A NIGHT OF EUCHARISTIC ADORATION & PHILOSOPHICAL CONVERSATION

On the first Wednesday of the month, in Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, young adults are invited to come and spend time in adoration before the Eucharist, while being guided in their prayer through a Scriptural reflection led by Fr Justin Gillespie.

During this time, four priests will be available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Afterwards, in the parish meeting room, we will discuss the great philosophical questions, seeking to challenge ourselves to gain greater insight into the workings of the human soul and the challenges it faces.

Our Lady Queen of Peace
Merrion Road, Dublin 4

First Wednesday of every month.
7:30pm - 9:00pm

 

 
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SPIRITUAL BATTERIES LIVE — APRIL 10th, 2019

OUR LADY QUEEN OF PEACE // FR JUSTIN GILLESPIE

CONVERSATION: HOW DOES JESUS’ CROSS REACH ME?

We will examine some contemporary ways of understanding how what happened to Jesus more than 2,000 years ago involves us all. How can an historical event do that? Why was such a death even necessary and what does it have to do with sin?

 

SPIRITUAL BATTERIES LIVE — MAR 13th, 2019

OUR LADY QUEEN OF PEACE // FR JUSTIN GILLESPIE


CONVERSATION:
GOD’S ETERNAL CLOSENESS

Background of the talk:

We will discuss the mind-bending reality of God’s eternity and how this helps us better understand his ability to be close to him, even in his mystery.

In this talk will explore what it means to say that God is “eternal”. On the surface, this might seem cold and abstract. More deeply, though, it unlocks ways of better grasping God’s unique ability to be present in our lives without replacing us, and many other points as well.

We will reach back to ancient philosophers like Boethius and go through St. Thomas Aquinas in order to see how God’s “eternity” is a mystery that brings God closer than we could ever imagine.

 

SPIRITUAL BATTERIES LIVE — FEB 6th, 2019

OUR LADY QUEEN OF PEACE // FR CONOR MCDONOUGH


CONVERSATION:
LATE HAVE I LOVED YOU (AN INTRO TO AUGUSTINE”S CONFESSIONS)

Background of the talk and further resources:

‘I tell my story for love of Your love’ (Confessions XI.1.1).

Around the year 400, a bright and controversial bishop decides to tell his story, to shed the bright light of searing honesty on his shady past. He confesses his sins – theft, lust, dishonesty, worldly ambition – but more importantly he confesses God’s glory, praising and thanking Him for the patient work of His grace.

St Augustine’s 'Confessions' is a work unlike any other. Sometimes called the world’s first autobiography, it’s as much a prayer as anything else, and, although deeply rooted in its Roman and African context, it has spoken with freshness and immediacy to every generation since it was written.

In this introduction to the 'Confessions' we’ll be hoping to answer the following questions: How can the example of Augustine help us in our process of daily conversion? What do friendship and conversation have to do with conversion? And can we learn anything from Augustine’s story that would equip us to lead our friends to the Love they’re longing for?

📚 BOOK

St Augustine’s Confessions translated by RS Pine-Coffin.

 

SPIRITUAL BATTERIES LIVE — DEC 5th, 2018

OUR LADY QUEEN OF PEACE // FR JUSTIN GILLESPIE


CONVERSATION:
GOD EXISTS! A STATEMENT OF FAITH OR OF FACT?

Background of the talk and further resources:

📚 BOOK

Five Proofs of the Existence of God” by Edward Feser.

 

SPIRITUAL BATTERIES LIVE — NOV 7th, 2018

OUR LADY QUEEN OF PEACE // FR WILLIAM DAILEY


CONVERSATION: THE END OF HISTORY: GOD OR A SUPERMASSIVE BLACK HOLE?

Background of the talk and further resources:

Dostoevsky, in The Brothers Karamazov, posed the problem succinctly in the phrase frequently attributed to him: "If there is no God, everything is permitted." The question arises far earlier in history, however, at least as far as the Euthyphro of Plato. 

We'll consider this question in light of a slogan frequently deployed in political arguments today, wherein it is often asserted that a particular policy or position is "on the right side of history."

The relationship between faith and morality was important for Blessed John Henry Newman, as exemplified in his sermon "Religious Faith Rational." 

We'll consider his insights there in the light of contemporary conversations around faith, science and skepticism.

 

SPIRITUAL BATTERIES LIVE — Oct 3rd, 2018

OUR LADY QUEEN OF PEACE // FR JUSTIN GILLESPIE

GUIDED PRAYER

 
 

CONVERSATION: THE ART OF FOCUS & THE CHRISTIAN LIFE

Recording of the talk

Background of the talk and further resources:

💻 OPTIMAL WORK

For an extremely practical and powerful way of learning how to grow in your ability to focus, explore www.optimalwork.com

Curated by Harvard Medical School professor, Dr. Kevin Majeres, it takes you step-by-step through a training course for how to practice focus in your professional work and daily tasks.

📱 PODCASTS

Cal Newport:
https://www.vox.com/…/cal-newport-taking-life-back-technolo…

Chris Bailey with Ezra Klein: https://www.vox.com/…/ezra-klein-show-book-recommendations-…

Also, another fascinating and thought-provoking podcast by Ezra Klein on how social media and Tech Companies effect our ability to attend to what is meaningful: https://www.vox.com/…/tristan-harris-facebook-twitter-human…

📚 BOOKS

Deep Work” by Cal Newport.

The Upside of Stress” by Kelly McGonigal. (How to make stress your friend — TED Talk)

 

SPIRITUAL BATTERIES LIVE — SEPT 5th, 2018

OUR LADY QUEEN OF PEACE // FR JUSTIN GILLESPIE


CONVERSATION: SOCRATES & THE TEMPTATION TO CONFORMITY