The Goodness of Good Friday

Posted on 18. Apr, 2019 in Christian Values, Easter, Seasons of the Church Year

Spiritual director Pat Coyle of Irish Jesuit Communications speaks to Miriam Gormally of Soulwaves Radio about what she perceives to be the serious inadequacies of the current and prevailing atonement theory linked to Jesus’ death on the cross on Good Friday. She offers a different interpretation of the meaning of Jesus’ death based on her […]

Contemplating Holy Week

Posted on 18. Apr, 2019 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Conflict, Easter, Holy Week, Liturgy, Seasons of the Church Year, Vocation

What’s the first thing you would do if you were betrayed by your closest friends, asks Paddy Greene SJ to his trainees. Well if your Jesus, he says, you put your arms around them. Here he looks at how Jesus must have felt when his teachings of universal love where being challenged by Church officials. […]

Spirituality for Professionals

Posted on 18. Apr, 2019 in Christian Values, Community, Faith and Justice, Retreats, Spiritual, Vocation

The first ever international conference on ‘Spirituality in Society and the Professions‘ will take place in the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), May 16-18, 2019 in Waterford, Ireland. The conference has attracted speakers from various parts of the USA, Australia, mainland Europe, UK, and Ireland. It is a collaboration between WIT and the Spirituality Institute for […]

Reflection on Church leadership

Posted on 11. Apr, 2019 in Achievement, Christian Values, Church of Ireland, Community, Vocation

Christian Leadership is different to other types of leadership, so say Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, Ken Good. It is a leadership that is focused, not merely on personal power, but on bringing about, through prayer and reflection, God’s vision for this world. Due to retire at the end of May, Bishop Good shares the highs […]

The Hero’s Journey

Posted on 11. Apr, 2019 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values, Vocation

‘The hero’ was the title of a workshop led recently by education consultant David Tuohy SJ for chaplains and others who work with young people. David proposed ‘the heroic journey’ as a model of personal development, one that could provide both young people and their mentors with a positive and clear narrative. The workshop was part […]

Honouring your Parents

Posted on 11. Apr, 2019 in Christian Values, Community, Faith and Justice, Family, Gospel Values

“If you think you owe your parents nothing, prepare to learn they were right all along,” writes David Quinn in the Irish Catholic. Drawing on a tweet from a Jewish academic, Yoram Hazony, “Honour your Father and Mother or learn the hard way”, he explains how life lessons are most easily learned from our parents, […]

Responding to the Abuse Summit – 2

Posted on 28. Mar, 2019 in Christian Values, Conflict, Crime

Theologian – Gerry O’Hanlon In this second part on responding to the Abuse Summit, theologian Gerry O’Hanlon looks at whether there will be any concrete changes coming out from the summit. He holds that openness and a willingness to listen is, ”part of a necessary process that the Church is going through, so much better than […]

Touched by the Holy Spirit

Posted on 21. Mar, 2019 in Christian Values, Community, Retreats, Spiritual, Vocation

In this piece with Eddie Stones, healer and family man, we look at how he came to Charismatic Renewal later in life. Having been surprised by visions of our Lady, he later discovered a gift for healing people. Feeling himself drawn more and more to prayer, he found himself forming prayer groups to help intercede […]

Reimagining Women in the Church

Posted on 21. Mar, 2019 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Faith and Justice, Feminism/Women in the Church

International Women’s Day was earlier this month – a time to celebrate the growing recognition of the importance of women. World religions, including Christianity, however have contributed to the denigration and oppression of women, so says Dr Michael O’Sullivan SJ. He is Director of SpIRE –the Spirituality Institute of Ireland – and  author of the […]

Connecting Missions

Posted on 21. Mar, 2019 in Christian Values, Church of Ireland, Community, Gospel Values

David Tuohy with AB Michael Jackson David Tuohy SJ is co-author with Maria Feeny of a recently published book on discipleship and the five ‘marks of mission’ within the Anglican communion. The book, Growing in the Image and Likeness of God, is a review of the Discipleship Project involving parishes in the Church of Ireland […]