Category: Family & Lifestyle

The ends never
 justify the means

Everyday Philosophy   Peruse the Catechism of the Catholic Church or a collection of papal encyclicals from the last century or so and it won’t be long before you find a denunciation of utilitarianism, the philosophical position that’s often summed up as being about the pursuit of ‘the greatest good for the greatest number’. Utilitarianism…

Keeping the spark

Chai Brady discusses what sustains a marriage   St Valentine’s Day is a time many couples spend quality time with each other and focus on their relationship, with care, intimacy and love being key objectives. But what happens when passionate feelings of love become more subdued, when the ‘honeymoon phase’ is long over and married…

Family News and Events

Seek to sea more Take a dive into the deep at Sea Life Bray this spring and become the newest recruits of the Jawsome Rangers and fulfil the mission of finding the missing shark teeth. Guests will be tasked with helping Prof. Finn locate the large Play-Doh model shark teeth in the tanks. This includes…

From the fires of Belfast to Africa’s slums

Personal Profile Chai Brady hears about what love and hope truly mean   Night had just fallen when a Belfast parish priest called an 18-year-old girl to help battle a blazing fire caused by a bombing, living a life devoted to others she immediately responded to the appeal. Sr Patricia Maria Speight FMSA was “haunted”…

Dad’s Diary

My heart melts when I look into my own baby’s eyes, and see her radiate love and joy towards me. Our six-month old now reaches out to touch my face as she smiles at me. She beams when I enter a room – and I dare not do so without going over to say hello.…

Meal plan mix-up

A varied diet could save the planet, writes Chai Brady   We’re constantly hearing that the planet is on the verge of a precipice, that a veritable apocalypse will befall future generations once the earth’s temperatures rise above a catastrophic level, and the human race is railroading itself with its irresponsible actions – doomed to…

Can someone be ‘too old’ to drive?

Medical Matters   The issue of fitness to drive has garnered some media attention in recent weeks after Britain’s Prince Philip was involved in a road traffic accident that came close to inflicting serious injury. Undoubtedly, if he had youth on his side and wasn’t in his 98th year many eyebrows may not have been…

Faith in the Family

News of the death of Fr Daniel O’Leary [pictured] has saddened me. Like many people around the world I am blessed to be able to say that Daniel was my friend. As a woman working within the Church, writing and speaking, involved in theology and spirituality I have often found the Church a difficult place…