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The Messenger | February 2020


Rooted in Ignatian spirituality and catholic social teaching, The Sacred Heart Messenger covers a wide range of articles, observations and reflective prayer which give us food for thought in today’s materialistic world.


February 2020

Pope Francis uses verbs a good deal in his prayer, urging us to live our Christian life in an active and dynamic way. In our February Messenger, Alan Hilliard observes that the Holy Father asks us to hear the cries of migrants and refugees so we can all advance in solidarity with ‘humble and practical steps’; ahead of Catholic Schools Week, Msgr Dan O’Connell, episcopal vicar for education in the Dublin archdiocese reflects on the place of the Catholic school in the life of the parish and Noel Keating, volunteer coordinator for Christian Meditation Ireland, examines the distinct spiritual benefits Christian meditation can have for schoolchildren. Our RE:LINK supplement examines the origins and current practices of Lent.

 Regular features include gardening, crossword, prayer, young readers pages and a recipe from one of our readers for a Kirkfell Fruit Cake.


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.

In the February RE:LINK supplement, Faith Quille looks at the ‘then’ and ‘now’ of Lent  -its originas as well as current practice, offers a reflection on Matthew’s account of Jesus in the desert and recommends some online resources for personal or classroom-based research.