Category: Feature

Finally disposing of direct provision

Welcome plans to scrap the ‘undignified’ direct provision system will be challenging, writes Chai Brady Many priests and religious have been doing their best to help integrate asylum seekers into communities as well as support them through advocacy, particularly by calling for an end to the direct provision system, but with a housing crisis and…

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Remembering a heroic Wexford priest 150 years on

Fr Peter Whelan’s compelling story of war-time ministry in the US is worth remembering, writes Chai Brady It takes a brave man to remain a prisoner of war in order to continue ministering to defeated soldiers despite being offered freedom, but that, among many other selfless things, was what Fr Peter Whelan did during the…

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Praying our troubled world…

We are called to look at our beloved, broken and beautiful earth and see the weeping face of God in it, writes Fr Daniel O’Leary You are away from your family. Your family is in trouble. You pray for the family. You hope the prayers will work. But you are still anxious. You decide to…

A time of cleansing

The Sunday Gospel Fr Silvester O’Flynn OFM Cap. Today we have John’s version of the cleansing of the temple, anticipating the replacement of temple worship by the worship of God through the risen Lord (John 2:13-25). Herod the Great, a man of mixed racial lineage, desiring to ingratiate himself with the Jews decided to build…

Listen to Him

The Sunday Gospel Fr Silvester O’Flynn OFM Cap. Lent takes us from last Sunday’s encounter with Satan in the wilderness to this Sunday’s vision of the transfigured Lord on the mountain (Mark 9:2-10). Jesus took three apostles, Peter, James and John with him up a high mountain where they could be alone. From a mountain…

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