Category: Editorials

Christmas as a story of struggle

If someone who had never heard the story of Jesus were to ask any of us about his origins, we would, I suspect, begin with the story of his birth in Bethlehem. It’s a story that we’re all familiar with from childhood. In schools and parish halls across the country, countless generations of Irish children…

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Doubt is an authentic experience of faith

Editor’s Comment The Most Reluctant Convert is a film that traces the spiritual journey of the renowned author of The Chronicles of Narnia Belfast-born C.S. Lewis. It explores the impact friends had on the committed atheist and how they forced Lewis to question his own disbelief. The title of the film is taken from Lewis’ own description of…

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An Advent call to rediscover thrift

We have tested and tasted too much, lover- Through a chink too wide there comes in no wonder. But here in the Advent-darkened room Where the dry black bread and the sugarless tea Of penance will charm back the luxury Of a child’s soul, we’ll return to Doom The knowledge we stole but could not…

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Wherein lies the power of the papacy?

The story is told – probably apocryphally – that in the year 1210 St Francis of Assisi had an audience with Pope Innocent III. During the course of their meeting, both men strolled through the Vatican treasury with all the wealth that this contained at the time as a sure sign of the temporal power…

Faith is vital rather than an eccentric hobby

The shock was palpable as news spread on Friday afternoon that the British MP Sir David Amess had been killed. His murder – by a suspected Islamist – sent shockwaves through the political system in Britain. While every death in such circumstances is beyond awful, Sir David’s murder seems to have struck a deeper chord…