Over 29 million people have tried Alpha in 169 countries, and it has been translated into 112 different languages. Developed as a short course in London in 1990, Nicky Gumbel took over running Alpha and aimed it at introducing the Christian faith to the many people outside of the church who were curious. With a […]
The latest single from country singer James Kilbane is “You’ll Never Walk Alone”. Originally a song of encouragement and consolation from the musical Carousel, it has in recent years become associated with Liverpool Football club. It was notably sung for Nelson Mandela in 1990, at an International Tribute for a Free South Africa concert at Wembley […]
Now for a New Year Reflection – this is a prayer from the Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin’s Reach Out Campaign, a blessing for the New Year, from Dec 2005, read here by the then Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, Jim Moriarty.
As carols singers across the country sing out for Christmas, it’s nice to remember some of the traditional Irish songs. Hers is “The Darkest Midnight’ sung by Noirin ni Riain’s celebrating the birth of Jesus.
A piece from April 15th 2009 from the archives looking at the power of faith and prayer in overcoming cancer. ‘Sean was 23 years old, we were three months married and his wife was dying’ is a sentence in the opening chapter of a short book, Cancer, Prayer and Survival by Mary McDonnell. Each chapter […]
The song, “A candle for you”, sung by Patricia Bourke D’Souza and composed by Marie Dunne CHF has been rereleased for Easter to raise awareness for missing person. The proceeds of the itunes downloads will go to the Missing Persons Helpline, M.I.S.S. – Missing in Ireland Supportive Service. The website is www.missingpersons.ie. Marie says that […]
“Let everything secular about Christmas remind us of its Holy meaning.” says Donal Neary SJ, i in his most recent book of reflections of Luke’s Gospel. Donal is well known as the parish priest of Gardiner Street in Dublin and prolific author who was recently appointed editor of the Messenger. He talks about why he published […]
Thomas Merton was a writer, mystic, monk, poet, social activist and student of comparative religion. He was fascinated by Eastern Spirituality and met with the Dalia Lama who said he considered himself one of [Thomas Merton’s] Buddhist brothers. John Cooney, journalist and broadcaster has had a long time fascination with Thomas Merton and has written about […]
Conor Deane was invited to the first Armagh Diocesan Charismatic Weekend in the Servite Priory, Benburb in Co. Tyrone where all the charismatic prayer groups from within the diocese and further afield gathered for the first time this century. Members of the National [Charismatic] Service Committee were also present. The event was facilated by “The 12” […]
The one minute daily reflective Angelus broadcast on RTÉ One is one of Ireland’s longest-running programmes, having been aired daily at 6.00pm since the inception of RTÉ television in 1962. The images that have been broadcast along with the chimes have also been changing and are set to change again. RTÉ One has designated one slot […]