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An Ashram Experience in Ireland - Peter Conaty

Visiting an Ashram in India has become popular in recent times. More people are seeking meaning in life, work and relationships, and are looking for a way of slowing down and finding simplicity and peace in life. An Ashram is a place where people of any faith, gender or nationality can stay, practice meditation, mindfulness and yoga, and take an inward journey under guidance to re-connect with themselves and their spirituality. Spending time at an Ashram offers solitude, peace and time-out in community to reflect and to benefit from various spiritual teachings in a setting that is close to nature.

Fr. Tom Cunningham celebrates his 90th birthday.

To mark his 90th birthday in May, Fr. Tom Cunningham (pictured left) concelebrated Mass with his younger brother Fr. Colum (right) and Fr. Jerry Kirwin (centre). Having moved from the CBS in his native Omagh to complete his Leaving Certificate in Blackrock College, Tom entered Kilshane in 1947, moving to Kimmage the following year. He prefected in St. Michael’s College.

Cyclone Idai
John Kingston* C.S.Sp.
in Moçambique April 2019

Devastation Driving from Chimoio to Beira a few days ago we were going in the opposite direction to that of Cyclone Idai three weeks previously. As we advanced, the results of the cyclone were increasingly dramatic. Nyamatanda district was devastated by large volumes of water which cut the main (only) road in four places. Here many people died, some trying to wade through the flow of water. National Road N°6 had taken ten days to re-open. Supplies to a huge area of southern Africa stopped flowing.

Five Irish Spiritans who died in the period January-April 2019

Five Irish Spiritans who died in the period January-April 2019 : Fr. Séamus Fleming C.S.Sp.; Fr. Frank Laverty C.S.Sp.; Fr. Gerry Gogan C.S.Sp.; Fr. Jimmy Morrow C.S.Sp.; Fr. Pat Whelan C.S.Sp.

The Easter Triduum Seán Goan (Co-ordinator of Spiritan Mission Ireland)

Holy Week – what’s so holy about a story of betrayal, denial, trumped-up charges, mockery, cruel beatings and a barbarous execution? As we enter the Easter Triduum, we would do well to create a space where the scandal of what unfolds in these days can really hit us. Our engagement with the liturgy can be sanitised by our thinking that, since everything that happens is part of God’s plan or represents the “fulfilment of Scripture”, then it is just a mystery to be accepted in faith. We can be passive observers of the rolling out of the plan whereby Jesus had to die on the cross so that the gates of heaven might be opened to repentant sinners. However, the liturgy of these days and the Scripture at the heart of the Triduum would have us confront this scandal and understand it differently.