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 […]

Operation Valkyrie

Posted on 23. Jul, 2020 in Christian Values, Conflict

Operation Valkyrie or the Plot To Kill Hitler was one of the assignation attempts on the Früher that came closest to succeeding. Led by Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg, an aristocrat who was one of the leaders of this resistance movement and the conspiracy to assassinate Hitler on 20th July, 1944. Initially he had respect […]

Called to do Justice Part 2

Posted on 23. Jul, 2020 in Christian Values, Community, Conflict

JaNaé Bates works in Minneapolis USA as a minister in the United Methodist Church. She is a member of Isaiah, a grouping of religious organisations from Christian, Muslim, and other faith backgrounds working for racial and economic justice in the state of Minnesota. In this two part series with Pat Coyle, JaNaé talks about her […]

Called to Do Justice

Posted on 16. Jul, 2020 in Christian Values, Community, Conflict, Faith and Justice, Vocation, Young people

JaNaé Bates works in Minneapolis USA as a minister in the United Methodist Church. She is a member of Isaiah, a grouping of religious organisations from Christian, Muslim, and other faith backgrounds working for racial and economic justice in the state of Minnesota. In this two part series with Pat Coyle, JaNaé talks about her […]

Calm me O Lord

Posted on 16. Jul, 2020 in Christian Values, Music Therapy

Our chant for this week is, Calm me Lord from the album Shelter Me – Reflective Chants of Gentleness and Calm by Marie Dunne CHF, featuring Katie O’Flaherty and Eugene Ginty. The chant is Based on Matthew 8:23-26 Calm me O Lord, fill me with peace, Calm me O Lord, let my troubles cease, I trust in you Lord forever […]

Depression – a Christian Perspective

Posted on 09. Jul, 2020 in Christian Values, Depression, Mental Health

Depression is ‘the common cold’ of our psychology. The illness effects approximately one in every five people. According to the Vatican, it is the biggest disease in the world. In this piece from the archives, Fodhla McGrane, from Kells, Co. Meath, is an Oblate of St Benedict. She leads retreats on “Depression from a Christian Perspective”. […]

Hearing our Body’s Call

Posted on 09. Jul, 2020 in Christian Values, Community, Feminism/Women in the Church, Music Therapy, Prayer, Spiritual, Vocation

In this second part of our series from the archives with Celeste Snowber, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, she explores how we actually “bully” our bodies.  She points out that we regularly berate our bodies for not being what we think they should be, in a […]

Connecting to the Body Part 1

Posted on 02. Jul, 2020 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Meditation, Spirituality

In this two part series from the archives, Celeste Snowber, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada explores our relationships with our bodies. She feels strongly that the body is central to how we live, move, breathe, question, and uncover passion and voice. She is also a dancer, […]

A Jesuit Zen teacher

Posted on 25. Jun, 2020 in Christian Values, Eastern Spirituality, Working Abroad

In this piece from our archives, we look at the intriguing topic of being a priest and a Zen Buddhist teacher. Fr Robert Kennedy explains how he went to Japan as a Jesuit missionary and spent   a number of years there before returning to the United States. While in America he had a formative experience, […]