The floods that dominated the media last week were described by one commentator as biblical and apocalyptic – an understandable exaggeration.While there was sadness and tragedy, there were moments of heroism too. One anchor on CNN News last Tuesday said the weather events showed “the worst of Mother Nature and the best of human nature...

Patrick Kenny’s excellent new account of  the once renowned Fr Willie Doyle, is to be warmly welcomed, more especially for making accessible the great man’s prayerful reflections. It is well that the present generation should learn about the heroic military chaplain and his determination to live out his Christianity in every day...

In an admirably clear, jargon-free book psychotherapist Stella O’Malley argues that emotional intelligence – the ability to ‘read’ people – is one of the most useful skills children can acquire. Emotionally intelligent children and adults keenly understand the situations they find themselves in and the people...

Maddy has spent most of her 18-year life cooped up in her custom-built California home. Her world is the internet. She can’t go outside the door because she suffers from a rare condition SCID (Severe Combined Immuno Deficiency). Translated into English, that means her immune system doesn’t work. Any virus could kill her.She lives with...

When a drama is scheduled to run for four consecutive nights you know the broadcaster thinks it’s offering something special.And so it was with The State (Channel 4), which finished on Wednesday of last week. It was sad, disturbing, absorbing, and the recent terrorist attacks made this story of people joining ISIS all the more topical and...

J. Anthony GaughanI found Jacinta Prunty’s  account of the institutions of the congregation of Our Lady of Charity both magisterial and immensely satisfying.  But here I must declare a personal interest. With other duties I served in the 1960’s as chaplain to St Mary’s Magdalen Home in Donnybrook, which was...

Radical & Free: Musings on the Religious Lifeby Brian O’Leary (Messenger Publications, €10.99)With vocations seemingly in permanent decline, there is a need, some Catholics might feel, for a book of this kind by an experienced lecturer, to explain to a sceptical age where the sources of a religious vocation lie.The answer to...

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