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Ep. 4 Examining Our Spirits in the Mess of Everyday Life, with Pádraig Swan
Episode 421st February 2021 • Psalms for the Spirit • Kiran Young Wimberly
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Today’s guest is Pádraig Swan, trained in the Jesuit tradition and serving as the Director of Faith and Service Programmes at Belvedere College in Dublin, Ireland. Pádraig and I would usually get into interesting conversations about spirituality while our families are visiting each other – kids racing around the room or climbing on us while we talked, amid good food and cups of coffee and tea. Not only that, but when Pádraig brought a group to the Corrymeela residential center on their annual retreat, I had the privilege of leading them in a Taizé evening worship that was always a very special and memorable experience. In our conversation, Pádraig weaves together his background in Ignation spirituality, and in particularly the practice of the daily examen prayer, as well as his experience of living with the Taizé community in France, as we explore together how the Psalms help us to examine our spirits in the mess of our everyday life.

Songs featured in this episode:

Celtic Psalms (Kiran Young Wimberly and the McGraths) music can be found one iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and YouTube

Come, Spirit, Come (Psalm 144/The King's Shilling)

Praise the Lord, All the Earth (Psalm 104/Thagamar Féin an Samhradh Linn)

For published notations of Celtic Psalms music see GIA Music

I’m grateful to the Taizé community for making available some of their beautiful recordings of Taizé chants, and also to Pádraig for his lovely singing at the end of the episode. 

Bless the Lord (Laudate Omnes Gentes album)

Dans nos obscurités (Adem in Ons album - in Dutch)

Nada te Turbe (Laudate Omnes Gentes album - in Spanish)

Psalm 117 Praise the Lord All You Nations (sung by Pádraig Swan)

More about Pádraig:

Pádraig Swan is originally from Carlow, but has lived and worked in Dublin for many years. He is married to Colleen, and they have two children, Saoirse (8), and Seán (4).

Pádraig has a long relationship with matters of faith and how faith meets the reality of human life. His own faith is influenced by time spent at the Taizé community, Corrymeela, 3 years studying for the Roman Catholic priesthood, working in business for over 20 years, transitioning to young adult ministry, deepening encounters with Jesuit Spirituality, and now as Director of Faith and Service Programmes at Belvedere College SJ, a Jesuit Secondary School in Dublin. Padraig is a member of the Corrymeela Community and serves on the parish council of his local parish.