Category: Parenting

It’s time for us to step UP, not step OUT

A Parent’s Perspective   There has been much soul searching in Ireland  in the last few weeks. What could have gone so wrong that produced such a devastating result in the referendum on the Eighth Amendment, the one that protected the equal right to life of the unborn? How could Catholics attend Mass, hear the…

Dad’s Diary

For a child, the most magical part of their home is not the house itself, but the garden. Gardens twitter and hum with life. They are full of mysterious bugs, birds, frogs and sundry slimy things. Bushes and undergrowth become secret dens, where adults may not tread. The lawn is for football and games of…

Faith in the Family

For the past number of years I have been producing a resource called Seeds of Faith, the aim of which is to help families explore and understand Faith, prayer, spirituality and liturgy a little bit more deeply. Seeds of Faith follows the Church’s three-year cycle so although I regularly update the material there is a…

Pastoral Congress: the family experience

WMOF2018 Brenda Drumm   The Amoris Parish Programme has concluded, plans are advanced and dates have been selected for the last few diocesan and parish family gatherings and, with the exception of the local opening for WMOF2018 in each diocese on August 21, all eyes are now on Dublin for the five days on the…

Dad’d Diary

This is the face of 21st-Century nesting: a steady stream of Amazon boxes full of baby bottles, nappies and sundry accoutrements has been arriving at the door for days. My wife was distracted, studying for a high-pressure medical exam she had to do. Now that it’s done, her mind has turned more fully to the…

Faith in the Family

We are a week on from a decision that has changed Ireland forever. I recognise the possibility that you may be saying, “please, no, we have had enough, let’s talk about something else” and yet the reality is that the time for talking has only begun. This weekend we celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi…

Dad’s Diary

You are always in the middle of something critical when you get ‘the call from school’. A surgeon might be about to make that vital incision when his mobile will bring with the news that a kid has a high temperature. A footballer might be about to score the winning goal in the FA Cup…

Faith in the Family

There are days when the whole idea of the holiness of everyday life seems like bizarre nonsense. Today has been one of those days. I found out today that something I have worked on and had professionally printed has two substantial errors in it and is going to have to be reprinted. I spent the…

Dad’s Diary

It was supposed to be like a scene from a 1980s coming-of-age movie: two soft-focus kids being left at camp, looking back wistfully at their parents, as they slowly waved goodbye. Mom holds back the tears, while dad puts a comforting arm around her shoulder, as they watch their kids take a giant step out…

Faith in the Family

I have been reading Pope Francis on the call to holiness in today’s world. My heart sings when I see him draw upon images of the family to illustrate what he means by holiness. As always with Pope Francis, it is a very down-to-earth holiness. He says, ‘We are all called to be holy by…