The pope’s ten steps for a happy life

HERE are Francis’s ten steps for a happy, healthy life. These reflective suggestions point us in a most positive pathway. As we enjoy these lovely spring days, it’s well worthwhile to put such thought into our daily lives. 1) Live...

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Appreciating what’s done on your behalf

A YOUNG, academically-excellent person applied for a managerial position in a big company. He passed the first interview. The managing director conducted the last interview and made the final decision. He discovered from the candidate’s CV that his academic achievements...

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Easter, when ‘All is possible’

EASTER 2015 brings with it a time of hope and new beginnings. Signs of economic recovery and growing employment bring...

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Holy Week – a new day dawns

NEXT week we celebrate Holy Week – seven days filled with religious symbolism and rituals, from washing feet to venerating...

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The healer

I SAW a strange sight. I stumbled upon a story most strange, like nothing my life had ever prepared me...

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A mother’s love is a blessing

EVERYONE has a mother, so it isn’t surprising that throughout the world there are ways of honouring and celebrating mothers....

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God loves us as we are

I SHOOK my head in disbelief. This couldn’t be the right place. After all, I couldn’t possibly be welcome here....

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The gift of life

LAST year, I baptised a tiny 28-week baby. Her name was Angel. She survived and is testimony to the resilient...

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Ten pieces of advice from God this Lent

Quit worrying LIFE has dealt you a blow and all you do is sit and worry. Have you forgotten that...

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Lent: a time to prepare

ASH Wednesday, 18 February, marks the beginning of Lent. Traditionally, Lent brings with it a time of cutting back, which...

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Oscar Romero – a prophet of justice

AFTER decades of debate within the church, Pope Francis has formally recognised that Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero was killed “in...

Wednesday, 11/02/15 - 4:10pm Read More

The spring novena – a time to hope

I ABSOLUTELY love early February as we celebrate St Brigid’s Day. The pagan festival of Imbolc honouring the goddess Brigit...

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Church and homosexuality … ‘who am I to judge’

LAST week, minister for health Leo Varadkar shared a very personal reality for him, via a very public medium. The...

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‘Je Suis Charlie’

IF WE fix our hearts on doing what is right, we can still today master the effects of evil. We must...

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The three trees

I find the following story truly inspirational. We all have a wonderful contribution to make every day to our families,...

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Finding the treasure that God has hidden inside each of us

AS we begin 2015, may it be blessed with health and peace for us all. Resolutions accompany every New Year....

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Scorn not their simplicity

THE words of the following song, Scorn not his simplicity, portray the vulnerable and special gift that is children and...

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Homelessness is a national crisis

THE problem of homelessness is out of control. It is getting worse every week and no-one appears to be doing...

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Sainthood on the way for selfless Jesuit

IT’S NOT every day an Irish priest is put on the path to becoming a saint, but last week Pope...

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The ‘British Schindler’

PERHAPS we’ve all been both inspired and horrified by the movie Schindler’s List, which vividly depicted the horror and brutality...

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