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Monica and Augustine

Saint_Augustine_and_Saint_Monica

There is a well-known saying that, ‘Behind every great man there is a great woman.’  This certainly applies to St Monica, whose feast day we celebrate last week. Monica’s son, St Augustine, has been described as the most Significant Christian Thinker after St Paul.  His adaptation of classical thought to Christian teaching created a theological… Read More

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Religion and Spirituality

differences between spirituality and religion

When the Taoiseach, Micheāl Martin spoke to the nation on Tuesday evening, at one point he commented that the government did not want to interfere with the spiritual life of people.  This was in response to a reporter’s question with regard to people going to Mass. His response was interesting because going to Mass is… Read More

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Upon St Swithun’s Day

St Swithun

On Tuesday, July 15 we celebrated St Swithun’s Day.  He was even mentioned on the RTE news, not an accolade afforded to too many saints in these times of religious indifference!  However, this saint may be an exception because of his association with a topic close to the hearts of us Irish, namely the weather…. Read More

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We are an Easter People

Cross at sunset

This week we are preparing for Easter Sunday, the highest point in the Liturgical Calendar of the Church.  This is the culmination of the Lenten journey and the day that makes sense of all that went before, some of it dark and terrible. In the Exsultet we are told ‘This is the night that expels… Read More