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Sickness and health in Ireland

The ‘Studies’ winter issue by Fergus O’Donoghue. In Sickness and in Health is the theme of our new issue. Our aim is to examine what, in the first article, John Waters describes as “The Health of Irish Society”. So, we look at specific aspects of our Health System: Hospice Care, Parasuicide, the Anti-Smoking Crusade; all of these are highly relevant. ...

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Youth cafés, not wine bars

In David Gaffney’s view, there is more chance of changing Ireland’s drinking habits through funding youth cafés than through creating a wine bar culture. The Government’s first brainwave for changing our drinking-culture was to promote wine bars. This measure fell through. But the Government may now get a second crack at the problem: by backing – as it is beginning ...

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New collection of Fr Browne photos published

Fr E.E. O’Donnell SJ has just launched a new collection of photographs by Fr Frank Browne, called Fr Browne’s Galway. The photos are candid snapshots of everyday life in Galway in the mid-20th century. Father Browne’s Galway is the title of the latest set of Fr Browne’s photographs to be edited by Fr E.E. O’Donnell, curator of the 42,000 photographs ...

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‘I sincerely hope we won’t need to call on your services this year, Father’

Some people in college think that chaplains are only there to perform duties at crisis times. But for Leon Ó Giolláin, one of the UCD chaplains, there is much more to it than that. He recounts his experience. I met Philip at the student bar one evening. When he heard that I was a chaplain, our conversation turned immediately to ...

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The age-of-consent dilemma

In this transcript of an interview for Religious News Network (RNN), Pat Coyle tells Eileen Good of her reservations about lowering the age of consent in Ireland. The current debate about whether or not the age of consent for sexual activity should be lowered to 16 is dominating the headlines. Many teenagers are having sex at a much earlier age ...

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The opposite of stability

It is a grace, not a curse, to be born into an age of instability, argues Paul Andrews. Jesus himself sought to rock people in their comfortable worlds, and this remains a feature of life for those who follow him. The church is sometimes seen as a force for stability in society. In the French Revolution, the Italian Risorgimento and ...

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Province Assembly and Congregation to be held in January

A Province Assembly will be held in early January and will be followed immediately by a Province Congregation. Through these events, the Irish Province will prepare for the General Congregation in 2008. In June of last year, John Dardis SJ, Irish Provincial, invited as wide a consultation as possible to take place in the Province in preparation for the Province ...

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Reflecting on the season of Advent

December 1, 2006 Reflecting on the season of Advent by Brendan Comerford SJ Origins and development of Advent (1) When the feast of the nativity of the Lord was introduced to Rome in the early years of the 4th century, it was celebrated as a simple memorial and was not preceded by a period of preparation. It was not until the middle of the 6th century, by which time Christmas had become a major solemnity almost on a par with Easter, that the Roman Advent made its appearance. It was outside of Rome, especially in Spain and Gaul, that the earliest form of Advent appears. The Council of Saragossa in Spain in 380

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Lonergan’s Quest – Bill Mathews

Bill Mathews SJ launched his book on Lonergan in the Milltown Institute on Friday 24 November 2006. Entitled Lonergan’s Quest, the book explores the desire that drove Lonergan’s work, through exploring the genesis, researching, composition, and question structure of Insight, Lonergan’s most famous work. Bill’s is a unique take on Lonergan: “The central thing was to understand and show his ...

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Music of Pure Love – Thomas Casey

Tom Casey SJ has published a partly autobiographical book called <em><a href=”http://jesuit.ie/blog/serendipity/exit.php?url=aHR0cDovL3d3dy50ZW1wbGVnYXRlLmNvbS9zdG9yZS9wcm9kdWN0X2luZm8ucGhwP3Byb2R1Y3RzX2lkPTIyOCAg&amp;entry_id=20″ onmouseover=”window.status=’http://www.templegate.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=228 ‘;return true;” onmouseout=”window.status=”;return true;” title=”Link”>Music of Pure Love</a></em>. <br /> <blockquote>”In a time of bleak skepticism he [Thomas Casey] sounds a note of joyous idealism and personal generosity and a call for love in a self-centered world.” Father Benedict J. Groeschel, C.F.R.</blockquote><br /> <blockquote>In this lyrical book, ...

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