Category: Parenting

Faith in the Family

I find myself wondering where Mary is and what her thoughts are in this time between Easter and Pentecost, between the resurrection of Jesus and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The Gospels do not tell us about the encounter between Jesus and his mother – and we can scarcely begin to imagine it. Mary’s rebellious…

Dad’s Diary

I have long been fascinated by islands. I remember, as a boy, taking my father’s small boat out to unpopulated islands off West Cork. I would step ashore like Robinson Crusoe on to a perfect, silent beach. There was always a profound serenity on these little islands, the troubles of the world were at a remove.…

Faith in the Family

I have a lot of empathy for the disciples in this Sunday’s Gospel (John 20:19-31). They are gathered together in a room with the doors closed, “for fear of the Jews”. When Jesus appears among them the disciples are filled with joy but are not overly surprised. This is not the moment when they realise Jesus…

Making Easter extra special for your family

A Parent’s Perspective   Easter is such a lovely time of year. With the darker evenings behind us and the daffodils heralding the new growth, there’s a great feeling of hope and joy. For many families, the lead up to Easter is a bit similar to the pre-Christmas period with concerns about catering for family…

Dad’s Diary

It’s the last stand of the snowmen. As I write, our once-proud snowman, is standing forlorn, misshapen and incongruous, in our green and florid garden. The spring sunshine is blazing down on him like a lethal nuclear blast. I sense that mortality is on his mind. This has been a long winter which, even in…

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Children’s Corner   Scientific experiments are an excellent way to learn about the world around you and also allow you to create, imagine, and explore. Although in movies scientists are often wearing long white lab coats and are usually surrounded with test-tubes of bubbling liquids, you don’t actually need any of these things to do…

Faith in the Family

As we enter into Holy Week I find the scriptures of this Lenten season echoing within me. They are words of love and liberation. From the first week of Lent we are urged to love our neighbour as ourselves. Relationship with God is never just a ‘me and you’ affair. It is always lived out…

Dad’s Diary

Toddlers are criminals. At least they would be if they were not below the age of criminal responsibility. If they were held to the same standards as the rest of us, the police would be overwhelmed with reports of toddler-related public disorder, affray, criminal damage, riot and assault. If charged with such crimes, most toddlers…

Faith in the Family

I’m off the coffee for Lent. I thought I would be struggling. Usually half way through the morning I feel that I simply need to get a cup of coffee. It turns out…I don’t! Now perhaps by the end of Lent I will be walking past coffee shops simply to get a whiff of the…