Monday 29 August 2016

Plenty to pray for this Easter

Published 11/04/2009 | 09:15

IF ATTENDANCES at Mass and participation in religious rituals such as the Stations of Cross have increased dramatically this Easter, as we report today, it must mean that people are praying more too.

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What on earth do we have to pray for this Easter that we didn't last Easter? The question, of course, is rhetorical. We have lots.

We could pray for a sighting of green shoots in the US economy, which might help our own. We could pray that the National Asset Management Agency buys up all those debts at prices that will not bankrupt our little Nama Republic.

In the meantime, most people will try to put the recession behind them for a couple of days on this sunny weekend.

Munster and Leinster supporters will be hoping for divine intervention on behalf of their teams. And the IRFU and GAA are praying for a subsequent sell-out at Croke Park for the semi-final.

More seriously, a million people are on the move, with many of them taking to the roads. Scores of holiday events all over the country will make the roads busy.

There have been the usual appeals to drivers to watch their speed, and their manners, and gardai promise a strong presence on the roads, watching out for speeding and drink driving in particular.

Last year, two people lost their lives and six people were seriously injured on the roads over the Easter weekend.

Prayer is always important, but care and personal responsibility can work miracles too.

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