Category: Comment & Analysis

‘Outdoor housework’ has its attractions

I’m never been much of a garden person – rather concurring with whoever described gardening as ‘outside housework’. That is, chores  done to maintain some kind of domestic order, rather than for any kind of fulfillment. But the Covid-19 lockdown did make me aware that there are people who have no gardens, and no access…

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A plan back to Mass… but not as we know it

As the journey back to common worship continues, parishes will need to be ready to hit the ground running, writes Michael Kelly Archbishop Diarmuid Martin spoke for many when he said on Monday evening that “as Christians, we suffer through not being able to celebrate our faith through public worship”. The suspension of public Masses…

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What faithful friendship means

I grew up in a close family and one of hardest things I ever did was to leave home and family at the age of 17 to enter the novitiate of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. That novitiate year wasn’t easy. I missed my family intensely and stayed in touch with them insofar as the…

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Ukraine’s ‘abandoned’ babies

Surrogacy is a complicated issue – the demand for surrogacy services certainly indicates that while there have been so many well-financed pressures to get rid of babies, there is also a strong global demand to acquire babies. Surrogacy is big business. A recent drama on BBC TV, The Nest, broadcast in April, portrayed a wealthy…

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The fruitful search for some peace of mind

The View   Memories of people and travel, repeat performances and modern systems of communication with family, friends and colleagues all help to maintain sanity. While the airwaves are dominated by just one subject, we all need occupations that can absorb our attention and lift our mind onto other things. The museum of the Vienna…

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