On Being Blessed by Social Media: Reflections of a User
When I started secondary school, if you didn’t have Facebook, you may as well not have existed. If you didn’t have Facebook, nobody could tag you in anything, no one could like your posts or, perhaps most importantly, your profile pictures. The number of likes you could rack up on a picture of yourself was
Interview: The Second Military Career of Fr David Murphy
FR CHRIS HAYDEN: Fr David Murphy, we’re sitting here in the chaplain’s house in Liam Mellows Barracks, Renmore, Galway, where you’re stationed at present.1 What’s your role here? FR DAVID MURPHY: I’m here as a locum chaplain for the Defence Forces. I cover for chaplains who are stationed overseas, until their return. At the moment,
St Thérèse of Lisieux, Patroness of the Missions
Pope Pius X1 declared St Thérèse the Universal Patroness of the Missions in 1927, ‘equal to St Francis Xavier, with all the rights and privileges that went with this title.’ How was this humble Carmelite, who died at twenty-four and who never left the enclosure of her Carmel, put on a par with Francis Xavier,
Rejecting Racism: Welcome, Protect, Promote and Integrate
I was only ten years of age when Martin Luther King delivered the famous speech at the Lincoln Memorial, in which he said: ‘I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content
The Making and the Meaning of a Statue: The Martyrdom of St Oliver Plunkett
"I don’t expect people to pray in front of an image if I haven’t prayed in front of it." - Dony MacManus
Interview with Sr Máire Hickey OSB, Abbess of Kylemore Abbey
FR CHRIS HAYDEN Can you tell us something about the striking building which became Kylemore Abbey? SR MÁIRE HICKEY The Abbey building was constructed between 1867 and 1872, by Mitchell Henry, a wealthy Englishman of Northern Irish descent. The surroundings are spectacular, and the house itself is an extraordinary feat, because he had to dig
The World Meeting of Families: A Lourdes Reflection
The World Meeting of Family draws closer. We can count now the ‘sleeps’ as the children do for First Holy Communion. Here in Lourdes this week we have time to pray a pilgrimage of preparation. The world is our home, given to us in trust for our children’s children. It is a time to rediscover
July-August Editorial – ‘Do not be afraid’
On the morning of 26 May 2018, many Irish people felt that they had woken up in a foreign country. The outcome of the previous day’s referendum was sad but unsurprising; the scale was staggering; the jubilation was shocking – indeed disgusting to many; the anti-Catholic sentiment that laced the commentary was both interesting and
June Editorial – Rejoice and Be Glad!
Our faith is as big as the universe: it gives us a vision we can always be striving after, an arc under which every day of our lives, every period of history, is lived.
Getting Our Congregations to Sing! – Father Liam Lawton
'The great French liturgist, Joseph Gelineau, once said: "If one voice in the assembly is silent, then the praise of God is incomplete …"