Brendan McManus SJ

Fermanagh-born Brendan McManus SJ works in the area of spirituality and spiritual accompaniment. He is the author of Redemption Road: Grieving on the Camino, a highly-praised personal reflection on healing and recovery. It deals with Brendan’s experience on the Camino pilgrimage as part of his effort to come to terms with his brother’s suicide.

Praying with your desire: The Manresa method

July 5, 2022

BRENDAN McMANUS :: This three-part way of intimately connecting with God is based on the experience of an Ignatian Immersion Course in Manresa, Spain.

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Watching ‘Belfast’ in Belfast

February 9, 2022

BRENDAN McMANUS :: Kenneth Branagh's film 'Belfast' has much to recommend it, but it does not illuminate much with regard to the Troubles.

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Bear Grylls and faith

January 26, 2022

BRENDAN McMANUS :: Bear Grylls's bestselling book expresses an admirable faith, but it prompts deeper questions about God in our lives.

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Doing the unthinkable: Facing phobias and anxieties

October 11, 2021

BRENDAN McMANUS SJ :: To cope with stress and overcome our demons in this anxiety-filled world, we need a strategy that works

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Open water swimming: an exercise in contemplation and discernment

June 9, 2021

BRENDAN McMANUS SJ :: It may seem like madness to swim in a lake or sea outside peak summer, but it does wonders for mental health

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Asking for help when you need it

February 24, 2021

BRENDAN McMANUS :: People with poor mental health can become trapped by their condition. They don't feel well enough to get help. But help is available and it is necessary

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Looking back to see forward

February 9, 2021

BRENDAN McMANUS :: Using the insights of St Ignatius so as to develop a habit of reflection in oneself and in one's students

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2020 through 13 blogposts

December 22, 2020

BRENDAN McMANUS SJ :: A guide to the blogpost coverage of this extraordinary year of lockdowns, restrictions, isolation, and insulation

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Filter your thoughts against reality

December 15, 2020

BRENDAN McMANUS SJ :: Hints for living a balanced life, learning to distinguish between the different voices in our head.

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Why lockdown is like an Ignatian retreat

November 10, 2020

BRENDAN McMANUS SJ :: A time of lockdown is often experienced as an involuntary ‘retreat'. Insights from spiritual retreats can be helpful.

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