεῖς, ὑβριστάς, ὑπερηφάνους, ἀλαζόνας, ἐφευρετὰς κακῶν, γονεῦσιν ἀπειθεῖς, ἀσυνέτους, ἀσυνθέτους, ἀστόργους, ἀνελεήμονας· οἵτινες τὸ δικαίωμα τοῦ θεοῦ ἐπιγνόντες, ὅτι οἱ τὰ τοιαῦτα πράσσοντες ἄξιοι θανάτου εἰσίν, οὐ μόνον αὐτὰ ποιοῦσιν ἀλλὰ καὶ συνευδοκοῦσιν τοῖς πράσσουσιν.
The ancient tongues are quite compelling. For those who prefer the vernacular:
And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind and to things that should not be done. They were filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, covetousness, malice. Full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, craftiness, they are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, rebellious toward parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. They know God’s decree, that those who practice such things deserve to die—yet they not only do them but even applaud others who practice them.
At least the Irish know what's coming. Lord have mercy.

The following martyr saints died for the Catholic Faith in Ireland.

Saint
Oliver Plunkett, Archbishop of Armagh (d.1681).
Blesseds
Conn O'Rourke, Franciscan priest (1579), Patrick O'Healy, Franciscan Bishop of Mayo (1579), Patrick O'Healy, Franciscan Bishop of Mayo (1579); Patrick Cavanagh (1581), Edward Cheevers (1581), Matthew Lambert (1581), Robert Myler (1581); Margaret Bermingham Ball (1584); Dermot O'Hurley, Archbishop of Cashel (1584), Maurice MacKenraghty, Chaplain to the Earl of Desmond (1584); John Carey (1594), Patrick Salmon (1594); Dominic Collins, Jesuit lay brother (1602); Conor O'Devany, Franciscan Bishop of Down & Connor (1612), Patrick O'Loughran, priest (1612); Francis Taylor, former Mayor of Dublin (1621); Peter O'Higgins O.P. (1642); Terence Albert O'Brien O.P., Bishop of Emly (1651); John Kearney, Franciscan Prior of Cashel (1653); William Tirry, Augustinian priest (1654); and Charles Meehan, Franciscan (1679).
Pray for the faithful in Ireland, those relative few who actually practice the Faith! Our Lady of Knock: pray for your children.

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