The Sacrament of Penance

Posted on 23. Jan, 2020 in Christian Values, Community

Australian Jesuit Fr Richard Leonard speaks to Pat Coyle of Irish Jesuit Communications on the sacrament of penance in light of his book Hatch, Match & Dispatch: A Catholic Guide to Sacraments. In this piece he looks at the sacrament of penance drawing from personal stories and popular film to promotes a new language for those […]

Well of Living Water

Posted on 23. Jan, 2020 in Christian Values, Community, Family, Feminism/Women in the Church, Gospel Values, Humane Vitae

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 […]

The Two Popes

Posted on 16. Jan, 2020 in Celibacy/Sexuality, Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community

“It’s unfortunate,” says Gerry Whelan SJ, responding to the news that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has published a passage defended priestly celibacy as Pope Francis considers the possibility of allowing older, married men to be ordained as priests in the Amazon region. In a phone interview from Rome with Pat Coyle, Gerry says that writing […]

New Year, New Baby

Posted on 16. Jan, 2020 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Climate Change, Community, Family, Feminism/Women in the Church

Former Soul Waves editor Josepha Smith joins us again with her baby to talk about life as a new mother. She discusses how having a child has changed her vision of herself as well as her outlook on the world and how it makes her want to apologise to her parents. She explains how it […]

A Dose of Reality

Posted on 09. Jan, 2020 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Economy, Faith and Justice, Humanitarian Aid

Fr Peter McVerry SJ speaks with Pat Coyle about his latest book entitled A Dose of Reality, published by Redemptorist Communications. The book contains a selection of articles from Fr Peter’s monthly column in Reality magazine. They offer a reflection on issues from homelessness and drugs to justice and faith, as seen from the perspective […]

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 […]

Mother Teresa: Advent and Christmas

Posted on 18. Dec, 2019 in Christian Values, Community, Faith and Justice

St Teresa of Calcutta is a woman who inspired and amazed people everywhere. John Scally, author and journalist, said that even the great Gay Byrne was unnerved by her! Her work had a massive impact in helping the poorest everywhere. Author of the book, Mother Teresa on Advent and Christmas, John is one of the few […]

Sing with Joy

Posted on 17. Dec, 2019 in Advent, Christian Values, Christmas, Community, Music Therapy

Our final piece of music for Advent/Christmas from Sister Marie Dunne is “Sing with Joy”. In it she celebrates the coming arrival of the Lord to “set us free”. Marie has been a composer of liturgical and religious music for over 30 years. She has composed a number of Mass settings, in addition to music […]

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 […]

Prepare the Way of the Lord

Posted on 12. Dec, 2019 in Christian Values, Community, Music

In this second piece of music for Advent, “Prepare the Way of the Lord” by Sister Marie Dunne, we contemplates the sense of excitement and anticipation that precedes the arrival of Jesus. Sister Marie is a native of Dublin, and member of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Faith. She has been a composer […]