Category: Family & Lifestyle

Keeping insomnia at bay

The warm weather will make sleeping more difficult for many of us, but for some, it’s a problem all year round, writes Jason Osborne Recent conversations with some family and friends have made me very grateful for the ease with which I sleep. I’ve heard many reports of people struggling to get comfortable and drift…

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Planning summer holidays with God in heart

A Parent’s Perspective I found an old book on the bookshelf recently that had been a present from my mother to my two eldest sons. In the inside of the publication, Yes! The Life of Blessed Josemaría for Young Readers, I discovered a lovely inscription. It said “To Adam and David, with love from Grandma…

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Giving thanks to God in the family

Personal Profile When David Mullins was 18, he spent a year in the Franciscan postulancy. After the year finished, he decided to take a break, intending to return at a later date. “But things changed,” Mr Mullins tells The Irish Catholic, “and I got married and now I have five kids!” He maintains a great…

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Dad’s Diary

Some friends kindly left us look after their cottage on an island off west Cork during the past month. Each Friday, we packed the kids into the car straight after school and rushed westward to catch the ferry. As soon as we stepped ashore on the island, we entered into another world, where time goes…

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Getting a good grounding with parachutes

Children’s Corner Not many people have had the opportunity to majestically descend through the air at jaw-dropping heights with a parachute. It certainly isn’t for someone with a fear of heights! It can be defined as a device that slows the vertical descent of something falling through the atmosphere. Reports of parachutes date back to…

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Family News

Remote work here to stay as Facebook reopens offices Facebook has said it will give its employees the option of sticking with remote work for the long-term, going as far as to aid employees interested in moving to other countries. The social media giant told AFP that beginning June 15, it will let any employee…

Staying safe under the sun

The Irish love of the sun must be tempered with prudence and sun cream, writes Jason Osborne We’re getting to that point in the year when the sun starts to make its all-too-fleeting appearances upon these shores. Emerging from what seems like the rainiest start to a year in recent memory, I’ve lapped up whatever exposure…

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Judging an authority to be trustworthy

Everyday Philosophy Is there something immature about deferring to authority on moral questions? If your reason for doing something is that “person x said it was good” or “x group says it is morally mandatory” is that ever legitimate? Immanuel Kant is often thought of as arguing something like this. Kant thought that the only…

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30 years working for the Lord in Cambodia

Personal Profile There was such a degree of happenstance in Jesuit Fr Ashley Evans’ call to Cambodia that it could only have come from God. Having initially been denied his wish to serve as a worker-priest in Birmingham, Fr Evans volunteered for the newly formed Jesuit Refugee Services (JRS) and was sent to Thailand. There…

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