Oscar Romero and Trócaire

Posted on 15. Nov, 2018 in Achievement, Charity, Christian Values, Church Teachings, Conflict, Death, Faith and Justice, Humanitarian Aid, Saints

    ‘Each one of you must be a microphone of God, each one of you must be a messenger, a prophet’ St Oscar Romero 1917-1980 St Oscar Romero was recently canonised for his work in El Salvador. He worked closely with Trócaire in the 1970s to speak out about corruption in El Salvador. At the […]

The Mystery of the Soul

Posted on 25. Oct, 2018 in Church Teachings, Community, Death, Saints

In this piece Dermot Roantree, editor with Jesuit communications, talks about the biggest mystery of all – the mystery of death. He explores the days of All Saint and All Souls and says that for some mysteries like death, it may be better that we don’t expect answers, but only ask questions. Drawing on lyrics […]

St Oscar Romero

Posted on 25. Oct, 2018 in Achievement, Charity, Christian Values, Gospel Values, Humanitarian Aid, Saints

Oscar Romero, the murdered archbishop of San Salvador who spoke up for the poor and oppressed was declared a saint on Oct 14th of this year. The ceremony featured seven new saints altogether, including Pope John Paul VI and, as the Vatican put it, “five other lesser-known blessed.” Romero, who stood up to a violent regime, […]

A point to Purgatory?

Posted on 25. Oct, 2018 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Death, Saints

  In this last part on the topic of death with author and lecturer Brian Grogan SJ, we look at Purgatory and the process of purification in terms of us being inclusive and in loving communication with others. Pat also asks about the possibility of doing this here on earth which prompts Brian to look […]

Romero Awards

Posted on 22. Mar, 2018 in Christian Values, Community, Faith and Justice, Humanitarian Aid, Missionary, Saints

March 24th marks thirty-eight years since Archbishop Oscar Romero was killed by an assassin’s bullet as he celebrated Mass in El Salvador. Earlier this month the Vatican announced news of his canonization, a fitting tribute to an extraordinary man whose life still influences those working for human rights around the world. In honour of his […]

The Vegan Saint

Posted on 22. Feb, 2018 in Achievement, Christian Values, Community, Ecological, Ecology, Saints, Spirituality

  A Miracle of Saint Francis of Paola is the name of the above painting hanging in the National Gallery and is attributed to Pietro Novelli, a Sicillan painter. It depicts Saint Francis of Paola, a vegan and animal lover, from the region of Calabria in southwest Italy. The story depicted is of St Francis […]

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 […]

Good Reads for Lent

Posted on 25. Jan, 2018 in Book Reviews, Church Teachings, Gospel Values, Saints

Messenger Publications, a part of The Sacred Heart Messenger operation, has a new line up of books to be published both for Lent and Easter time. Stations for the Soul by artist Joan Keogh is one such book. The book features her own paintings and thoughts on Christ’s passion as mediated through her work.  Another books is […]

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 […]

Mary Temple of the Lord

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

Here we have Marie Dunne CHF’s song, Mary Temple of the Lord composed for the Presentation Brothers.