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The Messenger | November 2021


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November is the month when we commemorate our dead and stand in solidarity with the bereaved. The November Messenger strikes a reflective note with articles about the value of prayer, the concept of heaven and the afterlife, the significance of our November customs and the importance of looking after our own mental health and well-being.  As we approach the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, the other major theme is the degradation of our environment and our responsibility to minimise the damage we inflict on our earth.

We reflect on the impact that COVID-19 restrictions made on our prison population, one of the less visible cohorts of society and we learn of the shocking incarceration and brutal treatment of Fr Stan Swamy SJ by the authorities in India. And, as part of this ‘Ignatius 500 Year’, Brendan McManus SJ recounts his ‘cannonball moment’, when it became clear to him that he was being called to become a Jesuit.

Plus of course we have all our regulars – crosswords, recipes, reflections and prayers including our RE:LINK supplement for young readers.

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

All Saints Day is celebrated on 1 November each year. This month’s RE:LINK takes a closer look at some of the saints in the Catholic Church.