Category: Rowland

What to Say to a Pregnant Teenager?

I felt disturbed at how little focus there appeared to be on the issue of abortion in February when the country was reminded that it was 20 years since the Termination of Pregnancy Act...

What’s a Talk-Walk?

Into the second month of the new year means it’s a bit late for resolutions, but maybe still a time for checking out what they were and how we’re doing so far. When I first conceptualised...

Even Children Can Be Inspirational

As I was going through some old writings I came across a column I wrote nearly ten years ago about inspiration, probably at the time when a local supermarket chain adopted the slogan “Inspired...

Youths can be ‘Champions of Mercy’

When we consider the situation of young people, should we speak of youth with families, without families, or youth in families? When one asks in a group, “What is a family?”, the stock answer...

Spirit

Let us Be Reborn in the Spirit

Often we talk of a “good team spirit” or of a spirit that is lacking in some situation. People are enthusiastic and committed or bored and disinterested. An angry spirit shows something is not right....

Holy Week

Hear and See in Holy Week

You know the saying, “Hearing is believing”, and you might want to say: “No, seeing is believing.” And you are right, of course. But at the moment, for me hearing is believing. More Stories: The...

lecture

Better to discuss than to lecture

In our postmodern way of free thinking, does the word lecture come across as rather dictatorial?It possibly does even more than the words ‘sermon’ or ‘homily’; all of these are occasions for someone to...