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Witness

Ordinary work, extraordinary grace: my spiritual journey with Opus Dei

This is a book about Opus Dei by an insider that is accessible to outsiders. Scott Hahn was a Presbyterian biblical theologian who met some members of Opus Dei and was attracted by their life and example to investigate further, eventually joining the group himself. This is his personal story.

1999.11.30.

After Pentecost: what happened the twelve?

Louis Power gives an interesting outline drawing from myths, legends, historical and biblical sources about what happened to the 12 apostles after Pentecost.

1999.11.30.

Luigi Scrosoppi (1804-1884)

Luigi Scrosoppi was an Oratorian priest, who with his brother ran an orphanage in Udine at a time when there was a strong anti-religious wind sweeping over Italy. Working and keeping his good humour through adversity, he became famous for miracles of healing after his death.

1999.11.30.

Mystic with open eyes: Pedro Arrupe SJ

Arrupe would say: “See with the eyes of Christ, go wherever the need is greatest, serve the faith and promote justice as best you can, and you will find God!” Yet opposition to his vision, to his interpretation of the Ignatian charism, came from some Jesuits in Spain but also from Church leaders in various

1999.11.30.

How I Believe

Joe Aston, fisherman and sailor, tells what inspires him to be a believer.    

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 put to death. Desmond O’Grady

1999.11.30.

Symbolism: the glory of escutcheoned doors

Mark Patrick Hederman OSB uses biography, art and liturgy as starting points for some creative writing. When we experience the world symbolically, he says, we find that the energy of God takes over as the operating fuel in our personalities.

1999.11.30.

The steps in the process of canonisation

We include here a short note on the steps on the road to canonisation.

1999.11.30.

Peter Higgins OP: the martyr of Naas

Peter Higgins was a Dominican priest living at Naas, Co Kildare, who tried to protect English Protestants from attacks from Irish Catholics during the Rebellion of 1641. Arrested himself, he was put to death despite the protest of a Protestant minister whom he had saved.

1999.11.30.

Pedro Arrupe SJ

Fr Brian Grogan SJ tells us about the life and times of Fr Pedro Arrupe SJ.

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Peace and Reconciliation

Tony Bolger tells a story about his father-in-law that encouraged his faith.

1999.11.30.

Rebuilding a life

Hugo’s life was shattered, and was slipping quickly out of control. Then Providence – and some caring friends – intervened. The names and details have been changed in this true story.

1999.11.30.

The ever open door

Ambrose Tinsely, OSB edits this review of memories of Sr Eucharia Keane RSM

1999.11.30.

Preaching hope from prison: Cardinal François Nguyen Van Thuan

Cardinal François Nguyen Van Thuan died from cancer in September, 2002. In 1975 he was named coadjutor archbishop of Ho Chi Min (Saigon). Just three months later he was imprisoned by the communist government. He spent thirteen years in prisons of the regime, nine of them in solitary confinement. In his later years he was president of

1999.11.30.

Alfred Delp SJ: a man transformed

Alfred Delp was born in Mannheim, Germany, in 1907 and joined the Jesuits in 1926. After his ordination he worked as a journalist. During the war he became involved with a group envisioning a Germany free of Hitler….

1999.11.30.

Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity 1880-1906

Although she lived on for twenty-six years, Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity had an extraordinary sense of the three persons of the Trinity dwelling within her. John Murray PP tells her story.

1999.11.30.

Our founding father: James Cullen SJ

James Cullen from New Ross, Co Wexford, was a secular priest in the diocese of Ferns before he joined the Jesuits. Founder of the Messenger he later devoted his enormous energies to working for the Pioneer League. Thomas J. Morrissey SJ tells his story.

1999.11.30.

Adventures in Reconciliation

Rob Clarke was born in 1956 in Wellington, New Zealand, the third eldest in a family of nine children. From an early age, I felt occasional stirrings towards God, but as I grew older, my life became filled by many competing interests – girls, alcohol, sport – and Mass ceased to mean very much to me.

1999.11.30.

Full circle

Mattie sent us this story about his recovery for alcohol addiction and his love of the Rosary.

1999.11.30.

A prayer comeback

Dympna M. McMahon tells us how a casual encounter with a man on the bus changed her outlook.

1999.11.30.

Oscar Romero

On 24 March 1980, Archbishop Romero was assassinated while celebrating Mass. He was the most high-profile victim of El Salvador’s civil war between powerful landowners and the dispossessed. This tribute is by Haydee Rodriguez, who moved to the US from Guatemala in her early teens. While studying philosophy at Loyola College in Maryland, she was

1999.11.30.

Pilgrimage of Trust: Brother Roger of Taizé

Borther Roger founded an ecumenical monastic community at Taizé and initiated a spiritual movement of young people working for peace.

1999.11.30.

The Prophet of Nazareth: Charles de Foucauld 1858-1916

Charles de Foucauld spent his life searching for a way to be a brother to people of all religions – especially Muslims, Jews and Christians. He wanted to found a brotherhood dedicated to this, but is was only in 1933 that the Little Brothers of Jesus were set up on the edge of the Sahara.

1999.11.30.

That little springtime (Frère Roger of Taizé)

Frère Roger of Taizé was a unique inspiration in ecumenical action and in interacting with the youth of the world. Fr John Murray PP gives his impression of the man and his achievement.

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A philosopher’s search for meaning

Dr. Stephen J. Costello, philosopher, describes himself as a seeker, searching for God within the Catholic tradition. He explains his optic

1999.11.30.

Christian faith in Iraq

‘When I hold the Host in my hands, it is really He who is holding me and all of us, challenging the terrorists and keeping us united in His boundless love.’ These words of Fr Ragheed Ganni were spoken as his testimony at the Italian Eucharistic Congress at Bari. The theme of the congress was:

1999.11.30.

The miracle, the message, the story: Jean Vanier and l’Arche

Kathryn Spink describes the beginning, growth, vision and story of l’Arche, a special form of community where, for the past 40 years, people who are often rejected and despised by this world can help develop their potential of all to the full.

1999.11.30.

Soul Searching: personal stories of the search for meaning in modern Ireland

This book edited by Kieran McKeown and Hugh Arthurs, is about the spiritual journeys of diverse people and their personal experiences of God and religion. It chronicles the different ways in which they have been shaped and marked by their encounters with God and religion, in the broadest sense, and the transitions which they have

1999.11.30.

Blessed Nicholas Charnetskyj

In June 2001, Bishop Nicholas Charnetskyj was one of five Redemptorists among 27 martyrs beatified by Pope John Paul during his visit to the Ukraine. Fr Brendan McConvery, C.Ss.R., who lectures in scripture at Maynooth University and the Kimmage Institute, tells the story of Bishop Nicholas’s heroic suffering for the faith.

1999.11.30.

A poem of purity: St Laura Vicuna

Although she was only twelve when she died, Laura Vicuna had grown to a maturity of faith well beyond her years. Fr John Murray sees her life as an inspiration.

1999.11.30.
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