Mark Dooley

 

Welcome to my website!

Here, you will find details of my Career and Life, Books, and Media & Public Appearances. I also make available a substantial collection of my journalistic writings.  At the bottom of this page, I have selected a quote from these writings in the hope that it will help you kick off your day on a contemplative, thought-provoking, but always life-affirming note.  

 

 View Moral Matters: A Philosophy of Homecoming and all my works by hitting the ‘Book’s tab above

  • Below you shall find a topical theme drawn from my writings that reflects the seasonal cycle or an item of general interest:

Moral Matters, Irish Daily Mail

March 8, 2017

An emotional diet balances body and soul

It is Lent, a time when Christians are called to conversion. Although ‘conversion’ is synonymous with religious awakening, it also means a transformation in which we turn ourselves around. We stop, take stock and travel in a new direction. This need for personal transformation is not unique to religious experience. Every day, we open our newspapers and magazines to find promises of personal renewal. Whether it be exercise programmes, diets or self-discovery seminars, the promise of a new person is just around the corner. The great miracle of humanity is that each person can, indeed, become a new self. We can all turn around and head for a new horizon. In the fullest sense, the power of conversion is something we each possess. The dieter desires a new self, one that looks different to the old. In shedding the pounds, we seek to transform our physical appearance. It requires great discipline but the end result is a prize worth fighting for…Read More

Our gardens remind us that we are, essentially, creatures of the earth. My boys never thrive more than when elbow-deep in muck. By becoming one with their natural environment, they surmount the estrangement which so much of modern life engenders.~Mark DooleySource: Moral Matters, 28.3.2012