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Reflection on the recession

michaeld_01“The truth will set you free.”  So said Michael D. Higgins TD (pictured here) at an evening prayer service in the Jesuit Church in Galway on Sunday 29 November. Almost 250 people gathered to reflect on the current economic crisis at the “Glortha  Dochas” (Voices of Hope) ecumenical event organised by Coláiste Iognáid and the Ignatian Identity Group. Principal Bernie O’Connell invited members of the Jesuit community, teachers, students, parents, religious and the general laity to “come to the God’s altar in all our brokenness to pray as one voice for divine guidance”. Dr Padraig Lenihan (U.L.) gave an historical perspective on how we, as a nation, coped with past crises, while Aer Arann MD Padraig O Ceidigh outlined how every individual  can contribute to the solutions.  The evening ended with a traditional Irish blessing  from Cathal O’Doherty SJ inviting those present  to “remember and look forward in hope”.