Can Catholics have lucky charms?

Questions of Faith In today’s world, plenty of people have lucky charms; it might be a football that their father gave them when they were a child; a special pen that is always used in exams; or a lucky coin that is kept in one’s wallet or purse. The belief that objects or practices have…

Remember to save the date

Don’t give up on dating when you’re older, it might just save your marriage, writes Colm Fitzpatrick   “Marry, and you will regret it; don’t marry, you will also regret it; marry or don’t marry, you will regret it either way,” the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard once remarked. While this quip was written to shed…

The birds and the bees

Parents should be the first educators when it comes to sex, writes Colm Fitzpatrick   Most people find broaching the topic of sex uncomfortable and for many parents this awkwardness is only heightened when discussing the subject with their children. ‘The Talk’ as it’s euphemistically phrased, denotes the time in your child’s life when you…

What are guardian angels?

Questions of Faith   It’s common today for religious or spiritual people to speak of guardian angels – divine entities which protect and guide somebody in their everyday lives. The Church has no qualms about the existence of angels, which are best described as pure spirits created by God. The word ‘angel’ derives from the…

Getting back on track

Taking good care of your back should be a health priority, writes Colm Fitzpatrick Most of us are taught from a young age to stand up straight and keep our shoulders back, but very often this advice falls on deaf ears. It can be more comfortable to eat dinner at the dining table or watch…

Sister of Mercy behind bars

Personal Profile Colm Fitzpatrick speaks with award-winning nun Sr Moira Keane While nuns are usually portrayed in films as hidden away and sheltered from the outside world in convents, an Irish-born Mercy Sister has instead dedicated her life to those locked-up behind prison bars. Earlier this year Galway woman Sr Moira Keane, who has been…