Barry Culligan

Hi, I’m Barry – the Strange Preacher. I want to help people live the Life Divine; to know the joy, peace, and hope that is the spiritual birthright of the Children of God.

The Search

Truth is found in and through the desire for truth. The experience of the hunger for truth is a revelation of truth. It is in the very search for truth that its transforming power is revealed. In answer to its summons individual lives and, through them, whole worlds are pulled out of the dark swamps…

Drawing the Battlelines

The ideals of true religion are the only power capable of arresting the social cancer that is Corporatism and it achieves this a number of ways. True religion destroys fear; more specifically, it destroys the fear of death. Furthermore, it seeks to dissolve our attachment to material things – thereby freeing us to live lives…

The Devil’s Milk

The Devil’s Milk is an expression I use to symbolise that addictive and disorienting chemical soup that our brain releases during times of stress. While there are many studies that highlight the toxic nature of this Milk, its true danger lies not so much in how its long term effects imperils the function of our…

The Great Leveller

I watched a great documentary a few years back called: The Great Leveller. It was an exploration of Death and Life. It focused on the two most studied primates in the world: the Baboon and the Civil Servant. It drew fascinating parallels between the lives of the two: both lived in a hierarchical civil structure,…

The Great Source

“My brain is only a receiver, in the Universe there is a core from which we obtain knowledge, strength and inspiration. I have not penetrated into the secrets of this core, but I know that it exists.” ― Nikola Tesla   Most spiritual traditions share a common essence, their most revered spiritual teachers taught one great and…

The Shocking Truth

“The Heavens will not force feed truth to one that has no appetite for it.” Niels Bohr once said: ‘Anyone who is not shocked by Quantum Mechanics has not understood it.’  I feel the same is true of the Gospel – if it doesn’t knock your socks off then you have not grasped it, you have…

Less is more

I heard a a saying while back that went: if you are not happy with what you have how could you be happy with more? It got me thinking: ‘if you’re not happy with what you have then maybe you need less’? Less bullshit, less drama, less ego. Maybe you need to let go of…

The Divine Romance

The sage of old declared: of all the things a person can pursue in life WISDOM is of greatest value. We are taught that: Wisdom is the principle thing, in all your getting get wisdom; in her right hand is to be found long life and her left riches and honour; her paths are peace…

ABBA

Jesus had sacrificed all to focus on and highlight certain essential spiritual truths. The first and foremost of these truths was to relate to each person the experience of knowing God – ‘You that have seen me have seen the Father’; and secondly to relate the concept-idea and, more importantly, to somehow facilitate the conscious…

The Next Generation Gospel

The gospel of Jesus of Nazareth cannot be wholly limited to the things he said; only the matchless life he lived can provide us with the full stereoscopic reality of the depth of his teachings. It is remarkable to think that such marvellous truths could be hidden in plain sight. Indeed, if you were to…

The Fire Within

Spirituality: Shadows of the Spirit A sound spirituality can go a long way toward bolstering self-esteem, promoting positive mental health and even furnish the wherewithal wherewith we can make this world a better place. To begin with, it antidotes the endless stream of negativity to which you are constantly subjected by affirming that ‘you’ are significant, ‘you’ do…

The River of Fools and The Rivers of our Tears

In order to increase in wisdom we must first decrease in foolishness. One cannot abandon the retrogressive, dissatisfying, and sorrow breeding ways of foolishness without first coming to the realisation that you either have travelled for many years on such paths or are, even still, on such a path. Without Self Awareness there can be…

Can Ecumenics learn something from the Good Samaritan?

Ecumenism seeks to restore wholeness to the family Jesus’ followers, a family that appears to be divided over issues of doctrine. For me the Kin-dom is founded upon the personal spiritual experience of recognising the Fatherhood of God and its correlated truth the Brotherhood of Man or, simpler, your personal experience of the love of…

Do Something Irish!

The Roman Catholic tradition has held sway in Ireland for quite some time. Its buildings are sometimes beautiful, its services hauntingly solemn, its organisation impressive, and its power virtually unequalled, but it is hardly truly ours; it lacks anything substantial that makes it distinctly Irish. The post modern Paddy is not like his recent ancestors;…

Finding the Hidden Church

I was raised in the Roman Catholic tradition. Our house was a stone’s throw from our church. I had my first religious/spiritual experience in that church, just as the local priest was reciting the Lord’s Prayer; it was a revelation having to do with the nature and function of God’s will – I must have…