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Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus

The Sunday Gospel My inspiration this week takes the Second Reading (Hebrews 12:1-4) as a lead in to the Gospel of the day (Luke 12: 49-53). “Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, who leads us in our faith and brings it to perfection.” I have often taken this sentence as the theme of…

‘We live in very sombre times’

Irish Catholic philosopher William Desmond warns that modern Ireland has desanctified life, writes Ruadhán Jones Reflecting on his return to Ireland in 1995, Cork-born philosopher William Desmond wrote that one sees home “in a doubled way” after a long time away. “There is no simple univocal home ever more.” I spoke to Prof. Desmond almost…

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Confronting priestly celibacy and the abuse crisis

There is a misunderstanding regarding priestly celibacy, sexual frustration and the abuse crisis according to experts, writes Chai Brady If a random person walking down any Irish street were to be queried about the reasons behind the child abuse crisis in the Church, there’s a high chance they would say priestly celibacy was the cause.…

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Faith in light and darkness

The Sunday Gospel “Character, like a photograph, is developed in darkness.” So said Yousuf Karsh, the great portrait photographer, who had extraordinary ability in balancing light and darkness to portray not only the outer visage but also the inner character of his subject. All three readings on this Sunday touch on the theme of faith…

Prisoners: the forgotten victims of Covid-19

Those in solitary confinement face higher risk of depression, anxiety and self-harm according to a new study from Queen’s University Belfast, writes Liam Fitzpatrick For a British prisoner in solitary confinement to have the same freedom of movement in his cell as a British mouse does in his cage, he would have to be two…

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Modern Irish martyrs in Korea

The six Irishmen and two of Irish descent whose cause for beatification has gone to Rome Servant of God Fr James McGinn Priest of the Missionary Society of St Columban. Born: November 15, 1911, Butte, Montana, USA. Died: July 4, 1950, Samcheok, Gangwon, South Korea. Fr James ‘Jim’ McGinn was killed in Korea July 4,…

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