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Brothers in Arms


Brendan McManus SJ

Brothers in Arms

I absolutely loved Brothers in Arms – the reflections, the songs, the stories of people you met along the way. I’ve no doubt it will help many people make the right choices along their chosen path in life.’
Patricia McCann, Playwright and author of Bring Me Back Alive

[Brothers in Arms] will provide readers with something very different, something powerful, very moving and very instructive… it overflows with a deep sense of humanity.’    The Irish Catholic

‘Brothers in Arms is the story of two pilgrims, one saint, a minibus of nuns and finding the freedom to follow the path God had revealed. A very worthwhile read.’  Intercom

The summer of 2022 saw an unprecedented heatwave in Spain and the author, a Jesuit priest was accompanying a Dublin taxi driver on a walking retreat on the Ignatian Camino, the lesser-known cousin of the Camino de Santiago.  Brothers in Arms tells the story of that testing pilgrimage: severe heat, finding accommodation and negotiating unexpected hurdles; and the retreat that they did together that looked at faith, prayer and blocks to progress. A story of friendship between two very different personalities, and also a story of two souls on a spiritual search for God is the basis for Brothers in Arms.

As in his other books, Brendan highlights the Ignatian learning points and narrates the many adventures they went through to cope with exceptional circumstances. Brothers in Arms is a pilgrimage story of finding God in the messiness of less than ideal situations, developing a heart-warming friendship, and finding a way through using Ignatian principles of reflection and flexibility.

Listen to Brendan and Jimmy chatting about their journey and the book on Dublin South 93.9FM here

Read Brendan’s blog on the Jesuits in Ireland website here

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Brothers in Arms

Brendan McManus SJ works as a Spiritual Director and retreat giver in Belfast. He has published a number of books with Messenger Publications:
The Way to Manresa
Channelling the Inner Fire
Contemplating the Camino
Surviving Suicide Bereavement

Books co-authored with Jim Deeds
Discover God Daily,
Finding God in the Mess.  (Award-winning bestseller)
Deeper into the Mess.

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