A conversation with nature

The majesty of nature is everywhere this October. Get out in it. Give thanks for simple things. Green leaves let go transformed into yellow or red rustic wings of wisdom. Tread on them. Sweep them up. Let them go. Let them glow. Let them spark imagination, and a sense of wonder. Psalm 16 (5-6) coincidesContinue reading “A conversation with nature”

The wonders of October

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables. In the past few months I’ve ventured out quite a bit and have met new, wonderful people, in quite unexpected ways. There is value in uncertainty when we push ourselves out of our comfort zones. Photos inContinue reading “The wonders of October”

‘Old Glory’ in the quiet seclusion of Phoenix Park

Old Glory is a nickname for the flag of the United States. The original flag was owned by sea captain William Driver who flew the flag during his career at sea and then brought it to Nashville, Tennessee (sea) which is the sister city of Belfast, Northern Ireland, a city with a massive ship buildingContinue reading “‘Old Glory’ in the quiet seclusion of Phoenix Park”

Land without God

This pandemic has given me time to reflect on my mother’s 12 years of childhood Lockdown/incarceration in Cork. Can you imagine being incarcerated at 2? Why?The issue of child slavery within Ireland has been kicked under the carpet. Churches don’t mention it. But it’s a faith and justice issue. So, I was encouraged to discoverContinue reading “Land without God”

Swimming at Martello Tower Seapoint

“Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.” -Saint Augustine Swimming long distance at Seapoint is a greatContinue reading “Swimming at Martello Tower Seapoint”

St. Patrick’s Legacy, Irish influence and scholarship

Patrick is the best remembered Christian missionary to Ireland. His name has come to represent the many unknown clerics who worked in Ireland before and after him. The influence of the Irish missionaries, carriers of classical learning and disseminators of theological and philosophical thought cannot be overemphasized. Vast collections of Irish manuscripts are to beContinue reading “St. Patrick’s Legacy, Irish influence and scholarship”

Compassion – what is it and have you got it ?

The dictionary defines compassion as sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others. Henri Nouwen was a Dutch Catholic priest, professor, writer and theologian. His interests were rooted primarily in psychology, pastoral ministry, spirituality, social justice and community. He said that Compassion asks us to go where it hurts, to enter intoContinue reading “Compassion – what is it and have you got it ?”

Magdalene survivor takes case against Ireland to UN’s Committe Against Torture

The word “remember” appears no fewer than 169 times in the Hebrew Bible – for memory is the constant obligation of all generations. Today I pause to remember this particular Magdalene survivor and Irish profile in courage — Elizabeth Coppin. Read about her amazing story below; http://www.thejournal.ie/elizabeth-coppin-un-5010344-Feb2020/

Correspondences: An Anthology to Call for an End to Direct Provision in Ireland

“If you are silent about your pain, they’ll kill you and say you enjoyed it.” Zora Neale Hurston On Thursday I joined my friend Nadette and actor Stephen Rea, Jessica Traynor and Bulelani Mfaco of MASI – the Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland. We gathered in Phibsborough with readers and performers to celebrate theContinue reading “Correspondences: An Anthology to Call for an End to Direct Provision in Ireland”