Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Poems from WHY an Anthology of Pro-Life Verse


How silent the Lamb in his tomb,
How silent the Lamb who was slain.

How silent the lambs in the womb,
How silent the lambs who are slain.

How silent the tombs where they’re lain,
How silent the holocaust,

Like the Lamb who was slain arose
The lambs in their turn will arise

Like the Lamb who was slain forgave
The lambs in their turn will forgive

Patrick Buckley  ©

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

WHY: Anthology of Pro-Life Verse

Patrick Buckley in 1997 published a small anthology of pro-life verse.
This collection of pro-life poems explores different aspects of the greatest evil of our time, the killing of unborn babies.

The Irish Government are determined to remove the constitutional protection of unborn life in Ireland and have decided that there will be a Referendum at the end of May 2018 to do so.

Publication of poems from this collection and is intended to highlight the tragedy of the Government approach and inform anyone willing to listen and to understand.

The collection includes 17 poems which will be reprinted here over the next few weeks as we approach the date of the Referendum.


Will you be my voice,
O Voice of Voices.
Will you defend me, 
      And speak against false choices

Will you shut your ears,
And block out all my pleading.
Be my voice, speak,
Speak now o voice,
And influence that choice.

Patrick Buckley ©

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Spiritual Crusade for the defence of unborn life

It is abundantly clear that the entire process leading up to the decision to hold a referendum was weighted in favour of a pro-abortion agenda. It was also abundantly clear, to anyone who was watching, that pro-life arguments have been ignored, rubbished or stifled however we are determined to oppose this one-sided process and to get the truth to every household in Ireland and to every citizen, prior to the May Referendum. Many groups and individuals are committed to door to door canvassing to spread the word.

For our part we believe that it is not appropriate in any civilised society to cast votes on who should live and who should die, accordingly we have launched various initiatives to oppose this appalling  culture of death and to uphold the right to life of unborn babies 
First we prepared an explanatory video in conjunction with the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC)  which can be found on this link
Apart from the necessity of door to door canvassing the task before us is in our opinion primarily a spiritual battle so we launched our first Spiritual Crusade last year. This consisted of a 54 day fast which commenced on November 1st and finished on Christmas Eve with six nominated people fasting for 9 days each on a water only fast Others were invited to join in prayer and fasting for the protection of unborn life and the retention of the 8th Amendment.
Hundreds of people from all over Ireland North and South, the UK, Canada and the US joined with to pray for the protection of the unborn. We Completed our first Spiritual Crusade with a pro-life Mass in the Church of St Kevin Harrington Street Dublin on the Feast of the Holy Innocents.
We are now commencing our second Spiritual Crusade our lenten campaign beginning on Ash Wednesday and finishing at Easter.
We hope to finish this second Spiritual Crusade with Mass in St Kevins In Harrington Street  on the Feast of the Annunciation which will be celebrated this year on Monday April 9th.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Pro-Life Mass: Feast of the Holy Innocents

Pro-Life Mass
Feast of the Holy Innocents December 28th 

In view of the constant and unrelenting attack on the lives of unborn babies in Ireland and in response to the one sided proceedings of both the Citizens' Assembly and the recent vote of the Oireachtas Committee we are convinced that this is  primarily a spiritual battle and accordingly have arranged for the celebration of Holy Mass on the Feast of the Holy Innocents December 28th at 11.30am in St Kevin’s Church, Harrington Street, Dublin 8.

Mass will be  in Latin and will be offered for the defence of 8th Amendment and the protection of unborn life.
We believe that it would be hard to find a more appropriate day to offer our prayers and Holy Mass, for the protection of unborn life, than the Feast of the Holy Innocents   

This invitation is open to everyone who wishes to attend.
Tea, coffee and  seasonal refreshments will be available following the celebration of Mass.

 Tel. 087 2578250:

Friday, November 10, 2017

Spiritual Crusade to defend the 8th Amendment

Our 54 day crusade of prayer and fasting  for the defence of the 8th Amendment, which protects the lives unborn babies in Ireland, commenced on November 1st. and extends to Christmas Eve.
The public response to this initiative was beyond all expectation and has resulted in hundreds of people of all ages and from all parts of Ireland taking part together with eight nominated individuals who have agreed fast, on a water only fast for six periods of 9 days each.

There is a clear understanding that the current war on the unborn is primarily a spiritual battle and that in addition to the excellent work of all the pro-life organisations a spiritual battle consisting of prayer and fasting  is also an essential element. 

There are currently eight people committed to a fasting rota for the 54 days and as we write this column on November 10th we have reached the end of the first,  very successful, 9 day fast. The second 9 day fast which is being carried out by two young men begins today.

Prior to the commencement of this initiative Patrick Buckley spoke at meetings in Malahide, Navan and Mullingar stressing the importance of a spiritual approach to defending  unborn life in Ireland by the defence of 8th Amendment and he gave details of the Spiritual Crusade.

The spiritual crusade is a joint initiative of European life Network (ELN) Human Life Ireland  (HLI )and the Catholic Voice Newspaper .