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The Messenger | April 2021


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APRIL 2021

If there is a theme that runs through the April Messenger it might be the Christian focus on action for the collective good rather than individual benefit. Thus, Cardinal Michael Czerny SJ writes about the Catholic perspective on human rights with its emphasis on the dignity of the human person and the fact that rights are interwoven with responsibilities. Tom Layden SJ writes about Revd Ray Davey, founder of the Corrymeela Community of Reconciliation with its vision of acceptance and respect for diverse communities; Seán McDonagh talks about the importance of living in a sustainable way for the long-term good of the entire planet and all its inhabitants and John Cullen reflects on one meaning of ‘Vocation’, which is to mirror God by being our best selves in our myriad ways and from innumerable standpoints.

Our RE:LINK supplement considers the three stages of Faith, our series on Hidden Gems  continues with an account of St Colman’s Cathedral, Cobh, Co Cork, there’s a flavour of Spring in our April recipes and we have all our regular favourites of prayer reflections, places of worship, crosswords and our popular Children’s pages.

A pull-out supplement for teenagers and younger readers that addresses the subject and concerns of Catholicism today. RE:LINK supports the Junior Cert curriculum and is an educational resource for all teachers of Religion Studies.

April’s RE:LINK details the three stages of faith: childhood faith, adolescent faith and mature faith and outlines the unique characteristics of each.