Jesus in the Power of Poetry: A New Voice for Gospel Truth, by Diarmuid O’Murchu, Crossroads 2009, 220 pp. Reviewed by C B Carney

  In his own words Diarmuid O’Murchu describes his latest book: “I am exploring the power of poetry to uncover and articulate levels of meaning which the prose of the Gospels often fails to illuminate. Poetry divulges a different kind of Jesus: more prophetic, empowering, liberating and challenging for how we live our faith in daily life. “ Diarmuid O’Murchu is a member of the Sacred Heart Missionary Order, a social psychologist, Irish-born and working in London, England who leads workshops literally all over the world. It is difficult to descibe what he does but...
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Religulous reviewed by Christy Lawrance

  Starting with the title Religulous – ridiculous combined with religious – outspoken comedian Bill Maher makes his stance clear. In this comedy-documentary, Maher travels to Jerusalem, the Vatican, the Netherlands and London and around the US, asking people about their beliefs while pulling no punches. He is upfront about seeing many religious beliefs and stories – such as the temptation in the Garden of Eden and virgin birth – as laughable. Maher makes it equally clear that he is uncomfortable with the increasing convergence between religion and politics. Don’t...
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A WITNESS TO LIFE: An Easter Greeting

  When Jesus rises from the tomb, he says to Mary Magdalene in the garden, “Go and tell Peter and the others that I have gone before you into Galilee and I will meet them there.” The words are prophetic ones for us all. Jesus does not promise to meet the disciples in Jerusalem, at the center of power and profit, as an Establishment figure of either state or synagogue, as the vindicated and recognized one. No, the last act of Jesus is to lead the disciples to the Galilee, to the backwaters of Israel, to the hinterlands of the poor and dispossessed, to the forgotten and the oppressed...
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Church Notes

  Cooking Apples the Ampleforth Abbey Way Apples have been grown at Ampleforth Abbey for well over one hundred years and monks today still provide the workforce in what is England’s northernmost commercial orchard. Now, many of their famed recipes have been re-published in a mouth-watering book entitled Cooking Apples. The book was originally published in 1982, the brainchild of Fr Edmund Hatton OSB who looked after the orchards for nearly forty years. His successor in the orchard, fellow-monk Fr Rainer Verborg, has now re-published Cooking Apples with over one hundred recipes and many...
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TRINIDAD WEST INDIES: HIDING THE POOR FOR THE SUMMIT OF THE AMERICAS

While the Christian world gets ready to enter into the Easter triduum, Trinidad and Tobago is in the midst of preparations to host the SUMMIT OF THE AMERICAS from April 17 to 19. It brings together 34 heads of democratically elected governments of the countries of the OAS including, Canada, the United States, Argentina and Brazil, already members of the G20 group of nations which met in London last month. As this small Caribbean nation dusts off its relative anonymity, all corners of our nation are being ‘spruced up’ for our important guests, especially US President Obama. Therein lies the...
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