The Mother Church of Trumbull

Week of 6/3/2018

We all know, or should know(!), how the United States Constitution begins; 

“We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union…” 

How does the Constitution of the Republic of Ireland begin? In the name of the 

Most Holy Trinity, from Whom is all authority and to Whom, as our final End, all 

actions both of men and States must be referred, we, the people of EIRE, humbly

acknowledging all our obligations to our Divine Lord, Jesus Christ, Who sustained

our fathers through centuries of trial, gratefully remembering their heroic and 

unremitting struggle to regain the right full independence of our nation, and seeking

to promote the common good, with due observance of prudence, justice and charity,

so that the dignity and freedom of the individual may be assured…, do hereby adopt,

enact, and give to ourselves this constitution.


Thus opens the Irish constitution, a magnificent preamble that captures the heart of reality and 

true happiness. This becomes all the more ironic, in a calamitous way, when one considers the 

recent nationwide vote on abortion. Over 60 percent of the population voted for legalization of 

abortion, and the media ran with the images of joyous Irish men and women over newfound

“freedom.” This goes to the very foundations of morality in our Catholic faith, and challenges us

whether or not we really believe in the Trinity. If we believe in the Trinity, then we believe in God 

as Three and One. We thus believe that God is love, and the essence of God is infinite love given

and received between the Father and the Son, manifested in the Holy Spirit. Thus, when man and

woman are created in the image of God, the Trinity is the intrinsic template for our foundational



Thus, the vote in Ireland is nothing less than the rejection of the Trinitarian image in the unborn

child, coupled with the severe temptation to declare one’s freedom to decide what is good and 

what is evil, therefore to make oneself God. It is a logical consequence of sin that once one 

becomes indifferent to sin, one eventually will become more accepting of sin, because we lose 

the horror of sin. Once we become more accepting of sin, we then become more reticent to 

criticize sin, thus those who do object to sin and evil create uncomfortable situations that should 

not exist, according to the “sin acceptors” (modern culture). Thus, not only do we have today the

situation with so much acceptance of evil, but also the war on goodness, especially the war against

the Church as the voice of God in today’s world. When I say the voice of God, I mean of course the

official doctrine of the Church, not necessarily the individual comments of clergy or laity.


Since man’s fall and exile from Eden, the human race has been subconsciously pursuing 

recapture of paradise. There are only two ways where our choices lead us: either God and His 

holy teachings, or a world devoid of God that man seeks to create for himself. If God is the Source

of all love, if He is Trinity of Persons, if He constructed us in His Trinitarian image, then the only 

logical choice is to choose Christ, His Cross, His grace and His exhortation to selfdenial. Otherwise,

man’s Eden without God will only look more like variations of the terrible bloodshed of the

French Revolution, the communist tyranny of the Soviet Union and China, Nazi Germany, all of

whom rejected God, seek or sought to manipulate the Church, and treat man and woman as 

objects of the State.

We pray for Ireland and our own culture. We cannot build a better culture without God. Human 

life is only loved when God is truly loved. Pray the Rosary daily, go to adoration of the Most Holy

Eucharist, and implore God to turn hearts back to Him. Man’s paradise without God means tyranny,

bullying, and violence, with the dead end of eternal separation from God. God’s paradise means

the way of the cross, but ultimately eternal glory. If we preach to our children selfdenial in school

and sports, why would we not preach it for the life of the eternal soul? 

God love you, 

Fr. Brian Gannon


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