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The Messenger | October 2022




‘A graced space within which to wander with the Divine’ – the beautiful description of Autumn as described in one of the articles in the October Messenger. As we transition from one season to another we have plenty to focus on in this issue. Pope Francis calls for open and honest dialogue and genuine deep listening on the Church’s synodal journey. We can apply this to many aspects of our society – and through our Church we can contribute to and be part of the reconciliation and healing so badly needed: afford respect to those experiencing homelessness as detailed by Sr Stan, dignity to migrants and refugees, outlined by John Cullen and offer compassionate options for those struggling with housing issues, with examples from Peter McVerry SJ.

October is the month of missions and we learn about the work of Irish Jesuits International in bringing 500 girls back into the education system in Nigeria; we read Mary McAleese’s account of a 16th-century Irish bishop who died for his faith; and as the Season of Creation draws to a close, Dermot Lane in an extract from his new book, Nature Praising God, considers the close relationship Jesus had with the natural world. With all our regular features, the October Messenger provides substantial reading!

Our pull-out supplement for teenagers and younger readers returns after the summer break.

The October RE:LINK considers the understanding of the term ‘divine’ in two of the major world religions – Hinduism and Christianity