Bon Secours Hospital Healthcare Chaplain To Launch New Book

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Maragret Naughton.

A HEALTHCARE chaplain at the Bon Secours Hospital has just released a book of poetry with proceeds from sales going to the Kerry Hospice Foundation.

In ‘Letting Go’, Margaret Naughton from Killorglin, explores her personal journey from hope to loss of hope, from faith in God, in herself and in the world, to doubt, loss of belief and despair.

The book will have a Tralee launch in The Suaimheas Centre in the Palliative Care Day Unit at University Hospital Kerry on Friday, July 26 at 7.30pm where copies of the book will be available to purchase.

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In the book she asks God to show Himself to her, a person who wants more than anything to believe in His existence. So often God seems absent and Margaret doesn’t hold back from calling Him to task.

However, as she explores the darkness that envelops her during these periods, she writes that God is always there and it is our own blindness that prevents us from seeing Him and feeling His presence in our lives.

Margaret is also lecturer at Hibernia College, Dublin. She studied English, History and Theology at University College Cork and IT Tallaght. She is currently a PhD researcher in Theology and Religious Studies at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick.

Her previous publications include ‘Shattered Fragments: Finding God in the Brokenness of Life’, booklets on grief and illness and a history of healthcare chaplaincy in Ireland.

Margaret is a regular contributor to The Messenger and Radio Kerry’s Thought for the Day. This is her fifth book and first book of poetry.

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