Spirituality - May/June 2018

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May June 2018 n. 138

The Harrowing of Hell - Donagh O’Shea op

One of the articles in the Credo of the Catholic Church that has puzzled people for ages is: he descended into hell.’ Donagh O’Shea reflects on the teaching, which gained widespread popularity during the Middle Ages, and helps to clarify our understanding.

Susan’s Confession - Roger Hickley

The sacrament of confession or reconciliation seems to have fallen out of favour in recent years if one is to judge by the short queues (or none) waiting in line for absolution. Roger Hickley offers practical pastoral advice to a penitent.


The Religious Sensibility of William Travor - Eamon Maher

The Catholic priest has always been the focus of attention in the media and in literature. Eamon Maher presents the view of a Church of Ireland (Anglican) writer which is all the more interesting in that it comes from an Irish background with its all too familiar history of religious division between Protestant and Catholic.


An Unlikely Pairing - Brian O’Leary

Brian O’Leary offers an interesting reflection on two very different men of the cloth whom he describes as an unlikely pairing: Charles Wesley, the founder of Methodism and Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits.


‘Laugh, and the world laughs with you’ - Penny Roker

What would life be like without humour? Yet, humour is frequently used to put down others and thus to bolster the ego. Penny Roker reflects how easy it is to hurt and offend, and suggests ways by which to build up.


Saying Mass ‘All by Myself’ -  Liam Walsh

The practice of a priest saying what has come to be called a ‘private Mass’, that is celebrating without a congregation, has fallen out of fashion since the liturgical reforms of Vatican II. Liam Walsh makes a case for such a celebration when there is no alternative for an individual priest.

Angela Hanley reviews two important books by American author Joyce Rupp.

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