The Darkest Midnight

Posted on 22. Dec, 2016 in Christmas, Music Therapy, Poetry, Prayer

As carols singers across the country sing out for Christmas, it’s nice to remember some of the traditional Irish songs. Hers is “The Darkest Midnight’ sung by Noirin ni Riain’s celebrating the birth of Jesus.

Cancer, Prayer & Survival

Posted on 16. Jun, 2016 in Cancer, Health, Prayer

A piece from April 15th 2009 from the archives looking at the power of faith and prayer in overcoming cancer. ‘Sean was 23 years old, we were three months married and his wife was dying’ is a sentence in the opening chapter of a short book, Cancer, Prayer and Survival by Mary McDonnell.  Each chapter […]

A Candle for You

Posted on 17. Mar, 2016 in Community, Family, Gospel Values, Grief, Prayer

The song, “A candle for you”, sung by Patricia Bourke D’Souza and composed by Marie Dunne CHF has been rereleased for Easter to raise awareness for missing person. The proceeds of the itunes downloads will go to the Missing Persons Helpline, M.I.S.S. – Missing in Ireland Supportive Service. The website is Marie says that […]

Seeing God in a Secular World

Posted on 24. Dec, 2015 in Book Reviews, Christian Values, Christmas, Church Teachings, Community, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values, Liturgy, Prayer

“Let everything secular about Christmas remind us of its Holy meaning.” says Donal Neary SJ, i in his most recent book of reflections of Luke’s Gospel. Donal is  well known as the parish priest of Gardiner Street in Dublin and prolific author who was  recently appointed editor of the Messenger. He talks about why he published […]

Prayer by Thomas Merton

Posted on 24. Dec, 2015 in Christian Values, Community, Faith and Justice, Prayer, Vocation

Thomas Merton was a writer, mystic, monk, poet, social activist and student of comparative religion. He was fascinated by Eastern Spirituality and met with the Dalia Lama who said he considered himself one of [Thomas Merton’s] Buddhist brothers. John Cooney, journalist and broadcaster has had a long time fascination with Thomas Merton and has written about […]

Importance of Prayer

Posted on 19. Nov, 2015 in Christian Values, Faith Groups, Grief, Prayer

Conor Deane was invited to the first Armagh Diocesan Charismatic Weekend in the Servite Priory, Benburb in Co. Tyrone where all the charismatic prayer groups from within the diocese and further afield gathered for the first time this century. Members of the National [Charismatic] Service Committee were also present. The event was facilated by “The 12” […]

The People’s Angelus

Posted on 05. Nov, 2015 in Church Teachings, Faith and Justice, Prayer

The one minute daily reflective Angelus broadcast on RTÉ One is one of Ireland’s longest-running programmes, having been aired daily at 6.00pm since the inception of RTÉ television in 1962. The images that have been broadcast along with the chimes have also been changing and are set to change again.  RTÉ One has designated one slot […]

Praying Online

Posted on 03. Sep, 2015 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Prayer

Sacred Space was the first website to explore the idea of praying online. Based on scripture readings it allows people time to reflect and pray. It was the brain child of Alan McGuckian SJ who saw an opportunity in the web to bring reflection to people’s lives. He explained to Pat Coyle how the Jesuit […]

Preparing for Lent

Posted on 12. Feb, 2015 in Church Teachings, Lent, Prayer, Uncategorized

Lent is a time of preparation for the death of Christ on Good Friday and His Resurrection on Easter Sunday. Starting Wednesday, February 18th, it is a time when people make a renewed attempt to be better Christians and to understand their religion better. Thanks to Stephen Fry’s outburst, religion and God have been much […]

African Chaplaincy To Ireland

Posted on 11. Apr, 2014 in Chaplaincy, Missionary, Prayer, Working Abroad

Conor Deane went to speak with Fr. Cornelius a Vincentian priest who lives in Castleknock who is here to minister to the wider African Catholic communities that reside in Dublin. Fr. Cornelius is like so many Africans now living in Ireland in the way that they seek to contribute to the richness of Irish culture, daily […]