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Addressing moments of transcendence

At Manresa’s Arts and Spirituality seminar in August, writer and director Peter Sheridan spoke about how his understanding of both art and the spirit were greatly influenced by the tragic death of his brother, Frankie. The death of my brother Frankie in 1967 was always going to be the defining chapter in the book. He died on the 17th of ...

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Celebrating 400 years of the Irish College, Louvain

This year the 400th anniversary of the foundation of St Anthony’s College, the Irish Franciscan College in Louvain, is celebrated. Brian Mac Cuarta was in Louvain for the occasion. From the Louvain celebration website: St Anthony’s College, the Irish Franciscan College in Louvain was founded in May 1607 by Florence Conry, Irish Franciscan, theologian and aide to Red Hugh O’Donnell. ...

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Paddy Lydon announces his retirement from the Jes.

Paddy Lydon will end a fifty-two year association with Coláiste Iognáid, Galway, when he retires later this year from his position as principal. Mr. Pádhraic (Paddy) Lydon, Principal of Coláiste Iognáid, Galway has announced to the Board of Management that he intends to resign as Principal, effective from November 5th 2007. His departure will, for him, mark the end of ...

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Happiness and the inner self

Below is an edited version of a talk to the ‘Happiness and Its Causes’ Conference, given in Sydney on June 15, 2007, by Clive Hamilton. The original may be found on the Eureka Street website. Eureka Street is a magazine produced by the Australian Jesuit province. We all want to live a happy life. But what do we think of ...

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What hope for faith in the new Ireland?

Michael Paul Gallagher SJ spoke to almost 400 priests at a recent Dublin Diocesan conference. He explored such issues as changes in Irish culture, the challenge of post-modernism, and the “languages of faith”. The title of my presentation for the Dublin priests was “After a cultural revolution, what hope for faith?”, and I described it more as an evocation than ...

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Democracy and happiness – a good kind of warfare

by Edmond Grace SJ Appendix II: Warfare and Spirituality Peace cannot be sustained by the shrill denunciation of those who resort to armed violence and certainly not by a supercilious disregard of those who love military life. We place peace in danger if we underestimate the power of warfare to seduce young men, in particular, and if we fail to ...

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Democracy and happiness

Edmond Grace SJ’s book, Democracy and Public Happiness, was launched last week in the Rotunda of City Hall, Dublin Castle, by Eamon. PREFACE: A reflection on the democratic process, based on the proceedings of the Dialogue on Democracy Seminar, Dublin 2004-2005 One of the hallmarks of Irish political heritage, on both sides of the Atlantic, has been a capacity to ...

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Democracy and making the people happy

Edmond Grace’s book, Democracy and Happiness, the fruit of a lengthy consultation process with many leading Irish public servants, was launched last week at the Rotunda in City Hall, Dublin, by Minister Eamon Ryan. Edmond Grace SJ worked in the Dublin inner-city parish of Gardiner St. and was a founder member of the Dublin Citywide Drugs Crisis Campaign. His work ...

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Addiction and the issue of vision and values

Manresa held a very successful seminar last weekend on addiction in Irish society. A number of specialist speakers focused on situating the problem, analysing underlying issues, and seeking ways of dealing more effectively with the causes. Reflecting on the major seminar on ‘Addiction and a Changing society’, held in Manresa last weekend, the Director, Fr. Paddy Carberry, S.J., confessed to ...

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The Messenger and the Novena

The Sacred Heart Messenger is bringing out a CD of the Novena to the Sacred Heart, complete with prayers and hymns. John Looby SJ, editor of the Messenger, explains the initiative. A young school girl, as an article in the June issue of the Sacred Heart Messenger recalls, asked the Archbishop of Paris why there was no month dedicated to ...

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