Category: Features

Taking a break from social media

Taking a break from social media is an essential element of retreat in today’s world, writes Jason Osborne Life today can often feel all go, all the time. I’m coming to see that that’s a normal part of the human condition – God worked six days and rested only for one, after all – but…

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Coming to God through prayer and work

Personal Profile When Karen Wynne left home to work in Dublin, her mother encouraged her to join a prayer group. But Karen resisted until a trip to Medjugorje open her eyes to the importance of prayer and work in community are to strengthen your faith. Karen always had a connection to the Faith due to…

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Battling burnout

The Covid pandemic seems to be followed by a pandemic of tired and stressed-out people, writes Jason Osborne A cursory google reveals that the number of people wondering whether they’re burnt out is at something of an all-time high. Anecdotally, chatting to friends reveals a general sense of lingering exhaustion or lethargy that started during the pandemic…

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Celebrating the full Easter season

With Easter Sunday come and gone, it’s important not to forget to continue celebrating what God has done for us, writes Jason Osborne If you’re in any way like me, you’ll be feeling like you’re nearly at the end of your spiritual-attention span, having weathered a long Lent and embraced the Triduum, with all of its…

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Learning to love God through music

Personal Profile Ruth Hogan grew up in a family that was both musical and Catholic, but it took some time for both these childhood realities to find their home in her life. After spending time in the Holy Family Mission and giving retreats herself, she realised that music is a gift God gave her to…

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Keeping up almsgiving as Lent comes to a close

Almsgiving is about more than the material help we offer; it has an effect on our souls, writes Jason Osborne Prayer, fasting and almsgiving are the three pillars upon which a successful Lent stands. Many Catholics know of the spiritual benefits of prayer and fasting, but view almsgiving as a purely material practice that one…

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God’s love fills the empty heart

Personal Profile Sr Agnes of the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal in Drogheda faced many battles before finding her vocation. However, when she came to have a personal relationship with Jesus, she found he had the joy that would fill her heart. Born in Florida, Sr Agnes says that she grew up in a Catholic…

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Finding work in an uncertain world

Reports suggest large numbers of people continue to leave their jobs in search of greener pastures, so how does one find them, asks Jason Osborne Research throughout the pandemic and since those uncertain days informs us that millions of people across the world have upped and left their jobs, often in pursuit of a better opportunity…

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