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 […]

Women of the Cross – Martha

Posted on 23. Apr, 2020 in Christian Values, Community, Feminism/Women in the Church, Vocation

For Eastertide, we continue our series on Women of the Cross, this time looking at Martha, who opened her house to Jesus. Here we hear her side of the story, told in a way that brings this story to life and reminds us not to judge others.

God in the Wilderness

Posted on 09. Apr, 2020 in Christian Values, Community, Faith and Justice, Vocation

During this time of difficulties where many are asking where is God, Mike Drennan SJ, Director of Manresa, counsellor and spiritual director, takes a look at finding God in Wilderness. Drawing on stories from the Bible where people were often put into challenging circumstances and had to dig deep to reflect on the meaning of […]

Response to Querida Amazonia

Posted on 02. Apr, 2020 in Celibacy/Sexuality, Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Feminism/Women in the Church, Vocation

Querida Amazonia, Pope Francis’ official response to the Amazon Synod, demonstrates that the “Roman Catholic hierarchy lacks the courage and vision needed to address the real needs of the world and its people”, says We Are Church International, an advocate for structural change in the largest Christian denomination. In this second part of our two […]

Querida Amazonia’s view on Women

Posted on 26. Mar, 2020 in Church Teachings, Community, Feminism/Women in the Church, Vocation

“Francis’ dream for women in latest papal document is more like nightmarish vision”, so says Soline Humbert from “We are Church”. In an article for the Irish Times, she wrote, “I have heard several people talk of frustration, anger, devastation, dismay and even tears at the description of women and their roles in the church […]

Thinking well in the Digital Age

Posted on 20. Feb, 2020 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Education, Vocation, Young people

Fr Johnny Go SJ, a Jesuit educationalist from the Philippines, was in Ireland recently to give a three-day workshop to the teachers and staff of Jesuit schools both from the Province and from abroad. The workshop involved exploring practical ways to respond to the changing landscape of the 21st century digital age, and the challenges […]

What does it mean to be Catholic Today

Posted on 13. Feb, 2020 in Christian Values, Community, Feminism/Women in the Church, Vocation

‘What does in mean to be Catholic today?’ was the title of a talk given by Fr. Roy Donovan for We are Church Ireland. In the talk he likened the Church to an old car that has gone off the road and “sunk into the bog and is stuck”. “The engine is still running, but the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Married Priests

Posted on 31. Oct, 2019 in Celibacy/Sexuality, Christian Values, Community, Feminism/Women in the Church, Vocation

The meeting for the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazonian region has approved a final document which calls for the ordination of married men as priests and for women to be considered for diaconal ordination. Approved Oct. 26, it is the result of a three-week meeting in Rome. The document presents the synodal assembly’s reflections […]