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 […]

Religious Literacy

Posted on 12. Dec, 2019 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community

Dr Fainche Ryan is the director of the Loyola Institute in TCD Dublin, and she is organising a conference on “Religious Literacy – Challenges for Today”. Here she explains to Pat Coyle that religious literacy means knowledge of core religious beliefs, symbols and practices operative within a culture. She adds that many have noted an […]

Support a Child for €5 a Month

Posted on 05. Dec, 2019 in Charity, Christian Values, Faith and Justice, Humanitarian Aid

An Irish parish group in Dublin which has linked up with a parish in Zambia by feeding children and supporting their school is now looking to expand on their success. The parish of Star of the Sea in Sandymount has been supporting the development of St Mary’s Community School in Matero, a Jesuit parish. The Jesuits […]

Pressure at Christmas

Posted on 05. Dec, 2019 in Achievement, Christian Values, Christmas, Church Teachings, Community, Economy, Faith and Justice

Christmas is a time for celebration, but for many living on low or fixed incomes, it can be a time of stress and worry. In this piece from our archives, Michelle Murphy from Social Justice Ireland said she sometimes gets calls from people in summer wondering how they will manage over Christmas. She says that […]

Celebrating Marriage

Posted on 28. Nov, 2019 in Christian Values, Community, Family, Married Couples, Mass, Music, Sexuality, Vocation

Not many know that marriage was one of the last sacraments to be included, says Richard Leonard SJ in his book, Hatch Match & Dispatch: A Catholic Guide to Sacraments. He talks about why it is so important and that it’s wonderful to have a sacrament to celebrate and promote the healthy sexuality of marriage. He […]

Controversy over Wooden Carving

Posted on 21. Nov, 2019 in Christian Values, Church of Ireland, Feminism/Women in the Church

“A moment of sheer joy”. This is how the author and theologian Gerry O’Hanlon SJ described the recent Amazon Synod last month (October 2019) hosted in Rome by Pope Francis. The recent Amazon Synod last October, hosted in Rome by Pope Francis was seen as a great moment of hope. It was described by Gerry […]

Sexuality and Salvation Part II

Posted on 21. Nov, 2019 in Celibacy/Sexuality, Christian Values, Community, Feminism/Women in the Church, Relationships, Sexuality

Fr Bernárd Lynch recently received the Distinguished Service Award for the Irish Abroad from President Michael D. Higgins on November 21 in honour of the work he did as a priest to those with AIDS/HIV. For fifteen years, he was Theological Consultant to Dignity New York – an organisation for LGBT Catholic and their friends. […]