Appreciating what’s done on your behalf

A YOUNG, academically-excellent person applied for a managerial position in a big company. He passed the first interview. The managing director conducted the last interview and made the final decision. He discovered from the candidate’s CV that his academic achievements...

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The healer

I SAW a strange sight. I stumbled upon a story most strange, like nothing my life had ever prepared me for. Hush, child. Hush, now, and I will tell it to you. Even before the dawn one Friday morning, I...

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A mother’s love is a blessing

EVERYONE has a mother, so it isn’t surprising that throughout the world there are ways of honouring and celebrating mothers....

Wednesday, 18/03/15 - 2:54pm Read More

God loves us as we are

I SHOOK my head in disbelief. This couldn’t be the right place. After all, I couldn’t possibly be welcome here....

Thursday, 12/03/15 - 11:25am Read More

The gift of life

LAST year, I baptised a tiny 28-week baby. Her name was Angel. She survived and is testimony to the resilient...

Wednesday, 04/03/15 - 12:15pm Read More

Ten pieces of advice from God this Lent

Quit worrying LIFE has dealt you a blow and all you do is sit and worry. Have you forgotten that...

Wednesday, 25/02/15 - 12:54pm Read More

Lent: a time to prepare

ASH Wednesday, 18 February, marks the beginning of Lent. Traditionally, Lent brings with it a time of cutting back, which...

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Oscar Romero – a prophet of justice

AFTER decades of debate within the church, Pope Francis has formally recognised that Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero was killed “in...

Wednesday, 11/02/15 - 3:34pm Read More

The spring novena – a time to hope

I ABSOLUTELY love early February as we celebrate St Brigid’s Day. The pagan festival of Imbolc honouring the goddess Brigit...

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The Church and homosexuality: ‘who am I to judge’

LAST week, minister for health Leo Varadkar shared a very personal reality for him, via a very public medium. The...

Wednesday, 28/01/15 - 12:29pm Read More

‘Je Suis Charlie’

IF WE fix our hearts on doing what is right, we can still today master the effects of evil. We must...

Wednesday, 21/01/15 - 11:10am Read More

God is thinking of something better for you

I find the following story truly inspirational. We all have a wonderful contribution to make every day to our families,...

Wednesday, 14/01/15 - 10:15am Read More

Finding the treasure that God has hidden inside each of us

AS we begin 2015, may it be blessed with health and peace for us all. Resolutions accompany every New Year....

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Advent: a time to grow in hope

“SOMETIMES it is not enough to do our best; we must do what is required.” With deep humility and integrity,...

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The straw that broke the camel’s back

AT HER wits’ end, hard-working mother-of-two Donna Hartnett sat down and penned a letter to the Irish Independent telling the government...

Thursday, 27/11/14 - 2:33pm Read More

Sainthood on the way for selfless Jesuit

IT’S NOT every day an Irish priest is put on the path to becoming a saint, but last week Pope...

Wednesday, 19/11/14 - 12:21pm Read More

Last chance to protect our environment

CLIMATE change is a terrible problem and it absolutely needs to be solved. It deserves to be a huge priority....

Wednesday, 12/11/14 - 10:00am Read More

The ‘British Schindler’

PERHAPS we’ve all been both inspired and horrified by the movie Schindler’s List, which vividly depicted the horror and brutality...

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Winter is coming, but spring is close behind

AS millions of children and adults participate in the fun of Halloween on Friday, few will be aware of its...

Thursday, 30/10/14 - 11:44am Read More

Malala ‘a flicker of hope in an age of darkness’

MALALA Yousafzai was named, fittingly, after Malalai, a female Afghan martyr who died in battle. When she was born, her...

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