Reality Magazine Jan/Feb 2019

Reality Magazine Jan/Feb 2019




Our splendidly colourful cover this month is an invitation to some of the wealth that lies within. A Redemptorist priest, who was expelled from South Africa under the apartheid regime, describes how he used a talent for art to decorate churches and other community buildings, and helping the local people to discover unexpected talents for design and colour within themselves. As Fr Jan Haen CSsR says, “Art is truly the language of the soul.” In “Being One in Christ,” Sarah Adams invites us to reflect on how we might make the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity more engaging for members of our community. At this time of the year, we also celebrate Catholic Schools Week, and John Scally, exploring the changes in Irish schools in recent years invites teachers “to establish the rights of every child to have direct personal contact with God’s Holy Spirit. These are God’s children and we have to leave open the call from God to each one of them. Our schools must be a living example of the words of Jesus: I have come that they may have life and have it more abundantly.” Frank Corr, a Limerick man, recalls growing up in the shadow of “The Fathers” with is spacious yard as a playground and the music of the great carillon of bells from the tower. Fr George Wadding begins his new series on the sorrowful mysteries of the rosary with the Agony in the Garden. Fr Richard Tobin tells the story of Walker Percy, American novelist and convert to the Catholic faith. Mike Daley continues his exploration of Pope Francis’s call to holiness, reminding us that mercy, especially towards the weakest and most vulnerable is the ‘beating heart’ of the Gospel.  All your usual favourites are there. Jim Deeds offers ten new year messages for children of all ages. Stan Laurel, member of the comedy duo Laurel and Hardy, reminds us that “humour is the truth; wit is an exaggeration of the truth.”  Enjoy your reading.

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