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The Messenger | March 2022



MARCH 2022

Dignity, respect, integrity…all concepts that surface several times in the March Messenger: the importance of acknowledging the humanity of all, even those we struggle to admire or understand; of respecting the dignity of human life itself; and of broadening our concept of salvation beyond exclusively human, to encompass all living things on our earth. Sometimes, this requires a ‘conversion’ – not just a change of behaviour, but a change of heart, a transformation from within ourselves.

We learn about fostering an ‘attitude of gratitude’, of the integral role of compassion in the ministry of chaplaincy, we consider the reasons why we pray, and we read about how Ignatius himself ‘converted’ to a richer existence when he identified the voice of God in his own heart. And, as Lent begins, we look at how the introspection and reflection of the season can help us develop our sense of self by identifying negativity within us, as well as that which gives us peace and refreshment.

All our regular features are here too – prayer, reflections, recipes, crosswords, the flora of Ireland and this month our RE:LINK supplement pays a visit Lough Derg.

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

This month RE:LINK pays a virtual visit to Lough Derg, a place of Christian pilgrimage since the fifth century. We chat to Mary McDaid, who has worked on the Island for thirty-five years about what makes this such a special place.