A Natural Christmas

Posted on 17. Dec, 2020 in Christmas, Ecology, Nature, Seasons of the Church Year

During the Christmas season we have a tradition of bringing nature into out homes, from the Christmas tree to holly to yew logs.  Miriam Gormally met John McLaughlin from the tree council of Ireland to find out where these traditions originate.  He also explained why it is important to be careful about what we bring […]

Remembering Thomas Merton

Posted on 10. Dec, 2020 in Achievement, Christian Values, Community, Eastern Spirituality, Environment, Faith and Justice, Nature, Vocation

December 10th, just over fifty years ago, Thomas Merton was found dead in his room near Bangkok, where he had been the main speaker at an international monastic conference. At the time he was the best known Catholic monk in the world. His autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain (Elected Silence in the English edition), was an unlikely best […]

Millennium Development Goals

Posted on 05. Nov, 2020 in Charity, Environment, Poverty

Soul Waves Radio has come to the end of its journey. It’s been a very interesting and exciting time and we were glad to share so many interviews with you. We will be publishing pieces from the archive, until the archive moves to Jesuit.ie and then you will be able to access them there. We […]

Time Out in Glendalough

Posted on 10. Sep, 2020 in Ecological, Environment, Retreats, Spiritual

For centuries, Glendalough  – the valley of the two lakes – has attracted people because of its unique blend of solitude and natural beauty, making it easy to understand why St. Kevin went there as a hermit and later chose to build his monastery there. In this piece from the archive from 2007, Fr. Kevin Doran told […]

Compassion for Animals

Posted on 13. Aug, 2020 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Environment, Nature

In this piece from our archives our interviewer Miriam Gormally is questioned by Pat Coyle about being a vegan and a Christian. Drawing inspiration from Bible passages like Genesis 1:29  where God specifically maps out that fruit and seeds should be our food, she argues that there are also many other passages that point to […]

Celtic Spirituality

Posted on 09. Jul, 2020 in EcoCongregations, Ecological, Ecology, Nature, Retreats, Spiritual, Spirituality

  http://www.youtube.com/user/SalvaTerraVision Sr. Marian O’Sullivan, a Dominican sister in the Dominican Ecology Centre in Wicklow Town was host to John Philip Newell a Church Of Scotland Minister from Edinburgh with a particular interest in Celtic Spirituality. Philip was in Wicklow to give a talk to several priests and religious who are on a sabbatical residential […]

Understanding the Virus

Posted on 28. May, 2020 in Community, Environment, Health

Richard Leonard SJ is an Australian Jesuit and friend of the Irish Jesuit Province. He is also the author of the best-selling book Where the Hell is God, in which he explores the false theologies of suffering that have been current down the ages and explores what a true theology of suffering should be. The […]

Love Letter to the Earth

Posted on 21. May, 2020 in Climate Change, Community, Ecology, Environment, Faith Groups, Nature

May marks the fifth anniversary of the publication of Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’, Care for our Common Home which revolutionised much of our theological thinking around the environment and our relation to the earth. Together with Veritas, Trócaire, the Mary Alyward Centre and Eco Congregations, they are organising an online evening of music, poetry and theology celebrating […]

The Way to Manresa

Posted on 14. May, 2020 in Book Reviews, Christian Values, Community, Ecology, Health, Nature, Pilgrimage

Irish Jesuit Brendan McManus’ latest book The Way to Manresa, has just been published by Loyola Press, Chicago. A story that Brendan describes as “a spirituality of failure”. The book is the story of Brendan’s experiences along the Ignatian Camino in Spain, which runs for 600km from Loyola to Manresa, following the journey that St […]

Covid-19 and Climate Change

Posted on 14. May, 2020 in Christian Values, Climate Change, Community, Ecology, Environment

Dr Lorna Gold is a Scottish-Irish academic, climate campaigner and author. She also works for Trócaire and has been heavily involved in their climate campaign. Inspired by Laudato Si’ she will be hosting, “A Love Letter to the Earth” on May 24th, celebrating the fifth anniversary its publication. Here she talks with Miriam Gormally about the Covid-19 […]