Raphael’s World

Posted on 02. Jul, 2020 in Art, Book Reviews

This year marks the 500th anniversary of Raphael, one of the great Italian Renaissance painters, who died on 6 April 1520. Michael Collins, a Catholic priest and author living in Dublin wrote Raphael’s World to give some insight into the era he lived in – one of major political and social change. Born thirty years […]

The Way to Manresa

Posted on 14. May, 2020 in Book Reviews, Christian Values, Community, Ecology, Health, Nature, Pilgrimage

Irish Jesuit Brendan McManus’ latest book The Way to Manresa, has just been published by Loyola Press, Chicago. A story that Brendan describes as “a spirituality of failure”. The book is the story of Brendan’s experiences along the Ignatian Camino in Spain, which runs for 600km from Loyola to Manresa, following the journey that St […]

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, […]

Irish Parliamentarians Part 2

Posted on 27. Dec, 2018 in Book Reviews, Community, Politicians

Dr Tony White’s latest book, Irish Parliamentarians: Deputies and Senator 1918 –2108, is a comprehensive directory of the 1,870 men and women who have been TDs or Senators in the parliament of the Irish State since the first meeting of Dáil Eireann in January 1919. The election for the first Dáil took place 100 years ago, […]

Theological Ethics in a Neoliberal Age

Posted on 29. Nov, 2018 in Book Reviews, Christian Values, Economy, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values

Theological Ethics in a Neoliberal Age is the name of Kevin Hargaden’s new book (foreword by William T. Cavanaugh) where he addresses the Christian problem with wealth. Economics and money is not a topic that the Church speak about very much and if they do, they are frequently told to stick to religious matters. However throughout his […]

Stories from the Pastoral Congress

Posted on 06. Sep, 2018 in Alcohol, Book Reviews, Christian Values, Community

We catch up again with some of the action that took place at the World Meeting of Families Pastoral Congress in the RDS at the end of August. Here Pat Coyle speaks with Bernard McGuckian SJ, Mary Brady and Vera Casey about the work of the Pioneer Association and the Messenger Publications’ best-selling books. They discussed […]

Elastic Girl

Posted on 03. May, 2018 in Book Reviews, Christian Values, Slavery, Young people

Elastic Girl, a book by Olivia Rana, tells the story of a young girl, Muthu Tikaram, whose family find themselves destitute and end up selling her to a Circus. Like many girls who are sold or trafficked, Mathu believes that life in the Circus will lead to great new adventures and hopes that maybe one day […]

Good Reads for Lent

Posted on 25. Jan, 2018 in Book Reviews, Church Teachings, Gospel Values, Saints

Messenger Publications, a part of The Sacred Heart Messenger operation, has a new line up of books to be published both for Lent and Easter time. Stations for the Soul by artist Joan Keogh is one such book. The book features her own paintings and thoughts on Christ’s passion as mediated through her work.  Another books is […]

Finding God in the Mess

Posted on 04. Jan, 2018 in Book Reviews, Christian Values, Community, Gospel Values, Liturgy, Vocation

Modern lives can be very busy – saturated by technology and media, there isn’t always time for happiness. Christmas in particular can be fraught and stressful. But New Year gives a fresh start. In this book, “Finding God in the Mess” published by Messenger Publications, Jim Deeds and Brendan McManus SJ use photography and reflections […]

Surprised by Fire

Posted on 07. Dec, 2017 in Book Reviews, Charity, Christian Values, Gospel Values, Volunteering

Author of Suprised by Fire, Martina Lehane Sheenan spoke about where we get our happiness from. She pointed to studies that showed that most of our happiness comes, not from our external belongings, but from our own inner attitude. She spoke with Miriam Gormally about how happiness shouldn’t necessarily been seen as something outside of […]