The Goodness of Good Friday

Posted on 18. Apr, 2019 in Christian Values, Easter, Seasons of the Church Year

Spiritual director Pat Coyle of Irish Jesuit Communications speaks to Miriam Gormally of Soulwaves Radio about what she perceives to be the serious inadequacies of the current and prevailing atonement theory linked to Jesus’ death on the cross on Good Friday. She offers a different interpretation of the meaning of Jesus’ death based on her […]

Contemplating Holy Week

Posted on 18. Apr, 2019 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Conflict, Easter, Holy Week, Liturgy, Seasons of the Church Year, Vocation

What’s the first thing you would do if you were betrayed by your closest friends, asks Paddy Greene SJ to his trainees. Well if your Jesus, he says, you put your arms around them. Here he looks at how Jesus must have felt when his teachings of universal love where being challenged by Church officials. […]

The Origins of Lent

Posted on 28. Mar, 2019 in Baptism, Lent, Liturgy, Seasons of the Church Year

We take a look back at a piece with Sr. Marie Stuart who talks with Fr. Brendan Coffey of Glenstal Abbey about the origins of Lent.  The season of Lent coincides with spring time each year. Historically it has been associated with difficult, maybe even miserable times when the weather – in Ireland at any […]

New Year Prayer

Posted on 07. Jan, 2019 in Prayer, Seasons of the Church Year

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, first played in Dec 2005, read here by the then Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, Jim Moriarty.

Facing into the New Year

Posted on 27. Dec, 2018 in Christmas, Seasons of the Church Year

As we start planning for 2019, the residue of Christmas is still with us as well as all that went on in our lives during the year. We listen to advice that psychologist Marie Murray, a registered clinical psychologist, family therapist, journalist, author and broadcaster gave to Eileen Good about how best we can move forward in […]

Appreciating Advent

Posted on 13. Dec, 2018 in Advent, Christian Values, Community, Seasons of the Church Year, Vocation

The season of Advent is full of contradictions, so says Dr Kevin Hargaden, Social Justice Theologian at the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice and Presbyterian Elder. Advent is filled with light and darkness, optimism and hope, and happiness and joy – but ultimately, he said it’s about time coming to its fullness. Dr Hargaden […]

Celebrating Eastertide

Posted on 05. Apr, 2018 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Easter, Feminism/Women in the Church, Seasons of the Church Year

Walking to Emmaus © Mary Stephen CRSS Eastertide is the period of fifty days from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday. Celebrated as a single joyful feast, known as the “Great Lord’s Day”, it is one of the most exciting times in the Church, so says Luke Macnamara OSB, monk of Glenstal Abbey and lecturer in Sacred Scripture […]

Good Friday

Posted on 29. Mar, 2018 in Community, Easter, Seasons of the Church Year

Luke Macnamara OSB, monk of Glenstal Abbey and lecturer in Sacred Scripture in St Patrick’s College Maynooth looks at the ritual and reverence that makes up Good Friday. He talks about how the knowledge that Jesus suffers with us sustains people and allows them to know that they are fully loved. Here he explains the […]

Easter Saturday

Posted on 29. Mar, 2018 in Christian Values, Easter, Festivals

Luke Macnamara OSB, monk of Glenstal Abbey and lecturer in Sacred Scripture in St Patrick’s College also looks at the vigil of Easter Saturday night when they celebrate the culmination of the Holy Triduum. He explains that it is one of the most popular nights as they have a big fire and use the theme […]

Fasting for Lent

Posted on 15. Feb, 2018 in Lent, Seasons of the Church Year

Lenten fasting has changed considerably over the years, from the days of the black fast to just two fast days at present.  Redemptorist Fr. George Wadding believes that fasting can be linked to prayer – and that it is in fact the highest form of prayer.  In this piece from 2009, he explained his theory […]