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I propose that there are essentially four dimensions to the evangelical act broadly called ‘Sharing the Good News’.  Firstly, we acknowledge the existence of the Good News: the driving force of the act of evangelisation.  In this Easter season, when our liturgy is replete with accounts of the Resurrection, the Road to Emmaus and...

Anyone who has studied the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church will realise that the weakest chapter in the book is number 10 on ‘Safeguarding the Environment’. For example, the most serious problem facing planet earth today, and therefore humanity, is the wanton destruction of biodiversity which is taking place today. We are living...

Some of my earliest memories are of  having the adventures of JRR Tolkien’s Bilbo Baggins read to me while having breakfast at 7am on a winter’s morning, while I closely followed the magically illustrated map of the Misty Mountains and the distant lands beyond. There are few more pleasant memories from my childhood that leave an impression...

"It’s not easy to change unfair and unjust systems,” says Sr Imelda Carew, Provincial of the Presentation Sisters. “The fact that you are here already makes a difference. The fact that you are alerting yourselves and others of the need to care is already making a difference in the world. The fact that so many young people are getting involved in...

‘We are always at the beginning” is a famous phrase used by the followers of the Young Christian Workers (YCW) movement. They are words used by the great Cardinal Joseph Cardijn, probably one of the most significant youth leaders in the 20th century. Reacting to the needs of young people he developed a method of prayer and reflection based on a...

The word Advent comes from the Latin word adventus, meaning ‘arrival’ or ‘coming’. It is a time of preparation for our Christmas celebration of the coming of Christ into the world, and into our lives. These days we are reminded of the approach of Christmas in November - or even in October - when Christmas advertisements begin to run on television...

The Middle Ages refer to the historical period between the fall of the Roman Empire and the start of the Renaissance - roughly from the 5th to the 15th Century.  The Middle Ages are commonly called the Dark Ages to signify a period of ignorance, repression and superstition dominated by a despotic Catholic Church. However, 20th Century...

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