Posted on 08. Feb, 2018 in Christian Values, Community, Ecology, Humanitarian Aid

  Climate change is rapidly becoming the most threatening issue of our time and vulnerable communities are already being affected. Radical change is needed and it is a matter of faith and social justice, so says the Church of Ireland Bishops’ Appeal who work closely with people all over the world who are already suffering […]

Song to Brighid

Posted on 01. Feb, 2018 in Christian Values, Ecology, Feminism/Women in the Church, Saints, Vocation

Feb is the month when we celebrate St Brigid, a woman of the land and national patron saint. Many songs and prayers have been written about Brigid and this one, “Song to Brighid” is a beautiful healing song of prayer by Lisa Thiel, a visionary artist and ceremonial singer. Originally a holistic healing professional in […]

Spiritual Tourism

Posted on 25. Jan, 2018 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Ecology, Gospel Values

Spiritual tourism is on the rise. Prof. Bernadette Flannagan, from SpIRE, the Spirituality Institute for Research and Education says that numbers for people going on sacred walks or visiting sacred sites has increased dramatically. Citing figures from those who registered to walk the Camino, she says that numbers from 1987 to now have increased from 3,000 […]

Protecting Humanitarian Workers

Posted on 11. Jan, 2018 in Christian Values, Ecology, Economy, Humanitarian Aid

In Trócaire’s recent Christmas campaign, they highlighted how two humanitarian workers per day are killed. Miriam Gormally met with Eoghan Rice, head of Communication at Trócaire to find out why this work is so dangerous. He further highlighted that people who stand up for land and environment rights are the most targeted of all the […]

Care of the Earth

Posted on 11. Jan, 2018 in Christian Values, Ecology, Economy, Faith and Justice

Fr. Pedro Walpole SJ is the Director of Research at the Institute of Environmental Science for Social Change in the Philippines. He is passionately concerned about global warming, says that we are heading for a three degree rise in temperature, but that we need to keep it to a minimum of 1.5 degrees if we […]

New Year, New Leaf

Posted on 04. Jan, 2018 in Church Teachings, Ecology

January is a time for turning over a new leaf and what better way than to ensure that we all live more ecologically. In this piece from the Jan 2006 archive, Miriam Gormally speaks with Dorrie Balse who coordinates a Masters programme in Holistic development for Pastoral Ministry and a Masters programme in Social Justice […]

All God’s Creatures

Posted on 28. Dec, 2017 in Church of Ireland, Church Teachings, Community, Ecology, Faith and Justice

A blessing for Peata dogs and all animals was held in Christ Church Cathedral earlier in December. Previously we heard from Lesley Rue who organised the first service in Christ Church. Miriam Gormally also spoke with Dean Dunne to find out more about the Christian attitude towards all animals and why, like St Francis, he […]

Blessings for Dogs

Posted on 14. Dec, 2017 in Church of Ireland, Ecology, Faith and Justice

Dogs of all sizes were getting into the festive spirit in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, on Tuesday December 12 at the the annual lunchtime Peata Therapy Dog Carol Service. Peata Therapy Dogs provides a voluntary pet therapy to different institutions of care. Approved volunteers and their dogs go along to pay weekly visits. The service was organised […]

Climate Change Recommendations

Posted on 16. Nov, 2017 in Community, Ecology, Health, Immigrants, Natural Disaster

Trócaire strongly welcomed the recommendations from the Citizen’s Assembly to implement changes that would make Ireland a Climate Change Leader. Having worked for years at the coalface of disaster intervention, Eoghan Rice from Trócaire says that climate change has now meant that aid organisations are constantly responding to famine devastated area. In the past a […]

Inspired by Mary

Posted on 16. Nov, 2017 in Christian Values, Community, Ecology, Feminism/Women in the Church, Sexuality, Young people

Comedian Breda Larkin created a one-woman show, inspired by the moving statues in Ballinspittle. Called “Breda’s Way” the show started in Ballinspittle and then became an epic journey around Ireland, visiting town and grottos along the way. Bringing a statue of Mary with her for company and inspiration, she interacted with people from all walks […]