Articles

Me too?

I was teenager against the backdrop of “Vatican 2” and a college student studying sociology (amongst other things) when Liberation Theology hit the headlines in the late 1970’s. Jean Donovan, a US citizen and Catholic lay missionary who was murdered in El Salvador, was a student in UCC for a period before she went to...

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Giving Up Something, Or Not Giving Up Something, for Lent

William B. Bradshaw, Contributor Author Giving Up Something, Or Not Giving Up Something, for Lent is not reproduced here for copy right reasons, you can find the full article here

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A pair of Turtle Doves

A reflection on the Feast of the Presentation. The chapel of the Irish College contains a mural of Joseph standing alone with two turtle doves, i.e. the offering made by Joseph and Mary on the occasion of the Presentation in the Temple. The mural pushed my reflection in a different direction from the usual one...

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What must we do?”

We have a long historical habit in our house of pausing at the top of the stairs and taking a look out the landing window to see what’s going on. Recently every time I look out the window in the evenings I see a gradual increase in the number of twinkling lights appearing up the...

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“The Medal” in the modern world

The Feast of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. It would be easy to dismiss the Miraculous Medal and its novena as a relic of a way of being Church that is over, and to be of the opinion that this way of expressing devotion to Our Lady is, at best, as irrelevant as gas...

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Mission in the 21st Century

Vincentian Lay Missionaries (VLM) is a not-for-profit volunteer sending organisation. We work in partnership with the Vincentian Fathers and the Daughters of Charity to support their work with disadvantaged people in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya and Burkina Faso. Since 2006 our volunteers have been making valuable contributions in education and community projects. We recruit volunteers of...

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An Inconvenient Grief

  Mark Kelly was a draper’s porter in 1911, single and living at home, by 1918 he was a married man with two daughters, but he died that October, just weeks before the end of the War. Joseph Loftus was an agricultural labourer in 1911, the middle child of a family of 7, by 1915,...

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THE COMMUNION OF SAINTS

(based on an article by Ron Rolheiser OMI) At any given time, most of the world believes that death isn’t final, that some form of immortality exists. Most people believe that those who have died still exist in some state, in some modality, in some place, in some heaven or hell, however that might be...

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