Remembering Thomas Merton

Posted on 10. Dec, 2020 in Achievement, Christian Values, Community, Eastern Spirituality, Environment, Faith and Justice, Nature, Vocation

December 10th, just over fifty years ago, Thomas Merton was found dead in his room near Bangkok, where he had been the main speaker at an international monastic conference. At the time he was the best known Catholic monk in the world. His autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain (Elected Silence in the English edition), was an unlikely best […]

Creating an Irish “Camino”

Posted on 27. Aug, 2020 in Achievement, Christian Values, Community

Next year marks the 1500 year anniversary of the birth of St Colmcille, Irish abbot and missionary who was credited with spreading Christianity into Scotland. Bishop Alan McGuckian of Raphoe in Donegal thought that it would be a good time to create an Irish camino based around this saint. An avid walker himself, Bishop McGuckian […]

Remembering John Hume

Posted on 06. Aug, 2020 in Achievement, Christian Values, Community, Conflict, Death, Gospel Values

John Hume, one of the key architects of the Good Friday Agreement, “never lost faith in peace”, mourners at his funeral have been told. The former SDLP leader and Nobel Prize laureate died on Monday, August the 3rd, aged 83. Due to Covid-19 restrictions on gatherings, there were limited numbers of about one hundred people […]

Laudato Tree

Posted on 11. Jun, 2020 in Achievement, Christian Values, Ecology, Faith and Justice

Laudato Tree is a project aimed at healing the planet and empowering its people. With the backing of Pope Francis and a gift of 1000 trees from Cardinal Tukson, the initiative will contribute towards The Great Green Wall  in the Sahel – a prime example of ecological conservation in action. Pope Francis endorsed the project on […]

Redemption Road

Posted on 23. Apr, 2020 in Achievement, Book Reviews, Charity, Uncategorized

Struggling to come to terms with his brother’s suicide, Jesuit priest Brendan McManus decides to walk the Camino de Santiago, where he undergoes a transformative journey of rebirth and renewal that moves through grief and anger to hope and acceptance. He seeks understanding in the spirituality of St Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, […]

Touching the Water

Posted on 30. Jan, 2020 in Achievement, Christian Values, Community, Music

Well of Living Water: Jesus and the Samaritan Woman is the title of Messenger Publications’ latest book, written by Magdalen Lawler, a Notre Dame sister living in London.  In this, her latest book, Magdalen uses an inspirational icon of the Samaritan ‘women at the well’ to help the reader reflect on the significance and meaning […]

Bursting Out in Praise

Posted on 02. Jan, 2020 in Achievement, Christian Values, Community, Depression, Gospel Values, Mental Health

Gavin T. Murphy, blogger with the website, I love bipolar  talks about the spiritual journey that the highs and lows of bipolar have brought him on. He has also presented a series of reflections on his life’s journey with RTE Radio One’s A Living Word programme.  From that series he was asked to write a […]

Rose Kennedy on Grace and Grief

Posted on 12. Dec, 2019 in Achievement, Christian Values, Community, Faith and Justice, Grief

Rose Kennedy was the grande dame of contemporary American politics, seeing three of her children find great success. Success came with even more tragedy for Kennedy, as she lost two children in the 1940s and sons John and Robert were assassinated in the 1960s. In this archive piece from Radharc productions, we hear of her remarkable […]

Pressure at Christmas

Posted on 05. Dec, 2019 in Achievement, Christian Values, Christmas, Church Teachings, Community, Economy, Faith and Justice

Christmas is a time for celebration, but for many living on low or fixed incomes, it can be a time of stress and worry. In this piece from our archives, Michelle Murphy from Social Justice Ireland said she sometimes gets calls from people in summer wondering how they will manage over Christmas. She says that […]

Sexuality and Salvation

Posted on 14. Nov, 2019 in Achievement, Celibacy/Sexuality, Christian Values, Sexuality

Fr Bernárd Lynch is to receive the Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad from President Michael D. Higgins on November 21 in honour of the work he did as a priest to those with AIDS/HIV. For fifteen years, he was Theological Consultant to Dignity New York – an organisation for LGBT Catholic and their […]