Padre Pio, the man, his miracles, priestly life, loves and hates are described by Irish people who knew him, saw him, met him or witnessed him. What he was like, his moods and character, his holiness and sense of humor are featured. You will read about his stigmata, powers of bi-location, ability to read minds, his Masses and confessions. The saint's views of women, new fashions and even his interest in football are outlined. The man who bore the five wounds of Christ is described by, among others, an Irish organizer of The Great Escape in world War II, a wartime spymaster living in Donegal, two adulterous authors, and a Vatican diplomat from Dublin who investigated the famous friar. Padre Pio - Irish Encounters with the Saint, written by bestselling author, Colm Keane, brings you up close to an extraordinary mystic and wonder worker in a way you have never experienced before.
The Distant Shore - the follow-up to Colm Keane's No. 1 bestseller Going Home - is packed with a wealth of new Irish stories about life after death. The book features over 70 original interviews with people from all corners of Ireland, north and south. Some have briefly died, only to be revived by resuscitation techniques. Reunions with deceased family and friends, and encounters with a `superior being', are described. The book also examines new evidence concerning near-death experiences. In a further departure, the book features astonishing premonitions of future events. Visions of dead family members are also described. This book was inspired by the huge response to Colm Keane's No. 1 bestseller Going Home - a groundbreaking book that remained a top seller for many months. Containing new material and insights, The Distant Shore is indispensable reading for those wanting to know what happens when we pass away.
We do not die alone - that's the remarkable conclusion of We'll Meet Again, an extraordinary new book by Colm Keane examining deathbed visions. The book recounts how dead parents, children, brothers, sisters and close friends are among those who return to meet us as we die. Well-known religious figures appear less frequently, while beautiful landscapes are observed by those who are passing away. Featuring a riveting collection of 70 real-life stories from all corners of Ireland, north and south, We'll Meet Again also hears from those left behind who describe after death visitations and other strange occurrences. The latest scientific evidence is examined. We'll Meet Again, written by award-winning journalist Colm Keane, is the first Irish book on this intriguing phenomenon and one of the most challenging studies ever compiled on this fascinating theme.
Did you ever have a feeling that something bad was going to happen? Perhaps you dreamt of a future event? Maybe you had a ‘gut feeling’ that an illness, death, car crash or some other incident was about to occur? Most people, at some time in their lives, have experienced a forewarning of the future. It may reveal itself as a sense of unease. Alternatively, it may be more complex and involve a terrifying foreboding. Perhaps it brings good news. Forewarned is the first Irish study of this intriguing phenomenon. Crammed with fascinating stories, the book also presents the latest scientific evidence proving that the future is closer to our minds than we think.
St. Thérèse’s suffering as a nun, the bullying she experienced at school, and details of her tragic death from tuberculosis aged 24 are revealed in this groundbreaking book. You will read about her many miracles, including cures from cancer, arthritis and infertility. The Little Flower’s blueprint for a good and fulfilling life – her “little way” – is explained. Everybody is important, she said. Every little deed matters. Her philosophy is as relevant today as it ever was. This powerful and inspiring book gives you an intimate insight to one of Ireland’s favourite saints whose relics created a national sensation during their visit in 2001.
St. Bernadette’s impoverished childhood, her work as a shepherdess, visions of Our Lady, harsh treatment as a nun, and tragic death at the age of 35 are recalled in this groundbreaking book. Numerous Irish miracles and cures at Lourdes are recollected. Recoveries from cancer, epilepsy, lung problems, skin disease, pain, paralysis and physical disability are included. John F. Kennedy, Grace Kelly, Brendan Behan and Seamus Heaney are among the millions who have visited the shrine. You can read their stories, along with those of other Irish pilgrims. Using first-hand testimony, this moving and inspirational book brings you up-close to the wonders of Lourdes in a way you have never experienced before.
Heading for the Light, by bestselling author Colm Keane, reveals the truth about what happens when we die. The ten stages we go through at death are outlined for the very first time. They establish conclusively that the journey is a warm one and is not to be feared. Based on five years of research, the author has drawn from the real-life stories of people who have temporarily died and returned to life. Among the stages are the departure of the inner essence - often referred to as the soul or spirit - from the body, following which it travels on a journey suffused with peace, through a tunnel-like space, to a border or boundary, where the former loved ones are met and a "superior being" is encountered. Those who are interviewed in the book also give their insights on what we need to do to prepare for the afterlife. They additionally speak of the profound feelings of love they return with from their extraordinary journeys. This definitive book provides all you need to know about what we face as we head for the light.
Along with Mother Teresa and John Paul II, Padre Pio is one of the most beloved and inspirational figures for both Catholics and people of belief throughout the world. Now, in Padre Pio - The Scent of Roses, award-winning journalist Colm Keane, brings accounts of the saint's wonderful influence up to date. Using first-hand accounts of healing and recovery from illness, and through the stories of miracles and cures attributed to Padre Pio, this book provides new insights into the power and reach of the saint, who for fifty years bore the five wounds of Christ. The author retells personal stories of recovery from various cancers (including tumours and leukaemia), heart problems, depression, arthritis and multiple sclerosis and remarkable revivals from brain injuries, infections, accidents, kidney failure, blood clots and problems in childbirth. Colm Keane's writing on life, death and spirituality has touched readers in profound ways over many years and many of his books have been number one bestsellers. His latest, Padre Pio - The Scent of Roses is a deeply spiritual book on a much loved and revered saint.
Release on 2015-03-19 | by Mike Robinson,Helaine Silverman
Cultural Heritage and Popular Culture
Author: Mike Robinson,Helaine Silverman
Category: Social Science
This volume is based on the recognition that heritage is popular and popular culture is now readily transformed into heritage whose meanings and myths reshape social life and political and economic realities as well as re-make “tradition.” The papers in this volume consider: What does popular heritage look like? To whom does it speak? Is it active in dissolving class and cultural boundaries or just in reproducing new ones? How do societies manage a heritage that is fluid, immediate and that straddles extremes of serious conflict and hedonistic frivolity? When/under what circumstances is the creation and expression of new cultural forms – popular culture – capable of being transformed into heritage?.