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The Bells of the Angelus

Those of us of a certain age grew up with RTE’s daily Angelus broadcasts at 12.00 and 18.00 as part of the background to our lives.  They were a call to prayer which we took for granted.  At school, we would stand up in class and recite the prayer.  The Angelus is a Catholic devotion… Read More

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Making the Most of Quarantine (Lockdown)

The continuing fight against Covid-19 means that we are in the middle of another lockdown with no absolute certain end in sight.  We heard earlier this week that there will be no St Patrick’s Day parade.  While we could probably have predicted this it is still another dampener on our potential plans. In a time… Read More

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Violence on the Hill

Last week the world reacted in shocked amazement as an angry mob stormed in Washington and managed to enter and rampage in its hallowed halls.  Some even emerged with ‘souvenirs’! The first thing to note is that not every person who turned out to march that day intended such actions to take place, indeed many… Read More

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Christmas with Covid

One morning this week while listening to the radio I heard a news report broadcast from Dublin Airport.  The people interviewed were describing how different their workplace looked this year.  The crowds which usually pass through their portals at Christmas have dwindled, all as a result of the restrictions imposed by Covid-19.   One woman explained… Read More

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From Advent to Lent

Last Sunday, November 29 marked the beginning of Advent, the first of twenty-five days when we get ready for the great event of Christ’s birth.  The word itself has its roots in the Latin, adventus which translates as ‘arrival’, from advenire – ad meaning ‘to’ and venire– ‘come’.  Advent is a time of spiritual preparation… Read More

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The Pearl of Scotland

On Monday of this week, we celebrated the feast of St Margaret of Scotland, who was born in Hungary in 1045 and who would go on to become Queen of a country which would indeed blossom and flower under her refining and religious influence. Of her eight children three, Edmund, Alexander, and David became kings… Read More

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Living with Hope

Living With Hope For the first time this week, the news in relation to Covid-19 was positive as it seems the possibility of a vaccine is now looking likely and there was a cautious optimism expressed by interviewees on the radio.  This, allied with the victory of Joe Biden in America proved the truth of… Read More

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Mental Health in a Pandemic

I remember a long time ago seeing, perhaps on a poster, the words “Happiness is having something to do, someone to love and something to hope for.”  This would also suggest a formula for good mental health. According to the World Health Organization, Mental health is “a state of well-being in which the individual realises… Read More