In this piece from 2014, Editor in Chief of The Irish Catholic newspaper Michael Kelly talks with Conor Deane about the Catholic Church today and how challenging the new papacy has been for people right down to parish level.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Christmas, in the modern age, is usually a time of parties and excess. Fr Brendan McConvery CSsR says we need to take a step back and remember what the season is really about. He talks about putting Christ back into Christmas and remembering the true meaning and simplicity of the season. He begins by telling […]
As carols singers across the country sing out for Christmas, it’s nice to remember some of the traditional Irish songs. Hers is “The Darkest Midnight’ sung by Noirin ni Riain’s celebrating the birth of Jesus.
Sunday December 4th is the second Sunday of Advent – another candle lit on the Advent wreath, in the countdown to the Feast of Christmas. Still in the season of ‘Waiting’. Dominican priest Fr. Joe Cullen examines how we deal with the past and how we can respond to God’s grace as we face the future. […]
“Let everything secular about Christmas remind us of its Holy meaning.” says Donal Neary SJ, i in his most recent book of reflections of Luke’s Gospel. Donal is well known as the parish priest of Gardiner Street in Dublin and prolific author who was recently appointed editor of the Messenger. He talks about why he published […]
Christmas is a time of giving, but sometimes we end up giving presents that people neither need nor want. One way around that is to give someone one of Trócaire Gifts – gifts that are much needed and is in keeping with the true spirit of Christmas. Miriam Gormally met with Éamonn Meehan, Director of […]