Family and Lifestyle

"On my knees I beg you to turn away from the paths of violence and to return to the ways of peace.” The words, uttered by Pope John Paul II at Killineer in Drogheda, Co. Louth during his 1979 visit brought a tumultuous cheer of approval from the assembled faithful and simultaneously became the address most closely covered by the thousands of...

I happened upon a very interesting debate on RTÉ 2FM the other day. One of the callers was a man who was so traumatised by watching his wife give birth that their relationship since has not recovered, and they were considering divorce. This reaction was very extreme, but it got me thinking about the importance of preparing for childbirth, and...

Rory Fitzgerald meets families of children with disbilitesEverybody is different. We are all born with different talents and faculties. Sometimes, through illness or accident - or maybe just because we’re born that way - some of us are diagnosed as having a disability. This may be mild or severe, intellecutal or physical. Parents of children with...

As one drives through the Irish countryside any day or evening lots of people are seen walking and cycling and jogging. It seems that the changes in the country’s fortunes has resulted in people revisiting simpler pleasures, ones that reflect an earlier way of being in the world. Each year many people also go to Spain or France to walk sections of...

My name is Michael Donnelly, I’m 20 years old and I’m from Kilkeel, Co. Down. God willing, I hope to enter my diocesan seminary this September to start my journey of becoming a priest. Many people ask me why I’m doing this, especially in our day and age. But what can I say except that it is out of God’s mercy that I have been called to such a way...

I ’ve had several conversations, in a variety of settings, about the Year of Faith. The most common responses I’ve encountered are “I don’t have time to read the documents of Vatican II and the Catechism, and anyhow I probably wouldn’t understand them!” and “It’s a great idea, but I’ve already so much on my plate, I don’t have time for extra work...

I remember watching The Nun’s Story when I was a child. The Warner Brothers film starring Audrey Hepburn was given the full Hollywood treatment. As a young girl, I was highly impressed with the courage and steely determination of Sr Luke, a young Belgian woman who had made the decision to enter a convent with all the life changes and...

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