Dipping into Lent

Posted on 08. Feb, 2018 in Church Teachings, Community, Gospel Values

Dipping into Lent is a book that offers forty stories all reflecting on diverse themes that can be contemplated during lent. The topics include an intriguing index of hashtags – from #detox to #impressionist to #one_of_our_own – and the reflections are accompanied by quotes from philosophers, songwriters, popes, saints and scholars.  The book is illustrated throughout […]

Jars4Journeys

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 […]

Take Ten Minutes for Lent

Posted on 07. Feb, 2018 in Christian Values, Community, Retreats, Spiritual

Taking ten minutes out for reflection is a new idea for a retreat run by the Jesuit Centre of Spirituality and Culture in Galway. Eddie Cosgrave SJ, the new Director of the centre says that they are looking for people to take part in a six-week Lenten challenge, dedicating ten minutes a day to a […]

Theology in Troubled Times

Posted on 01. Feb, 2018 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Politics

Michael Kirwin SJ is a visiting professor of theology at the Loyola Institute in Dublin – giving a paper – “Stand Upright and raise your head -doing Theology in troubled times.” He says we times are turbulent and that the biggest challenge we face today is how to combat Fascism. He points to the rise […]

People left behind

Posted on 01. Feb, 2018 in Community, Economy, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values

The Irish Business and Employers Confederation – IBEC recently released a report showing that disposable incomes of Irish households are growing at four times the euro-zone average. However Social Justice Ireland responded with the fact that almost 800,000 people continue to live in poverty in Ireland and up to one million are experiencing deprivation – 105,000 of […]

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 […]

World’s Largest Knitted Blanket

Posted on 25. Jan, 2018 in Achievement, Community, Prison

Valery Larkin is on on a mission to make the world’s biggest blanket and set a new world record for the Guinness Book of Records. The finished blanket will go to help the Red Cross. Valery has been getting blankets from all over the world, from Japan to Wales – each blanket with its own […]

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 […]

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 […]

Changing Attitude Ireland

Posted on 28. Dec, 2017 in Christian Values, Church of Ireland, Community, Sexuality

As we come to the end of the year, we play our most listened to piece of 2017. First posted on June 29th. This month saw Dublin host a vibrant Pride Festival. Before the festival, Changing Attitude Ireland held what has become an annual service of thanksgiving and remembrance at St. Audoen’s Church. Dr Leo Kilroy […]