Family and Lifestyle

The turn of the year is a time of ‘out with the old and in with the new’, but Christmas 2012 is shaping up to be one in which The Priests combined the best of both in their continuing musical success story. In a year in which the clerical group re-signed with their Sony record label after the mammoth success of their first three albums (including...

Next year the Society of Missionary Children celebrates 170 years of encouraging children to help their brothers and sisters across the world who live in more difficult circumstances then themselves. The Society of Missionary Children was founded in 1843 in France by Bishop Charles de Forbin Janson. He was particularly disturbed by the plight of...

Traditional wisdom has always emphasised the importance of self-knowledge, i.e. knowing or having insight into oneself. One would intuitively assume that knowing oneself should be relatively straightforward, assuming that one puts some effort into the exercise. However, this is not so. Recent psychological research, summarised by American...

"On the morning of Pentecost she (Mary) watched over with her prayer the beginning of evangelisation prompted by the Holy Spirit: may she be Star of the evangelisation ever renewed which the Church, docile to he Lord’s command, must promote and accomplish, especially in these times which are difficult but full of hope.” (Pope Paul VI) Recently in...

On Mother’s Day we honour our mothers. Our mothers give us unconditional love and care, from the womb right into adulthood. They willingly make a million sacrifices for their children. The longstanding tradition of Mothering Sunday has become a popular secular occasion throughout the world, involving millions of greeting cards, boxes of chocolates...

The theme of this Mission Sunday is ‘Growing in Communion’. Growing suggests something that is incomplete, constantly evolving, open to possibility and which is changing contours, shapes and colours all the time. Growth can be a painful process of letting go, of welcoming the new, and accommodating what is best from the past like a harvest of...

Young people live with one foot permanently in the virtual world. Watch any group of teens walking down the street and at least one or two are on their phones texting or having online chats. Through social media sites and the advent of tablets, smartphones and laptops, children are communicating, and even thinking, in new ways. However, every...

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