Brendan McManus SJ

Fermanagh-born Brendan McManus SJ works in the area of spirituality and spiritual accompaniment. He is the author of Redemption Road: Grieving on the Camino, a highly-praised personal reflection on healing and recovery. It deals with Brendan's experience on the Camino pilgrimage as part of his effort to come to terms with his brother's suicide.

A movie moment

March 27, 2024

BRENDAN McMANUS SJ :: Watching a corny movie in a grotty cinema led to a most unexpected epiphany.

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Praying with anxiety: Ignatian survival tips

October 10, 2023

BRENDAN McMANUS SJ :: Anxiety is not from God and is not good for people. Tips from Ignatian spirituality for dealing with it.

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Comfortably numb

August 22, 2023

BRENDAN McMANUS SJ :: Being numb seems like a pleasant state in that it avoids pain but it also avoids life and the unpredictability, and any real happiness.

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Getting your head right

March 20, 2023

BRENDAN McMANUS SJ :: St Ignatius Loyola came to understand the value of awareness during moments of chaos; he looked at his inner world of thoughts and feelings.

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Kickstart your Lenten resolutions with this hack

March 13, 2023

BRENDAN McMANUS SJ :: Becoming conscious of where we are with our Lenten resolutions and reflecting on what God wants enables us to find consolation.

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Examen: the paradox of reflection

January 9, 2023

BRENDAN McMANUS SJ :: We see our experience differently when we take the time to look back on the complex and often hectic moments of our day.

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Balancing social media

November 8, 2022

BRENDAN McMANUS SJ :: Social media is a great thing, but we need to know how to recognise the signals that tell us when it is becoming addictive and negative.

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The Manresa method: Praying with your desire

July 5, 2022

BRENDAN McMANUS :: This three-part way of intimately connecting with God is based on the experience of an Ignatian Immersion Course in Manresa, Spain.

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Watching ‘Belfast’ in Belfast

February 9, 2022

BRENDAN McMANUS :: Kenneth Branagh's film 'Belfast' has much to recommend it, but it does not illuminate much with regard to the Troubles.

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Bear Grylls and faith

January 26, 2022

BRENDAN McMANUS :: Bear Grylls's bestselling book expresses an admirable faith, but it prompts deeper questions about God in our lives.

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