The Sacrament of Penance

Posted on 23. Jan, 2020 in Christian Values, Community

Australian Jesuit Fr Richard Leonard speaks to Pat Coyle of Irish Jesuit Communications on the sacrament of penance in light of his book Hatch, Match & Dispatch: A Catholic Guide to Sacraments. In this piece he looks at the sacrament of penance drawing from personal stories and popular film to promotes a new language for those […]

Modernising Mission

Posted on 23. Jan, 2020 in Church Teachings, Community

David Stewart SJ, British Director of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (PWPN), speaks to Pat Coyle about the success of the organisation and how it recently celebrated its 175th anniversary. The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network is a pontifical work, whose mission is to pray and encounter the challenges facing humanity and the mission of the […]

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 […]

The Two Popes

Posted on 16. Jan, 2020 in Celibacy/Sexuality, Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community

“It’s unfortunate,” says Gerry Whelan SJ, responding to the news that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has published a passage defended priestly celibacy as Pope Francis considers the possibility of allowing older, married men to be ordained as priests in the Amazon region. In a phone interview from Rome with Pat Coyle, Gerry says that writing […]

New Year, New Baby

Posted on 16. Jan, 2020 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Climate Change, Community, Family, Feminism/Women in the Church

Former Soul Waves editor Josepha Smith joins us again with her baby to talk about life as a new mother. She discusses how having a child has changed her vision of herself as well as her outlook on the world and how it makes her want to apologise to her parents. She explains how it […]

Concern for Australia

Posted on 09. Jan, 2020 in Community, Environment

The bushfires in Australia have being burning in an unprecedented way that has caused thousands to have to flee and evacuate to safer spaces. David Wilson, a teacher from Australia, visiting Ireland for the New Year talked with Miriam Gormally about the effect these have have had on him and on the country. He talks […]

A Dose of Reality

Posted on 09. Jan, 2020 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Economy, Faith and Justice, Humanitarian Aid

Fr Peter McVerry SJ speaks with Pat Coyle about his latest book entitled A Dose of Reality, published by Redemptorist Communications. The book contains a selection of articles from Fr Peter’s monthly column in Reality magazine. They offer a reflection on issues from homelessness and drugs to justice and faith, as seen from the perspective […]

Journey to your Heart Music

Posted on 09. Jan, 2020 in Church Teachings, Community, Music

Here is the piece “Journey to your Heart” from the Album with the same title. Described by composer Marie Dunne CHF, “as bringing us back to the deepest part of our hearts where God is.”

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 […]

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 […]