God, Psychiatric Illness & Uncovering Meaning

The psychiatrist Professor Viktor Frankl recounted in one of his many books an experience a student of his had whilst a patient in a psychiatric hospital. It refers to a time when psychiatry was much less enlightened and sophisticated than it is today. Nonetheless, it is demonstrative of the fact that we can find meaning … More God, Psychiatric Illness & Uncovering Meaning

Merton & Frankl: Meaning & Responsibility

Thomas Merton Plaque, Louisville (Photo Source: I.W. Marsh) The following quote, from the Cistercian Monk Thomas Merton, on responsibility and meaning could easily have been written by the Psychiatrist and Founder of Logotherapy, Viktor Frankl: “In the last analysis, the individual person is responsible for living his own life and for ‘finding himself.’ If he … More Merton & Frankl: Meaning & Responsibility

Thomas Merton: The Poetry of Pain & Perspective

For many years now I have been very much a fan of the writings of the monk, writer, theologian and mystic, Thomas Merton. His commentaries and insights into ethics, non-violence, social action, the contemplative life, inter-faith dialogue and so much more, have been of great interest, and application, to me on my own very personal … More Thomas Merton: The Poetry of Pain & Perspective

‘It Is Still A Beautiful World’

Amidst the turmoil of life, the triumphs and the frustrations, the laughter and the pain, we are called to introspection.  Such self-examination takes many forms, and occurs at different points in our journey; it is a reflection the growing awareness of the truth of Carl Jung’s insightful observation: ‘who looks outside dreams who looks inside … More ‘It Is Still A Beautiful World’

Meaning & Wellbeing: Looking to the Future

For those who are interested, I have a second website dedicated to my role as a Logotherapist & Existential Analysis. Logotherapy was developed by Psychiatrist and Holocaust Survivor Prof. Viktor Frankl; its premise is that humans are motivated by the pursuit of meaning throughout their lives and in individual circumstances. In his book ‘Man’s Search … More Meaning & Wellbeing: Looking to the Future

Finding Meaning through Faith: Learning from Viktor Frankl

It don’t often post my sermons on this blog, but here’s one I delivered today in All Souls Church in Elmwood Avenue, Belfast: Finding Meaning through Faith: Learning from Viktor Frankl MEANING IN LIFE? In response to the question: ‘What is the most important lesson life has taught you?’, one of my favourite contemporary philosophers … More Finding Meaning through Faith: Learning from Viktor Frankl

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