Category: Feature

Eucharist is a source of new life

This year’s Eucharistic Congress is a chance to ponder the depths of this mystery which is at the heart of our Christian faith, writes Rik Van Nieuwenhove   The Synoptic Gospels and St Paul unanimously witness to the fact that the Eucharist was instituted by Our Lord himself. This took place during the celebrations of…

Arguing a case against human existence

  Professor William Reville examines the controversial philosophy of David Benatar   My colleague Dr Tom Moore, senior lecturer in the biochemistry department, UCC, gave a public lecture at UCC on January 18 that attracted a lot of interest. Tom described a proposal outlined by the South African philosopher David Benatar in his recent book,…

Raising a flag against racism

  Mags Gargan looks at a programme that promotes diversity in schools   ‘The biggest success of all was the attitude change in the students. This programme opened their eyes to a world of cultures and languages,” says Melissa Boyer, of the experience of St Joseph’s Girls National School in Dublin’s Finglas on participating in…

Tears of joy in Malawi – Paul Keenan

  Paul Keenan reports on a Christian charity helping those in need to help themselves   If there is an illustration that best serves the guiding principles of the Tearfund charity, it is offered from the personal experience of their CEO, Reuben Coulter. Just returned from Malawi, where he was overseeing ongoing Tearfund projects, Reuben…

The future potential of worker co-operatives

By ignoring the potential of co-operatives we are missing out on an opportunity for economic growth, writes FrDermot McKenna SJ   Regrettably, co-operative enterprise is not held in high esteem by our Government, by our professionals, by our teachers, or even by our Churches. It would be interesting to know if any of our third-level…

Life goes on for Liam after heartbreak

  Irish Catholic actor Liam Neeson tells Cindy Pearlman about life after the death of his wife   ‘I love that expression, ‘How do you make God laugh?’,” Liam Neeson says. ”The answer: ‘You just tell him your plans and then watch as fate takes you in a different direction.’ You think your life is…

Chastity – a valid life choice

  Emmet Dooley tells Mags Gargan about his decision to abstain from sex before marriage   Chastity is a word that has been reintroduced to a whole new generation thanks to the Twilight series of books and films, where a central part of the plot revolves around the fact that the main characters Bella and…

Science and the Bible

Professor William Reville examines two truths that do not contradict   The biggest rift between Christians who interpret the Bible exclusively in literal terms (creationists) and science relates to clashing explanations of the origin of the world and the origin of life. These origins are described in the Book of Genesis as acts of creation…

Cooking up a perfect Christmas

Chef Neven Maguire tells Mags Gargan about the joys of a family Christmas   Does Neven Maguire cook the family Christmas dinner? It is perhaps an obvious question to ask an award winning chef, but it is hard to resist, and the answer is of course he does. ”We had 35 in our house for…

Musical magic

The Tullamore Gospel Choir has just concluded another successful year, Paul Keenan writes   It says something of a parish choir when it not only keeps 70 members passionately involved throughout a busy year but can also maintain a long waiting list of prospective singers. This, however, is the impressive boast of the Tullamore Gospel…