Thomas Merton & Viktor Frankl: Discussing Meaning

This is my opening lecture from the ‘Exploring Meaning With Thomas Merton and Viktor Frankl’ workshop held on 31st January 2015 at Bethlehem Abbey, Portglenone, Co. Antrim (and co-facilitated by Dr. Stephen Costello of the Viktor Frankl Institute of Ireland): We gather here on this beautiful day, from many different places across Ireland, to celebrate … More Thomas Merton & Viktor Frankl: Discussing Meaning

Exploring Meaning: Perspectives From Thomas Merton & Viktor Frankl

To celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Thomas Merton’s Birth, The Viktor Frankl Institute of Ireland and Thomas Merton Fellowship Invite you to a One-Day Workshop: ‘EXPLORING MEANING WITH THOMAS MERTON AND VIKTOR FRANKL’ Facilitators: Dr Stephen J. Costello, Director, Viktor Frankl Institute of Ireland Rev. Dr. Scott Peddie, Thomas Merton Fellowship Thomas Merton was much influenced … More Exploring Meaning: Perspectives From Thomas Merton & Viktor Frankl

Reflecting on Identity: Frankl, Merton, Assagioli and The Role of Faith

I don’t often post my sermons on this blog, but here is one I shared today with the congregation at All Souls’ in Belfast: Reflecting on Identity: Frankl, Merton, Assagioli and The Role of Faith Identity I often think of the Bible, that collection of widely divergent genres – history, biography, allegory, metaphor and so … More Reflecting on Identity: Frankl, Merton, Assagioli and The Role of Faith

A Tale Of Two Hermits

“A fine line separates the weary recluse from the fearful hermit. Finer still is the line between hermit and bitter misanthrope.” So wrote Dean Koontz in Velocity. Koontz’s words carry some weight, especially if they are read in the context of a complex social phenomenon in Japan, known as Hikikomori (meaning “pulling inward, being confined”) which … More A Tale Of Two Hermits

Exploring Stoicism & Christianity: Unhappy Bedfellows?

Stoic philosophy, with its roots in Greek culture and developed before Jesus Christ was born, has a surprising affinity with Christianity. That it was regarded ostensibly as a pagan philosophy by the Early Church Fathers does not detract from the areas of overlap. For example, terms such as logos, Spirit, and conscience make their presence felt … More Exploring Stoicism & Christianity: Unhappy Bedfellows?