I have the good fortune to live near the sea here in Dublin. The good weather of recent days has brought big crowds flocking to the water.
Sadly, however, there have been some nasty incidents. Two African men were pushed into the sea here last weekend and another man was badly beaten in an unprovoked assault.
These attacks are intimidating our ethnic minorities, frightening the elderly and really worrying local young people.
It's all a sad sign of the level of violence and aggression in our society.
My vocation to religious brotherhood means that I should be standing in solidarity with people who are being bullied or afraid. The men who were pushed into the sea were left feeling humiliated. No one should have to experience that.