November 2018

No 527 - Vol 48

Cover design: ©Sandy Bartus



By Paul Gateshill

The Gospel of the family – joy for the world

Sarah and Declan O’Brien report on the World Meeting of Families held in Dublin in August this year.


Tickled pink

Katy Carter shares one of those typical family moments, when you thought you had everything sorted…


The music of the Gospel

Pope Francis recently visited Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia at the end of September 2018. Here is what he said at a service of ecumenical prayer at the Evangelical Lutheran Cathedral in Latvia.


The dove from Noah’s Ark

In July 2018 Sylwia Machej and Patricia Batista from the UK spent three weeks in Syria forming part of a ‘temporary Focolare’.


Going beyond all borders (Part 2)

We continue with two more experiences shared by young people at Genfest 2018.


Word of Life – November 2018

Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with me (Rev. 3: 20).

We need to ‘shut out’ all external noise if we want to recognise and hear his voice, his Spirit, who can help us break through our fear and open the door of our heart.


Let’s stay connected

Elisabeth Öhlböck reflects on the importance of connecting with one another and what this entails in daily life.


Close encounters in Bali – how earthquakes ask big questions

Pádraic Gilligan reports on a recent trip to Bali and how people and events raise some ultimate questions.


Enriched and renewed

Andy and Uli Yeomans share a recipe for Pumpkin Soup made from a smiley pumpkin!



A short poem by Jim Deeds.

From ‘Gym for the soul’ by Jim Deeds. Published by New City 2018



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