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Part 3: The long journey home

After leaving Ireland, Patrick still had to endure hardship and dejection as he was prepared by God for his mission.

1999.11.30.

Thérèse of Lisieux

Vernon Johnson’s short booklet is a valuable summary of an extraordinary life. Therese of Lisieux is a Doctor of the Church — not because she was learned but because the insights into faith in her writings are so astounding, so profound. She is one of the most loved saints in [...]

1999.11.30.

Part 4: The voice of the Irish

Soon after he returned at last to his people, Patrick heard ‘the voice of the Irish’, and he knew he had to prepare himself for his return.

1999.11.30.

The rites of Brigid, goddess and saint

February 1st, the feast of Imbolg in the old Celtic year, marked the beginning of spring. It was Christianised and adapted as the feast of St Brigid and many rituals still associated with the feast are best understood in the light of their pagan Celtic origins. After a Foreword on [...]

1999.11.30.

Part 5: The Irish mission

Missionary work in Ireland, a land of veritable barbarians, was far from easy for Patrick.

1999.11.30.

Oliver Plunkett in his own words

Desmond Forristal gives a lively account of the life of Oliver Plunkett from young priest in Rome through his travels to Ireland. We follow him through his ministry as archbishop, the disguises he adopted, his experience as a fugitive, his imprisonment in Dublin, his trial in London and final execution [...]

1999.11.30.

Part 6: Defending the young Church

When Irish Christians are captured and enslaved by a British chieftain, Coroticus, also a Christian, Patrick asserts the full power of his episcopacy to condemn this heinous act.

1999.11.30.

Scandalous saints and spirited sinners

Bernard Cotter OP gives us very brief accounts of some of our favourite saints. Saints give us hope. They’ve known raw fear and terrible worry. Some have done bad things and been hard to live with. This book will amuse and encourage you.

1999.11.30.

Part 7: The fruits of Patrick’s mission

Patrick’s self-giving was total, and it bore immediate fruit in the many Irish men and women who entered consecrated life as a consequence of his mission.

1999.11.30.

Blessed among all women

Robert Ellsberg’s book is a collection of women saints whose lives and spiritual gifts down through the ages are recounted with respect and with depth. By briefly looking at their lives, it makes a serious contribution to the newly emerging consciousness of the full equality of women in the Church, [...]

1999.11.30.

Catholic dreamtime

Although he acknowledges the risk of commercialisation, Father Paul Andrews SJ is sure there is a real place for images, symbols and popular devotions in all true spirituality.

1999.11.30.

The everyday wisdom of Mary Aikenhead

This book is a selection of extracts from the letters of Mary Aikenhead – one for every day of the year – containing wisdom inspiration and challenge, reflecting her deep spirituality. She founded the Religious Sisters of Charity in 1815 to work with the poor and most vulnerable people.

1999.11.30.

14. St Laurence O’Toole: a spiritual leader for difficult times

Archbishop of Dublin during the takeover of Ireland by the Normans and King Henry II, his efforts in the peace process and his frustration with King Henry probably caused his early death. Highly honoured at Eu in Normandy, France, where he died. Kevin Doran, parish priest of Glendalough, tells his [...]

1999.11.30.

Herald of hope: reflections on the life and spirit of St Charles of Mount Argus

The Passionist Fathers have put together nine meditations which were give during the Novena of Hope in the Church of St Paul of the Cross. They commemorate the life and spirit of the man who by his simple holiness captivated the people who came to the same church during his [...]

1999.11.30.

Edith Stein

Edith Stein was canonised on October 11th 1998. She was a Jew who studied philosophy and then became an atheist, but through the example of the deep faith of a Protestant widow and her own reading of St Teresa of Avila, she became a Carmelite nun. At Auschwitz she was [...]

1999.11.30.

Discovering Saint Patrick

This book is a real effort to distinguish between the problems and perspectives of the hagiographer on the one hand and the historian on the other. Thomas O’Loughlin’s book tries to get the best value from both.

1999.11.30.

Fr Peter Higgins: the Naas martyr

Henry Peel OP traces the life of Fr Peter Higgins, a Dominican priest who was martyred in Dublin in 1642, during the days of the penal laws.

1999.11.30.

To heal the broken hearted: the life of Saint Charles of Mount Argus

This biography of Saint Charles of Mount Argus gives us some ideas of the inner struggles through which he learned the compassion for which he became so famous. It is high quality hagiography, contains some beautiful illustrations and the accounts of the miracles that led to his canonisation.

1999.11.30.

A modern young man: Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati

Pier Giorgio Frassati lived for only twenty four years. Yet his life was so full of love for the poor that when he died the poor of Turin all flocked to his home to touch him like a relic. John Murray traces his life.

1999.11.30.
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