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Spirituality Centre in Limerick gets busy

Parents from the Crescent recently attended the Jesuit Centre of Spirituality in Limerick for a retreat in daily life. Liam O’Connell SJ and Dermot Murray SJ each directed a number of participants. Another such retreat will be organised in May. Also, Dermot Murray and Charlie Davy animated an afternoon of personal prayer, group-sharing and Mass, on the theme of being ...

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Slow down this Lent!

Manresa is holding a series of evenings of reflection this Lent, starting on Tuesday 5 February, from 7.30pm to 9.00pm. It’s about “Making time for God” during the busy weeks of the Lenten season and “Exploring God’s loving presence”. The series continues every Tuesday until the Tuesday of Holy Week (March 18), and it will be directed by Ciary Quirke ...

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Church unity week

This year is the centenary of the January Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Among the events organised for the week is the Morning Service programme on RTÉ, 27 January, at 11.15am, which will be led by staff and students from the Irish School of Ecumenics. The Week in Dublin opens with an ecumenical service in St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral at ...

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Ignatian preparation

The end of January is the closing date for Magis 08 applications. This is the Ignatian pre-programme to World Youth Day, which takes place in Sydney, Australia next July. Organised by various Ignatian congregations, it includes projects in Cambodia, Indonesia and India among others. Patricia O’Connor of Slí Eile is the Irish coordinator and will lead the Magis group to ...

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A difficult experience of priesthood

Shortly before he passed away, Des O’Brien SJ wrote for Spirituality, a Dominican publication, this affecting meditation on living as a priest while knowing that he had an inoperable condition. Having spent just under forty years working in Zambia as a missionary priest, I came home to Ireland in September 2005 on three months scheduled leave to discover I had ...

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Asking for trouble!

Andrew Bates, a former Belvedere student, is taking a 1990 Toyota Starlet across 10,000 miles of every kind of terrain, as he and his team make their way to Mongolia. They hope to raise €5,000 for a number of charities. In December of 1995 I found myself hanging out the open door of a crowded train as it made its ...

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Is it still relevant to have devotion to saints?

Spirit Moves is a topical discussion programme on RTE which explores ethical issues that arise from current news events. Presenter, Susan McReynolds, and guests also explore questions of life and death that affect us all

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The woman at the well

February 26, 2007 The woman at the well A lenten reflection by Brendan Comerford This year 2007, we’re listening to the scripture readings for Year C in the Sunday Lectionary, yet the liturgical instructions tell us that for The Third Sunday of Lent we can use the readings for Year A if we wish! I can never resist the temptation to do so since the Gospel reading for The Third Sunday of Lent, Year A, is the marvellous story of Jesus meeting the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4:1-42). If someone were to ask you what is your image of Jesus, what would you say? When I think about that

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God who labours with us

July 5, 2006 God who labours with us by Gerry O’Hanlon SJ When the tsunami struck after Christmas in 2004 there was in Ireland and the rest of the Western world an outpouring of articles and comments expressing doubts about the existence of God. I was in India shortly afterwards. There I experienced a spontaneous turning to God for help. A big difference. We live in a secular atmosphere so that, spontaneously, believers doubt. Sometimes this is not helped by our spontaneous image of God as one who demands so much that we are paralyzed by the guilt of our inadequate response. I want briefly to explore the space for God

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Finding a new role for religion

Gerry O’Hanlon assesses the role which religion could assume in the Ireland of today, a country which has become, sadly, a place of ‘loads of money but no vision’. It may be time to re-imagine the role that religion plays in society. With all the good things that the Celtic Tiger and our Western world have given us, there is ...

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