Our thoughts and Prayers are with all who received Leaving Cert results, those who are happy with their results and those who may feel disappointed.

For those who do feel disappointed Cardinal John Henry Newman has these words of wisdom.

God knows me and calls me by my name.…
God has created me to do Him some definite service;
He has committed some work to me
which He has not committed to another.
I have my mission—I never may know it in this life,
but I shall be told it in the next.

Somehow I am necessary for His purposes…
I have a part in this great work;
I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection
between persons.
He has not created me for naught. I shall do good,
I shall do His work;
I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth
in my own place, while not intending it,
if I do but keep His commandments
and serve Him in my calling.

Therefore I will trust Him.
Whatever, wherever I am,
I can never be thrown away.
If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him;
In perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him;
If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him.
My sickness, or perplexity, or sorrow may be
necessary causes of some great end,
which is quite beyond us.
He does nothing in vain; He may prolong my life,
He may shorten it;
He knows what He is about.
He may take away my friends,
He may throw me among strangers,
He may make me feel desolate,
make my spirits sink, hide the future from me—
still He knows what He is about.…
Let me be Thy blind instrument. I ask not to see—
I ask not to know—I ask simply to be used


Dear Lord, as I receive these exam results, with my friends and so many others, I thank you that our value is not based on how we did in this test, but on your Eternal Love for us.

We can walk through this time together. May the breath of your Loving kindness, the Holy Spirit, be my helper and guide in the decisions that lie ahead of me, knowing that no matter what happens today you are always with me.

Help me to relish the particular talents you have given me and to embrace your gift of life in all its fullness.

With you there is help and patience.

The path ahead may not be easily seen but I trust that you’ll find the Way for me through Christ our Lord. Amen

Our Lady, Seat of Wisdom, pray for us.