A Letter of Sister Fiona to the Ignite-ations

Fiona, a follower of Christ Jesus, by the will of God, To God’s people in Blackrock and beyond, the faithful community in Urban Junction: Grace and peace to you. I always thank God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when I think of you. For you have faithfully, with perseverance and enduring patience, served []
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Spiritual Arrogance?

This week a pastor and several of his followers were sentenced to 30 years in prison for a “fatal exorcism” in Nicaragua. The accused testified that they believed the 25-year-old victim was possessed by the devil (or some reports say “demons”). They reportedly tied her up without food or water the chapel of an evangelical []
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The Power of the Fringes

Last week the Traveller Community was formally recognized as an ethnic group in Ireland. This was a low-key affair – the Taoiseach simply stood up in the Dáil and announced it. No laws had to change, no cases were brought to court. It was simply a statement by a powerful man. This low-key affair however []
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Finding Joy

On Sunday Simon talked about giving thanks. It is the key to joy. That is what I’ve been learning over the past few weeks. It started with a book that was given to me at Christmas; ‘One Thousand Gifts’ by Ann Voscamp. She is a farmer’s wife in Canada who discovered the simple truth that []
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Evil – The Irresistible Force?

The Camino is fast approaching, the time when we take a motley crew of students and others down the ancient trails of pilgrimage, to the sacred city of Santiago on the western tip of Spain. Along the way we stop to camp in rural villages, and gather before the evening meal to sit on scratchy []
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The road (back) to Damascus

Two weeks ago I was sitting in a tent in Calais with 4 men who have fled their beautiful hometown near Damascus in Syria because it has been destroyed by bombs. One of the men was a chicken farmer. He showed me a picture of his farm of over 2,000 chickens, which has now been []
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The awkward moment when you only have 2 small euro

Today I went to visit one of the poorest families in Dublin. They live in a small one-room basement apartment. The room is flanked on two sides by sofa beds, carefully made and arranged as if it were a sitting room. There is a cooker brimming with food in one corner and a bathroom tucked []
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The Awkward Moment When You’re Wobbly On Your Feet

What does it mean to stand with someone? Popular response to the atrocities unfolding in France has to been to declare solidarity with the victims. Michael D., Obama, Merkel, Cameron, even Putin, the leaders of the major religions and countless others have vowed to stand with the victims. Many people have changed their profile pictures []
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