Vegan Lenten Fast

Posted on 12. Mar, 2020 in Christian Values, Heart disease, Lent, Medicine

There is a long tradition of fasting and abstinence in the Catholic Church, particularly during Lent. Even to this day, Catholics are called on to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and every Friday during Lent. For many, it is something that has largely fallen by the wayside and most people pick and chose what […]

Carbon Free Lent Part 2

Posted on 05. Mar, 2020 in Christian Values, Community, Ecology, Lent

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 […]

Observing Lent

Posted on 20. Feb, 2020 in Lent, Seasons of the Church Year

Canon Mark Gardner with Archbishop Michael Jackson    Canon Mark Gardner has been Vicar of the St Patrick’s Cathedral Group of Parishes, now the parish of St Catherine and St James with St Audoen, for almost many years. Here we hear from a piece in the archives where he talks with the Rev Patrick Lawrence about […]

Valentine’s Day

Posted on 13. Feb, 2020 in Seasons of the Church Year

Valentine’s day, true celebration of romance or cynical attempt to card companies to extract money from us? In this piece from 2012, we hear about some of the views expressed by the people that Miriam Gormally met. She interviewed Aveen, Evelyn and Liam about how they felt about romance. But first Miriam talked with Fergus […]

Facing into the New Year

Posted on 26. Dec, 2019 in Christmas, Seasons of the Church Year

As we start planning for 2020, the residue of Christmas is still with us as well as all that went on in our lives during the year. We listen to advice that psychologist Marie Murray, a registered clinical psychologist, family therapist, journalist, author and broadcaster gave to Eileen Good about how best we can move forward in […]

A Christmas Truce Carol

Posted on 19. Dec, 2019 in Christmas, Seasons of the Church Year

Happy Christmas to all from Soul Waves. This Christmas we remember this story from James O’Halloran, author of A Christmas Truce Carol. He said that there were two Christmases of major significance to mankind. One was the birth of Christ and the other was the Christmas Truce of World War One in 1914.  James O’Halloran’s new book is a piece […]

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 […]

Waiting – Advent Music

Posted on 05. Dec, 2019 in Advent, Community, Music, Seasons of the Church Year

Our piece of music for Advent comes from Sister Marie Dunne, a native of Dublin, and member of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Faith. Entitled “Waiting” it sums up the feelings and expectations that all surround the Advent Season. Marie has been a composer of liturgical and religious music for over 30 […]

Pressure at Christmas

Posted on 05. Dec, 2019 in Achievement, Christian Values, Christmas, Church Teachings, Community, Economy, Faith and Justice

Christmas is a time for celebration, but for many living on low or fixed incomes, it can be a time of stress and worry. In this piece from our archives, Michelle Murphy from Social Justice Ireland said she sometimes gets calls from people in summer wondering how they will manage over Christmas. She says that […]

The Celebration of Advent

Posted on 27. Nov, 2019 in Advent, Seasons of the Church Year

As we approach the season of Advent, we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus.  In a world where the commercial side of Christmas starts earlier each year, the idea of waiting and preparing becomes a greater challenge than ever before. Perhaps this year more than ever it is time to reflect on this wonderful […]