Category: Feature

Scant regard has been shown for access to the Sacraments

Religious freedom and political freedom are woven from the same cloth writes Ray Kinsella   Reflecting on Ireland’s experience under the cosh of the Covid-19 pandemic there are very real reasons for concern. The scientific evidence justifying authoritarian edicts restricting freedom of movement and of religious practise – enforced by an unsettling show of force…

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The Ascension of the Lord

The Sunday Gospel Fr Silvester O’Flynn OFM Cap.   Some of the doors that have kept people locked in have been opened in recent days, but there is still a long wait until all doors will be opened.  Religion has a huge role to play in sustaining hope by remembering the bigger picture of life.…

A corona of thorns

Eastertide is the perfect time to contemplate the knowledge that each dawn Christ rises again with us and with us dies each evening, writes John F. Deane I have been and am in lockdown in Leitrim. With my wife Ursula, we are classified as vulnerable. Without WiFi it has been difficult for me to write poetry…

God with us and in us

The Sunday Gospel Fr Silvester O’Flynn   We may be irritated by restrictions on our movements, anxious about the future of jobs and business, or disappointed by no sport. We continue to need our regular doses of the Good News. Sunday by Sunday we are moving on from the Resurrection of Jesus towards Pentecost. The…

Exclusive Excerpt: Love Life by Catherine McCann

Exclusive Excerpt Love Life: A Holistic Understanding of Ageing CHAPTER FIVE Managing the Stresses of the Older Years Stress is part and parcel of life, including the older years. It is our ability to cope with it that makes the difference between fulfilled and unfulfilled living. Learning to cope with the inevitable stresses of life…