Fr. Colum Power

Fr. Colum Power

My blog “Random Reflections”

Fr. Colum Power, born in Cork, Ireland, in 1965, is a Servant Priest of the Home of the Mother. He obtained a Master's degree in literature in 1991 and a doctorate in the History of the Church in 2013. He is author of A Touch of the Gardener's Hand, Honey from the Lion's Carcass, and James Joyce's Catholic Categories. He devotes his time to apostolic activities for the youth organized by the Servant Brothers of the Home of the Mother.

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Glory and Vainglory

Cardinal Seán O'Malley of Boston, United States, has a special affection and concern for immigrants. When he was a young priest, a man came to him in tears with a letter from his wife in his hands. In the letter, his wife scolded him bitterly for not sending money home to help her and the children. She accused him of abandoning his family. The man was in tears. He explained to Fr. O'Malley that he had been working long hours every day and living in very poor conditions. At the end of every week he had mailed the greater portion of his weekly wages to his wife and family, and now it was clear that the money had never reached its destiny.

Surpassing the Stereotypes

Towards the end of the movie version of Oliver Twist, in a song called "Reviewing the Situation," the villain named Fagan, expertly played by Ron Moody, weighs up the pros and cons of criminal life versus married life:

Stereotypes of Man and Wife

Saint Paul urges wives to "respect" their husbands (Eph 5:33) and husbands to "not be harsh" with their wives (Col 3:19). The opposite of respect is contempt, and the opposite of harshness is gentleness. It has been said that men need love in the form of respect and admiration, and women need love in the form of affection and attention. If this is the case, then the enemy of human nature, as master of division, will seek to ruin marriages by inducing men to be rough and brutish towards their wives, and women to be critical and contemptuous towards their husbands. Of course, these are generalizations and simplifications, but they have their uses.

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