‘June is bustin‘ out all over! All over the meadow and the hill!’ So goes the chorus of Rogers and Hammerstein’s famous musical Carousel. As we celebrate the Feasts of Trinity Sunday, Corpus Christi, and the Sacred Heart this month, our focus is on what it means to be a community of love. Many people will also attend the June Novenas, which offer an opportunity to ‘hit pause’ and to reflect on our lives in the light of the Gospel.
Central to the Redemptorist Novenas is the icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, the comforting image of Our Lady which continues to inspire many. Our cover story this month, by Brendan McConvery CSsR, focuses on the beautiful Lady Chapel of St Mary’s Redemptorist Church in Clapham, where images, texts and motifs combine to celebrate Mary as mother and advocate.
We also celebrate Blessed John Sullivan, whose beatification ceremony took place in Gardiner Street Church, Dublin on May 13. Donal Neary SJ recalls the life and legacy of this ‘man of God sent among us and for us’. His story has parallels in the life of another Irish priest who we mention in this issue, also on his way to sainthood – Capuchin Father Solanus Casey, the beloved friar of Detroit, whose beatification will take place later this year. Both men had a special concern for the sick.
This month marks the 50th anniversary of Charismatic Renewal , and we have a piece by Sr Bridget Dunne looking at the history of the movement and inviting us to share in the celebrations. As the Irish church attempts to deal with the fallout from the Tuam revelations and other scandals, Gerry Moloney CSsR asks how we can move forward with hope, and explains why he and others continue to stick with the church.
Also featured in the June issue are the stories of Alfred Smith, the American presidential candidate who faced prejudice for his Catholic faith, and Archbishop Miler Magrath, who managed to serve as both a Catholic and Protestant bishop in Irish dioceses. In his Prayer Corner George Wadding CSsR reflects on Pentecost, while we’ve plenty to read too from our regular columnists.
This month’s issue also includes ‘The Reds’ – the newsletter of the Irish Redemptorists – and a trip down memory lane to that infamous 1950s series ‘The Devil at Dances’. How times have changed!