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A terrible beauty

January 25, 2007 A terrible beauty How the Irish are in flight from the past by Thomas G Casey SJ Every article written for the Jesuit journal La Civiltà Cattolica must be vetted by the Vatican before it is published. For this reason, many people believe that La Civiltà Cattolica is the unofficial voice of the Holy See. So what does the Vatican currently think about Ireland? What perspective on our country does the Holy See subscribe to? All the signs are that the Vatican believes there may be a terrible beauty unfolding in our land. At least that is what an article written by Thomas Casey in last month’s La Civiltà Cattolica

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Lifeline for the suicidal

In his regular AMDG column, David Gaffney applauds efforts, both in Ireland and abroad, to take a holistic, communitarian approach to suicide prevention, especially among young people. There were two reasons why I found myself being interviewed by George Hook on Newstalk 106 FM. One was that was that President Mary McAleese had presided on the previous day at the ...

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What is love?

Christine Clear, who is currently giving a course on Love at the Milltown Institute, reflects here on the multifarious and complex meanings of that simple word. Do you think a lone tiger crossing the frozen planes of the Antarctic is really just searching for love? Are the thousands of marathon joggers crossing a bridge in any one city really running ...

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The Jesuits: God’s ‘secret agents’!

Brendan McManus SJ reviews a recent book about the Jesuits in 16th and 17th century Britain, a book which goes a long way towards rebutting the pejorative fictions about Jesuit priests which have abounded for centuries. The word “Jesuitical”, typically used in a pejorative sense, aptly applies to the vision of the Jesuits portrayed in Alice Hogge’s God’s Secret Agents.

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Taking time out with the LRA

The Lay Retreat Association has been running retreats since its foundation (by Fr Eugene Ward SJ) in 1945. It is still alive and well, meeting the needs of lay people from all over the country. Pat Carey describes its origins and aims. We all need our own little space from time to time. The LRA has been providing such a ...

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The Ignatian dimension of Clongowes life

Recently appointed Director of Ethos in Clongowes Wood College, Frank Clarke poses some interesting questions and outlines some new programmes which will further emphasise the role of Ignatian spirituality and Jesuit identity in the college community. Who are the Jesuits? Who was Ignatius? Why do over 20,000 people in the world dedicate their lives to Christ by living the vocation ...

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The Pope: a scholar and a gentleman

Michael Paul Gallagher, Dean of Theology at the Gregorian University, has watched Pope Benedict from close quarters and has been very impressed. He speaks about the pope to Piaras Jackson SJ in this interview for RNN. Fr. Michael Paul Gallagher: Oh it was exciting, it was a great morning. It was a beautiful morning too, a lovely sunny morning. And ...

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Silence and the slowed-down life

Philip Groening spent six months living with Carthusian monks in France in order to make a film about their lives. The film, ‘Into Great Silence’, is an extraordinary chronicle of extraordinary men. Pat Coyle went to see it – twice! In 1987 film-maker Phillip Groening asked the Carthusian monks of the Grande Chartreuse Abbey in France if he could make ...

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Women with child

Paul Andrews stresses the need for people to perceive pregnancy positively and for society to respond compassionately to the needs of women at this vulnerable time of their lives, no matter what the circumstances of the pregnancy are. Do you remember the abortion referendum of 2002? Less than 43% of the population had bothered to vote. We were glad to ...

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