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God’s Coffee

Posted on
Friday, September 20th, 2019

A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university professor. Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life. Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups – porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some

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God is with us

Posted on
Friday, September 13th, 2019

A minister passing through his church in the middle of the day decided to pause by the altar and see who had come to pray. Just then the back door opened, a man came down the aisle, the minister frowned as he saw the man hadn’t shaved in a while. His shirt was shabby, old, and his coat was worn

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World Suicide Prevention Day.

Posted on
Friday, September 6th, 2019

This Tuesday, September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day.

Suicide prevention remains a universal challenge. Every year, suicide is among the top 20 leading causes of death globally for people of all ages. It is responsible for over 800,000 deaths, which equates to one suicide every 40 seconds.

Every life lost represents someone’s partner, child, parent, friend or colleague.

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Climate change…..a real problem

Posted on
Friday, August 30th, 2019

Climate Action Plan: Will we adapt to climate chaos?

The much anticipated ‘Climate Action Plan’ was recently released by the Irish Government (June 17). The Climate Action Plan arrives as a reaction to both electoral and public demonstrations of citizens’ impatience with this and previous Governments’ ‘laggard’ response to climate breakdown. The Climate Action Plan was already required as a

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Christianity – Mighty Challenge !!!

Posted on
Friday, August 23rd, 2019

Christianity is the only religion which worships the scapegoat, the one who is hated, excluded, spat upon, blamed for everything, ridiculed, shamed, and made expendable.

Christianity is the only religion that focuses on imitating the victim and which sees God in the one who is surrounded by the halo of hatred.

There are some important lessons to be learned from

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Released from Prison

Posted on
Friday, August 16th, 2019

Recently I had a very sad encounter with a young man just as he was being released from prison. I stopped to chat with him, as he was carrying his luggage in a large green plastic bag. I asked him if he was ok and he shared his story. He was a recovering heroin addict. He hoped that this was

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The Homeless Crisis

Posted on
Friday, August 9th, 2019

July 19th marked the third anniversary of the launch of Rebuilding Ireland, the government’s plan to address the housing and homeless crisis. Any honest assessment of this policy will conclude that it has been an abject failure. The Government’s approach has left the Irish housing system in an even deeper crisis.

Fr. Peter McVerry SJ and the Jesuit Centre

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Stay Positive

Posted on
Friday, August 2nd, 2019

Our world screams out for poetry even if it can’t cope with it.  Faith can only exist in a world of poetry.  God is always big and bigger.  Little minds have nothing worthwhile to say of God or faith. The rigids and the dogmatics and the absolutes live in the world of machines or robotic faith, and not in God’s

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