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The Messenger | August 2020


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Several articles in the August Messenger address different themes and topics that have come to the fore in recent months as we have lived through the experience of a pandemic. Peter McVerry SJ says we need to apply the focus on common purpose that COVID-19 taught us to the even greater crisis of climate change; Nikolaas Sintobin SJ considers how fear can affect us both emotionally and spiritually and how we can best deal with it;  and Gerry O’Hanlon SJ, asking where God is in all this, suggests that we can find and love God in the people around us. There’s an inspiring interview with Ireland’s young hockey star, Elena Tice about the role faith has played in her life and career and an article on the history of chocolate, a comfort food beloved of many.

Our gardening section offers solutions to slugs, cookery has a warming Seafood Chowder and we continue our tour around landmark churches plus all our regular items on prayer, young peoples’ pages and Masterpieces of Christian Art.

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.

RE:LINK will be back in the September issue of The Messenger