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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.
January-February 2020


Direct Provision


The phrase ‘Direct Provision’ has become well-known in Ireland (and perhaps, in other EU countries, too) over recent years. A refugee woman, using the name Yemi, outlines briefly what it means for her and her children to live without a home.

The Tzitzit of his Garment

Roger Hickkey

The contemporary emphasis in Western culture on the body beautiful and issues of physical and mental health, can obscure the fact that not everyone enjoys good health. Roger Hickley recounts what happened to a woman who suffered ill health for years, and who sought healing, initially through thinking of others.

The Practice of Lectio Divina: A New Springtime

Martin McGee OSB

One of the features of the post-conciliar Church is the recovery of the ancient practice of ‘lectio divina.’ Martin McGee says it is bringing about a new springtime in the Church. He explains the origins of the practice and how it nourishes not only one’s Catholic faith but builds up the wider community.

St Martin de Porres and the Sculptor

Jordan O’Brien OP

History attests to the fact that art has been part of the expression of faith from the earliest days of the Church. The Dominican, Henry Flanagan was gifted with various artistic talents — music, literature, he was a gifted teacher and an acclaimed sculptor in wood, stone and other materials. Jordan O’Brien follows the sculptor’s career focusing on his various sculptures of St Martin de Porres.

What Happened to Fr Seán Fagan?

Mary Bridget Judge

One of the most shameful cases in recent times has been the shocking way an internationally recognised theologian was treated by Vatican officials. Mary Bridget Judge reviews a recently published book on the late Fr Seán Fagan which traces the unjust way he was treated.

Two Dublin Martyrs

Kieran Phelan

A piece of sculpture that perhaps is not very well known stands outside St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral in Dublin. Kieran Phelan offers a brief résumé of the lives of two Dublin martyrs, Margaret Ball and Francis Taylor.


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