Bringing people to Awareness

Posted on 30. Mar, 2017 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Eastern Spirituality, Ecology, Gospel Values, Nature

Des O’Grady SJ and Dee Hennessy give mindfulness workshops throughout the country. Both of them came to mindfulness through a sense of dissatisfaction with what the Church had to offer. Their mindfulness however brought them back to a richer and deeper appreciation of their faith and their retreats now combine Christian Eucharist with Mindful awareness. […]

Scorsese’s Silence

Posted on 15. Dec, 2016 in Book Reviews, Charity, Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Eastern Spirituality, Faith and Justice, Film Reviews, Gospel Values

Martin Scorsese considered joining the priesthood before becoming a director and that interest is certainly obviously in Silence, his most theologically dense film yet. James Martin SJ, an advisor on the film said ‘it was like a prayer’. An adaptation of the book by Shūsaku Endō, it follows two 17th century Jesuit priests, Father Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield) […]

A Jesuit Zen teacher

Posted on 01. Dec, 2016 in Christian Values, Eastern Spirituality, Working Abroad

Fr Robert Kennedy is an American Jesuit and a Zen Buddhist teacher – a Roshi. He explains how he went to Japan as a Jesuit missionary and spent   a number of years there before returning to the United States. While in America he had a formative experience, out of the blue, on the nature of […]

Thanks to your Noble Shadow

Posted on 03. Mar, 2016 in Achievement, Christian Values, Church Teachings, Eastern Spirituality, Education, Feminism/Women in the Church, Film Reviews, Gospel Values, Older People, Vocation, Working Abroad

“Thanks to your Noble Shadow” is a feature-length independent documentary film about Ireland’s last missionary nun in Japan. Sr. Paschal O’ Sullivan returned to Cork in 2010 after 75 years as a missionary nun with the Infant Jesus (Drishane) Sisters in Tokyo. Her cousin, James Creedon – a journalist for the international news channel, France […]

The Mystery of Thomas Merton

Posted on 10. Dec, 2015 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Eastern Spirituality, Education, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values, Vocation

The monk and hermit Thomas Merton (1915-1968) is hard to define. He was a poet, prolific spiritual writer, diarist, jazz buff, pioneer of inter religious dialogue, advocate of radial social reform and precursor of liberation theology. His works were known worldwide. However despite all his productivity, he was a man of inner turmoil, who died […]

My Indian Journal

Posted on 03. Dec, 2015 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Eastern Spirituality

 Catherine McCann presenting her first book to Mary Robinson. In their eighties many people are thinking of settling down or maybe moving into a retirement home. Not Catherine McCann, founder of the Shekinah Sculpture Gardens in Wicklow. She has recently returned from a trip to India, including time spent in an Ashram and has published a […]

From Atheist to Alpha

Posted on 26. Nov, 2015 in Christian Values, Church of Ireland, Church Teachings, Community, Eastern Spirituality, Faith Groups, Gospel Values

The Alpha course has been sweeping though the country and attracting the attention of Christians and non Christians alike. Donal Casey, lecturer and artist, was a lapsed Christian who like many professed to be spiritual but not religious. Here he talks with Miriam Gormally about how he joined the Alpha course out of curiosity – […]

Wisdom Rock

Posted on 19. Feb, 2015 in Eastern Spirituality

In 1997, Kosi, then Jill Warner, had a profound mystical experience of Jesus Christ and was ordained minister on June 6, 1999 by Radiant Light Ministries, a multi-faith church in San Francisco. The primary emphasis of this church was the non-dual teachings of Sri Baba Muktananda and Sri Sathya Sai Baba. After her ordination, Kosi […]

Shen Yun

Posted on 28. Mar, 2014 in Art, Eastern Spirituality, Spirituality, Theatrical Reviews

Shen Yun 2014 – To date millions of people around the world have seen Shen Yun shows, a kind of Chinese Riverdance on steroids to put it crudely but even more refined and artistic in terms of the level of detail, music, dance and artwork. These shows carry a strong Chinese moral and spiritual ethic […]