‘The Kingdom of Heaven is like leaven which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, till it was all leavened.’
'The Kingdom of Heaven is like leaven which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, till it was all leavened.'
Leaven is a bimonthly digital magazine mainly for and by young Catholics in Ireland, providing readers with thought-provoking material from a range of voices, talking about everything, and holding to what is true. Bringing a spiritual lens to the world, we aim to showcase a coherently and distinctly Irish Catholic vision that is kind and thoughtful, honest and faithful, balanced, relevant, and fresh. We are firmly committed to getting beyond stereotypes and stale talking points, highlighting that smart, young, curious, compassionate people – and especially women! – are integral to our Church, and helping their voices be heard. Leaven is for anyone who wants to grow a genuine living faith in their own life and become a leaven for Ireland and the world.
Each issue will explore a mix of topics from science to literature, pop culture to social justice, history to philosophy and beyond. The first issue is available from Holy Thursday, 1 April, under the editorship of Greg Daly, formerly of The Irish Catholic, Aleteia, and Catholic Voices.
Volume 1 Issue 1
From the Editor
Greg Daly reflects on the fifteen-month path to creating the first issue of Leaven, explaining how important it was to be confronted with hard questions and what we hope to achieve by creating a distinctively Irish and outward-looking religious magazine, as catholic – small c – in its contents as it is Catholic – big C – in its vision. Crucial to this, he says, is helping to build up new and fresh Catholic voices who can invigorate Irish Christianity and contribute to Irish life more generally.
Interview: A Revolutionary Myth
Hearing God in the Silence and Darkness
Interview: Heavens that tell the Glory of God
The so-called ‘Vatican Astronomer’ Bro. Guy Consolmagno tells Leaven about how the Vatican Observatory is a concrete example of the Church’s commitment to science, his own path to working there, and the value of the observatory’s work. Encouraged by changes in the fields of astronomy and planetary sciences over recent decades, he reflects on the dangers of thinking one has all the answers – whether in science or religion – and looks to how divisions between scientific and religious worldviews can be bridged.
Not by Bread Alone
Putting Evil in Proportion
The Sword of the Spirit
Parlour Games in the Jury Room
Not by Bread Alone
Round Table: Catholic Social Teaching
Against Political Fashions
Attitudes to immigration have shifted over recent years among Catholics on the political right, Ben Conroy observes, arguing that the issues at work in the debate haven’t significantly changed, or at least haven’t changed in ways that should dismay Catholics. Instead what have shifted, he says, are the winds of political fashion. Tribalism and desires for novelty can hugely influence how we react to the trends and cues of the political moment, distracting us from the enduring values by which we’re called to navigate our world.
Unless all our days blend into one as they so easily can in these pandemic times, we tend to live our days liturgically, paying homage through the year to what matters most in our lives whether that be the academic calendar, the sporting calendar, entertainment schedules, or even seasonal food. Maria Connolly maps out ways in which the Easter season and the Marian month can be embraced in our home lives, and admits to some ways they probably shouldn’t!
Interview: Shoots Grown from Roots
Carlow’s Julianne Stanz, now Director of Parish Life and Evangelisation at the US diocese of Green Bay, tells Leaven how recognising God’s movement in our lives is key to Christian mission, and describes how focusing on the absolute essence of Christianity offers the best and truest way to sharing the Faith . Advising parishes to focus on what they can do and what bears fruit, she points to an emphasis on relationships – with God and with each other within communities – as vital if parish renewal is to succeed.
Mercy’s Appalling Strangeness
In a time of doubt, with Christian assumptions less and less consciously part of our mental worldviews, it seems that films based on the novels of Graham Greene are especially challenging to make. And yet, Ronan Doheny suspects, films based on those tortured, anxious, hopeful novels may be just what the world needs nowadays, with several classic films already existing as conduits to Greene’s doubting vision, his insights into humanity, and his uncomfortable reminders that even if we give up on God, God does not give up on us.
Review: Peering into our Pagan Past
Devotees of ancient Ireland can rave about the spirituality of our pagan ancestors, but as Fr Conor McDonough points out, almost everything we know or think we know about what our pre-Christian forebears thought is visible to us only through a profoundly Christian lens. A new study of salvation and history in medieval Irish writers, however, takes Christianity seriously and pays the Irish of the Middle Ages the courtesy of serious engagement, rather than seeing them simply as steps to an imagined past.
Running on Vibes in the Caucasus
It was a shock to Philadelphian Clare Coffey to move to the edge of Europe only to discover just how much Georgians loved their cars, but living in the Caucasus also saw her experiencing a way of life where horses are working companions for working people. Learning to ride proved a revelation, a way of moving that’s personal and grounded in the moments we live in, an antidote to a disassociated world.
Covering topics as broad as the universe...
A video introduction to Leaven Magazine presented by editor Greg Daly.
Concert: Pärt’s setting of the St. John Passion featuring Galway’s most well-known players alongside some of the brightest young Irish singers emerging on the European scene.
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