Welcome to the Spiritual Transformation website! Please feel free to browse the website and to get in contact with me. At the beginning of January 2017, I preached a homily at a Mass for young people in the Cathedral, Cavan, during which I drew many comparisons between the spiritual life and the Operation Transformation programme that was airing on television at the time. In February 2017, many young people across Ireland took part in a challenging programme of prayer and reparation in preparation for the Fatima centenary. As a result, while on a retreat in early February, I got the inspiration to begin an Irish programme, based on the Operation Transformation television programme.

Many of us tend to hibernate over the cold and damp winter on our couches. However, we are bombarded with many health and fitness programmes in the first few weeks of the year. These programmes focus specifically on our physical fitness and forming good eating habits and improving one’s overall wellbeing. But very few of them refer to the soul- to the core of who we are! So I have crafted a Spiritual Transformation programme – an Operation Transformation for the soul!

A few years ago, Pope Francis spoke about “sofa happiness,” when he said that many people “confuse happiness with a sofa.” They “think that in order to be happy all we need is a good sofa. A sofa that makes us feel comfortable, calm, safe. A sofa that keeps us safe from any kind of pain and fear. A sofa that allows us to stay at home without needing to work at, or worry about, anything.” But Pope Francis reminded the young people listening to him that “we didn’t come into this world to ‘vegetate,’ to take it easy, to make our lives a comfortable sofa to fall asleep on. No, we came to leave a mark.” The pope reminds us that “the times we live in do not call for young ‘couch potatoes’… The times we live in require only active players on the field. Today’s world demands that you be a protagonist of history because life is always beautiful when we choose to live it fully, when we choose to leave a mark.”

According to the industry body TAM Ireland and research firm Nielsen, Irish people watched an average of four hours of television per day in 2017. If this is true, then there are plenty of Irish couch potatoes around the country! So during Lent, I encourage you to join me and many others in getting off the couch so that we can make our own unique mark on history! God can transform us and help us to live life to the full, but he needs our cooperation. So what are we waiting for! Start your spiritual transformation today and “trade in the sofa for a pair of walking shoes and set out on new and uncharted paths.” (Pope Francis, World Youth Day, Poland, 2016)

Fr Seán Maguire