Category: Feature

Hospital diary of a grateful priest

Fr Pádraig Ó Cochláin “Is ait an mac an saol” is an old Irish saying, meaning that life is strange. I was released from hospital recently and am now on the road to recovery from Covid-19, a mysterious virus which seems to have originated in China, in late 2019. Many people by now have been…

Click here to subscribe

Tempest of the heart

The Sunday Gospel Fr Silvester O’Flynn OFM Cap. About ten years ago we celebrated the Year of Faith and the logo chosen as a symbol of the times was the boat tossed about in a storm, today’s Gospel, Mark 4:35-41. In this series of Sunday Reflections, we have already referred to the problems of the…

Reimagining the Church with deacons’ help

The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the much-needed support given by deacons, writes Chai Brady In many ways the Church in Ireland has been slow to roll out the permanent diaconate which has been a feature in other countries for about half a century after Vatican II’s decision to bring it back in the 60s. It…

Click here to subscribe

Rediscovering tradition’s golden thread

In our present age of chaos, Sohrab Ahmari argues that tradition is man’s only hope for a fulfilling life, writes Jason Osborne Sohrab Ahmari’s new book, The Unbroken Thread: Discovering the Wisdom of Tradition in an Age of Chaos, opens with two epigraphs which, as might be expected of an epigraph, perfectly set the tone…

Click here to subscribe

The power of little seeds

The Sunday Gospel Fr Silvester O’Flynn OFM Cap. There are many priests, teachers and parents who feel totally inadequate in the face of today’s society. The answers of yesterday seem to have no relationship with the questions of today. Many people are finding it hard to hold on to any faith in the Church. They…