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 […]

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 […]

Living in Lockdown in Rome

Posted on 26. Mar, 2020 in Community, Natural Disasters, Nature, Working Abroad

Gerry Whelan SJ is an Irish Jesuit lecturing in the Gregorian University in Rome. Like the rest of Italy, he and his community have been on lockdown for a number of weeks now. “It’s a challenging time”, he tells Pat Coyle “It’s also weird and wonderful.” In this interview Gerry speaks by phone from an […]

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 […]

Exploring the Labyrinth

Posted on 02. May, 2019 in Christian Values, Community, Environment, Gospel Values, Nature

Piaras Jackson SJ, director of Manresa Jesuit Centre of Spirituality in Dublin talks about World Labyrinth Day on Saturday, 4 May 2019. He describes the centre’s own labyrinth next to the coastline, among mature trees and in grassland that becomes a meadow in the summer. He also gives a brief history of labyrinths and points […]

Climate Change – A Spiritual Crisis

Posted on 28. Feb, 2019 in Church Teachings, Climate Change, Community, EcoCongregations, Ecology, Gospel Values, Nature

In this two part series, we look at the rise of the Climate Pilgrim – Catholics inspired to live out the eco friendly message of Laudato Si’, to care for “Our common home”. One such pilgrim is Jane Melle, who spent much of 2018 as the Project Co-ordinator of the eco-project at the World meeting […]

Remembering Thomas Merton

Posted on 13. Dec, 2018 in Achievement, Christian Values, Community, Eastern Spirituality, Environment, Faith and Justice, Nature, Vocation

December 10th, 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 seller, telling […]

Compassion for Animals

Posted on 06. Dec, 2018 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Environment, Nature

In this piece 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 a Christian God […]

God-Given Gift of Running

Posted on 18. Jan, 2018 in Christian Values, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values, Health, Meditation, Nature

Patrick Muldoon is the Languages Editor of the online Jesuit prayer website Sacred Space. He is also a marathon runner who experiences running as a life enhancing time of prayer and gratitude which nourishes his faith. As more and more people take to running, especially as part of a New Year resolution, Patrick talks to Pat […]