Category: Feature

Online faith increase brings hope of renewal

Moving worship online has led to an increase in prayer and religious practice, according to a new survey of faith leaders writes Ruadhán Jones   Before the pandemic began, 44% of faith communities on the island of Ireland did not provide online worship opportunities; now this figure is down to just 13%. This is just one…

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The Rosary in Ireland

The Irish Spirit – Issue No. 4 From the book Blessed Among Women by Peter de la Rosa   The Rosary that began during the ninth century in Irish monasteries, was never more needed than in 1540 when Henry VIII began to persecute the church in Ireland. The local Parliament established the monarch’s supremacy over the…

The Parish of Tomorrow

The Irish Spirit – Issue No. 4 From the book Tomorrow’s Parish by Donal Harrington   ‘Tomorrow’ flows from ‘today’. A lively awareness of where things are at today will give indications as to how tomorrow’s parish is to be shaped. Outreach and Inreach Tomorrow’s parish is one that appreciates the challenges of both outreach and…

Where do you find God?

The Irish Spirit – Issue No. 4   Where I Find God captures the spirituality of those living in twenty-first-century Ireland who believe in God. There is not much sign of a remote fearsome God but here is instead hope in a loving, caring God who dwells within us and all around us. Each believer…

Tense Twins: The Church and Political Life

The Irish Spirit – Issue No. 4 Exclusive Excerpt from How to Defend the Faith Without Raising Your Voice by Michael Kelly and Austen Ivereigh   It is common to hear that religion and politics should be kept apart. But what is meant by ‘religion’? The contemporary meaning of the word ‘religion’ came into being…

The False Guide

The Irish Spirit – Issue No. 4 From the book The Healing Habit by Daniel O’Leary   The mind is, of course, powerfully spiritual. Your beautiful mind, when fired by a loving trust, can transform your life at many levels. But your precious mind, when driven by greed, revenge, resentment or a burning sense of injustice,…

Send for reinforcements

The Irish Spirit – Issue No. 4 From the book Travelling Light by Daniel O’Leary   When we find ourselves in trouble or struggling with external anxieties, our guardian angels are there to support us. When we were children, having been beaten in a fight, or if the odds seemed too great, we would call…