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The Messenger | March 2021


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MARCH 2021

Lent, which started in mid-February, runs throughout March – which is also the month of St Patrick, patron saint of Ireland. In the March Messenger, Tom Cox suggests that Lent can be a space where we connect our lives with the life of Jesus. Kevin Hargaden, writing about St Patrick, observes that his writings are some of the oldest and most valuable sources of information about Ireland at that time. Alan Hilliard notes that as we currently experience restrictions on our prayer spaces, the strength of the early Church in the time of St Patrick was its emphasis on the person of Christ and not on its buildings or possessions. Elsewhere, David Steward SJ writes about the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, the Church’s largest prayer group and talks about the link between mission and prayer.

Our RE:LINK supplement looks at forgiveness and reconciliation and our series on ecumenism, hidden gems of art, places of worship and flowers of Ireland continue, along with our regular children’s pages and crosswords and cookery, which this month features a warming savoury pie.

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.

March’s RE:LINK talks about Forgiveness and considers the sacrament of Reconciliation in the context of some of the major world religions.