Climbing Croagh Patrick

Posted on 11. Jul, 2019 in Achievement, Christian Values, Community, Ecology, Retreats, Spiritual, Spirituality

Brendan McManus SJ, author of the best-selling book, Redemption Road is organising a three day pilgrimage from Ballintubber to the top of Croagh Patrick specifically for men as he says there aren’t enough opportunities for men to get in touch with their feelings. Brendan is a seasoned pilgrim who has walked the full 800km of […]

Hearing our Body’s Call

Posted on 20. Jun, 2019 in Christian Values, Community, Feminism/Women in the Church, Music Therapy, Prayer, Spiritual, Vocation

In this second part of our series with Celeste Snowber, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, she explores how we actually “bully” our bodies.  She points out that we regularly berate our bodies for not being what we think they should be, in a way that we […]

Reconciling Religion and Psychology

Posted on 30. May, 2019 in Christian Values, Community, Eastern Spirituality, Spiritual

Mysticism and religious experience have been dismissed by psychology as “nothing but” abnormal experiences or even medical conditions. Something Ralph Hood, Professor of Psychology and distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC), disagrees with. He gave a presentation on Mysticism and the Relationship between Religion and Spirituality at the international conference […]

Spirituality for Professionals

Posted on 18. Apr, 2019 in Christian Values, Community, Faith and Justice, Retreats, Spiritual, Vocation

The first ever international conference on ‘Spirituality in Society and the Professions‘ will take place in the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), May 16-18, 2019 in Waterford, Ireland. The conference has attracted speakers from various parts of the USA, Australia, mainland Europe, UK, and Ireland. It is a collaboration between WIT and the Spirituality Institute for […]

Touched by the Holy Spirit

Posted on 21. Mar, 2019 in Christian Values, Community, Retreats, Spiritual, Vocation

In this piece with Eddie Stones, healer and family man, we look at how he came to Charismatic Renewal later in life. Having been surprised by visions of our Lady, he later discovered a gift for healing people. Feeling himself drawn more and more to prayer, he found himself forming prayer groups to help intercede […]

Ode to Bridget

Posted on 31. Jan, 2019 in Ecological, Feminism/Women in the Church, Music, Saints

From the Album, Celtic Soul by Nóirín Ni Riain, this beautiful song, Ode to Bridget, draws from the deepest well of the Sean Nós (old style) tradition. It celebrates Bridget and praises her contribution to Ireland, the Earth and others.

Union with God

Posted on 03. May, 2018 in Spiritual, Spirituality

Could it be possible to achieve lasting union with God and eternal happiness freeing your consciousness from fear anxiety and stress? This is the teaching of satsang – silence (meditation) and sound (mantra). Kosi is a western guru who teaches in this direct manner. She believes that the teaching can resonate with Christians as Christ […]

Holistic Ageing

Posted on 26. Apr, 2018 in Ecological, Ecology, Gospel Values, Retreats, Spiritual

Catherine McCann is an 84-year-old physiotherapist, counsellor and spiritual director. She runs the Shekina Sculpture Garden in County Wicklow providing a space for reflective days and celebrations. In this interview with Pat Coyle, Catherine talks about her life and her latest book Love Life: A holistic understanding of ageing in which she hopes to give older people the tools […]

Finding Peace

Posted on 01. Mar, 2018 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Conflict, Faith and Justice, Prayer, Retreats

Dr Annemarie Paulin-Campbell heads up the spirituality work of the Jesuit Institute South Africa and is a spiritual director and psychotherapist working with victims of trauma. In this interview with Pat Coyle, Annemarie discusses the interface between Christian spirituality and psychology in a place that is still severely affected by the apartheid era. “We’re still […]

The Vegan Saint

Posted on 22. Feb, 2018 in Achievement, Christian Values, Community, Ecological, Ecology, Saints, Spirituality

  A Miracle of Saint Francis of Paola is the name of the above painting hanging in the National Gallery and is attributed to Pietro Novelli, a Sicillan painter. It depicts Saint Francis of Paola, a vegan and animal lover, from the region of Calabria in southwest Italy. The story depicted is of St Francis […]