Reflection on Meditation

Posted on 03. Sep, 2020 in Faith and Justice, Spirituality

Meditation is increasingly becoming more popular as a way to unwind and clear the mind.  John Main was a very important figure in reviving the Christian Meditation.  In this piece from 2008, Eamon gives us an insight into why one should meditate and some practical guidelines on how to get started.

A Near Death Experience

Posted on 30. Jul, 2020 in Death, Health, Spirituality

Many of us have pondered what lies beyond the pearly gates and what will happen when our time to die arrives. In one of the most popular piece from the archives Leila Merriman shares the extraordinary details of her near death experience while she was very ill with pneumonia. She describes a feeling of elation, […]

Celtic Spirituality

Posted on 09. Jul, 2020 in EcoCongregations, Ecological, Ecology, Nature, Retreats, Spiritual, Spirituality Sr. Marian O’Sullivan, a Dominican sister in the Dominican Ecology Centre in Wicklow Town was host to John Philip Newell a Church Of Scotland Minister from Edinburgh with a particular interest in Celtic Spirituality. Philip was in Wicklow to give a talk to several priests and religious who are on a sabbatical residential […]

Meditation – a gift for life

Posted on 02. Jul, 2020 in Prayer, Schools, Spiritual, Spirituality

Christian meditation is experiencing a revival as the John Main tradition of meditation is spreading throughout the country. In this piece from the archive we hear from Noel Keating, who works on a voluntary basis as Coordinaor of Meditation with Children for Christian Meditation Ireland. Noel Keating has been involved with meditation for over 15 years […]

Connecting to the Body Part 1

Posted on 02. Jul, 2020 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Meditation, Spirituality

In this two part series from the archives, Celeste Snowber, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada explores our relationships with our bodies. She feels strongly that the body is central to how we live, move, breathe, question, and uncover passion and voice. She is also a dancer, […]

Designed for Happiness

Posted on 07. May, 2020 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Spirituality

In this piece from the archive Professor Stuart Walker, who holds the Chair of Design for Sustainability at Lancaster University in the UK, speaks to Pat Coyle about how materially saturated we are in this world and how design needs to become sustainable and better at promoting human happiness rather than accumulating more material goods. […]

Hammarskjöld – Mystic and Martyr

Posted on 19. Mar, 2020 in Christian Values, Economy, Gospel Values, Spirituality

US President John F. Kennedy called Dag Hammarskjöld “the greatest statesman of our century”. Born in Sweeden he was appointed to the post of UN Secretary-General in 1953. During his term, Hammarskjöld tried to smooth relations between Israel and the Arab states. Other highlights include a 1955 visit to China to negotiate release of 11 […]

The Meaning of Church

Posted on 19. Sep, 2019 in Church Teachings, Spirituality

In this piece from 2008, we look at the meaning of Church? For most people it brings up strong feelings, both positive and negative. Dr. Eugene Duffy, author, theologian and lecturer at Mary Immaculate College is very interested in the topic and has lead seminars on it. Pat Coyle met him at Manresa, the Jesuit Centre […]

Climbing Croagh Patrick

Posted on 11. Jul, 2019 in Achievement, Christian Values, Community, Ecology, Retreats, Spiritual, Spirituality

Brendan McManus SJ, author of the best-selling book, Redemption Road is organising a three day pilgrimage from Ballintubber to the top of Croagh Patrick specifically for men as he says there aren’t enough opportunities for men to get in touch with their feelings. Brendan is a seasoned pilgrim who has walked the full 800km of […]

The Transcendence of Music

Posted on 04. Jul, 2019 in Christian Values, Community, Music Therapy, Spirituality

In this first of a new two part series, Kevin Jackson, Professor of Business Ethics and Law at Fordham University in New York City, as well as composer and jazz pianist, talks about music as a contemplative journey. He explains to Pat Coyle about how music can link the material world with a deeper spiritual […]