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 […]

New Life on the Camino

Posted on 14. Jun, 2018 in Community, Death, Ecology, Pilgrimage, Young people

In this time of year went people are thinking about getting away from it all for one reason or another, we remember this moving story with Daniel Lynch, who took on a journey that transformed his life. At 22, he experienced the loss of his partner in a freak accident at a wedding in a hotel. […]

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 […]

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 […]