Prayer and Service with Alzheimers

Posted on 20. Sep, 2018 in Chronic illness, Community, Different abilities, Gospel Values

In this second part of our three part series, Des O’Grady SJ, talks about working with Alzheimers and in particular leading prayer, saying mass and doing his job. He currently works as a chaplain in Dundrum central mental hospital and says the disease gives him insight into those he serves in Dundrum who also have […]

Ageing with Alzheimers

Posted on 13. Sep, 2018 in Christian Values, Chronic illness, Community, Health, Mental Health

Des O’Grady SJ currently works as a chaplain in Dundrum central mental hospital. He himself was recently diagnosed with Alzheimers and in this first of at three part series, he talks candidly about his experience and the learning he has received from it. He says that the disease has given him more time and patience […]

Schizophrenia – Journey to Recovery

Posted on 12. Jul, 2018 in Health, Mental Health, Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia affects about 1% of the Irish population and involves hallucinations, hearing voices and an altered perception of reality.  It is extremely distressing for those suffering it and for anyone close to them.  In this piece from 2006, John Saunders, director Shine, formerly Schizophrenia Ireland, was speaking at a conference, called The Journey to Recovery […]

By Time is everything Revealed

Posted on 31. May, 2018 in Art, Cancer, Community, Ecology, Health, Medicine, Meditation, Mental Health

As plants everywhere are blooming we remember this interview with author, gardener and broadcaster, Fiann Ó Nualláin. In his book,”By Time is everything Revealed” he looks at mindfulness and spiritual awareness.  Fiann brings old Irish proverbs to life for the current generation. Proverbs stand the test of time because, as they contain timeless wisdom that can […]

Addictive Eaters

Posted on 26. Apr, 2018 in Community, Eating Disorder

For most people eating is a pleasure, but for some it can be an addiction. Addictive Eaters Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience and hope with each other to solve their common problem and help others to recover from addictive eating. AEA was established in Christchurch, New Zealand by […]

God-Given Gift of Running

Posted on 18. Jan, 2018 in Christian Values, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values, Health, Meditation, Nature

Patrick Muldoon is the Languages Editor of the online Jesuit prayer website Sacred Space. He is also a marathon runner who experiences running as a life enhancing time of prayer and gratitude which nourishes his faith. As more and more people take to running, especially as part of a New Year resolution, Patrick talks to Pat […]

Climate Change Recommendations

Posted on 16. Nov, 2017 in Community, Ecology, Health, Immigrants, Natural Disaster

Trócaire strongly welcomed the recommendations from the Citizen’s Assembly to implement changes that would make Ireland a Climate Change Leader. Having worked for years at the coalface of disaster intervention, Eoghan Rice from Trócaire says that climate change has now meant that aid organisations are constantly responding to famine devastated area. In the past a […]

A Stormy warning?

Posted on 19. Oct, 2017 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Ecology, HIV/Aids, Natural Disasters

Hurricane Ophelia was one of the worst storm to hit Ireland in fifty years.  It is part of a trend of worsening weather involving flooding and destructive winds, which are becoming more common as the climate warms. Professor John Sweeny, lecturer at Maynooth University Geography Department says that it is only the beginning and that we […]

Women of Hope

Posted on 31. Aug, 2017 in Cancer, Faith and Justice, Feminism/Women in the Church, Health

In this archive piece from 2006, we look at Cancer and the fear it evokes. It is something that registers with every person who faces waiting for the result of tests which could be positive.  This is particularly true for women if they detect a lump in their breast; it must be checked immediately and […]

Spiritual Healing

Posted on 24. Aug, 2017 in Cancer, Faith and Justice, Health, Outside Ireland - Medjugorje

In this piece from 2015 Colleen Willard shared her story of recovery from a brain tumour. Colleen Willard had been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour before her arrival to Medjugorje. She shares her remarkable story of healing and surrendereing the God’s will and how this has changed her life. She will never stop giving […]