Part 3 Dying in Despair

Posted on 19. Jul, 2018 in Christian Values, Community, Death, Sexuality, Vocation

In this final piece with Fr Bernard Lynch, he talks about being at the side of gay men and administering to their spiritual needs as they were dying with AIDS. He said many of them died in despair, in particular any priest who was gay. The Vatican’s only response, he says, was to blame gay […]

The Nature of God

Posted on 12. Jul, 2018 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Sexuality, Vocation

In this second part of our series with Fr Bernárd Lynch, a Catholic priest who is gay and married, he talks about his life journey – coming out as gay as well as meeting his husband Billy Desmond. He speaks of the oft quoted phrase, “The Truth will set you Free” in relation to how it […]

Questioning Celibacy

Posted on 05. Jul, 2018 in Celibacy/Sexuality, Community, Feminism/Women in the Church, Sexuality, Vocation

Fr Bernárd Lynch is a Catholic priest who is gay and married. His journey has caused controversy, but he argues that he is living true to who he is. He further argues that very few priests are called to celibacy and that not many of them are living up to its expectations. In this three […]

Called to be Dysfunctional!

Posted on 05. Jul, 2018 in Church Teachings, Community, Different abilities, Vocation

Beginnings: Interrogating Hauerwas is a conversation between Stanley Hauerwas and Brian Brook. Hauerwas has been described as one of the most influential Christian thinkers in the English speaking world, having being named, “America’s Best Theologian” by Time magazine in 2001. Brook is an author from Aberdeen who looks in particular at Christianity and disability. Brian Brock delves into Hauerwas’ […]

A Jesuit with the People

Posted on 10. May, 2018 in Christian Values, Community, Conflict, Death, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values, Vocation

Fr Michael O’Sullivan spent many years of his life in Chile, working with the poor under the turbulent rule of Pinochet. Advocating for a preferential option for the poor, he was vocal in speaking out against the often brutal regime. Michael experienced real threats on his life and he did his best to stay alive […]

Rejoice and celebrate

Posted on 12. Apr, 2018 in Charity, Church Teachings, Community, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values, Vocation

The Pope’s latest Apostolic letter, Guadete et Exsultate, Rejoice and be Glad, is one to bring great hope to everyone, so says Gerry O’Hanlon, an Irish Jesuit theologian in Rome. In it, Pope Francis reminds all Christians of their call to be holy and that the person next door might be a saint. It looks […]

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 […]

Journeying in Faith

Posted on 18. Jan, 2018 in Christian Values, Church of Ireland, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values, Vocation

A new book by Canon Cecil Hyland, Journeying in Faith – A Walk with Christ encourages readers to continue their search for a faith that is alive and relevant. Published by Church of Ireland Publishing (CIP), it focuses on moving towards an adult formation of faith and in seeing faith as a journey that continues […]

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 […]

James Kibane – The Family Collection

Posted on 30. Nov, 2017 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Faith and Justice, Family, Music, Vocation

James Kilbane along with Veritas Publication have released a collection of songs for families entitled The Family Collection. With a total of twenty specially chosen songs of faith and family, this collection combines favourites, including ‘There is a Place’, ‘The Wedding Song’ and ‘Faith of Our Fathers’, as well as Christian-based country like ‘Mama’s Roses’, […]