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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.
November / December 2019


‘Speak Ye Confortably’

Roger Hickley

There is little doubt that while words and actions can so easily lead to misunderstandings that separate people from one another, music can often bring people together. Roger Hickley relates how a performance of Handel’s Messiah in a Catholic cathedral had a mellowing effect on a Jewish family.

Christmas on the Inside


The bringing to light of abuse scandals in the Church and in the wider society has had an incalculable effect not only on the abused but also in undermining trust in authority, and respect for clergy. A convicted clerical abuser reflects on the damage he has inflicted. He writes in prison on Christmas Day.

Help for the Church in Need

Mary Bridget Judge

Despite the new insights of Vatican II, many of which can be traced back to the thinking of the latest canonised saint, John Henry Newman, there is a noticeable movement now in the Church to go back to pre-conciliar thinking and practice. This is largely on the part of clerics, not all of them old. Mary Bridget Judge pleads for ‘doing church’ ranter than ‘being church’ and asks, what would that mean in practice?

Telling Our Own Story

Pauline Haughney

Pauline Haughney concludes her short series on people she has met who are searching for meaning, and finding it with others in community.

Remembering John Broderick

Eamon Maher

Ireland has a rich tradition of writers who have been often rejected by the wider population. Eamon Maher writes about two novels of John Broderick and how they reflect the changing face of Ireland from the 1960s.

Goodbye to All That? Ireland after the Pope

Frank Regan

The visit of Pope Francis to Ireland became the subject of widespread critical comment in August 2018. Frank Regan reviews an issue of Studies devoted to penetrating insights by 8 writers – journalists, an economist, several clergy, and a retired ambassador.


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