The Sanctuary – A Place that Speaks

  “Who had the good sense to build this place?” was the real question I wanted to ask when I first came to visit the Sanctuary in 2008. Having gotten past the metal gates and discovered the gardens and the sacred space, I realised I had found an extraordinary place. At that time in Dublin there was barely any mention …

Cultivating Mindful Presence – Remembering Fr Joe Lucey SDB

Fr Joe Lucy was a Salesian priest and mindfulness and meditation teacher at the Sanctuary. He passed away suddenly 8 years ago on 25th November 2007. He is still missed. We honour his anniversary by reprinting an edited version of his article on Cultivating Mindful Presence from the Salesian Bulletin. “Presence has three dimensions, all of which are interconnected: being …

Heidi Grows Up and Learns Mindfulness

Set in the Swiss Alps, Johanna Spry’s Heidi is the story of a young orphan who comes to live with her estranged grandfather in a wooden hut high up in the mountains. Heidi seemed like a real heroine to me as a young reader. Who else, I thought, could turn a grumpy grandfather into a friendly person, play with boisterous …

What is Mindfulness?

“Mindfulness is a very simple form of meditation that was little known in the West until recently. A typical meditation consists of focusing your full attention on your breath as it flows in and out of your body. Focusing on each breath in this way allows you to observe your thoughts as they arise in your mind and, little by …