Inspired by Mary

Posted on 18. Mar, 2021 in Christian Values, Community, Ecology, Feminism/Women in the Church, Sexuality, Young people

In this piece from 2017, we hear from Comedian Breda Larkin who created a one-woman show, inspired by the moving statues in Ballinspittle. Called “Breda’s Way” the show started in Ballinspittle and then became an epic journey around Ireland, visiting town and grottos along the way. Bringing a statue of Mary with her for company […]

Refugees at Christmas

Posted on 24. Dec, 2020 in Christian Values

The original story of Christmas was one of refugees fleeing danger and being turned away from every door. A story which unfortunately continues today. In this piece from the archive, John Guiney, director of the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice and former Jesuit Refugee Services Regional Director for East Africa, has spent years working […]

Fr Conor on Christmas & Marriage

Posted on 24. Dec, 2020 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community

    Fr. Conor Cunningham PP Lisdoonvarna talks with Conor Deane about Christmas and his Community Weddings Initiative in Lisdoonvarna. Some years ago, during the recession, Fr. Conor Cunningham PP for Lisdoonvarna drew national attention in the press because of his offer within his parish newsletter of Community Weddings for those who found themselves unable […]

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 […]

Music for Mary

Posted on 10. Dec, 2020 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Feminism/Women in the Church, Liturgy, Music, Saints

Mary is much celebrated at this time of year – December the 8th, when we celebrate the Immaculate Conception of Mary and Nov 21st, when we celebrate   “The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary”. Marie Dunne, a Holy Faith Sister talks about how she wrote her song Mary Temple of the Lord for the […]

Gay Catholic Voices

Posted on 22. Oct, 2020 in Celibacy/Sexuality, Christian Values

Soul Waves Radio has come to the end of its journey. It’s been a very interesting and exciting time and we were glad to share so many interviews with you. We will be publishing pieces from the archive, until the archive moves to Jesuit.ie and then you will be able to access them there. We […]

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 […]

Compassion for Animals

Posted on 13. Aug, 2020 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Environment, Nature

In this piece from our archives our interviewer Miriam Gormally is questioned by Pat Coyle about being a vegan and a Christian. Drawing inspiration from Bible passages like Genesis 1:29  where God specifically maps out that fruit and seeds should be our food, she argues that there are also many other passages that point to […]

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 […]

Ageing with Alzheimers

Posted on 30. Jul, 2020 in Christian Values, Chronic illness, Community, Health, Mental Health

Des O’Grady SJ currently works as a chaplain in Dundrum central mental hospital. He himself was recently diagnosed with Alzheimers and in this first of at three part series from the archive, he talks candidly about his experience and the learning he has received from it. He says that the disease has given him more […]