Category: Feature

The demonic new world of online occultism

Social media like Instagram and Tiktok are allowing the occult to spread and mutate as never before Esmé Partridge tells Jason Osborne The internet in 2022 continues to provide ever-new frontiers; it truly is a wild-west that has yet to be fully mapped out and understood by those who inhabit it. While there are the…

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The parable of the rich man and Lazarus

The Sunday Gospel Luke, more than the other evangelists, portrays Jesus as being on the side of the poor. In last Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus referred to money as tainted with temptation. Today’s Gospel (Luke 16:19-23) is the parable of the rich man and Lazarus. Although he is commonly called Dives, the rich man is not actually named in…

The poor are the ambassadors of God

The Sunday Gospel In the past I often heard people complaining that too many Sunday sermons were about money. I don’t hear it nowadays, probably because the parish newsletter and parish council publicise the financial needs. This Sunday however the Gospel (Luke 16:1-13) suggests that the preacher should talk about money, dealing with its wrong use…

Irish monk finds his home in America

Irish Trappist Bro. Brian O’Dowd tells Rhina Guidos about finding his new spiritual home When Trappist Bro. Brian O’Dowd was looking for a new spiritual home, he set his sights on something different from his monastery in Ireland, built around a 13th-century Norman castle, where the religious community was dwindling. He found it, but with…

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Mickey Rourke: The rosary saved my life

Hollywood star Mickey Rourke opens up about God’s influence on his life, writes Ruadhán Jones “Most people would say – Mickey Rourke, you wouldn’t think he prays the rosary three times a day,” says the Hollywood star with a bad-boy reputation. “But maybe that’s why I’m still here.” Mr Rourke is probably best-known as a…

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You are precious to God

The Sunday Gospel While the first reading and responsorial psalm are chosen to connect with the Gospel of the day, it occasionally happens that the second reading touches on the same theme. The mercy of God to sinners features in each text this Sunday. In the first reading (Exodus 32:7-11.13-14), when the Israelites worshipped a calf…