Saying goodbye during Covid-19 crisis

A parent’s perspective   My husband’s uncle died yesterday. He had Down’s syndrome and spent his life surrounded by love, a valuable and cherished member of his family. He enjoyed his simple pleasures like his soft toys, his Star War figures and his cartoons. When my husband and I visited him some weeks ago in…

Bad circumstances can bring out the best in us

A parent’s perspective   Driving through Dublin on St Patrick’s Day was a surreal experience. Normally, the city would have been thronged with people bedecked in green, white and gold; practically every town in Ireland would have had some version of a St Patrick’s Day parade and the pubs, restaurants and hotels would have been…

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Use Lent to reject the crass and superficial

A parent’s perspective I attended a really fascinating talk recently in St Saviour’s Priory in Dublin, part of the  Symposium lecture series which takes place on the first Thursday of every month. A large, enthusiastic crowd was attracted by the title ‘Edith Stein’s Understanding of Human Flourishing’. Otherwise known as St Teresa Benedicta of the…

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Jason Evert  and the Christian vision of love

A parent’s perspective An article on The Catholic World Report website discussing Pope John Paul II’s vision of marriage and the family describes love in marriage as the union of one man and one woman to form “a communion of persons, through a sincere gift of self”. It talks of love forming the inner dynamism…

Making Christmas message priority for children

A Parent’s Perspective Our family often attend Mass in the Dominican Priory of St Eustace in Newbridge, Co. Kildare. Following the example of St Dominic, the Dominicans seek to impart the truth to people who are living in a time of radically changed circumstances, an ancient Gospel truth that is forever fresh and relevant to…

Damaging effects of Pornography

A Parent’s Perspective   I have a daughter who is 13 years old, a year younger than Ana Kriegel was when she was cruelly murdered. The early teenage years should be lovely, carefree happy years, those precious years between childhood and adulthood. My mother used to love an old Val Doonican song titled ‘The Special…

Not good to be alone

A Parents Perspective Parents worry about the amount of time that young people spend on social media. I have concerns about the nature of some of the content they might see, the hours of time wasted and the need to measure up to others they see posting online, but I have another misgiving. Being a…

It takes a family to raise a child

A Parent’s Perspective A lot of Catholic events and organisations seem to cater for 18-35 year olds; others are geared towards children or married couples with children. Single people; widows and widowers, with or without children; other lone parents and those who are married and childless can often feel a little bit out on a limb.…

Beating the back to school blues

A parent’s perspective   August can be a funny kind of month in many ways.  I’ve never quite been able to shake off that lingering childhood dread that marks the last weeks of the summer holidays. A few weeks earlier the summer break stretched out, full of promise. Anything could happen: another heatwave that would…