Montage of Killala


Round tower






Cannabis Oil to Treat Open Wounds and Burns


Day 3

Subject states that the bleeding has stopped and leaking fluids has also stopped after three weeks. The pain has stopped and scabbing has formed. Although this looks unpleasant it is a sign of healing.

Day 4

The wound is substantially shallower with very little difference between circumference and centre. The scab has hardened. The pain has stopped altogether. Itching indicates healing.scab1.jpg

Disappearing, Bipolar/Depressive Poem

Disappearing (Thankyou to Paula Durkin for the image)


I shrunk a little bit more today,

My opinions mattered a little bit less,

A little bit more than yesterday,

Perhaps it’s for the best!


I shrunk a little bit more today,

No one noticed the agonizing pain,

A little bit more than yesterday,

I think I’ve gone insane!


I shrunk a little bit more today,

The people I love no longer see me,

A little bit more than yesterday,

The future will not be!


I shrunk a little bit more today,

You said thoughtless, cruel words,

A little bit more than yesterday,

My silence seems absurd!


I shrunk a little bit more today,

Encaged alone in this grim place,

A little bit more than yesterday,

The mouth sealed on my face!


I shrunk a little bit more today,

Deafened by my sad, screaming soul,

A little bit more than yesterday,

Fighting your heart of coal!


I shrunk a little bit more today,

My opinions mattered a little bit less,

A little bit more than yesterday,

My necrosis is for the best!


That Would be an Ecumenical Matter Part Two

Commandment Two: Do not take the Lord’s name in vain


The Irish Episcopal Conference uses the parable of Job (387-389) to explain the deeper meaning hidden in this commandment. Job is a faithful man tested by God. He loses his home and family and subsequently ponders over why a faithful man should suffer. God reveals himself as the creator and Job, recognising the mysteries of nature, asks for forgiveness. Similarly Jesus is tested (Luke, 4: 9-13) in the desert. The devil asks him to call for God’s angels to rescue him. Jesus declines because this is against the second commandment.

The second commandment, therefore, asks us to show ‘reverence’ (Irish Episcopal Conference, 389) to the creator and not to question suffering. Suffering is part of life, the learning curve of our journey on Earth and to overcome is to evolve and grow. Jesus advises those who are persecuted to endure suffering as ‘Your reward will be great in Heaven’ (Matthew, 5: 12). Equally the name of God cannot be used to justify war, terrorism or slaughter. This is particularly true of Christians whose sins, ‘Undermine the credibility of faith.’ (Irish Episcopal Conference, 392) The Catholic Church maintains that, ‘The name of God must never be used to support immoral acts.’ (Irish Episcopal Conference, 392).

Buddha identified suffering as an inevitable part of life and, as with the story of Job suffering cannot be escaped through bargaining instead it is escaped by breaking the cycle of karma. When Job accepts God’s will and adheres to the compassion and acceptance required by the moral laws he is rewarded. In the same way Buddhists believe that bad deeds attract bad karma or suffering. The only way to escape suffering is by acting with mindful-compassion. In the Parable of the Sower (Matthew, 13: 3-9) Jesus explains that the best crop comes from a rich soil, in short you reap what you sow; this is Jesus’ way of describing karma to the laymen.

Unpleasant deeds then having unpleasant consequences, as such Buddha suggested The Five Precepts advising followers to abstain from killing, adultery, stealing, slander and intoxicants (Gill, 21). Using just one of these precepts can demonstrate karma in today’s society. Through taking an intoxicant such as morphine the individual will rapidly becoming addicted. Their health will suffer and the desperation for drugs often results in stealing. This in turn causes another to suffer and the basic human instinct is likely to result in an unpleasant response such as arrest or assault. The perturbed user may then seek revenge and so the cycle begins and the suffering extends outwards, like a ripple at the centre of a pond.

The second Catholic-Buddhist truth could therefore be identified as recognition of the greatness of creation and a compassion for all beings in all circumstances.

That would be an Ecumenical Matter

Part ONE Comparing Christianity and Buddhism

The Fundamental Principles


Both the Abrahamic religions, including Catholicism and Buddhism are based on a list of rules that intend to prevent discord across humanity and encourage personal growth. Interpretations of The Ten Commandments will be discussed individually and compared to like precepts in Buddhism, namely; the Eightfold Noble Path and the Five Precepts to show a link between the fundamental principles of both creeds.

The First Commandment: I am Yahweh your God


The first commandment as cited in The New Jerusalem Bible: Reader’s Edition gives this statement; ‘I am Yahweh your God’ (Exodus 20: 2). It is one of the first three commandments that guide the relationship between humanity and God, which appears to be contrary to Buddhism, which does not require God’s existence, however Buddhist Monk Thich Nhat Hanh argues that ‘Mindfulness’ (40-41) can be likened to the consciousness or ‘Enlightened One’ that is God. Before examining this further the implications of the first commandment must be defined.

The first commandment asks adherents to develop the virtues of religion out of reverence for God as the promises made according to God’s law; that is the subsequent commandments, allow followers to achieve virtue through fulfilment of   ‘Promises and vows’ (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2135). The practices of certain virtues are encouraged and immoral behaviours are forbidden. Faith in God should manifest through witnessing the creation in nature and sharing with the community to build and maintain strong and loving human bonds. Hope in God is considered a two way process; God’s law has been written and his offer to support us requires a ‘personal commitment to the moral life.’ (Irish Episcopal Conference, 379)

Although Buddhism does not require God to live a moral life, there are references in Buddhism to ascended masters, Sogyal Rinpoche explains, ‘All of the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and enlightened beings are present at all moments to help us’ (cited in Lorie and Dunn, 40) suggesting an alternative plain of existence. This existence could be compared to heaven and the enlightened beings to Saints and Angels. There is also reference to demi-gods in Buddhism, which evolved from Hinduism in which Vishnu was considered the creator and the Buddhist Sakyamuni stated unequivocally that ‘All things proceed from some cause.’ (Cited in Hardy, 5). Hope in God stems, in part, from the creation and Buddhism appears to agree with the notion of a first cause or creator.

Hanh takes the argument further and proposes that God is akin to mindfulness, a deeper consciousness that permeates creation. He states that all beings have the potential for ‘awakening’ (40) through ‘mindfulness’ (40) through two ‘aspects of the same reality’(41). Reality comprises wisdom or understanding and love or compassion. Understanding is comparable to the Father or God and Love comes from the nurturing mother, like Mary who nurtured Jesus. Both Jesus and Buddha are considered to be brothers and teachers of humanity. God and mindfulness may both be considered as higher levels of consciousness which we practice and nurture through attuning to the higher consciousness in prayer or meditation. God and mindfulness would therefore be considered the higher consciousness and creator in both creeds. An understanding of a higher consciousness encourages the practice of moral behaviour, community and compassion, this could be deemed the first truth of Catholic-Buddhism.

Number ONE in the chapbook charts

Our family anthology has made it to No 1 in the Chapbook charts.

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Thank you to all of our wonderful poets;

Sandra Stevens

Glynis Mattick

Barry and Linda Howe

Jade Stevens

Chloe Laker

Elvie Stevens

Emma Laker Quick

Ashley Land

Emily Land

Tracey Stevens

Melissa Land

Charlotte Land

Bayley Baldock Kelly