Social Innovation in the Vatican

Posted on 07. Sep, 2017 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Ecology, Economy, Nature

Founder of Social Arcade, a cutting edge gaming company, Mariano Di Murro, recently had an innovate career opportunity – he went from making computer games to working in the Vatican. Answering Pope Francis’ appeal to bring about change that would save the planet, he found himself living in the Vatican working on a project to […]

Spiritual Tourism

Posted on 22. Jun, 2017 in Church Teachings, Climate Change, Community, Ecology, Environment, Nature

Bernadette Flanagan PBVM is chair of the board of SpIRE, The Spirituality Institute for Research and Education which has been established to serve the spiritual seeking of people and contribute to the academic study of spirituality in higher education. For the last fifteen years they have been organising a very popular summer school from 21-25th of […]

Celebrating Holy Wells

Posted on 25. May, 2017 in Christian Values, Climate Change, Community, Ecology, Nature

  National Holy Well Day will take place on June 18th in celebration of the sacred nature of water. On that day, people will gather at a well near them and spend some time in prayer and reflection to reignite an ancient and deep connection with water. Early Celtic Christian had a harmonious relationship with […]

Bringing people to Awareness

Posted on 30. Mar, 2017 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Eastern Spirituality, Ecology, Gospel Values, Nature

Des O’Grady SJ and Dee Hennessy give mindfulness workshops throughout the country. Both of them came to mindfulness through a sense of dissatisfaction with what the Church had to offer. Their mindfulness however brought them back to a richer and deeper appreciation of their faith and their retreats now combine Christian Eucharist with Mindful awareness. […]

Artists for Compassion

Posted on 09. Feb, 2017 in Christian Values, Community, Ecology, Environment, Faith and Justice, Nature

The work of Irish artist Eve Parnell will be on display at Humboldt University in Berlin Jan 31st to Feb 26th. The title of the exhibition ‘ Vernehmt und lasst mich traum so wahrheit singen – Let me sing dreams as words of truth’ is taken from a poem written in 1923 by Claus Schenk Graf von […]

Radical and Free

Posted on 17. Nov, 2016 in Celibacy/Sexuality, Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Ecology, Nature

Radical and Free: Musings on Religious Life by Brian O’Leary SJ is a book that looks at the values underpinning religious vows. In this interview with Pat Coyle, he says that his musings can be used by religious as well as lay people. Following on from the call of Pope Francis to celebrate the Year of […]

Theological Revolution

Posted on 08. Sep, 2016 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Climate Change, Community, Ecology, Environment, Nature, Recycling

Inspired by Laudato Si’, Frank Sammon, SJ has established a ‘Care for Our Common Home’ based in Rathgar Parish. The group aims to promote the encyclical’s message both within Rathgar parish, and in the greater Dublin region. It hopes to stimulate discussion on key issues such as climate justice, and to translate such discussion into […]

Climbing Everest

Posted on 18. Aug, 2016 in Charity, Nature, Poverty

Our last piece from 2008 looks at the efforts of Graham Kinch and Ian Taylor and their desire to climb mountains and help others. Graham Kinch and Ian Taylor first met at a Summer Scripture Camp when they were schoolboys.  Their love of mountains reunited them in later life and they now use that passion […]

God You’re Breaking my Heart

Posted on 28. Jul, 2016 in Book Reviews, Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Ecology, Gospel Values, Nature

God You’re Breaking my Heart: What is God’s response to suffering and evil? is a new book by prolific Jesuit author, Brian Grogan SJ. He is the author of the classic bestseller, Finding God in All Things and many other titles on Ignatian spirituality. In this book Fr. Grogan explores the mastery of evil. Each […]

The Church and Art

Posted on 19. May, 2016 in Art, Church Teachings, Nature

At the recent Soul Waves Radio AGM Brendan Staunton SJ gave a talk on the Church and Art talking about how the Church has used Art to communicate its message. He also looked at how art had to adapt itself with the advent of photography. He says the Church could learn from modern and contemporary art […]