Appreciating Advent

Posted on 13. Dec, 2018 in Advent, Christian Values, Community, Seasons of the Church Year, Vocation

The season of Advent is full of contradictions, so says Dr Kevin Hargaden, Social Justice Theologian at the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice and Presbyterian Elder. Advent is filled with light and darkness, optimism and hope, and happiness and joy – but ultimately, he said it’s about time coming to its fullness. Dr Hargaden […]

Good Friday

Posted on 29. Mar, 2018 in Community, Easter, Seasons of the Church Year

Luke Macnamara OSB, monk of Glenstal Abbey and lecturer in Sacred Scripture in St Patrick’s College Maynooth looks at the ritual and reverence that makes up Good Friday. He talks about how the knowledge that Jesus suffers with us sustains people and allows them to know that they are fully loved. Here he explains the […]

Easter Saturday

Posted on 29. Mar, 2018 in Christian Values, Easter, Festivals

Luke Macnamara OSB, monk of Glenstal Abbey and lecturer in Sacred Scripture in St Patrick’s College also looks at the vigil of Easter Saturday night when they celebrate the culmination of the Holy Triduum. He explains that it is one of the most popular nights as they have a big fire and use the theme […]

Fasting for Lent

Posted on 15. Feb, 2018 in Lent, Seasons of the Church Year

Lenten fasting has changed considerably over the years, from the days of the black fast to just two fast days at present.  Redemptorist Fr. George Wadding believes that fasting can be linked to prayer – and that it is in fact the highest form of prayer.  In this piece from 2009, he explained his theory […]

Easter Renewal

Posted on 13. Apr, 2017 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Easter

Easter is a time of death and renewal. Every year the Avila centre in Donnybrook run a Holy Thursday Retreat starting at 2pm. According to Jim Noonan OCD, this is one of their most popular retreats – a time when people are coming out of the season of Lent and beginning to prepare for the […]

Epiphany – the Revelation of Christ

Posted on 05. Jan, 2017 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Festivals, Seasons of the Church Year

When we think of the feast of the Epiphany, we usually think of the three wise men coming from the East. People often joke that they arrived late with totally impractical gifts for a new mother who was forced to give birth to her son in a manger. Abbot Brendan Coffey of Glenstal Abbey talked […]

Putting Christ back into Christmas

Posted on 22. Dec, 2016 in Christian Values, Christmas, Church Teachings, Community, Gospel Values

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 […]

The Darkest Midnight

Posted on 22. Dec, 2016 in Christmas, Music Therapy, Poetry, Prayer

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.

2nd Sunday of Advent

Posted on 01. Dec, 2016 in Advent, Christmas, Seasons of the Church Year

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. […]

The Resurrection and the Rising

Posted on 31. Mar, 2016 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Easter, Retreats

The Resurrection is the central tenet of Christianity says Eugene McCaffrey OCD. It represents the beginning of something new and miraculous. Fr Eugene believes that the people who took part in the 1916 Rising chose Easter time because they had in mind the resurrection of Ireland and the creating of a new country. He cites […]