Fr. Colum Power

Fr Colm PowersFr. 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. Fr. Colum Power is author and editor of the FFA blog "Random Reflections".

Friday, 23 December 2016 16:47

Dolphinism or Divinity

Friedrich Nietzsche refused to weep at the lashes suffered by Christ. On January 3, 1889 he broke down in tears at the lashes suffered by a horse at the Piazza Carlo Alberto in Turin. The tears he spilled for that horse signaled the beginning of his decline into madness. In defiance of Christ’s words, "Blessed are those who weep," Nietzsche’s philosophy could be summarized by the words, "Blessed are those who laugh." The man who refused to weep at the lashes of Christ wept at the lashes of a horse, and he went insane.

Monday, 21 November 2016 17:09

Marital Bliss and Marital Blisters

Once upon a time, in a place far, far away from here, there lived a man who hated his wife. He hadn't always hated her. Things were good for the first few months, even for the first year. But they'd been married for over fourteen years now, and he was well and truly sick and tired of her.

Friday, 27 May 2016 12:25

Death, Grief, and Faith

Sr. Clare’s coffin had just been laid in its tomb. Her mother and her two sisters had waited two long weeks for her body to arrive home from Ecuador after the earthquake. Now, they were standing facing the open grave with the coffin lying in it. The mourners filed passed to offer their condolences.

Man is not a product of his historical circumstances and social environment. Or at least he should not be. Sometimes, sadly, he is. When he exerts his intelligence to respond creatively to the situation in which he finds himself, then he retains his personality and makes a contribution. When he fails to do this, he elects to “go with the flow” like deadwood floating downstream. It cannot be denied that Sr. Clare was shaped by her environment, but she was not defined by it.

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