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. […]

The Origins of Lent

Posted on 28. Mar, 2019 in Baptism, Lent, Liturgy, Seasons of the Church Year

We take a look back at a piece with Sr. Marie Stuart who talks with Fr. Brendan Coffey of Glenstal Abbey about the origins of Lent.  The season of Lent coincides with spring time each year. Historically it has been associated with difficult, maybe even miserable times when the weather – in Ireland at any […]

Speak Out for Reform

Posted on 22. Nov, 2018 in Celibacy/Sexuality, Christian Values, Church Teachings, Feminism/Women in the Church, Gospel Values, Humane Vitae, Liturgy, Sexuality, Vocation

In this two part series, Joe Mulvaney talks about his new book, Speak Out for Reform in the Catholic Church. In this first part he talks about his own life and reservations with the Church, how he left ordained ministry and married his wife Maureen. He says that after Vatican Two there was hope that the […]

Exploring Spirituality

Posted on 22. Nov, 2018 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values, Liturgy

God Ever Greater: Exploring Ignatian Spirituality is the title of Brian O’Leary SJ’s latest book published by Messenger Publications. The book is the fruit of a life-long immersion in Ignatian spirituality from both an academic and experiential perspective. In this interview with Pat Coyle, Brian explains how he dealt head-on with understanding the oft-used, but little […]

Getting ready for WMOF2018

Posted on 05. Jul, 2018 in Achievement, Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Faith and Justice, Liturgy

Pope Francis’ attendance at the The two World Meeting of Families 2018 in Ireland has been met with great enthusiasm. Tickets for the two events for which Pope Francis has confirmed attendance, Knock Shrine and the Phoenix Park were very quickly taken up. Knock Shrine is now fully booked out at 45,000 people and the […]

Finding God in the Mess

Posted on 04. Jan, 2018 in Book Reviews, Christian Values, Community, Gospel Values, Liturgy, Vocation

Modern lives can be very busy – saturated by technology and media, there isn’t always time for happiness. Christmas in particular can be fraught and stressful. But New Year gives a fresh start. In this book, “Finding God in the Mess” published by Messenger Publications, Jim Deeds and Brendan McManus SJ use photography and reflections […]

Taking Jesus out of Christmas

Posted on 21. Dec, 2017 in Christian Values, Community, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values, Liturgy, Music

Twenty-seven years ago Clare Mance, a professional singer and Bob Gline, a film writer, recorded the song, They’re taking Jesus out of Christmas. They recorded in Angel Studio in London under grammy award winning, Pete Moore and producer Ken Barnes who produced works with Bing Crosby and many other greats. It was in many ways a prophetic song, looking […]

Music for Mary

Posted on 07. Dec, 2017 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Feminism/Women in the Church, Liturgy, Music, Saints

Mary is much celebrated at this time of year – December the 8th, when we celebrate the Immaculate Conception of Mary and Nov 21st, when we celebrate   “The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary”. Marie Dunne, a Holy Faith Sister talks about how she wrote her song Mary Temple of the Lord for the […]

A Dhia Ghleigi – O Glorious God

Posted on 27. Jul, 2017 in Achievement, Christian Values, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values, Liturgy, Music

A beautiful song in praise of God by Noirín Ní Riain and the Monks of Glenstal from the album Vox de Nube.

The Appeal of Alpha

Posted on 06. Jul, 2017 in Church Teachings, Community, Faith Groups, Liturgy, Media, Prayer

Over 29 million people have tried Alpha in 169 countries, and it has been translated into 112 different languages. Developed as a short course in London in 1990, Nicky Gumbel took over running Alpha and aimed it at introducing the Christian faith to the many people outside of the church who were curious. With a […]