The Irish Bishops’ Conference has produced a new DVD on the theme of alcohol and the challenge of moderation. In this first part, we get an insight into the work of Irish Coast Guard helicopter pilot -Dara Fitzpatrick.

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Find the Balance

The Irish Bishops’ Conference has produced a new DVD on the theme of alcohol and the challenge of moderation. In this first part, we get an insight into the work of Irish Coast Guard helicopter pilot -Dara Fitzpatrick.

Based in Waterford, Dara has worked with search and rescue for fifteen years. She explains the rudiments of the helicopter controls and stresses the importance of decision making in her job. She would not risk her job and her lifestyle by over-drinking – ‘balance is everything in this job’, she says.

Launch

At the launch of the DVD Cardinal Sean Brady said:

To young people …. I want to say, first of all, that this DVD is about you. You are all young, bright individuals whose unique gifts are going to be of great benefit to yourselves and to society at large. This DVD is about your right to dream. To dream about the exciting, positive opportunities that lie ahead for you and your friends. It is about your right to live a happy and healthy life. Yes, a life full of fun and excitement but also a life full of meaning and purpose. This is the balance which protects your dreams and keeps you free from slavery of addiction.

The core message of this DVD is that to be happy in life – we need a balance in life. To be really happy we need self-control as well as self-determination. Above all, you need self respect. You need a sense of your own dignity and of your own worth. We cannot believe in a God who loves, if we don’t, first of all, love ourselves. Every human being is a child of God Jesus came to tell us that. This sense of our own dignity of our own worth is one of our most precious possessions.