Music for the Soul

Posted on 18. Jun, 2020 in Christian Values, Community, Music

Brendan McManus is an Irish Jesuit, author, blogger and spiritual director who has been writing a lot during the pandemic. In one article he talks about how music helped him get through some of the hardest moments in his life and how it also allowed him to make spiritual break throughs while on retreat. Here […]

The New Fascism

Posted on 18. Jun, 2020 in Christian Values, Community, Faith and Justice, Politics

Michael Kirwan SJ is a theologian with a particular interest in political theology who lectures in the Loyola Institute of Catholic theology in Trinity College Dublin. In this piece with Pat Coyle, he looks at what some commentators are calling ‘new fascism’. He says that it appears today as if we are almost replicating the processes […]

Online Ceremonies

Posted on 11. Jun, 2020 in Christian Values, Community, Feminism/Women in the Church, Liturgy

In this second part with Patricia Higgins, a One Spirit Interfaith Minister, we look at her work hosting services during the lockdown. A lot of her training for the One Spirit Interfaith Ministry was done online, so she felt that it gave her a certain advantage in terms of being adaptable during Covid-19. She says […]

Laudato Tree

Posted on 11. Jun, 2020 in Achievement, Christian Values, Ecology, Faith and Justice

Laudato Tree is a project aimed at healing the planet and empowering its people. With the backing of Pope Francis and a gift of 1000 trees from Cardinal Tukson, the initiative will contribute towards The Great Green Wall  in the Sahel – a prime example of ecological conservation in action. Pope Francis endorsed the project on […]

Shelter Me

Posted on 11. Jun, 2020 in Music

  Our music this week comes from the album, Shelter Me – Reflective Chants of Gentleness and Calm, by Marie Dunne, featuring Katie O’Flaherty and Eugene Ginty. The lines come from Isaiah 4:6 Shelter me O Lord, shelter me O Lord, Keep me safe in your love; Shelter me from storms that pass along the way […]

Ceremonies that Connect

Posted on 04. Jun, 2020 in Christian Values, Community, Liturgy

Patricia Higgins is a OneSpirit Interfaith Minister and offers ceremonies to those who are looking for a way to express their spirituality in an open and inclusive way. She worked for many year with Slí Eile and other Church organisation before realising that she wanted the freedom to fulfil her calling as a minister. She […]

Bridging the Digital Divide

Posted on 04. Jun, 2020 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Schools

Tiernan O’Neill has spent over 12 years working in Corpus Christi primary school in Moyross, as a class teacher, home-school-community liaison co-ordinator and now Principal. He has seen first hand the devastating consequences of poverty and educational underachievement, but Covid-19 has led to increased difficulties. The lack of broadband and laptops is creating a “digital […]

Breathe in Me

Posted on 04. Jun, 2020 in Christian Values, Music

In these times of trouble we draw inspiration from the chant, “Breathe in Me” a Prayer to the Holy Spirit Breathe in me Holy Spirit, breathe in me Holy One Guide me in your path, show me your way; Breathe in my Holy Spirit, breathe in me your love, Bless my soul O Holy One and […]

Let Go and Let God

Posted on 28. May, 2020 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Ecology, Faith and Justice

Irish Jesuit Brendan McManus’ latest book The Way to Manresa, has just been published by Loyola Press, Chicago.  In this second part of his story, he compares some of the spiritual understandings of his Ignatian Camino with the Twelve Steps Program, recognising how he needed to “Let Go and Let God”. The book is the […]

Let Not Your Hearts be Troubled

Posted on 28. May, 2020 in Christian Values, Community, Music

In these times of hardship, we draw solace from this chant, “Let Not Your Hearts be Troubled” from John 14:1-2 Let not your hearts be troubled, Trust in God and trust in me, In my Father’s house there are many rooms, I go there to prepare a place for you. It is from an album by […]