Category: Family & Lifestyle

Ethical investing

What is socially responsible or ethical investing? Róise McGagh writes how the ordinary person can drive change   The environment has been a topic that has really been heating up over the last couple of years. Protecting the planet is a value that many hold dear, including Pope Francis. LaudatoSí’ outlines the importance of the…

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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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Dad’s Diary

We decided to triple my wife’s potential exposure to the coronavirus. It seemed like the sensible thing to do. This decision saw my wife go from working one to three shifts per week in the emergency department of our local hospital. This is on top of her normal GP work. As a doctor, she can…

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Family News and Events

Inside the box Now more than ever you might wish there was something happening to keep you and your family occupied. Since almost everything is cancelled due to the coronavirus (Covid-19), museums are closed and it’s looking like all schools and colleges will be closed for the foreseeable future, it’s time to get creative. Walking…

Creative crafts with unexpected items

Children’s Corner   I am sure you are bored out of your mind from hanging around at home. There’s no school (although for some that’s a positive), no work, and some online classes that really aren’t holding anyone’s attention span for too long. Luckily, there are plenty of crafty things you can get up to…

Stressed out

RóiseMcGagh looks at what stress really is and the impact it can have on your body and mind.   “I am so stressed.” A statement you might flippantly repeat to yourself on the daily or consistently remind friends and family of. But what does it really mean to be stressed, and what kind of effect…

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It is only in giving that we receive

Personal Profile   “There is great joy and fulfilment in being interested in and touching the lives of other people in some small way, however small. ‘It is in giving that we receive’,” says Anita McTernan, a volunteer nurse in a Sisters of Mercy, Mission Hospital in Mutomo, Kenya. Anita is not a Sister of…

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Beauty in the eye of the beholder

Everyday Philosophy   I’ve been thinking a lot about art lately. I’ve been catching up on the excellent Risking Enchantment podcast, which discusses beauty in art and culture and its place in the Catholic faith. And I recently had the privilege of hearing the art historian Elizabeth Lev talk about Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel paintings. I…

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Faith in the Family

The past few weeks have got me thinking about Lent as a spiral journey. I’ve written before about how we learn in a spiral rather than a straight line, how we come back to things to understand them more deeply, to gain a new perspective on them or simply to be reminded of what is…

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