The opening chapter of RTE broadcaster Aidan Mathews’ new book, In the Poorer Quarters, begins with memories of the Jesuit church in Gardiner Street, Dublin. This sets the tone for a man seriously engaging with modern faith issues in the context of a tradition. The book, written by the former Gonzaga student, is based on his RTE radio programme of the same name. It is a contemporary dialogue with the Gospel of Mark taken from twelve months of his broadcasts. The book is currently being serialised in the Irish Catholic. Chapter 12, entitled Crossings, was reproduced in last week’s edition. Read the first chapter on CatholicIreland.net; for details on the book, see www.veritas.ie.