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 […]

Celebrating Eastertide

Posted on 25. Apr, 2019 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Easter, Feminism/Women in the Church, Seasons of the Church Year

Walking to Emmaus © Mary Stephen CRSS Eastertide is the period of fifty days from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday. Celebrated as a single joyful feast, known as the “Great Lord’s Day”, it is one of the most exciting times in the Church, so says Luke Macnamara OSB, monk of Glenstal Abbey and lecturer in Sacred Scripture […]

Music for Eastertide

Posted on 25. Apr, 2019 in Community, Easter, Music

Singer, songwriter and composer, Eamon Keane is also a counsellor. He comes from an artistic family — actor father, Eamonn, musician mother, Maura Hassett, journalist brother, Fergal, playwright uncle, John B — and his talents are eclectic. Classically trained as a pianist, his music is wide ranging. He also believes that spirit is very important in […]

The Goodness of Good Friday

Posted on 18. Apr, 2019 in Christian Values, Easter, Seasons of the Church Year

Spiritual director Pat Coyle of Irish Jesuit Communications speaks to Miriam Gormally of Soulwaves Radio about what she perceives to be the serious inadequacies of the current and prevailing atonement theory linked to Jesus’ death on the cross on Good Friday. She offers a different interpretation of the meaning of Jesus’ death based on her […]

Contemplating Holy Week

Posted on 18. Apr, 2019 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Conflict, Easter, Holy Week, Liturgy, Seasons of the Church Year, Vocation

What’s the first thing you would do if you were betrayed by your closest friends, asks Paddy Greene SJ to his trainees. Well if your Jesus, he says, you put your arms around them. Here he looks at how Jesus must have felt when his teachings of universal love where being challenged by Church officials. […]

The Origins of Lent

Posted on 28. Mar, 2019 in Baptism, Lent, Liturgy, Seasons of the Church Year

We take a look back at a piece with Sr. Marie Stuart who talks with Fr. Brendan Coffey of Glenstal Abbey about the origins of Lent.  The season of Lent coincides with spring time each year. Historically it has been associated with difficult, maybe even miserable times when the weather – in Ireland at any […]

New Year Prayer

Posted on 07. Jan, 2019 in Prayer, Seasons of the Church Year

Now for a New Year Reflection  –  this is a prayer from the Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin’s Reach Out Campaign, a blessing for the New Year, first played in Dec 2005, read here by the then Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, Jim Moriarty.

Facing into the New Year

Posted on 27. Dec, 2018 in Christmas, Seasons of the Church Year

As we start planning for 2019, 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 […]