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, […]

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 […]

Eddie Stone on his Hopes and Hurts

Posted on 07. Mar, 2019 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Death, Gospel Values, Humane Vitae

Eddie Stones healer and family man talks about the future for Emmanuel House where himself and his wife work. He has worked there for years, but hopes that someone else can take over the work. Eddie talks about how even in the deepest of tragedies, you need to step back and see if you can […]

Climate Change – A Spiritual Crisis

Posted on 28. Feb, 2019 in Church Teachings, Climate Change, Community, EcoCongregations, Ecology, Gospel Values, Nature

In this two part series, we look at the rise of the Climate Pilgrim – Catholics inspired to live out the eco friendly message of Laudato Si’, to care for “Our common home”. One such pilgrim is Jane Melle, who spent much of 2018 as the Project Co-ordinator of the eco-project at the World meeting […]

Pedro Arrupe – in love with God

Posted on 28. Feb, 2019 in Christian Values, Community, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values, Humanitarian Aid, Saints

Brian Grogan SJ, who has published ‘Pedro Arrupe SJ: Mystic with Open Eyes’ with Messenger Publications, spoke to Pat Coyle about the life of the former Father General whose case for beatification has recently been opened. Fr Grogan felt privileged to have met Arrupe several times. He particularly remembered meeting him in Rome in 1981, […]

Connecting to Nature

Posted on 21. Feb, 2019 in Community, Ecology, Gospel Values, Saints

Fiann O’Nualain is an author, broadcaster, columnist and advocate of gardening for health and wellbeing. He has a background in medicinal botany, nutritional science and horticultural therapy as well as holistic therapies, mindfulness facilitation and CBT counselling.  He has written books such as the The Holistic Gardener – Natural Cures for Common Ailments and Beauty […]

Passing on the Faith

Posted on 06. Dec, 2018 in Christian Values, Community, Ecology, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values, Young people

Pat Coyle recently went to Rome to be part of the book launch for Sharing The Wisdom of Time, by Pope Francis and Friends. In it, he explored the advice and learning that older people can share with the next generation. Afterwards he did a Question and Answers session on the issues that were of concern to […]

Speak Out Part 2

Posted on 29. Nov, 2018 in Celibacy/Sexuality, Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Feminism/Women in the Church, Gospel Values, Humane Vitae, Sexuality

In the last Census, 78% of people registered as Catholics and a recent survey showed that 93% of parents baptise their children. However despite this, all the recent referendums showed a country very much at odds with Church teachings. In this second part with Joe Mulvaney, he talks about how we need to separate the […]

Theological Ethics in a Neoliberal Age

Posted on 29. Nov, 2018 in Book Reviews, Christian Values, Economy, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values

Theological Ethics in a Neoliberal Age is the name of Kevin Hargaden’s new book (foreword by William T. Cavanaugh) where he addresses the Christian problem with wealth. Economics and money is not a topic that the Church speak about very much and if they do, they are frequently told to stick to religious matters. However throughout his […]