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Spirituality sets out to offer insights to its readers: on the Bible and the Liturgy, the ‘authentic sources of Christian spirituality,’ (Vatican II); on the teachings of the great Christian mystics and theologians on the spiritual life and prayer; on the spiritual experience of saintly Christian men and women, now and in the past.

Spirituality September/October 2018 

The media in Ireland during the lead up to the World Meeting of Families and the visit of Pope Francis, chose to largely ignore family issues and focus almost exclusively on the clerical abuse issue of the past 60 years. Eamon Maher surveys the scene from the visit of Pope John Paul II in 1979 and outlines the fundamental implications for the future of the Church in Ireland (and beyond).

The state in which the Church now finds itself particularly in the Western world is not unprecedented. Dominic and Francis were confronted with a similar meltdown 800 years ago and responded with apostolic enthusiasm. Their efforts were remarkably successful. Bishop Dermot Farrell underlines the fundamental need for preaching and teaching to bring about reform.

If there is anything that literature, including ancient writings like the Bible or those of Shakespeare, can teach us, it is that human nature today has changed very little: we recognise ourselves in people of the past. Roger Hickley imagines the changes that might have taken place in the life of the good Samaritan.

Because of a commitment to truth, the Anglican clergyman, John Henry Newman came to the conclusion that the Catholic Church was the contemporary successor of the undivided Church of the Fathers and therefore claimed his allegiance. Kieran Phelan reminds us of some of the remarkable achievements of the Oxford don who became cardinal.

Contact with other cultures is an enriching experience not least in that it forces us to reflect on our own native culture. Marie Tighe reflects on her (reluctant) visit to Lithuania which resulted in a deeply enriching spiritual experience.

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