March 1, 2021


Having just a fortnight before been looking out at snow in the garden, I was thrilled to have the first days of sitting outside in the sun with a cup…
February 24, 2021

The Fast that Pleases

I’ve got through the first week of Lent with just one small lapse from my alcohol fast. (more…)
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February 22, 2021

Lent – the season for soul sustenance

The word LENT comes from the old English word for SPRING, Lencten, and has to do with the long fast before the great feast of EASTER.  Fasting was one of…
February 18, 2021

Keep it Secret?

In this social media age it can be tempting to think that if it didn’t appear on Facebook or Instagram, or wasn’t shapchatted or tweeted then it didn’t happen! (more…)
February 12, 2021

Beware the Zoom Filters

If by now some of us have experienced an embarrassing, unplanned moment on zoom then we’re in good company. The latest Youtube video to go viral shows a virtual court…
February 8, 2021

No Fireside Like Your Own

In my interview for a radio station in Cork on the day of our ‘Fireside Gathering’ I was asked the meaning of the old Irish proverb we’d quoted in a…
January 25, 2021

Changing the world – One word at a time

One thing last week’s Inauguration of President Joe Biden will almost certainly be remembered for is the performance of a “skinny little black girl” reciting The Hill We Climb, her…
January 15, 2021

Little Green Shoots

New life can appear in surprising places, even in something which I thought was totally dead. I’ve somehow made it through the first couple of weeks back at work after…
January 7, 2021

January – The month to begin again

I must be one of the very few people who likes the month of January.  At least I haven’t met anyone else who likes it as much as I do.…
January 4, 2021

Love is Born Again

The Australian poet Michael Leunig quotes an old saying at the start of his book ‘A Common Prayer’: ‘Love is like bread, it has to be made fresh every day.’…
December 21, 2020

The Song Remains the Same

In this year in which so much was unfamiliar it is comforting that some Advent traditions have remained more or less the same. (more…)
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December 16, 2020

Christmas and the coming of our hope

In Dennis O’Driscoll’s humorous poem, Non-Stop Christmas, “Christmas is always coming.  There are only ever so many days still left”.   Well, the shopping and the frenetic activity which have characterised…