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Witness

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.

God’s holy doorman: Fr Solanus Casey 1870-1957

Serving as a doorman was the way Fr Solanus Casey used to become holy. He would listen to the story of everyas if he had all the time in the world….” Fr John Murray PP tells his story.

1999.11.30.

Canon Sheehan

Here Christopher Moriarty introduces us to one of Ireland’s forgotten greats of the late 19th & early 20th century, Canon Sheehan of Doneraile, Co Cork.

1999.11.30.

Mary Kearney

Mary Kearney tells how she experienced God in the difficulties she had in her marriage.

1999.11.30.

The company of strangers

Jesuit student, John Callanan, tells about his experience on the “Camino de Santiago” and how interacting with some of his fellow pilgrims gave him a new sense of God.

1999.11.30.

Power of images

Advertising, politics, entertainment: are we losing our grip on reality?

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.

God’s scientist: Blessed Niels Stensen 1638-86

Niels Stensen from a Lutheran family in Denmark brought the same relentless logic of his profession as a scientist to his pursuit of truth in the area of religion. He became singularly devoted to the Eucharist and the Scriptures. This inspired him as a bishop in Germany and northern Europe.

1999.11.30.

Apostle of Christian Unity: Fr Paul Couturier 1881-1953

Paul Couturier was a priest of the Society of St Irenaeus in Lyon, France, whose vision of spiritual ecumenism paved the way for founding of the World Council of Churches in 1947 and the Decree on Ecumenism of the Second vatican Council. John Murray PP tells his story.

1999.11.30.

Aim high

Paul Andrews SJ explores the legacy of that secular saint, Edmund Hillary, and how such a man’s doubt helps us to see how extraordinary the Incarnation truly is.

1999.11.30.

Back from the edge

Lindsay tells her faith story!  

1999.11.30.

Faith of our mothers

John Callanan tells how a bargain struck between a mother and her daughter changed the daughter’s life and faith.

1999.11.30.

Reflections on a life: Ó Mhuigheó go Valparaíso

Teresita Durkan’s “Reflections on a Life” range over the seven decades of a rich spirituality from a free-ranging childhood on the Atlantic coast of Mayo, through three decades as a Sister of Mercy and re-location to Valparaiso in Chile during Pinochet’s dictatorship.

1999.11.30.

What we hand on

In an important article about handing on the faith in contemporary Ireland, Fr Paul Andrews SJ says, “What we hand on to our children is not so much doctrine or practices, as the capacity to love”.

1999.11.30.

Mother Kevin, a prophetic woman

Miriam Duggan FMSP tells the impressive story of Teresa Kearney, better known as Mother Kevin, who worked as a missionary in Uganda and was first Superior General of the Franciscan Missionary Sisters for Africa.

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.

Saint Antonio Galvao de Franca (1739-1822)

He is the Franciscan priest whom Pope Benedict canonised during his visit to Brazil.

1999.11.30.

Prayer Crusade: Fr Patrick Peyton CSC (1909-92)

John Murray PP tells the story of Patrick Peyton, who as a seminarian sick from tuberculosis with little hope of recovery, prayed to Our Lady and was cured. He went on to become a successful crusader for the Family Rosary with the motto: “The family that prays together stays together”. He also engaged the services

1999.11.30.

Among the outcast

John Lonergan, the Governor of Mountjoy Prison, Dublin, writes about his view of Christianity.

1999.11.30.

The little drummerboy

God is always with us, behind us, supporting us, loving us, ever-present – even if not seen. John Callanan SJ tells us a Christmas story that illustrates this.

1999.11.30.

The way of a pilgrim

This is a first-person account of a wandering pilgrim in rural Russia who wants to fulfil St Paul’s command to “pray without ceasing”. What he comes upon is the ‘Jesus prayer’ and its practice transforms his life.

1999.11.30.

Trust in me

Sandra Cullen expresses very beautifully what it means for her as a mother to hand on the faith that inspires her life to her children.

1999.11.30.

The martyrdom of Bishop O’Devaney

Henry Peel OP tells the story of the 17th century martyrdom of Bishop Conor O’Devaney and a young priest, Fr Patrick O’Loughran.

1999.11.30.

A woman fully alive: Edel Quinn 1907-44

Edel Quinn combined devotion with a great zest for life. Talented and expressive, she found her life’s work through the lay organisation, the Legion of Mary, and through it became a lay missionary in East Africa. John Murray tells her story.

1999.11.30.

Come back, Fr Mathew!

Paul Hurley, SVD, looks at the life and work of the great apostle of temperance, Fr Theobald Mathew.

1999.11.30.

Fr Michael Melvin SVD

Finbarr Tracey SVD, pays tribute to Fr Mick Melvin, SVD, Director of Kairos Communications, who died last September (2008).

1999.11.30.

Church and culture

Mary Kenny, author and journalist, recounts how becoming a mother led her to return to the Church, having been deeply critical of it for many years.

1999.11.30.
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