The Hunger House

Posted on 09. Nov, 2017 in Book Reviews, Community, Death, Economy

Conor Mcguire – an artist and columnist for the Western People has written a book called the “Hunger House”.  Set in Ballina, Co. Mayo, just before the Great Famine in Ireland, the book looks at the lives of people in this less well known time in Ireland. Speaking with Pat Coyle, Conor argues that this […]

Remembering the Dead

Posted on 02. Nov, 2017 in Death, Spiritual

  November is a month to remember the dead. Starting with the two feast days of All Saints and All Souls, the month continues as a time for quiet reflection on mortality and for taking stock. Fr. Vincent O’Hara, a Carmalite talks about the month of November and how we can remember the dead and […]

A Near Death Experience

Posted on 10. Aug, 2017 in Death, Health, Spirituality

Many of us have pondered what lies beyond the pearly gates and what will happen when our time to die arrives. In this piece from 2005, Leila Merriman shares the extraordinary details of her near death experience while she was very ill with pneumonia. She describes a feeling of elation, warmth and total happiness and […]

What does it all mean?

Posted on 15. Jun, 2017 in Christian Values, Death, Family, Grief, Young people

What does it all mean? is title of the latest book from Australian Jesuit Richard Leonard. Like most of his previous books, it came about on foot of a question posed to him by someone trying to grapple with their faith in the face of profound suffering. This time it was a question asked by a […]

To Grow in Love

Posted on 01. Jun, 2017 in Church Teachings, Community, Death

To Grow in Love – a spirituality of ageing, dying and glory is a book by Brian Grogan. He says that growing in Love is not something we can do on our own but with help is something that we can be especially open to in our later years. It is a time when things of […]

Responding to Terrorism

Posted on 25. May, 2017 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Conflict, Death

The attack in Manchester shocked the world. Many couldn’t believe that a group of mainly young girls and teens would be the target of a terrorist attack. The victims included an eight-year old girl, Saffie Rose Roussos, who was the youngest British person killed in a terror attack. Pat Riordan, an Irish Jesuit living and lecturing […]

Ireland Shed a Tear?

Posted on 03. Nov, 2016 in Community, Death, Discrimination, Family, Uncategorized

Ireland Shed a Tear is a play by Michael Collins looking at the fallout of the tragedy of Carrickmines. He said that initially the outpouring of grief and support suggested that there would be a real public examination of how travellers are treated in society. But he now observes that things quickly went back to […]

Coping with grief

Posted on 18. Aug, 2016 in Death, Grief

Our pieces this week come from 2008, this first one looking at dealing with grief. People grieve through bereavement, divorce, disaster, diagnosis and dismissal.  Grief is about loss, and in coping, people have to undergo a transition in which they have to come to terms with a new situation. Ted Bowman is a respected American […]

Aid to the Church in Need

Posted on 28. Jul, 2016 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Conflict, Death, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values

Aid To the Church In Need (ACN) is a registered charity running directly under the Holy See which is dedicated to support the suffering and persecuted Church throughout the world. Founded in 1947 by Fr Werenfried van Straaten, whom Pope John Paul II named “An Outstanding Apostle of Charity”, the organisation is now at work […]

Helping Syria

Posted on 09. Jun, 2016 in Charity, Church Teachings, Conflict, Death, Grief, War / Civil Unrest

Michael Zammit SJ, the Middle East Director of Jesuit Refugee Service visited Aleppo, Syria shortly after the air strikes on the city hospital. He condemns what he sees as a deliberate targeting of hospitals to drive people out of the city. However he added that despite the bombings life in Aleppo was continuing in a […]