Understanding the Sacrament of the Sick

Posted on 26. Mar, 2020 in Christian Values, Community, Death, Gospel Values, Health

Australian Jesuit Fr Richard Leonard, author of Hatch, Match & Dispatch: A Catholic Guide to Sacraments, talks to Pat Coyle  about the sacrament of the anointing of the sick. Pointing to the miracles, he emphasises that Christ’s mission was clearly one of healing with the sacrament as part of the tradition. He notes that the […]

Hammarskjöld – Mystic and Martyr

Posted on 19. Mar, 2020 in Christian Values, Economy, Gospel Values, Spirituality

US President John F. Kennedy called Dag Hammarskjöld “the greatest statesman of our century”. Born in Sweeden he was appointed to the post of UN Secretary-General in 1953. During his term, Hammarskjöld tried to smooth relations between Israel and the Arab states. Other highlights include a 1955 visit to China to negotiate release of 11 […]

Beloved Amazonia

Posted on 27. Feb, 2020 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Ecology, Environment, Gospel Values

In a surprising move from Pope Francis, his long-awaited document Apostolic Exhortation in response to the deliberations of the Pan-Amazonian synod, does not not address the question of the ordination of mature married men to the priesthood. Instead, in the text known as Querida Amazonia – Beloved Amazonia, he pitches hard for environmental and social […]

Carbon Fast for Lent

Posted on 27. Feb, 2020 in Christian Values, Climate Change, Community, EcoCongregations, Ecology, Environment, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values, Nature

Lent is a time to draw connections between our spirituality and the ecology around us, so says, Brendan McManus SJ, who has been exploring meaningful ways in which to make a difference this Lent. After some searching, he came across the idea of a carbon fast for Lent. However he says that the most important […]

Understanding the Elections

Posted on 13. Feb, 2020 in Community, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values, Politicians

The success of Sinn Féin in the last elections changed the political landscape of Ireland. It was unexpected, arguably even to the party themselves and left many wondering what was going on. Kevin Hargaden is a theologian with the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice in Dublin. His is the author of Theological Ethics in a […]

The power of forgiveness

Posted on 06. Feb, 2020 in Church Teachings, Community, Gospel Values, Grief

Eight years ago Elber, a native of Cork, was left fighting for survival in an incident that took the life of her baby Oisín, her husband Con, and her unborn child. A suicidal driver, Marek Wojciechowski, deliberately drove into the family car at the end of a blissful family holiday in Devon. Police were searching […]

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 […]

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 […]

Understanding the Eucharist

Posted on 07. Nov, 2019 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Gospel Values, Vocation

Australian Jesuit Richard Leonard takes a look at the meaning of the Eucharist.  He says it is the ultimate meal of sacrificial love. Drawing from his latest book, Hatch, Match & Dispatch: A Catholic Guide to Sacraments, with Paulist Press, he says that the Eucharist is more encompassing than people imagine, involving all aspects of […]

The Value of Irish Missionaries

Posted on 03. Oct, 2019 in Christian Values, Community, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values, Humanitarian Aid, Missionary, Pope Francis, Vocation

In this second part of our series on Mission for this month of October, which was declared an Extraordinary Missionary Month, we look at the value of Irish missionaries around the world. Juileann Moran is the National Secretary for the Society of Missionary Children with World Mission’s Ireland and she explains to Miriam Gormally that our […]