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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Women in the Church

Posted on 06. Feb, 2020 in Church Teachings, Community, Ecology, Feminism/Women in the Church

In this second piece with Shiela Curran RSM, we look at the importance of women in the Church and ways in which they can achieve full inclusion. Shiela talks about the important role that women have always played in the Church since the very beginning, highlighting the the first witnesses to the resurrection were women. […]

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 […]

Voting as a Christian

Posted on 06. Feb, 2020 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Faith and Justice

  Gerry O’Hanlon SJ, Jesuit theologian, speaks to Pat Coyle on the consideration of various Christian issues for the upcoming general election on Saturday, 8 February, 2020. He discusses the latest statement from the four Archbishops of Ireland and the document from the Irish Inter-Church meeting. He talks about the need for a new type […]

Touching the Water

Posted on 30. Jan, 2020 in Achievement, Christian Values, Community, Music

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 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 […]