Create a life you don’t need to escape from

A Parent’s Perspective As summer ends, I always get a little bit of that melancholy back-to-school feeling even though it’s years since I set foot in a classroom. By the end of August the days are a bit shorter, many crops have already been harvested and there’s that undeniable hint of autumn in the air. I…

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Siblings and their treasured positive influence

A parent´s perspective When you get a late-night phone call from one of your adult children asking “Did you hear what happened?”, the natural reaction is to go into panic mode wondering what disaster has struck. It’s amazing how many worst-case scenarios can be conjured up in a split second and when the next question…

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Pope Francis and the vital role of mothers

A Parent’s Perspective Pope Francis is a great champion of mothers. I’m sure his latest advice brought a smile to many faces. Speaking at a Mass to mark the conclusion of the 10th World Meeting of Families, he urged mothers to stop ironing their sons’ shirts and to encourage them to get married. I don’t…

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Rebuilding a culture of life

A parent’s perspective I was really excited about the recent launch of the Pray for Life Novena running from May 23-31. An initiative of the Council for Life of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, it was a great opportunity for the people of Ireland and beyond to join in praying for respect for all human…

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Seeing God as a real person we want to love more

A parent’s perspective I’m delighted that, after two grim years, I can finally attend the annual Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help this year in my neighbouring parish of Newbridge, Co. Kildare. Nothing replaces attending these parish events and celebrations in person and no Zoom login is ever comparable to being present at Mass…

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Offering practical help during Ukraine crisis

A parent’s perspective Pope Francis’ Lenten message to get off our smartphones and do good for others face-to-face is more relevant than ever. Sitting in our homes glued to the unfolding horror in Ukraine, or checking the constant updates on our phones can almost make us feel like we’re really there. We post up Ukrainian…

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Confirmation is not just a rite of passage

A Parent’s Perspective If you were to believe some of our popular media, you could be convinced that Confirmation is just a mere rite of passage, a cultural or ceremonial ritual that marks the passage of childhood into adulthood. It’s often presented as a Sacrament involving a decision to embrace or choose the Catholic faith,…

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Renewing family hope for 2022

A Parent’s Perspective The words “New year, new me” can ring a bit hollow for us and for our families if we know that so many resolutions and plans that we made in other years were quickly forgotten or abandoned. Left to ourselves, we human beings can often find life a struggle or, even if…

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