Monthly Archives: May 2012


In these dark days when negation has so deeply entered into thought,
and the futility of life oppresses many souls,
when belief and unbelief appear indifferent
and what is left
is natural passion to express the pride of life,
or the empty void of nothingness
when the nerve to live and to create is weakened and suicides increase –
O Lord, forgive the failures of your Church to witness to the world
that justice should run down as water
and righteousness a mighty stream,
O Lord, forgive the failure of the Christian life
that lives so worldly
that few can see the life of Spirit
that must proclaim the kingdom of God’s love
to glorify his Name. Amen.
(Fr Gilbert Shaw)




Probably a native of Scotland, Moloc was educated in Ireland under the tutelage of the abbot St Brendan of Birr (“Brendan the Elder”, d.573).

Thereafter Moloc set out as a missionary for the Scottish west coast, where he began his labours by evengelising the island of Lismore.

He subsequently preached on various Scottish islands, making his way to the northwestern extremity of Scottish territory, the Outer Hebrides.

Moloc then headed eastward to the Scottish mainland, where he spent his remaining years in the regions of Ross and Mar.

The 2004 Roman Martyrology recognises as valid the tradition that Moloc was a bishop, but nothing is known as to where or when Moloc was ordained to the episcopate. There is a crosier preserved in Scotland that is said to have been that of Moloc.

The body of Moloc, originally buried in Rossmarkie, where he had died, was transferred at an early date to Murlach.

During a battle with Danish warriors near Murlach, Scotland’s king Malcolm II (1004-1034) invoked the intercession of the Blessed Mother and St Moloc and emerged victorious. In gratitude, he founded an episcopal see in Murlach.

“All good gifts around us are sent from heaven above.”



O Jesus, You said, “In truth I tell you, ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it will open!” I am knocking, seeking and asking for the grace … and I will know You always more intimately.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I trust in You!

O Jesus, You said, “In truth I tell you, whatever you ask from My Father in My Name, He will grant you!” I ask this grace … from Your Father and in Your Name and that I may love You and make You loved always more ardently.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I trust in You!

O Jesus, You said, “In truth I tell you, the heavens and earth will pass away, but My words never!” Counting on the infallibility of Your holy words, I ask for the grace … and to imitate and serve You always more faithfully.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I trust in You!

O Jesus, for whom nothing is impossible except not to have compassion for the unhappy, have mercy on us poor sinners, and grant us the grace we ask, through the intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Your and our tender Mother. Amen.



O Heart of Jesus, whose overflowing charity for men is requited by so much forgetfulness, negligence and contempt, behold us prostrate before your altar, eager to repair by a special act of homage the cruel indifference and injuries to which your loving Heart is everywhere subject.

Mindful, alas, that we ourselves have had a share in such great indignities, which we now deplore from the depths of our hearts, we humbly ask your pardon and declare our readiness to atone by voluntary expiation not only for our own personal offences; but also for the sins of those who, straying far from the path of salvation, refuse in their obstinate infidelity to follow you, their Shepherd and Leader, or, renouncing the vows of their Baptism, have cast off the sweet yoke of your law.

We are now resolved to expiate each and every deplorable outrage committed against you; we are determined to make amends for the manifold offences against Christian modesty in unbecoming dress and behaviour, for all the foul seductions laid to ensnare the feet of the innocent, for the frequent violation of Sundays and holy-days, for the shocking blasphemies uttered against you and your Saints. We wish also to make amends for the insults to which your Vicar on earth and your priests are subjected, for the profanation by conscious neglect or terrible acts of sacrilege, of the very Sacrament of your divine love; and lastly for the public crimes of nations, who resist the rights and teaching authority of the Church which you have founded.

Would, O Divine Jesus, we were able to wash away such abominations with our blood. We now offer, in reparation for these violations of your divine honour, the satisfaction you once made to your eternal Father on the Cross and which you continue to renew daily on our altars; we offer it in union with the acts of atonement of your Virgin Mother and all the Saints and of the pious faithful on earth; and we sincerely promise to make recompense, as far as we can with the help of your grace, for all neglect of your great love and for the sins we and others have committed in the past. Henceforth, we will live a life of unwavering faith, of purity of conduct, of perfect observance of the precepts of the Gospel and especially that of charity. We promise to the best of our ability to prevent others from offending you and to bring as many as possible to follow you.

O loving Jesus, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, our model in reparation, deign to receive the voluntary offering we make of this act of expiation; and by the crowning gift of perseverance keep us faithful unto death in our duty and the allegiance we owe to you, so that we may one day come to that happy home, where you with the Father and the Holy Spirit live and reign, God, world without end. Amen.




“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom should I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom should I be afraid?” (Ps 27:1)

The food that is necessary for living this life is the grace of the Holy Spirit and the love of God.
But grace and love are nothing without faith, since without faith it is impossible to please God.
– St Lawrence

Dear St Lawrence, you used your intellect to inspire faith. Help me to use my mind and my words to encourage faith in others.




Since the Restoration of the Scottish Hierarchy in 1878, devotion to Our Blessed Lady in Aberdeen, throughout the diocese, and further afield, has focused on copies of an ancient statue which was saved from destruction in Aberdeen during the Reformation and hidden in several different countries. Copies now stand in St Mary’s Cathedral and St Peter’s Church in Aberdeen – the original can be seen at Notre Dame de Finistere in Brussels.


Grant we pray, almighty God,
that this your Holy Church in Scotland,
gathered in your name to honour
Our Lady of Aberdeen,
may shine forth with that fire of faith and charity
which the Spirit dwelling in her set ablaze.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity
of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.



(By Soren Kierkegaard)

“Father in heaven! Thou dost speak to man in many ways; thou to whom alone belongeth wisdom and understanding, yet desirest thyself to be understood by man.

Even when thou art silent, still thou speakest to him, for the one who saith nothing, yet speaketh in order to examine the disciple; the one who saith nothing, yet speaketh in order to try the beloved one; the one who saith nothing, yet speaketh so that the hour of understanding may be more profound. Is it not thus, Father in heaven!

Oh, in the time of silence when man remains alone, abandoned when he does not hear thy voice, it seems to him doubtless that the separation must last forever.

Oh, in the time of silence when man consumes himself in the desert in which he does not hear thy voice, it seems to him doubtless that it is completely extinguished. Father in heaven!

It is only a moment of silence in an intimacy of conversation.

Bless then this silence as thy word to man; grant that he never forgets that thou speakest also when thou art silent; give him this consolation when he waits on thee, that thou art silent through love and that thou speakest through love, so that in thy silence as in thy word thou art still the same Father and that it is still the same paternal love that thou guidest by thy voice and that thou dost instruct by thy silence.”