Signposts for a life of faith

A parent’s perspective   I attended Mass recently in St Eustace’s Dominican church in Newbridge, Co. Kildare. The homily preached by Fr John Harris OP was one of the best I’ve ever heard. You could hear a pin drop as he painted a vivid description of the Gospel story where the apostle, Peter, jumps out…

Living the Easter message all year long

A Parent’s Perspective   At the Easter Vigil Mass in St Patrick’s Cathedral in Armagh some years ago Archbishop Eamon Martin recalled how St John Paul II loved to quote St Augustine: “Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and Alleluia is our song.” As a child, a lot of my…

Lessons in love our children deserve

A Parent’s Perspective   I always remember my mother giving me a little pamphlet titled My Dear Daughter which was the equivalent of what’s commonly referred to as ‘The Talk’. Schools often depend on outside-trained speakers now to supplement the information they deliver on sexuality and relationships.  Parents may be relieved to leave this aspect of…

Cleanliness: a kindly road to Godliness

A Parent’s Perspective   I’ve already seen the first pictures of snowdrops posted on Facebook and am beginning to notice the ‘grand stretch in the evenings’ and the first hopeful signs of spring. Of course, after last year’s experience we can’t rule out a late fall of snow and I’m sure a few wise people…

A last gift for loved ones

A parent’s perspective   There’s something 
I like about November, tucked in between the beauty and colour of October and the hustle and bustle of December. November reminds me of the inevitability of death as the last few withered leaves lose their fragile hold on the branches, clinging on for one last flash of glory.…

A rich history of social justice

A Parent’s Perspective   My daughter is studying history for the Leaving Certificate and was quizzing me recently about the differences between communism and socialism. I was just about to settle down to watch a film so I took the easy option of playing a few YouTube videos and referring to George Orwell’s Animal Farm…