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The Messenger | February 2023




The concept of ‘Home’ and what it represents crops up in different reflections throughout the February Messenger: A community of faith, fraternity and welcome, as Pope Francis envisages for parishes in his monthly prayer intention; a shared experience with like-minded people such as the impact that World Youth Day made on Réiltín Geoghegan; and, as we approach Lent, a journey in the storeroom of our own mind, where we can reflect, take stock and cast aside blockages, old hurts and negative thoughts.

Our home also includes the physical world in which we live and the responsibility we have for its care. Peter McVerry SJ observes that humans have become the most destructive invasive species; Deirdre Powell uses the example of God as gardener to highlight that His deepest concern is the flourishing of all life, including that which gives us sustenance and we read about a Fairtrade programme in Ghana designed to counteract the devastation to crops caused by climate change.

We honour St Brigid, patron of Ireland and pay tribute to St Josephine Bakhita, patron of victims and survivors of slavery and human trafficking. Both Feast Days occur in February. And of course we have our popular regulars – cookery, Art, crosswords, children’s pages and RE:LINK supplement for teenagers.

Our pull-out supplement for teenagers and younger readers.

In the February issue, we take a look at one of the three major monotheistic world religions: Jusaism is the oldest monotheistic religion and is described as the parent religion of Christianity and Islam.