Thursday, July 4, 2013
I had some time to kill and had not brought any reading material so I checked the magazine shelves in the shop and saw Ireland's Eye. It had a look of Ireland's Own about it but with a great big brazen typo on the cover. So I took it out of curiosity.
A very odd publication. No publishing information, editor's name and the like. Just an address in Mullingar for letters to the editor, or subscriptions or the purchase of religious artifacts.
There is a strong religious undercurrent in the publication, which breaks the surface every few pages.
A page that particulrly caught my eye was one headed Novenas and Thanksgivings. These were charged at a rate of €10 for 50 words and 20 cent a word thereafter.
The most popular entry was entitled The Miraculous Prayer. This asks the Sacred Heart for some (fill in the blank) favour and the note at the end advises the petitioner to say the prayer for three days and promise publication and the favour will be granted. Never known to fail.
So each of these published copies of the same prayer must testify to a favour granted.
One entry entitled Grateful Thanks is addressed to half the saints in heaven, and even includes Father Peyton whom I have met but who I hadn't realised had yet been canonised. This one seems to be a thanks in anticipation of success rather than in its aftermath. Sort of putting up to them.
I do remember this sort of stuff in the Blessed Martin Magazine long long ago, but reading it here at this remove is really weird.
And there is no mention of my own favourite Novena which is so effective that it even carries a health warning from the Bishop of Limerick.