Welcome dear readers! I want to thank each and every one of the 6,243 of you who read my blog this week. A special thanks to those of you who took the time to comment.
This week has been a big week in Ireland with the Irish Eucharistic Congress taking place in Dublin. For many it is a deeply spiritual event. but for others it is a time of deep pain and sadness. My heart goes out to all of you who are in pain. In my work I have met some of you. I have such respect for all of you. Many people do not understand your anger. They do not understand how hard it is to cope with being lied to and pushed aside for a lifetime.
They do not understand what it feels like to be growing old knowing you may never see your baby. They do not understand what it is to live with PTSD. They do not understand what it is like to know that someone has all the information you need and they won't give it to you. They do not understand how crazy-making it is for someone in authority to say 'sorry' and continue to withhold the information that would bring you peace.
My wish for you is a big one. I dream of the RC church funding an agency, staffed by you, which will collate all the information from the many RC organisations worldwide who were involved in Magdalene Laundries, Orphanages and Mother and Baby homes. I dream of the RC church voluntarily giving up all the files. I dream of this agency that would make it simple for you to find your mothers and your babies.
I don't think it will happen in my lifetime. This makes me despair. But if I give in to this despair, I am of no use to you. So I will continue to write and hope that people will read, understand your pain, and most importantly, stand beside you as I do.
An afternoon among the women poem
Growing up in a white world
When people say genealogy is boring
Anger and Truth
Where do you come from?
The House on an Irish Hillside book review
Mammies for Mariage Equality
Aw go on, say YES
Homeless in Ireland
When wide sky opens poem
I love my work
Celtic New Year
This small house
Rhythm & Rest poem
My small granny and other stories