Category: Feature

Sister Maureen’s Selection of Irish Art

The Irish Spirit – Issue No. 5 Maureen selects a number of artists and their creations and places them before us for our consideration. She gives us some significant information about the artist and takes us on a guided tour of the painting or sculpture as she sees it. She never preaches or bullies us,…

Woefully Arrayed: John Skelton (1460–1529)

The Irish Spirit – Issue No. 5 From the book The Outlaw Christ by John F. Deane John Skelton is a shadowy figure hovering at the door of English literature. Little is known about him apart from what his poems tell. He was clearly learned and a reader, quoting in his work from an impressive…

Online faith increase brings hope of renewal

Moving worship online has led to an increase in prayer and religious practice, according to a new survey of faith leaders writes Ruadhán Jones   Before the pandemic began, 44% of faith communities on the island of Ireland did not provide online worship opportunities; now this figure is down to just 13%. This is just one…

The Rosary in Ireland

The Irish Spirit – Issue No. 4 From the book Blessed Among Women by Peter de la Rosa   The Rosary that began during the ninth century in Irish monasteries, was never more needed than in 1540 when Henry VIII began to persecute the church in Ireland. The local Parliament established the monarch’s supremacy over the…

The Parish of Tomorrow

The Irish Spirit – Issue No. 4 From the book Tomorrow’s Parish by Donal Harrington   ‘Tomorrow’ flows from ‘today’. A lively awareness of where things are at today will give indications as to how tomorrow’s parish is to be shaped. Outreach and Inreach Tomorrow’s parish is one that appreciates the challenges of both outreach and…

Where do you find God?

The Irish Spirit – Issue No. 4   Where I Find God captures the spirituality of those living in twenty-first-century Ireland who believe in God. There is not much sign of a remote fearsome God but here is instead hope in a loving, caring God who dwells within us and all around us. Each believer…