Family and Lifestyle

Jennifer Roback Morse and Betys Kerekes We all want reliable love in our lives. In this, we are no different than people in any other time in history, despite the tatters of failed marriages all around us.‘The One’ must be someone to whom you can be deeply committed. The first step is getting to a place where you’re ready...

Aoife KehoeReligious education became an exam subject in 2008. Last year, 1,320 students throughout Ireland sat the exam. The curriculum presents 10 topics from which students must study four. In my class we studied four divergent and truly engaging themes.The search for meaning and values, which examines philosophical and religious answers to the...

Darragh McGannFor as long as I can remember I have heard people saying that Mass is boring, as an explanation or an excuse for not attending. I was an altar server for eight years and would often get myself into trouble in school speaking up for the Church when I would hear classmates saying such things. Of course I never stopped to think...

It’s not until something goes wrong or breaks that we realise how much we miss it. This week everything in our house seemed to be giving up the ghost: the heating packed in with a worst case scenario of some sort of expansion tank having burst; we failed our NCT and, disaster of all disasters – the broadband mysteriously stopped...

If anyone is qualified to take the pulse of the Church on the ground in Ireland, it would be someone in Gemma Mulligan’s position. As Diocesan Pastoral Coordinator, the core part of her job is to visit parishes in the Diocese of Ossory on a daily basis, talking to priests and pastoral councils and addressing congregations at Sunday Mass. The...

“Your body is a Ferrari car,” says Dr Robert O’Connor. “It is an unique asset, the most valuable thing you will ever have in your lifetime, and like a Ferrari, if it’s kept in good nick you have the best chance of it lasting a long time.”This is how the Irish Cancer Society’s Head of Research began the...

When Antoinette Moynihan speaks to First Communion school children about Jesus in the Eucharist, she opens the door of the monstrance and peers through it at them. "They can see me. I tell them ‘Jesus is looking through the monstrance and He can see you’.”After explaining Eucharistic adoration, she brings them to the church...

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