What Lies Beyond? Part 1

Posted on 27. Sep, 2018 in Death, Spirituality

Brian Grogan SJ has long been intrigued by the question of life after death. Author of the  book, Where to from Here” The Christian Vision of the Afterlife, he explores this topic in depth. He explains that it started as academic research, but then became more pressing as he himself started to get older. He is […]

Union with God

Posted on 03. May, 2018 in Spiritual, Spirituality

Could it be possible to achieve lasting union with God and eternal happiness freeing your consciousness from fear anxiety and stress? This is the teaching of satsang – silence (meditation) and sound (mantra). Kosi is a western guru who teaches in this direct manner. She believes that the teaching can resonate with Christians as Christ […]

Does Christ Matter?

Posted on 26. Apr, 2018 in Church Teachings, Community, Feminism/Women in the Church, Spirituality

Does Christ Matter? is the title of a book written as a dialogue between members of two Irish Churches, Timothy Kinahan, an Anglican and Brian Lennon, a Jesuit. Although their communities in Northern Ireland were often divided, the authors have worked together for over 40 years on issues of theology, conflict, reconciliation and the relevance […]

Studying Spirituality

Posted on 08. Mar, 2018 in Christian Values, Community, Faith and Justice, Spirituality

Dr Michael O’Sullivan of SpIRE, the Spirituality Institute for Research and Education, gave a lecture on 15 February to the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University on the subject of ‘authentic interiority and the study of spirituality’. The aim of his paper was to demonstrate that the field of spirituality is a fit field […]

The Vegan Saint

Posted on 22. Feb, 2018 in Achievement, Christian Values, Community, Ecological, Ecology, Saints, Spirituality

  A Miracle of Saint Francis of Paola is the name of the above painting hanging in the National Gallery and is attributed to Pietro Novelli, a Sicillan painter. It depicts Saint Francis of Paola, a vegan and animal lover, from the region of Calabria in southwest Italy. The story depicted is of St Francis […]

Being Present

Posted on 31. Aug, 2017 in Church Teachings, Faith and Justice, Spirituality

Jan Phillips is author, artist and activist. She recently created some controversy when she said that Trump was her muse. She further explained that extreme people holding extreme positions often inspire great responses and that Trump might awaken us all to action. This is a piece from an interview with her back in 2007 where […]

The Pope’s Children

Posted on 20. Jul, 2017 in Church Teachings, Faith and Justice, Spirituality

In this piece from the archives, we hear from David McWilliams, who says Christians might be fighting a futurist battle. He says that the younger generation have a la carte values, but that it isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  He wrote the book in Search of the Pope’s Children which tracked Ireland’s successful young entrepreneurs, where he claimed […]

Engaging Faith through Film

Posted on 20. Apr, 2017 in Christian Values, Church of Ireland, Faith Groups, Retreats, Spirituality, Young people

NUA is a series of eight short films about fifteen minutes each, produced by Scripture Union Ireland. The films encourage questions, acknowledge doubt, and offer an engaging and fresh perspective on the Christian faith. Scott Evans, Church of Ireland Chaplain at UCD was one of the script writers for this series of films. Here he […]

Studying Spirituality

Posted on 14. Apr, 2016 in Spirituality

Michael O’Sullivan SJ the Co founder of SpIRE, the Spirituality Institute for Research and Education, spoke about the the need for a leading institute for spirituality in Ireland. Following the closure of both the Milltown Institute and then All Hallows, himself and Bernadette Flanagan felt the lack of any place for spiritual studies in Ireland. […]

Hammarskjöld – Mystic and Martyr

Posted on 17. Mar, 2016 in Christian Values, Economy, Gospel Values, Spirituality

US President John F. Kennedy called Dag Hammarskjöld “the greatest statesman of our century”. Born in Sweeden he was appointed to the post of UN Secretary-General in 1953. During his term, Hammarskjöld tried to smooth relations between Israel and the Arab states. Other highlights include a 1955 visit to China to negotiate release of 11 […]