Category: Feature

Where and how do you find peace in your daily life?

For her latest book, Sr Stan asks a wide range of people across Irish society where they find peace From media personalities like Tommy Tiernan, Miriam O’Callaghan, Ray D’Arcy, to politicians like Taoiseach Micheál Martin and President Michael D. Higgins, all answer the question in their own way, giving us an insight into their minds…

Prepare a way for the Lord

The Sunday Gospel “The Word of God came to John son of Zechariah, in the wilderness.” I really love Advent. Each season of the liturgical year has its own rich spirituality, but I think Advent has the message that is most relevant at the moment, at least in the state of the Church in Western…

Jesus Christ, the Universal King

The Sunday Gospel This is the last Sunday of the liturgical year when we celebrate Jesus Christ, the Universal King. The end of the year anticipates the end of time when “the Kingdom of God will come in all its fullness. Then the just will reign with Jesus Christ for ever, glorified in body and soul,…

Purgatory: Therapy of divine love

The Sunday Gospel November is the month when we remember those who have died and we pray for the souls in purgatory. Purgatory is not specifically mentioned in the Bible but the doctrine of purgatory is a beautiful development which holds in unity two ideas that might appear to be contradictory. The doctrine of God’s…

Supporting healthy hearts and healthy bodies

Legacy Supplement 2021 – A Future Full of Hope Legacy donations can help charities like the Irish Heart Foundation and Special Olympics Ireland after a devastating pandemic, and long into the future, writes Chai Brady The vulnerable in Irish society can be forgotten during times of crisis, which has devastating effects, not least for those…

Helping people to smile after stigma

Legacy Supplement 2021 – A Future Full of Hope Operation Smile continues to combat cleft lips, palates and stigma around the world, through Covid and beyond, hears Jason Osborne Cleft lips and cleft palates aren’t too much a feature of day-to-day life in Ireland or the western world anymore, modern science and medicine allowing these…

She gave all she had…

The Sunday Gospel The first reading and Gospel today (Mark 12:38-44) feature poor widows who gave all they had. The evangelist Mark had a habit of following the teaching of Jesus with the example of some person who embodies or exemplifies that lesson. Last Sunday we heard the answer of Jesus to the question of what was…