Category: Opinion

The redemptive powers in our midst

I attended a funeral last week, which is not, in itself, an unusual event among my demographic. But this funeral was an illumination, for me, of the redemptive powers that are in our midst. She remembered him being great fun, telling her bedtime stories, singing Irish ballads and Wagnerian opera” The deceased was Heather Iandolo, aged…

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Agriculture emission targets: challenges and hopes

The Pope’s call for young people to reduce meat intake comes at a time when Ireland is pushing for a more sustainable agriculture sector, writes Chai Brady The Government’s agreed set ceilings for greenhouse gas emissions for each sector have been dubbed a “positive step” by climate scientists, renewing hopes Ireland will reach its commitment…

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Rome comes clean about its money

If you were listening closely this week, your ears may have picked up a subterranean rumbling out of Rome. It was the sound of the tectonic plates of history shifting, as, perhaps for the first time ever, the Vatican actually more or less came clean about its finances. In the old days, it used to…

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Making a recessive journey

In a particularly poignant passage in her poem, The Leaf and the Cloud, Mary Oliver pictures herself standing at the gravesite of her mother and father, reflecting on their lives. They were far from perfect and she doesn’t sugarcoat their faults. She openly names her mother’s heaviness of soul and her father’s immature faith. She…

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Finding God by opening to his love

You might very well think it is an obvious thing for a priest to say but recently, I have been thinking a lot about Faith. A few weeks ago, the Harvard business school professor, Arthur C. Brooks, shocked RTÉ radio presenter, Brendan O‘Connor by suggesting that the two most important things that guarantee a happy…

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