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 […]

Sing with Joy

Posted on 17. Dec, 2019 in Advent, Christian Values, Christmas, Community, Music Therapy

Our final piece of music for Advent/Christmas from Sister Marie Dunne is “Sing with Joy”. In it she celebrates the coming arrival of the Lord to “set us free”. Marie has been a composer of liturgical and religious music for over 30 years. She has composed a number of Mass settings, in addition to music […]

Rose Kennedy on Grace and Grief

Posted on 12. Dec, 2019 in Achievement, Christian Values, Community, Faith and Justice, Grief

Rose Kennedy was the grande dame of contemporary American politics, seeing three of her children find great success. Success came with even more tragedy for Kennedy, as she lost two children in the 1940s and sons John and Robert were assassinated in the 1960s. In this archive piece from Radharc productions, we hear of her remarkable […]

Prepare the Way of the Lord

Posted on 12. Dec, 2019 in Christian Values, Community, Music

In this second piece of music for Advent, “Prepare the Way of the Lord” by Sister Marie Dunne, we contemplates the sense of excitement and anticipation that precedes the arrival of Jesus. Sister Marie is a native of Dublin, and member of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Faith. She has been a composer […]

Religious Literacy

Posted on 12. Dec, 2019 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community

Dr Fainche Ryan is the director of the Loyola Institute in TCD Dublin, and she is organising a conference on “Religious Literacy – Challenges for Today”. Here she explains to Pat Coyle that religious literacy means knowledge of core religious beliefs, symbols and practices operative within a culture. She adds that many have noted an […]