The Web of Life

Posted on 02. Aug, 2017 in Ecology, Environment

This piece from March 2005 reminds us that Fr. Sean McDonagh has been one of the first in the Church to look at the issues of climate change. Here he is talking about three major issues facing humanity over the next 20 years; Global Warming, Access to Water and Extinction of Species. He talk about […]

Spiritual Tourism

Posted on 22. Jun, 2017 in Church Teachings, Climate Change, Community, Ecology, Environment, Nature

Bernadette Flanagan PBVM is chair of the board of SpIRE, The Spirituality Institute for Research and Education which has been established to serve the spiritual seeking of people and contribute to the academic study of spirituality in higher education. For the last fifteen years they have been organising a very popular summer school from 21-25th of […]

Celebrating Holy Wells

Posted on 25. May, 2017 in Christian Values, Climate Change, Community, Ecology, Nature

  National Holy Well Day will take place on June 18th in celebration of the sacred nature of water. On that day, people will gather at a well near them and spend some time in prayer and reflection to reignite an ancient and deep connection with water. Early Celtic Christian had a harmonious relationship with […]

20 Million Face Starvation

Posted on 18. May, 2017 in Christian Values, Community, Humanitarian Aid, Natural Disasters

People waiting in line for food in Lodwar Kenya. 20 million face starvation in East Africa. David O’Hare from Trocaire, who has recently returned from Kenya, says the crisis is amongst the worst he has seen in his career. The compounding effects of climate change are making it harder and harder for people to ensure food security. […]

Self Help for East Africa

Posted on 06. Apr, 2017 in Charity, Christian Values, Community, Ecology, Faith and Justice, Natural Disasters

As we come to the end of our own Lenten fasts and head into the abundance of Easter, it is important to remember the Global food inequalities that exist. More than 20 million people in Africa today are in urgent need of food, as the world responds to a humanitarian crisis that the United Nations […]

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. […]

Artists for Compassion

Posted on 09. Feb, 2017 in Christian Values, Community, Ecology, Environment, Faith and Justice, Nature

The work of Irish artist Eve Parnell will be on display at Humboldt University in Berlin Jan 31st to Feb 26th. The title of the exhibition ‘ Vernehmt und lasst mich traum so wahrheit singen – Let me sing dreams as words of truth’ is taken from a poem written in 1923 by Claus Schenk Graf von […]

Radical and Free

Posted on 17. Nov, 2016 in Celibacy/Sexuality, Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Ecology, Nature

Radical and Free: Musings on Religious Life by Brian O’Leary SJ is a book that looks at the values underpinning religious vows. In this interview with Pat Coyle, he says that his musings can be used by religious as well as lay people. Following on from the call of Pope Francis to celebrate the Year of […]

Moving from Fossil Fuels

Posted on 27. Oct, 2016 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Climate Change, Community, EcoCongregations

On the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, Catholic institutions and communities from all over the world celebrated the month-long Season of Creation with the largest joint announcement of their decision to divest from fossil fuels. Major Orthodox, Catholic, Protestant, and Anglican organisations came together between September 1st (World Day of Prayer for Creation) and […]

Loving Sister Earth

Posted on 08. Sep, 2016 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Climate Change, Community, Ecology, Environment, Faith Groups

“Everything is interconnected, and this invites us to develop a spirituality of that global solidarity which flows from the mystery of the Trinity.” This is the quote from Pope Francis which inspires Loving Sister Earth. On Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th October, they will be leading creative prayer rituals, which will be live streamed globally […]