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Etty Hillesum: A life transformed

Etty Hillesum was a vibrant young Jewish woman who lived in Nazi occupied Amsterdam in the early 1940s and died ad Auschwitz in 1943. In the months before she was arrested she underwent a profound transformation through psychotherapy. She refused to give into hate and in this way overcame the evil of the Holocaust. The

1999.11.30.

Living the Sunday nowadays

This month the Pope asks us ‘that Sunday be lived as the day on which Christians gather to celebrate the Risen Lord in the table of the Eucharist’. Fr Michael Paul Gallagher SJ explains.

1999.11.30.

Mary Aikenhead: in the service of the poor

She reached out to every need, providing health-care, education and social services in a time when these were not provided by the state. Úna O’Neill RSC writes about the work of the founder of her order.

1999.11.30.

Irish housing: time for new vision

Dr Michael Punch of the School of Sociology UCD analyses how as a society we got to where we are and how we might do something better.

1999.11.30.

Healing the past: Catholic Anti-Semitism: roots and redemption

This book by Ena Gray gives a factual account of the origins and development of anti-Semitism. Its purpose is to facilitate the confession and repentance of sins against the Jewish people and in this it is highly successful.

1999.11.30.

Christians in Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos

This month (September 2009) the Pope asks us ‘to pray that Christians in Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar may place their trust in the Holy Spirit and so maintain the courage to proclaim the Gospel in spite of their difficulties. The author is Ashley Evans SJ, who works  in Cambodia.

1999.11.30.

A light undimmed: the story of the Convent of Our Lady of Bom Sucesso Lisbon 1639 to 2000

Honor McCabe OP has written an excellent and comprehensive history of work of the Irish Dominican Sisters in Portugal. The chapter presented here tells how Fr Dominic O’Daly OP, after setting up a college in Lisbon for the education of young Irish men for the priesthood, successfully negotiated founding this convent for the education of young Irish

1999.11.30.

Pastoral ministry for today: Who do you say that I am? Conference papers 2008

How to minister in contemporary Irish society is the question addressed by the articles in this interesting book edited by St Patrick’s Missionary Fr Thomas Grenham. Topics include the roles of conversation, presence, systems theory, supervision and reading the signs of the times play in pastoral ministry.

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The humbled Church

There was a time, says Paul Andrews SJ, when the Irish Church needed the metaphor of the light of the world. for instance, in famine times when it gave us an identity to survive misery. Perhaps now it is time for another image: yeast in the dough, working for good even when unseen, is less

1999.11.30.

Young adults and the desire for more: finding God amongst the homeless in our world

Noelle Fitzpatrick describes her first-hand experience of St Ignatius-inspired weekend immersion programme for young adults, run by Slí Eile.

1999.11.30.

Who is my neighbour? Deus caritas est: An encyclical for our times?

This is a book of papers delivered at a conference on the encyclical of Pope Benedict XVI Deus caritas est. And like Jesus’ reply, it pushes beyond the defences implied in asking the question ‘Who is my neighbour?’ Eoin G. Cassidy, Head of the Philosophy Department at Mater Dei is the editor. He provides the

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A painful gift: the journey of a soul with autism

Out of the fire of his own autistic torment, Christopher Goodchild has produced this beautiful and inspiring book full of profound life-giving wisdom. 

1999.11.30.

A joyful day of celebration

Dear Father, What has happened to Corpus Christi? When I was young it was a beautiful Feast-day. It was always a Thursday and a Holy Day of Obligation so we had a free day from school, giving us a chance to wear our First Communion dresses. As I recall it, the procession always seemed to

1999.11.30.

So great a cloud: A record of Christian witness

Stephen Redmond SJ has written a book about saints – from Peter and Paul, Felicity and Perpetua right through to contemporaries of our own, like King Bedouin of the Belgians and Tom Doyle of the Morning Star Hostel, both of whom died in the 1990s. He highlights bits and pieces from their lives that both

1999.11.30.

Prayer as listening

I learned from a young Chinese woman Jing Ying, writes Desmond O’Donnell OMI, that prayer is more about receiving than giving. I learned that prayer is privilege, not obligation.

1999.11.30.

Student in Barcelona 1524-25

Brian Grogan SJ points out how in Barcelona in the years 1524-25 St Ignatius’s person radiated something that brought veneration and affection in others. Many made mention of a light that lit up his face.

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The Sunday obligation

James D. writes: Dear Father, The Catholic Church insists so much on attendance at Sunday Mass that it seems as if this is the top priority for members. Are other aspects of Christian life not of greater importance? Fr Bernard McGuckian SJ replies.

1999.11.30.

Our social lubricant

The drinks lobby in Ireland seems to have the same hold on public policy as the gun lobby in the USA. Paul Andrews SJ writes to raise awareness of the destructive effects of alcohol advertising.

1999.11.30.

Welcomed home

Dervilla writes: Dear Father, I’m writing to you in despair. My daughter died suddenly and unprepared about a year ago. She hadn’t been to confessions for years although in the period before her sudden death she visited churches and lit candles most days. The priest assured me that she had been duly anointed but I

1999.11.30.

Journey out of grief

Bethany Bereavement Support Group is a parish-based ministry which aims to help and support those suffering any loss. The name Bethany recalls the visit of Jesus to Mary and Martha on the death of their brother Lazarus. In today’s world, it is not widely understood that the grieving process may be long and severe. Mary

1999.11.30.

The Acts of the Apostles

Philip Fogarty SJ sets the context of the disputes out of which arose the idea that the preaching the gospel of Jesus and his resurrection was not just for the Jews but for “all the nations”. At the centre of this is St Paul and the story is told by Luke in the Acts of

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Do we need St Paul?

Unless the bearer of the Good News is transformed by what he or she proclaims, the word will be stillborn, says Kieran J O’Mahony OSA. We still need St Paul, he says, because the ‘future Church’ will have to be a place of passion, intelligence, transformation and encounter.

1999.11.30.

Faith of our forefathers

Polish immigration to Ireland has created a communion between Polish and Irish Catholics. How different is the history of their faith, the culture and practise of their faith, and what can they learn from each other? asks Jacek Poznanski SJ.

1999.11.30.

On mission to a media-saturated world: Xavier’s legacy to us in the 21st century

Fr Richard Leonard SJ is a visiting professor at the Gregorian University, Rome. He directs the Australian Catholic Office for Film & Broadcasting and is the author of “The Mystical Gaze of the Cinema”, “Movies That Matter: Reading Film Through the Lens of Faith in the Light of Christian Faith” and “Preaching to the Converted”.

1999.11.30.

Ethics in the service of the sick

This book by Mgr Charles G. Vella, who has had long experience as a hospital chaplain, stresses the humanising and healing effects of the simple communicative acts of listening, caressing, smiling, stopping by and giving time to sick patients and not treating them as a number. Useful for anyone working in the health service.

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Making space for God

Have we lost the sense of leisure in our lives? Paul Andrews SJ shares some thoughts on appreciating Sunday as a day of leisure.

1999.11.30.

Share in prayer

Sean O’Rourke tells his experience of sharing prayer with his own young children.

1999.11.30.

Is faith delusion? Why religion is good for your health

“Admitting to belief in God and having Christian faith is currently regarded as a taint, revealing that one’s sanity is impaired”. This is the starting point of Andrew Sims’s exploration of the relation between religion and mental health and his critique of Richard Dawkins’s “The God Delusion”. He thoroughly justifies the books more positive subtitle,

1999.11.30.

So you can’t forgive?

In this article, Brian Lennon SJ tells us that forgiving is a journey. It is wrong to say that Christian forgiving is only about loving our enemies. It is about more than that. It is also about challenging wrongdoers, and about separation from evil.

1999.11.30.
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