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 […]

The Spirituality of Virginia Woolf

Posted on 10. Mar, 2016 in Art, Book Reviews, Christian Values, Spirituality, War / Civil Unrest

Well-known author Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) may have been an atheist, but she nonetheless had a rich and deep spirituality, according to Professor Stephanie Paulsell of the Harvard Divinity School. She spoke in Milltown Park on March 8, at the invitation of SpIRE, the Spirituality Institute for Research and Education. Professor Paulsell described Woolf’s family ties […]

Making Good Decisions

Posted on 28. Jan, 2016 in Book review, Book Reviews, Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Gospel Values, Spirituality

Brian Grogan SJ’s latest book, Making Good Decisions – A Beginners Guide, is a fresh and interactive approach to good decision-making. The author says it’s a  dynamic approach where theory is illustrated with case studies, stories and real-life experiences, including his own. The book is aimed at anyone (Christian or other) interested in making wise […]

Seeing God in a Secular World

Posted on 24. Dec, 2015 in Book Reviews, Christian Values, Christmas, Church Teachings, Community, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values, Liturgy, Prayer

“Let everything secular about Christmas remind us of its Holy meaning.” says Donal Neary SJ, i in his most recent book of reflections of Luke’s Gospel. Donal is  well known as the parish priest of Gardiner Street in Dublin and prolific author who was  recently appointed editor of the Messenger. He talks about why he published […]

Oscar Wilde

Posted on 20. Aug, 2015 in Book Reviews, Celibacy/Sexuality, Church Teachings, Discrimination

Oscar Wilde and the Catholic Church certainly make for a strange combination, but Father Leonardo Sapienza, head of protocol at the Vatican, published a book called, “Provocations: Aphorisms for an Anti-conformist Christianity” devoting a large section to quotes by Oscar Wilde.  This use of a homosexual icon is no doubt a surprise to many.  Miriam Gormally […]

New book, for Christ’s sake?

Posted on 05. Mar, 2015 in Book Reviews, Christian Values, Church Teachings

Bestselling author and Jesuit, Richard Leonard’s most recent book, “What Are We Doing On Earth for Christ’s Sake?”, invites Christians to revisit their faith in the midst of the modern world and its challenges. Following on from his first two books, “Where the Hell is God?” and “Why Bother Praying?” the book faces contemporary issues head on […]

My World Cup Hero – 1966!

Posted on 28. Aug, 2014 in Book Reviews, Faith and Justice

Our first archive piece this year is from June 2006. Don Mullen was born in Derry in 1956, and as a schoolboy goalkeeper his hero was the great England goalkeeper Gordan Banks.  Don witnessed Bloody Sunday at the age of 15 and yet during ‘the troubles’ he never stopped supporting the England soccer team, because […]

Poetry & Religious Poetry

Posted on 28. Aug, 2014 in Book Reviews, Church Teachings, Faith and Justice

Our final piece from June 2006 looks a poetry. John F. Deane was born on Achill Island, Co. Mayo and is the founder of Poetry Ireland, the National Poetry Society and its journal The Poetry Ireland Review.  He is also founder and first editor of The Dedalus Press. He has won many Irish and International […]