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.

The 80:20 Camino Rule (It’s not about the gear!)

May 15, 2024

BRENDAN McMANUS SJ :: A mistake to be guarded against when one goes on pilgrimage is concentrating too much on the issue of gear and technology.

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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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