Category: Feature

Finding space to discuss, share ideas and to question

Many people with a curiosity about faith find that studying theology brings them to the next level, writes Deirdre Soffe The thought might have crossed your mind that someday, you would like to know more about theology. Perhaps while your knowledge and skills in an occupational field advanced, your knowledge of the core issues of…

St Patrick’s Way: ‘The walk of your life’

A pilgrimage steeped in religious, cultural, historical, and political significance writes Jason Osborne A group of seven intrepid walkers set out beneath an overcast sky, guided by former BBC Northern Ireland Political Correspondent Martina Purdy. Drops of rain threatened to sour the occasion, but in keeping with the example of the saint they were following,…

Glimpsing the inner life of a city mystic

Matt Talbot’s devotion to the Eucharist allowed him to make an offering of his entire life writes Fr Hugh O’Donnell SDB As the centenary of the death of the Venerable Matt Talbot approaches (2025), maybe it’s time to recall one of Dublin’s acknowledged – though somewhat neglected – holy people. When too narrowly represented as…

Taskforce of the Kingdom

The Sunday Gospel Fr Silvester O’Flynn OFM Cap. The mission of Jesus was to establish the rule of God, the Kingdom of God, on Earth. The taskforce for the continuation of his mission would be the community of believers known as the Church. Today, in Matthew 13:24-43, three parables show how this Church is a…

Listen for the seeds of wisdom

The Sunday Gospel Fr Silvester O’Flynn OFM Cap. “The reason that I talk to them in parables is that they look without seeing and listen without hearing or understanding.” Jesus knew that people would listen to stories and remember them. Parable sounds like parallel. A parable is a story that runs parallel to life, like…

Coronavirus a call to conversion

The Irish Spirit – Issue No. 8 Exclusive excerpt from Holistic Healing, A Christian Approach by Pat Collins Postmodernism maintains that the human mind cannot know absolute truth, so at best all truth is probable, partial, and provisional. Writing in par. 91 of his encyclical Faith and Reason, St John Paul II observed, “the time…