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...

Recovering Common Goodsby Patrick Riordan SJ (Veritas, €14.99 )In a world of heated divisiveness this book will prove a great asset to those involved in attempting to right the wrongs that damage society. Patrick Riordan, who teaches political philosophy at Heythrop College, holds a doctorate in philosophy from the University of...

Reactions to stories can sometimes say a lot, and so it was when Cruxnow.com and others reported on how Pope Francis revealed that he consulted a psychoanalyst for a few months in the late 1970s.At one level our reaction to this story should be: “Nothing to see here.” Argentinians, after all, tend to see therapy as important to self-...

Did you know there’s no demographic for missing North American Indian women? I didn’t either until I saw this downbeat thriller. A teenager called Natalie is found dead on a deserted reservation. FBI agent Jane (Elizabeth Olsen) and wildlife tracker Cory (Jeremy Renner) want to find out how it happened. An autopsy reveals she...

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...

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...

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