Overcoming spiritual terrorism in Ireland

“I don’t think I have any pleasure in any part of my body, because my first and initial body thoughts were blackened by the fear of sin: and therefore I think of my body as a sort of vehicle for sin.” Edna O’Brien. The carefully crafted official report into The Mother and Baby Homes report was published in January 2021. The controversial contents sent shock … Continue reading Overcoming spiritual terrorism in Ireland

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 into the places of pain, to share in brokenness, fear, confusion, … Continue 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/ Continue reading Magdalene survivor takes case against Ireland to UN’s Committe Against Torture

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 the launch of the Correspondences Anthology and listen to asylum seekers … Continue reading Correspondences: An Anthology to Call for an End to Direct Provision in Ireland