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The Plague of Gossip

A woman, pushing on in years, boasted to her pastor that she did not have an enemy in the world. He was very impressed. What a wonderful thing to be able to say after all those years! And then she added: – ‘I have outlived them all’. I suppose if we live long enough...

Students are more than Points

I have a recurring dream, it centres itself around my leaving cert. I find myself sitting my history exam and not having a clue of any of the answers. I wake up anxious but with a great sense of relief. The Leaving Cert is never easy, but this year, it has been most...

Lord Increase our Faith

You don’t just wake up one morning, light streaming in from the window, birds fluttering about, and jump from your bed with exuberance declaring “I have a faith!” No, it’s more like a slow crawl from your bed as you try to slam on the snooze button one last time....

An Instrument of Peace

John Hume put his devotion to what was right above what was best for himself, his life’s work was given its ultimate return in the Good Friday Agreement he signed 22 years ago. Hume had a multitude of qualities that allowed him be a singularly resolute peacemaker...

Mind your Mind

I was moved by Brendan O Connor’s interview with Brent Pope recently. Brent spoke of his reflective-time during the lockdown. He thought of his mother in New Zealand who had gone into a home. He thought of those 30 years in Ireland away from home and family. He...

Stay Positive

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...