Taking the UN seriously

Taking the UN seriously

Volume 17, Issue 5

ONE OF THE MOST STINGING criticisms that I hear leveled against the Church is that it is irrelevant. Whether or not that is true is a matter of contention. However, I am in no doubt that were it to operate to its full potential it has the capacity to be truly relevant to us as a total human family and to this wonderful world that we populate.

What will make your new year happy?

Volume 17, Issue 1

AS THE DAYS OF 2005 WERE slipping away and as those initiating the New Year were unfolding for us, you were undoubtedly caught up in giving and receiving the constant exclamation for that period: “Happy New Year.”

He shared the Christ that he carried within him

Volume 17, Issue 2

AS I LOOK BACK ON 2005, MY most powerful response is one of gratitude. I say this because so much that took place during last year realised the fulfillment of many of my long held aspirations. For instance, for a great deal of my adult life I nurtured a constant yearning to visit some of the key battle fields of World War I. Though I had not lost a close relative in those four harrowing years – 1914 to 1918 – I had somehow acquired over my journey a sense of reverence, respect and gratitude to my fellow countrymen who had ‘paid the supreme sacrifice’ in those far off places.

The pen portrait of a priest

Free to be PriestVolume 17, Issue 3

ONCE ONE IS TRAINED IN A particular trade or profession, one develops skills that are never lost. The individual concerned might well turn his or her hand to the pursuit of other paths in life, but the basic knowledge already acquired in those formative years is an ever-ready resource available to be drawn upon.

My lasting memory of 2005

Volume 17, Issue 4

I DON’T KNOW WHETHER YOU are as keen a bookworm as I am, but with that approach to my leisure hours, various trends in book publishing consistently grab my attention. One that has comes to mind of late is the number of books entirely devoted to the study of one particular calendar year.