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 […]

Syria Doc wins Radharc Award

Posted on 01. Nov, 2018 in Achievement, Christian Values, Community, Conflict, Death, Faith and Justice, Humanitarian Aid, Refugees

    Photographed from left to right is Emily O’Reilly EU Ombusman; Ronan Tynan and Anne Daly of Esperanza Productions; Eileen Good chairperson of the jury and Peter Dunn director of the Radharc Trust       The Radharc Awards recently took place in the Talbot Hotel in Stillorgan. The Awards honour television documentaries addressing national […]

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 […]

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 […]

Life after Death

Posted on 18. Oct, 2018 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Death

As we approach the feast of All Souls we look at the second part of Brian Grogan’s piece on death.  Jesuit and author of the  book, Where to from Here” The Christian Vision of the Afterlife, he explores this topic in depth. Here he looks at the  unconditional nature of God’s love and talks about hell […]

Grieving the loss of a Child

Posted on 04. Oct, 2018 in Community, Death

Anam Cara is an organisation that supports bereaved parents and will hold its next monthly parent evening on Monday 8th of October at 7:20pm in the Maldron Hotel, Tallaght, Dublin 24. Sharon Vard, one of the founders of Anam Cara lost her own daughter Rachel to an inoperable brain tumour. She talks about how meeting […]

What Lies Beyond? Part 1

Posted on 27. Sep, 2018 in Death, Spirituality

Brian Grogan SJ has long been intrigued by the question of life after death. Author of the  book, Where to from Here” The Christian Vision of the Afterlife, he explores this topic in depth. He explains that it started as academic research, but then became more pressing as he himself started to get older. He is […]

Pope Francis and the Death Penalty

Posted on 06. Sep, 2018 in Community, Death

 On August 2nd Catholic Mobilizing Network (CMN), the national Catholic organization in the US working to end the death penalty and promote restorative justice, celebrated the revision of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to say that, in all cases, the death penalty is “inadmissible” (Revised Catechism of the Catholic Church 2267). “This is a capstone […]

The Grieving Journey

Posted on 28. Aug, 2018 in Book review, Death

We return to our archived pieces for this week and will return to further analysis of the impact of the Pope’s visit next week. In this piece from 2006, we look at “The Grieving Journey” There’s no sure route through grieving  –  Jerusha Hull McCormack says “we are all amateurs at grief  –  it comes […]

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 […]