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Mark Dooley


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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.  


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  • 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

During these their last moments, those leaves remind us that beauty belongs to everything. Even when we stand on the threshold of the grave, we can do so sublimely. Death can indeed be beautiful, noble and even inspiring. Think of Christ as He made His way to Calvary. What was a passage of pain became a path of love. It was transfigured into a place of forgiveness, mercy and nobility. Hence the Cross is no longer a symbol of horror but of salvation. The autumn leaves will soon fall, but not before filling these last days of light with radiance and wonder.~Mark DooleySource: Moral Matters, 24.9.2014