Seeing God in a Secular World

Posted on 24. Dec, 2015 in Book Reviews, Christian Values, Christmas, Church Teachings, Community, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values, Liturgy, Prayer

“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 […]

Oscar Wilde

Posted on 20. Aug, 2015 in Book Reviews, Celibacy/Sexuality, Church Teachings, Discrimination

Oscar Wilde and the Catholic Church certainly make for a strange combination, but Father Leonardo Sapienza, head of protocol at the Vatican, published a book called, “Provocations: Aphorisms for an Anti-conformist Christianity” devoting a large section to quotes by Oscar Wilde.  This use of a homosexual icon is no doubt a surprise to many.  Miriam Gormally […]

New book, for Christ’s sake?

Posted on 05. Mar, 2015 in Book Reviews, Christian Values, Church Teachings

Bestselling author and Jesuit, Richard Leonard’s most recent book, “What Are We Doing On Earth for Christ’s Sake?”, invites Christians to revisit their faith in the midst of the modern world and its challenges. Following on from his first two books, “Where the Hell is God?” and “Why Bother Praying?” the book faces contemporary issues head on […]

My World Cup Hero – 1966!

Posted on 28. Aug, 2014 in Book Reviews, Faith and Justice

Our first archive piece this year is from June 2006. Don Mullen was born in Derry in 1956, and as a schoolboy goalkeeper his hero was the great England goalkeeper Gordan Banks.  Don witnessed Bloody Sunday at the age of 15 and yet during ‘the troubles’ he never stopped supporting the England soccer team, because […]

Poetry & Religious Poetry

Posted on 28. Aug, 2014 in Book Reviews, Church Teachings, Faith and Justice

Our final piece from June 2006 looks a poetry. John F. Deane was born on Achill Island, Co. Mayo and is the founder of Poetry Ireland, the National Poetry Society and its journal The Poetry Ireland Review.  He is also founder and first editor of The Dedalus Press. He has won many Irish and International […]

Mindfulness & Awakening

Posted on 28. Mar, 2014 in Book Reviews, Meditation, Spirituality

Conor Deane spoke with author Martina Lehane Sheehan about her most recent book “Mindfulness And Spiritual Awakening.” “Mindfulness is a both a meditation & a way of life” states author Martina Sheehan. In her new book Martina Lehane Sheehan, who is the director of retreats at Ennismore Retreat Centre in Cork, seeks to guide and […]

‘An Chuallacht Léannta’ Pt1

Posted on 08. Feb, 2014 in Achievement, Book Reviews

Proinsias Mac Brádaigh SJ is the editor of the book ‘An Chuallacht Léannta’ which explores the huge contibution of Irish Jesuits to the Irish lanuguage and our culture. In this interview he gave to Pat Coyle of Jesuit Communications he talks about the whole venture. Jesuits who loved their ‘teanga dúchais’… Seo leabhar ag ceiliúradh éacht léinn a […]

Rev Dr Richard Leonard SJ

Posted on 25. Oct, 2013 in Book Reviews

Rev Dr Richard Leonard SJ is the director of the Australian Catholic Film Office and author of Movies That Matter: Reading Film Through The Lens of Faith and has authored numerous books. Here he is in conversation with Pat Coyle on his latest book but also covers how to be an extrovert and pray successfully. […]


Posted on 10. May, 2012 in Book Reviews

“If we learn one thing from this global recession, it’s that we’ve got to change the way we do business”. So says consultant Paul Davis in his just published book EVOLVE – Look within yourself for Business Success. Davis says, “Profit can no longer be the sole focus of business, it’s only one factor. Core […]

Sr Stan part two – working with the homeless

Posted on 20. Oct, 2011 in Book Reviews

In part two we look at Sr Stan’s work with the homeless and what drew her to set up Focus Ireland. Next week we finish the Sr Stan series with how Sr. Stan faced many obstacles by speaking out against institutions.