Stories from the Pastoral Congress

Posted on 06. Sep, 2018 in Alcohol, Book Reviews, Christian Values, Community

We catch up again with some of the action that took place at the World Meeting of Families Pastoral Congress in the RDS at the end of August. Here Pat Coyle speaks with Bernard McGuckian SJ, Mary Brady and Vera Casey about the work of the Pioneer Association and the Messenger Publications’ best-selling books. They discussed […]

Elastic Girl

Posted on 03. May, 2018 in Book Reviews, Christian Values, Slavery, Young people

Elastic Girl, a book by Olivia Rana, tells the story of a young girl, Muthu Tikaram, whose family find themselves destitute and end up selling her to a Circus. Like many girls who are sold or trafficked, Mathu believes that life in the Circus will lead to great new adventures and hopes that maybe one day […]

Good Reads for Lent

Posted on 25. Jan, 2018 in Book Reviews, Church Teachings, Gospel Values, Saints

Messenger Publications, a part of The Sacred Heart Messenger operation, has a new line up of books to be published both for Lent and Easter time. Stations for the Soul by artist Joan Keogh is one such book. The book features her own paintings and thoughts on Christ’s passion as mediated through her work.  Another books is […]

Finding God in the Mess

Posted on 04. Jan, 2018 in Book Reviews, Christian Values, Community, Gospel Values, Liturgy, Vocation

Modern lives can be very busy – saturated by technology and media, there isn’t always time for happiness. Christmas in particular can be fraught and stressful. But New Year gives a fresh start. In this book, “Finding God in the Mess” published by Messenger Publications, Jim Deeds and Brendan McManus SJ use photography and reflections […]

Surprised by Fire

Posted on 07. Dec, 2017 in Book Reviews, Charity, Christian Values, Gospel Values, Volunteering

Author of Suprised by Fire, Martina Lehane Sheenan spoke about where we get our happiness from. She pointed to studies that showed that most of our happiness comes, not from our external belongings, but from our own inner attitude. She spoke with Miriam Gormally about how happiness shouldn’t necessarily been seen as something outside of […]

The Hunger House

Posted on 09. Nov, 2017 in Book Reviews, Community, Death, Economy

Conor Mcguire – an artist and columnist for the Western People has written a book called the “Hunger House”.  Set in Ballina, Co. Mayo, just before the Great Famine in Ireland, the book looks at the lives of people in this less well known time in Ireland. Speaking with Pat Coyle, Conor argues that this […]

Ready for School!

Posted on 17. Aug, 2017 in Book Reviews, Caring for Children, Church Teachings, Schools

This is a piece from 2006, looking at getting ready for school. Many new parents are facing this issue again this year, with new junior infants off to school for the first time. Whether it’s the first in the house to head off to school or someone further down the line, it’s still a day […]

Scorsese’s Silence

Posted on 15. Dec, 2016 in Book Reviews, Charity, Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Eastern Spirituality, Faith and Justice, Film Reviews, Gospel Values

Martin Scorsese considered joining the priesthood before becoming a director and that interest is certainly obviously in Silence, his most theologically dense film yet. James Martin SJ, an advisor on the film said ‘it was like a prayer’. An adaptation of the book by Shūsaku Endō, it follows two 17th century Jesuit priests, Father Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield) […]

God You’re Breaking my Heart

Posted on 28. Jul, 2016 in Book Reviews, Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Ecology, Gospel Values, Nature

God You’re Breaking my Heart: What is God’s response to suffering and evil? is a new book by prolific Jesuit author, Brian Grogan SJ. He is the author of the classic bestseller, Finding God in All Things and many other titles on Ignatian spirituality. In this book Fr. Grogan explores the mastery of evil. Each […]

Game of Thrones – lacking a myth?

Posted on 05. May, 2016 in Book Reviews, Christian Values, Gospel Values

Games of Thrones is a popular fantasy fiction that subverts the traditional ideas of fantasy fiction. This is why, according to David Quinn, it will never be as popular as classics like Lord of the Rings. He argues that the nihilism in it prevents it from being one of the great myths. He talks about how […]