Reality April 2018

Reality April 2018




The cover of the April Reality has a marvellous image of the risen, triumphant Christ and the joyful tone of Easter continues inside. The leading article this month celebrates the work of the poet, Patrick Kavanagh. Considered along with Yeats and Seamus Heaney as one of the three greatest Irish poets of the twentieth century, Kavanagh was a small farmer from Co Monaghan, but as Sr Una Agnew shows, he was also someone who caught the mysterious presence of God in a whin bush or the ‘whispered conversations of a churning.’ Marie Carson tells the story of the Beginning Experience which helps bereaved, divorced and separated people to begin the process of putting their lives together to begin again. Fr Johnny Doherty is well-known to many from his work with married couples. Here, he describes marriage as a journey of love sustained by prayer. A small statistic from the article tells us that the current US divorce rate is 50%; for those who worship together on a Sunday it is 3.3%; for those who pray together daily, it is 0.3%. The marvellous Cathedral of St Patrick on 5th Avenue, New York, was built due to the vision of an Irish emigrant boy from Co Tyrone, Archbishop John Hughes. His story is told by Mike Daley. There is much else here to nourish your faith and keep you informed. Finally a thought from the late great Leonard Cohen: “Children show scars like medals. Lovers use them as secrets to reveal. A scar is what happens when the word is
made flesh.”

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