Wednesday, 19th September 2018
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Actions always speak louder than words

I t has been an amazing week for the truth coming to the surface. I always firmly believe that over time the truth will eventually come out. We just have to be patient sometimes, and accept that everything is in divine and perfect order.

The recent discovery of an Acute Coronary Syndrome report about cardiac care in the South east is a case in point. The report reveals that levels of cardiac care are the second highest in the country, and proves once and for all that the figures used in the Herity Report are wrong. This is important, because it means current government policy is based on false information. It also means that a full time, 24 x 7 cardiac care service is fully warranted. There is no time for blame or finger pointing here, however the government should reverse its policy and immediately implement the service that so many people have campaigned so hard for over so many years.

Elsewhere, Pope Francis arrived in Ireland and asked for forgiveness and for prayers for the survivors of sexual abuse, mother and baby homes, industrial schools and Magdalene Laundries. On Saturday, as I drove my son to the airport, I listened to the story on the radio of a woman called Loretta who was sexually abused by Fr Brendan Smyth. She described how damaged she felt, and how she was suicidal on many occasions as she tried to forget the past. On the day the Pope arrived, she was working, simply getting on with her day and, for obvious reasons, trying to avoid all the media attention. Fr Smyth had told her that she would burn in hell if she ever spoke out about the abuse. To this day, she cannot light a candle because it ignited that detrimental memory that makes her feel bad about what happened.

This beautiful, brave lady said that when Fr Smyth died, she went to his grave as she couldn't believe he was dead. When she read the gravestone, it said "Reverend Brendan Smyth." She broke down, but some time later, with courage and conviction, she managed to get the "Reverend" removed.

Now if this lady's accomplishment helped her to heal, imagine what could be achieved by similar actions. Wouldn't it be wonderful if Pope Francis immediately decreed that all secret Church files relating to abuse be disclosed immediately. As Loretta suggested, any church employees who don't comply should lose their wages or pension, and suffer the consequences. Only Pope Francis has the power in the Vatican to act and to sanction such a policy. Whilst his words on the matter are welcome and long overdue, it is his actions that will really count. His actions have the power to be as healing as his plea for forgiveness. The poor survivors can never forget what happened to them.

I'm sure Pope Francis knows that inner peace can be achieved in many ways. Bringing the truth and the offenders to the surface is one such way. Let's hope that our Pope does the right thing. As Jesus himself said "I am the way and the truth and the life.

"Breda Gardner Homeopath, lcph, mcos rgn runs busy natural health clinics in both Waterford and Kilkenny.

Contact Health Therapies Clinic, 13 Gladstone Street, Waterford. Tel: 087 2025753 or Insight Natural Health Clinic, 15 Upper Patrick St, Kilkenny. Tel: 056 7724429.

She also presents monthly positive living seminars in Kilkenny. A native of Galway, Breda worked as a nurse for many years before studying a range of complementary therapies, including homeopathy, iridology, muscle

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