Could You Do the Pioneers’ Challenge?

Posted on 06. Mar, 2014 in Alcohol, Lent, Seasons of the Church Year

Could You Do the Pioneers’ Lenten Challenge? (And if not why not?) The Pioneer Association is making its annual appeal to Irish people, asking them to take a short term pledge for the Lenten season which begins on Ash Wednesday 5 March, 2014. They hope that by signing up to their Lenten challenge the […]

Generation Benedict

Posted on 28. Feb, 2013 in Church Teachings, Lent

For the forty days of Lent, the blog Generation Benedict looks at the testimonials of forty different people whose lives have been touched or changed by Pope Benedict. It explores how he has been responsible for the conversion, reversion, vocation and the deepening of faith of many young Catholics. Miriam Gormally spoke with Lisette Carr, founder […]

Catholic Social Teaching

Posted on 28. Feb, 2013 in Lent

During this season of Lent we are reminded of how much we have and to think of those less well off. This is a topic that was very close to Pope Benedict’s heart and he wrote critically of capitalism and the need for the goods of the world to be shared more equally. Miriam Gormally […]

Observing Lent

Posted on 16. Mar, 2012 in Lent, Seasons of the Church Year

Canon Mark Gardner is Vicar of the St. Patrick’s Cathedral Group of Parishes in Dublin. Here he talks with the Rev Patrick Lawrence about the observance of Lent and whether it has changed a lot over the years and whether the tradition could be revived.  

Moderation in Lent

Posted on 04. Mar, 2009 in Addiction, Alcohol, Lent, Seasons of the Church Year

‘I’m off the drink for Lent’ is something we hear at this time of year, but for those for whom that it just too difficult – drinking in moderation is being encouraged.  Some people try to abstain during the week and have a drink at the week-end.  Marian Rackard addiction counsellor and psychotherapist working with […]

Pioneers & Lent

Posted on 18. Feb, 2009 in Alcohol, Lent, Seasons of the Church Year

Lent is a time for reflection and looking at our lives. It is also a time to think of the things that we could do without. And one thing that we could all reduce is alcohol. Mícheál O Muirceartaigh is a well-known football commentator who has been a pioneer all his life and this year […]

Trocaire’s Lenten Campaign 2009

Posted on 18. Feb, 2009 in Charity, Lent, Seasons of the Church Year

Trocaire are launching their Lenten campaign again this year and we will soon be seeing the familiar Trocaire boxes in schools and homes around the country. However will we be as generous this year, now that we have our own difficulties to face with? Pat Coyle met Eamon Meehan from Trocaire to find more. She […]

Celebrate Lent

Posted on 18. Feb, 2009 in Lent, Seasons of the Church Year

Redemptorist Fr. Wadding is a regular contributor to ‘Reality’ Magazine where he has written several times about Lent, its origins and its traditions.  Eileen Good asked him about the importance of this Season and if we should use the word ‘celebrate’ when talking about Lent.

Is Lent Relevant?

Posted on 20. Feb, 2008 in Lent, Seasons of the Church Year

As we continue through Lent, we look at some of the ‘to do’ things rather than the ‘giving up’ things and see what can make Lent a positive experience.  Eileen Good spoke to Jesuit Fr. Ciaran Quirke and started by asking him about the relevance of Lent today.


Posted on 06. Feb, 2008 in Lent, Seasons of the Church Year

We are now in an unusually early Lent, and words like Lenten Penance, Sacrifice, Repentance and Forgiveness are heard in relation to the season – but are they still relevant in 2008, or just memories of those for whom Lent was a much more penitential time.  Eileen Good asked well known Redemptorist preacher Fr. Tony […]