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The Messenger | October 2021


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What is Christian love made manifest? Several articles in the October Messenger suggest that it is to see others through the eyes of a loving God and treat them with welcome and respect. As Peter McVerry SJ says, ‘Human beings make visible the love of God’.

Thus, to achieve true justice in the world requires an active and compassionate engagement both with our fellow creatures and with our physical environment; Catholic schools should foster the holistic development of their pupils so they may become active citizens in their communities; and the Mission Month of October is an opportunity to demonstrate solidarity with the poor, the neglected and the excluded in our world.

We hear about an imaginative and ambitious fundraising project run by an enterprising young pupil from Limerick; we observe that the internet supports a new way of praying and supporting a global faith community and we learn from Bishop Martin Hayes how we can engage with care of creation initiatives, coming up to the UN Climate Conference (COP26) in November.

And with all this we still have room for our regular features, recipes, young people’s pages, RE:LINK supplement, prayers and reflections!

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

The October RE:LINK focuses on CBA 2: The Human Search for Meaning and lists key dates for Classroom-Based Assessments in third year 2021/2022.