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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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Harvest – A Time of Hope

Posted on
Friday, July 26th, 2019

Recently I was greatly inspired by the kind gesture of a neighbour calling with a bag of fresh vegetables from their garden. There is something very fulfilling eating fresh vegetables that you have nurtured and cultivated with your own hands. Harvest is from the Anglo-Saxon word hærfest, “Autumn”. It then came to refer to the season for reaping and gathering

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The Elephant Man

Posted on
Friday, July 19th, 2019

The movie The Elephant Man tells the true story of John Merrick. Merrick was born in the slums of England in 1862, and almost from birth experienced massive rejection due to his grotesque appearance. Merrick suffered abnormalities that resulted in a large and severely misshapen head, loose, rough skin, and twisted arms and legs.

His mother loved him dearly, but

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Cardinal John Henry Newman

Posted on
Friday, July 5th, 2019

The Vatican announced recently that Blessed Cardinal John Henry Newman will be canonized on October 13th 2019, in Rome. During a consistory of cardinals July 1st, Pope Francis decreed that Newman and four other blesseds will be canonized together in St. Peter’s Square. Indian Sister Marian Thresia, founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy

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From God- To all his Children

Posted on
Friday, June 28th, 2019

FROM GOD – TO ALL HIS CHILDREN
This Week marks the beginning of our summer holidays for all primary school children. Let’s pray that they will all enjoy a happy and bright and wonderful Summer.

Below are 10 guidelines for a happy and peaceful Summer for all;

1. QUIT WORRYING: Life has dealt you a blow and all you do

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