Primate of Ireland speaks about resilience at fundraiser in aid of Aware’s services to the suicidal and depressed at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin.
Professor Desmond O’Neill is a consultant physician in geriatric and stroke medicine. On Friday 15th June at IEC2012 he delivered a talk under the title ‘The Communion of the Sick and Dying’.
Fr Christian de Chergé, Superior of his monastery and one of the seven French Trappists killed by Algerian terrorists in 1996, wrote a last testament to be opened in the event of his death. This is it. If it should happen one day – and it could be today – that I become a victim
A concerned mother of a young family writes: At a mission recently in our parish one of the speakers stated that he did not know where our deceased went when they die. His exact words were: “They either go to the unknown, heaven or hell.” Neither I nor any of my family had ever heard
Paul Andrews SJ looks at some perspectives on mourning for the dead from his experience of watching some Maori funerals in New Zealand. He also tells how they have turned alcohol consumption to social advantage.
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
For most parents, the sudden and unexpected loss of a child through miscarriage is an emotional as well as a spiritual crisis. M. Fran Rybarik describes the unique sense of loss parents experience and suggests ways in which family and friends can support them in their grief.
During a wake it may happen that family members would like to have a structured time of prayer beside the deceased. Sometimes, however, they find it difficult because they can’t find the words or because no-one feels comfortable taking the lead. In these circumstances, the rosary – even a single decade – is the ideal
Ritual responses to death have changed often in the Church’s history. Liam Tracey OSM, Professor of Liturgy in St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, examines especially the history of All Souls Day and some problems of perception raised by the liturgy of that day.
Fr James A. Wallace, C.Ss.R. describes the wonderful comfort and hope that he and his family experienced in the prayers and liturgies of the church following the death of his mother.