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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.


May/June 2021


Matisse’s Masterpiece — ‘To lift people’s burdens’

Michael Ford

The work of French artist Henri Matisse is world famous. Some people may be surprised to know that he, a self-confessed unbeliever designed a controversial chapel in Vence (south of France). Michael Ford relates how it came about and the role played by his former nurse who became a Dominican nun.

The Most Holy Trinity

Michael Dunleavy op

From the earliest days of Christianity artists have sought to convey something of the Christian mystery by way of image. Michael Dunleavy comments on a recently written icon of The Most Holy Trinity.

The Name of Jesus

Conor McDonough op

Can anyone doubt that the phenomenon of social media is having a profound influence on the development of language, (not just on spelling). This may partially account for the fact that the abuse of the Holy Name of Jesus has become so widespread. However, the abuse of the Holy Name is not just a contemporary fact. Conor McDonough concludes his series on the Holy Name with a reminder that the abuse was being addressed  by the Dominicans in 18th century Dublin.

The God Adventure

Helen Grealy RC

Profound change is in the air as the world reflects on the current pandemic. How will the Church be affected? Helen Grealy sees the current situation as an opportunity and asks the question, What is the Holy Spirit saying to the churches? She urges a courageous response inspired by the leadership of Pope Francis.

A Struggle with Self

Eamon Maher

There is much soul-searching at the present time by people of faith about the walking away from the Church by the younger generation in Ireland and elsewhere. Eamon Maher reviews a book that tells a sad story of one man’s loss of faith and the circumstances that led to it.

Don’t Buy a Damaged One

Paul Balfe

The poet is gifted with the ability to communicate profound truths in accessible language. We need gifted poets and writers particularly at a time of pandemic. Paul Balfe relates a moving story from his youth.  

Type: Journals

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