Category: Features

Avoiding overworking at home

The World Health Organisation says working longer and longer hours is killing hundreds of thousands each year, writes Jason Osborne The line between work and personal life blurred throughout the pandemic for many, with bedrooms, kitchens and living rooms slipping in and out of ‘office-mode’ during the days of the week (and sometimes the weekend).…

Grilling for beginners

While the weather doesn’t support it at the moment, the ever-shortening summer implores us to get the grills out, writes Jason Osborne Summer’s close is always somewhat anxiety-producing as you realise how little time you have left for all of the things you wanted and planned to do during the summer. While the current weather…

Following God’s call out of the world

Personal profile Sr Máire Bríd of the Drumcondra Redemptoristines has followed God’s call to the very margins of human experience: enclosed, monastic life. It wasn’t a step she took lightly. Asked whether it took courage at the time, she responds, “It certainly did”. “It certainly did [require courage] because it was going against the grain.…

Calling young Catholics to get into politics

At just 23, Luke-Peter Silke leads a very busy life. As well as studying Creative Writing in university, he is the secretarial assistant to Aontú leader Peadar Tóibín, a local representative for the same party and is active among many of the pro-life organisations around the country. Mr Silke believes it’s important that Catholic values…

How we can talk meaningfully about God

The idea that you can’t say anything meaningful about what you don’t understand has a lot of intuitive appeal. If, after all, you know nothing whatsoever about the thing you’re talking about, then you can’t say anything whatsoever about it either. Imagine overhearing the following exchange: “I just happened across a Fringle.” “Oh cool! What’s…

Painting the summer away

Painting is an activity for any time of year, but it’s great for occupying the family during the long summer days, writes Jason Osborne I feel as though everyone has some painting experience buried in their past, even if it’s as simple as a former primary school activity or something our parents occupied us with as children.…