Compassion around Abortion

Posted on 23. May, 2019 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Humane Vitae

It is one year since the abortion referendum. A vote which according to Dr David Thunder, raises questions on compassion. Dr Thunder is a university lecturer and researcher in moral, political, and social philosophy who grew up in Ireland where he studied at UCD. Subsequently, David moved to the United States to pursue a Ph.D […]

Communion Music

Posted on 23. May, 2019 in Christian Values, Community, First Communion

With First Holy Communions coming up, we listen to a beautiful rendition of Be Not Afraid by John Michael Talbot.

Communion Consumption

Posted on 16. May, 2019 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Confirmation, First Communion

Communions are taking place all over the country and children everywhere are getting ready for this exciting event. But is consumption around these celebrations of the sacraments getting out of hand? Miriam Gormally spoke with Fr Michael Collins about the amount of money that can be involved and whether there could be a way to […]

Exploring the Labyrinth

Posted on 02. May, 2019 in Christian Values, Community, Environment, Gospel Values, Nature

Piaras Jackson SJ, director of Manresa Jesuit Centre of Spirituality in Dublin talks about World Labyrinth Day on Saturday, 4 May 2019. He describes the centre’s own labyrinth next to the coastline, among mature trees and in grassland that becomes a meadow in the summer. He also gives a brief history of labyrinths and points […]

Celebrating Eastertide

Posted on 25. Apr, 2019 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Easter, Feminism/Women in the Church, Seasons of the Church Year

Walking to Emmaus © Mary Stephen CRSS Eastertide is the period of fifty days from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday. Celebrated as a single joyful feast, known as the “Great Lord’s Day”, it is one of the most exciting times in the Church, so says Luke Macnamara OSB, monk of Glenstal Abbey and lecturer in Sacred Scripture […]

A Jesuit Zen teacher

Posted on 25. Apr, 2019 in Christian Values, Eastern Spirituality, Working Abroad

In this piece from our archives, we look at the intriguing topic of being a priest and a Zen Buddhist teacher. Fr Robert Kennedy explains how he went to Japan as a Jesuit missionary and spent   a number of years there before returning to the United States. While in America he had a formative experience, […]

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 […]