Category: Books

Explorations of the Ignatian spirituality

To Love and to Serve: Selected Essays Exploring the Ignatian Tradition by Brian O’Leary SJ (Messenger Publications, €25.00 / £23.00) From the beginning of his career as a priest and academic Brian O’Leary has been involved in exploring various aspects of spirituality, especially as they derive from the Ignatian tradition to which he himself belongs. Much…

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The Letters of St Ignatius

Counsels of the Holy Spirit: A Reading of Saint Ignatius’s Letters by Patrick C Goujon SJ, translated by Joseph Munitiz SJ (Messenger Publications, €14.95 / £12.95) Counsels of the Holy Spirit promises in the blurb that “the lay reader will find [it] an accessible and practical guide to the core concepts of Ignatian spirituality”. Being myself a…

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Belfast life and its changing nature

A City Imagined: Belfast Soulscapes by Gerald Dawe (Merrion Press, €19.95) Joe Carroll Gerald Dawe grew up in pre-Troubles sectarian Belfast, and this slim book is his third attempt to re-capture what today can seem a magical time when poetry and music were flourishing on narrow streets. As Dawe took his first steps as a…

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Is this the right way to show children the Biblical past?

Whistlestop Tales: Around the World in 10 Bible Stories by Krish Kandiah and Miriam Kandiah (Hodder Faith / Young Explorers series, £10.99 / €12.99) This well-intentioned book for younger readers highlights an increasing problem in today’s culture. With the disappearance of the classics (Greek and Roman) from the curriculum, and the ever-narrowing perspectives of history being taught, young…

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American presidents and their books

Author in Chief: The untold story of our presidents and the books they wrote by Craig Fehrman (Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster, $30) Felix M. Larkin All US presidents since Truman – including Truman – have written books, and many earlier presidents have also. These books generally fall into two categories: campaign books that…

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Recent books in brief

Fatima, the Family and Church: Mary’s Message with Prayers and Devotions by Timothy Tindal Robertson and Donal Anthony Foley (Catholic Truth Society, £3.50 / €4.20) This booklet is by two writers who have between them decades of work in promoting Fatima. In 2013 Pope Francis decided to hold a Marian Day in the Year of Faith…

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A lost soul from the Irish Diaspora

London-Irish voices from our great Diaspora 1851 These days we hear a great deal about the Irish Diaspora. But all too often this means the life stories of those who did well in other parts of the world; the mass of emigrants become in a sense an amorphous cloud of exiled poverty. Now and again…

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Recalling the ups and downs of a great Clan

The O’Mahony Journal (No. 43, 2020) Nora M. Hickey (The O’Mahony Society who produces this annual can be contacted through Cristeoir D. F. O. O’Maony ‘Rosbrin’, 27 Woodlands, Montenotte, Co. Cork. email: dfomahoney@gmail.com Here in Ireland there are many people who are well-known, and enjoyed by all but who never rise to the honour of…

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Recent books in brief

I am with you still: Faith reflections from a Covid-19 World edited with a series of reflections by John Quinn, foreword by Donal Dorr (Veritas, €12.99/£11.70) In his new book popular writer John Quinn has drawn together some 18 people of all kinds from the corners of Ireland to give thought to the situation we have…

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