THE Bishop of Kerry has encouraged people throughout the diocese to face the future with confidence, particularly in the ongoing battle against the coronavirus and whatever other difficulties come their way.
In a Homily at the annual Chrism Mass, at which the oils to be used in the various sacraments are blessed and consecrated, Bishop Ray Browne said whatever befalls the people, individually or as a community, locally, nationally or globally, they can face it with the help of God.
“We look forward to the next few months unfolding well and, hopefully, most of the problems of the virus being solved. It’s good to focus on God being with us after the year we’ve been through,” he said.
Reflecting on the toll of a very difficult 12-month period, Bishop Browne said the year has impacted negatively on everybody, restricting movement and contacts, preventing many from earning a living, posing a serious risk to health and life, to mental health and to the economy.
“Again and again throughout the year, I have found myself speaking of the Christian virtue of hope and of trust in God. In my Easter pastoral message I used the phrase ‘live every day putting your trust in God’ so let us live every day no matter what comes our way,” he said.
Bishop Browne said mindful of the year everybody has been through, it was important to thank God for the care He provided through the goodness, generosity and selfless dedication of so many people of all ages, both locally and nationally.
“Let us give thanks to God for one another and for the society we are part of,” the bishop added.
At the Chrism Mass, celebrated in St Mary’s Cathedral, Bishop Browne was joined on the altar by Bishop Emeritus, Dr Bill Murphy, Killarney Parish Administrator Fr Kieran O’Brien, Diocesan Secretary Fr Nicolas Flynn, Fr Niall Howard and Fr Jim Lenihan.
Priests throughout the diocese joined in online to renew their priestly vows.