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Listing April - 2014
 
  Saturday
Apr-19
'We collect strands of courage like treasures from the deep. Courage is open to life, to decency, to fair play and always concerns itself with all the little challenges of life. When we find it in another human being it has magnetic attractiveness. When we discover it in ourselves we know God's indwelling.' ~Niall Ahern

How do you sum up the events of Good Friday? What sort of words could we use to describe what Jesus went through? Words truly fail but any attempt would have to include bravery, courage, incredible inner strength, total love, forgiveness, grief, horror, devastation and darkness. Today is Holy Saturday, a day of waiting and expectation. It is a day to have courage and lots of it. The disciples on Holy Saturday locked themselves away they were so frightened. Who could blame them? We too may be frightened because of circumstances and events in our lives and in the world around us. But the words of Jesus to us today are: 'Have courage. Be brave. Do not be afraid. I am with you.' Tomorrow Easter Sunday is the reason why and a day to really celebrate. Happy Easter!
 
 
 
  Thursday
Apr-17
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Apr-16
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Apr-15
 
 
 
  Monday
Apr-14
 
 
 
  Sunday
Apr-13
 
 
 
  Saturday
Apr-12
 
 
 
  Friday
Apr-11
 
 
 
  Thursday
Apr-10
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Apr-09
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Apr-08
 
 
 
  Monday
Apr-07
 
 
 
  Sunday
Apr-06
The following reflection is by Triona Doherty

Little miracles happen all the time. Those magical words 'It's a miracle' can be exclaimed at anything from a friend showing up on time, to a loved one getting the all clear from an illness; from an out of the ordinary happy event, to something which cannot be explained by logic or science.

We often pray for miracles. Sometimes we pray for a specific thing - for a sick person to get better, for example. One prayer to St Anthony acknowledges: 'The answer to my prayer may require a miracle; even so, you are the Saint of Miracles.' Other times we try to surrender our needs and worries to the will of God - every time we pray the Our Father we say 'Thy will be done'.

We know what it is like to hope for a miracle. So we understand the worry of Mary and Martha in today's Gospel when they send for Jesus with the message that Lazarus is ill. We feel the pain in their accusation after Jesus arrives: 'If you had been here, my brother would not have died'. Today's Gospel recounts a big miracle, and it tells us that everything is possible to God. It calls us to a deeper faith, both in what God can do for us, and in his promise of eternal life. The name Lazarus comes from the Hebrew El'azar, meaning 'God has helped'. If we are in need, we can turn to God with the words of today's Psalm:

'Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord, Lord, hear my voice! O let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleading.'
 
 
 
  Saturday
Apr-05
The following reflection is by Triona Doherty

Little miracles happen all the time. Those magical words 'It's a miracle' can be exclaimed at anything from a friend showing up on time, to a loved one getting the all clear from an illness; from an out of the ordinary happy event, to something which cannot be explained by logic or science.

We often pray for miracles. Sometimes we pray for a specific thing - for a sick person to get better, for example. One prayer to St Anthony acknowledges: 'The answer to my prayer may require a miracle; even so, you are the Saint of Miracles.' Other times we try to surrender our needs and worries to the will of God - every time we pray the Our Father we say 'Thy will be done'.

We know what it is like to hope for a miracle. So we understand the worry of Mary and Martha in tomorrows Gospel when they send for Jesus with the message that Lazarus is ill. We feel the pain in their accusation after Jesus arrives: 'If you had been here, my brother would not have died'. The Gospel tomorrow recounts a big miracle, and it tells us that everything is possible to God. It calls us to a deeper faith, both in what God can do for us, and in his promise of eternal life. The name Lazarus comes from the Hebrew El'azar, meaning 'God has helped'. If we are in need, we can turn to God with the words we have in the psalm tomorrow:

'Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord, Lord, hear my voice! O let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleading.'
 
 
 
  Friday
Apr-04
Thought below is a repeat from last year

'Divine Providence is a conspiracy of accidents through which God speaks.' ~James Mackey

Do you believe in Divine Providence? Or do you see it as a random act of pure luck that happens to come your way? For each person the answer is personal. If God is a part of your life and even if at times this connection seems haphazard or distant, we can still be sure that Divine Providence is never too far away. The Bible is a collection of books telling us about God's finger inside many different events over a long period of time. The task of faith is to try and understand what God is saying, not just in these events but in our own personal lives and events too. In understanding Divine Providence, God is not a magician. God can't prevent random acts from happening and God doesn't answer every prayer with a yes. Divine Providence assures us that there is something more to life as we know it. It also assures us that somehow in this crazy complex world that we live in, there is meaning, fulfilment and a purpose to everything we do. Each day we humbly do our best to explore and understand this a bit more.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Apr-02
'You do not have to bring the Holy Spirit to where you are. The Spirit is there already. Your task is to discover and recognise him/her.' ~Gerry Crotty

Confirmation ceremonies are taking part in many parishes during these weeks of spring. It is always a great occasion for the young people involved, their school, their teachers, their parents and friends. Anyone who has attended such a ceremony is impressed with the quality of preparation, the enthusiasm and energy of the young people and the excitement that goes with the day. We sometimes associate the Holy Spirit to making our Confirmation and that's it. We tick the box as having it done but never afterwards connect the Holy Spirit to our lives. This is such a pity because the loss is immense.

The Holy Spirit is the greatest energy or presence in our world. It is alive, active, creative and prompting us always to God's special presence in our world. As soon as a yacht lifts up its sails to catch a breeze it becomes alive and moves through water full with purpose, energy and delight. If the sail is taken down and put away the yacht is almost lifeless and just drifts along. With regard to the Holy Spirit we have sometimes forgotten to put up our sails to catch and harness a unique presence in our world today. It doesn't matter when you made your confirmation, put up the sails today!
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Apr-01
 
 

 

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