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  Monday
Apr-30
Thought For The Week

'When I called you answered me, you built up strength within me.' ~Psalm 138

It is always a question that is asked and will be repeatedly asked: are our prayers answered? Sometimes we get a strong sense that yes our prayers are answered and then there are other times when we felt it was a complete waste of time. We can all remember a prayer for someone that worked. The cynic and sceptic will say it was all pure coincidence and good luck. They will add that it was all going to happen without our intervention and prayers.

But if you look at stories of people down through the years and the generations gone before us, there is overwhelming evidence to suggest that prayer really does work. The psalms are filled with the experiences of people who prayed and who felt it worked for them. Even if our prayers are not answered exactly in the way we want, we are given the strength to face whatever we have to face in life.

If prayer is not our thing at the moment, then it is good to know that there are others praying for us. At different times of the day, 'The Divine Office' which is the universal prayer of the church is read and said by people in every corner of the world. This prayer embraces the needs, concerns and intentions of everyone. So it is good to know that someone is praying for you right now and later on and at times you might not expect.

The reason these prayers are said is from a heartfelt and core belief that prayer does work and is not a waste of time. If we say that everything is energy and that everything in our universe is connected, then prayer is the on switch. When we pray for someone we send God's love, light and hope in their direction. There are very few who would say 'No Thanks' to this beautiful and natural inclination that is prayer. There are lots of people today and this weekend touching the 'On Switch' that is prayer. We can be a part of it too and if not it is good to know that many are doing it on our behalf.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday with a new photograph each day
 
 
 
  Sunday
Apr-29
Why Pope Francis is happy -

Question from a young boy during an interview between Pope Francis and young people in 2014: Everyone is this world is trying to be happy. But we have wondered are you happy? If so, why?

Response from Pope Francis: Absolutely, absolutely, I am happy. And I am happy because - I don't know why - Perhaps because I have a job, I'm not unemployed, I have a job, a job as a shepherd! I am happy because I found my path in life and travelling that path makes me happy. And it is also a peaceful happiness, because at that age it is not the same happiness as a young person feels, there's a difference. A certain inner peace, a happiness that also comes with age. And also with a path that has always had problems; even now there are problems, but that happiness doesn't go away with the problems, no: it sees the problems, suffers them and goes on; it does something to resolve them and goes on. But in the depths of the heart there is that peace and that happiness. It is a grace of God, for me, really. It is a grace.

Interview with young people, 31 March 2014
 
 
 
  Saturday
Apr-28
Thought For The Week

'Deep prayer doesn't come easy for us. Why? We struggle to make time for prayer. Prayer doesn't accomplish anything practical for us, it's a waste of time in terms of tending to the pressures and tasks of daily life and so we hesitate to go there' ~Ron Rolheiser

I like the above quotation because it is such an honest reflection on prayer. We hesitate with prayer because we feel we are out of our depth. We find it difficult to concentrate when we make the effort. We are often overwhelmed with distractions. We then lack the confidence to make some time for prayer. My experience working with young people is that they have little experience of what prayer is or what it might be about. But they have an incredible openness to prayer, to trying it, going with prayer time, respecting the quiet space and exploring the possibility of trying it themselves too. Prayer is best described as taking time out and connecting with the presence or energy of God all around us. But what might this mean?

The presence or energy of God is often felt strongly in a church or during Mass or some liturgical celebration. But not everyone feels it this way. Some feel the presence or energy of God in the beauty of nature, in the colour of their garden, in a walk outdoors, listening to their favourite music, a personal interest and hobby that brings calm and peace or just sitting quietly in your favourite spot. For a long time we were stuck in our ways with prayer. Through no fault of our own we were told to just say formal prayers and were not encouraged to explore other forms of prayer. The most important thing is to explore prayer and what might work for you. If you find prayer a struggle, you are not on your own.

In our Gospels it is Jesus who is the inspiration for all of us who struggle with prayer. We find Jesus praying in nearly every kind of situation, in the happy and sad occasions, in tragedies and in setbacks. We find him praying as he went about his daily work, we find him praying with others and praying on his own, sometimes going off to a quiet spot where no one could find him. Most often he prayed in the ordinary down to earth moments that made up his life. The disciples were most impressed. They knew he was uniquely special. He was unlike anybody else they ever knew. They knew that he drew his energy, motivation and drive from a power outside of this world. They saw him do this when he prayed and their natural reaction was 'Lord, teach us to pray'. It is our reaction too. We want to do the same. We can do it by praying in a way that suits us and works for us. The biggest trap is to make comparisons. The biggest mistake is looking for perfection. The best place to start is today and even a little is more than enough.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday with a new photograph each day
 
 
 
  Friday
Apr-27
'Sometimes it may be an illness that becomes our new teacher or bereavement or the birth of a child or falling in love. Anything that shakes us out of our slumber and opens us to wider and deeper experience is a spiritual friend worthy of our gratitude.' ~Donagh O'Shea

There is a lovely story told about an eight year old boy called Sam who asked a very honest question: "What if everybody in the whole world laughed at the same time? What would it sound like?" No doubt he thought it would make a big difference.

'What if' questions are always full of possibility and potential. 'What if' questions have led to many new discoveries particularly in the whole area of medicine. The same can happen in the whole area of spirituality. What if we all were open to the spirit of God in our lives? What if we all did something good and positive together instead of moan and complain? What if we all said a prayer for someone in need today or for a special intention? What if we allowed the true meaning of Easter take hold in our lives?

Easter can shake us out of our slumber, allowing us to appreciate life in a much more meaningful way. As we know it is easy to drift along with the flow of life and get caught up with stuff that is shallow and random. It is easy to forget the many blessings that are near and close to us. Yes we all have days that are challenging to the point where it's difficult to cope. We might not see such days as a friend. It is even tempting to push them to one side in the hope that tomorrow will be better. It is tempting to blame those around us particularly our nearest and dearest. It is even tempting to blame ourselves.

But such days shake us out of slumber too. Spiritual wisdom encourages us to hold these days too because we learn and grow from them. Easter is not just a once off event. The energy of Easter is felt through every single day especially the day that is today. Whatever today is for you, be it a good day, a bad day or an in between day, God is present with us. Easter reminds that life is not random, that there is meaning and hope and that there is a reason why.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday with a new photograph each day
 
 
 
  Thursday
Apr-26
Thought For The Week

'Deep prayer doesn't come easy for us. Why? We struggle to make time for prayer. Prayer doesn't accomplish anything practical for us, it's a waste of time in terms of tending to the pressures and tasks of daily life and so we hesitate to go there' ~Ron Rolheiser

I like the above quotation because it is such an honest reflection on prayer. We hesitate with prayer because we feel we are out of our depth. We find it difficult to concentrate when we make the effort. We are often overwhelmed with distractions. We then lack the confidence to make some time for prayer. My experience working with young people is that they have little experience of what prayer is or what it might be about. But they have an incredible openness to prayer, to trying it, going with prayer time, respecting the quiet space and exploring the possibility of trying it themselves too. Prayer is best described as taking time out and connecting with the presence or energy of God all around us. But what might this mean?

The presence or energy of God is often felt strongly in a church or during Mass or some liturgical celebration. But not everyone feels it this way. Some feel the presence or energy of God in the beauty of nature, in the colour of their garden, in a walk outdoors, listening to their favourite music, a personal interest and hobby that brings calm and peace or just sitting quietly in your favourite spot. For a long time we were stuck in our ways with prayer. Through no fault of our own we were told to just say formal prayers and were not encouraged to explore other forms of prayer. The most important thing is to explore prayer and what might work for you. If you find prayer a struggle, you are not on your own.

In our Gospels it is Jesus who is the inspiration for all of us who struggle with prayer. We find Jesus praying in nearly every kind of situation, in the happy and sad occasions, in tragedies and in setbacks. We find him praying as he went about his daily work, we find him praying with others and praying on his own, sometimes going off to a quiet spot where no one could find him. Most often he prayed in the ordinary down to earth moments that made up his life. The disciples were most impressed. They knew he was uniquely special. He was unlike anybody else they ever knew. They knew that he drew his energy, motivation and drive from a power outside of this world. They saw him do this when he prayed and their natural reaction was 'Lord, teach us to pray'. It is our reaction too. We want to do the same. We can do it by praying in a way that suits us and works for us. The biggest trap is to make comparisons. The biggest mistake is looking for perfection. The best place to start is today and even a little is more than enough.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday with a new photograph each day
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Apr-25
Thought For The Week

'Deep prayer doesn't come easy for us. Why? We struggle to make time for prayer. Prayer doesn't accomplish anything practical for us, it's a waste of time in terms of tending to the pressures and tasks of daily life and so we hesitate to go there' ~Ron Rolheiser

I like the above quotation because it is such an honest reflection on prayer. We hesitate with prayer because we feel we are out of our depth. We find it difficult to concentrate when we make the effort. We are often overwhelmed with distractions. We then lack the confidence to make some time for prayer. My experience working with young people is that they have little experience of what prayer is or what it might be about. But they have an incredible openness to prayer, to trying it, going with prayer time, respecting the quiet space and exploring the possibility of trying it themselves too. Prayer is best described as taking time out and connecting with the presence or energy of God all around us. But what might this mean?

The presence or energy of God is often felt strongly in a church or during Mass or some liturgical celebration. But not everyone feels it this way. Some feel the presence or energy of God in the beauty of nature, in the colour of their garden, in a walk outdoors, listening to their favourite music, a personal interest and hobby that brings calm and peace or just sitting quietly in your favourite spot. For a long time we were stuck in our ways with prayer. Through no fault of our own we were told to just say formal prayers and were not encouraged to explore other forms of prayer. The most important thing is to explore prayer and what might work for you. If you find prayer a struggle, you are not on your own.

In our Gospels it is Jesus who is the inspiration for all of us who struggle with prayer. We find Jesus praying in nearly every kind of situation, in the happy and sad occasions, in tragedies and in setbacks. We find him praying as he went about his daily work, we find him praying with others and praying on his own, sometimes going off to a quiet spot where no one could find him. Most often he prayed in the ordinary down to earth moments that made up his life. The disciples were most impressed. They knew he was uniquely special. He was unlike anybody else they ever knew. They knew that he drew his energy, motivation and drive from a power outside of this world. They saw him do this when he prayed and their natural reaction was 'Lord, teach us to pray'. It is our reaction too. We want to do the same. We can do it by praying in a way that suits us and works for us. The biggest trap is to make comparisons. The biggest mistake is looking for perfection. The best place to start is today and even a little is more than enough.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday with a new photograph each day
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Apr-24
Thought For The Week

'Deep prayer doesn't come easy for us. Why? We struggle to make time for prayer. Prayer doesn't accomplish anything practical for us, it's a waste of time in terms of tending to the pressures and tasks of daily life and so we hesitate to go there' ~Ron Rolheiser

I like the above quotation because it is such an honest reflection on prayer. We hesitate with prayer because we feel we are out of our depth. We find it difficult to concentrate when we make the effort. We are often overwhelmed with distractions. We then lack the confidence to make some time for prayer. My experience working with young people is that they have little experience of what prayer is or what it might be about. But they have an incredible openness to prayer, to trying it, going with prayer time, respecting the quiet space and exploring the possibility of trying it themselves too. Prayer is best described as taking time out and connecting with the presence or energy of God all around us. But what might this mean?

The presence or energy of God is often felt strongly in a church or during Mass or some liturgical celebration. But not everyone feels it this way. Some feel the presence or energy of God in the beauty of nature, in the colour of their garden, in a walk outdoors, listening to their favourite music, a personal interest and hobby that brings calm and peace or just sitting quietly in your favourite spot. For a long time we were stuck in our ways with prayer. Through no fault of our own we were told to just say formal prayers and were not encouraged to explore other forms of prayer. The most important thing is to explore prayer and what might work for you. If you find prayer a struggle, you are not on your own.

In our Gospels it is Jesus who is the inspiration for all of us who struggle with prayer. We find Jesus praying in nearly every kind of situation, in the happy and sad occasions, in tragedies and in setbacks. We find him praying as he went about his daily work, we find him praying with others and praying on his own, sometimes going off to a quiet spot where no one could find him. Most often he prayed in the ordinary down to earth moments that made up his life. The disciples were most impressed. They knew he was uniquely special. He was unlike anybody else they ever knew. They knew that he drew his energy, motivation and drive from a power outside of this world. They saw him do this when he prayed and their natural reaction was 'Lord, teach us to pray'. It is our reaction too. We want to do the same. We can do it by praying in a way that suits us and works for us. The biggest trap is to make comparisons. The biggest mistake is looking for perfection. The best place to start is today and even a little is more than enough.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday with a new photograph each day
 
 
 
  Monday
Apr-23
Thought For The Week

'Deep prayer doesn't come easy for us. Why? We struggle to make time for prayer. Prayer doesn't accomplish anything practical for us, it's a waste of time in terms of tending to the pressures and tasks of daily life and so we hesitate to go there' ~Ron Rolheiser

I like the above quotation because it is such an honest reflection on prayer. We hesitate with prayer because we feel we are out of our depth. We find it difficult to concentrate when we make the effort. We are often overwhelmed with distractions. We then lack the confidence to make some time for prayer. My experience working with young people is that they have little experience of what prayer is or what it might be about. But they have an incredible openness to prayer, to trying it, going with prayer time, respecting the quiet space and exploring the possibility of trying it themselves too. Prayer is best described as taking time out and connecting with the presence or energy of God all around us. But what might this mean?

The presence or energy of God is often felt strongly in a church or during Mass or some liturgical celebration. But not everyone feels it this way. Some feel the presence or energy of God in the beauty of nature, in the colour of their garden, in a walk outdoors, listening to their favourite music, a personal interest and hobby that brings calm and peace or just sitting quietly in your favourite spot. For a long time we were stuck in our ways with prayer. Through no fault of our own we were told to just say formal prayers and were not encouraged to explore other forms of prayer. The most important thing is to explore prayer and what might work for you. If you find prayer a struggle, you are not on your own.

In our Gospels it is Jesus who is the inspiration for all of us who struggle with prayer. We find Jesus praying in nearly every kind of situation, in the happy and sad occasions, in tragedies and in setbacks. We find him praying as he went about his daily work, we find him praying with others and praying on his own, sometimes going off to a quiet spot where no one could find him. Most often he prayed in the ordinary down to earth moments that made up his life. The disciples were most impressed. They knew he was uniquely special. He was unlike anybody else they ever knew. They knew that he drew his energy, motivation and drive from a power outside of this world. They saw him do this when he prayed and their natural reaction was 'Lord, teach us to pray'. It is our reaction too. We want to do the same. We can do it by praying in a way that suits us and works for us. The biggest trap is to make comparisons. The biggest mistake is looking for perfection. The best place to start is today and even a little is more than enough.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday with a new photograph each day
 
 
 
  Sunday
Apr-22
'Sometimes it may be an illness that becomes our new teacher or bereavement or the birth of a child or falling in love. Anything that shakes us out of our slumber and opens us to wider and deeper experience is a spiritual friend worthy of our gratitude.' ~Donagh O'Shea

There is a lovely story told about an eight year old boy called Sam who asked a very honest question: "What if everybody in the whole world laughed at the same time? What would it sound like?" No doubt he thought it would make a big difference.

'What if' questions are always full of possibility and potential. 'What if' questions have led to many new discoveries particularly in the whole area of medicine. The same can happen in the whole area of spirituality. What if we all were open to the spirit of God in our lives? What if we all did something good and positive together instead of moan and complain? What if we all said a prayer for someone in need today or for a special intention? What if we allowed the true meaning of Easter take hold in our lives?

Easter can shake us out of our slumber, allowing us to appreciate life in a much more meaningful way. As we know it is easy to drift along with the flow of life and get caught up with stuff that is shallow and random. It is easy to forget the many blessings that are near and close to us. Yes we all have days that are challenging to the point where it's difficult to cope. We might not see such days as a friend. It is even tempting to push them to one side in the hope that tomorrow will be better. It is tempting to blame those around us particularly our nearest and dearest. It is even tempting to blame ourselves.

But such days shake us out of slumber too. Spiritual wisdom encourages us to hold these days too because we learn and grow from them. Easter is not just a once off event. The energy of Easter is felt through every single day especially the day that is today. Whatever today is for you, be it a good day, a bad day or an in between day, God is present with us. Easter reminds that life is not random, that there is meaning and hope and that there is a reason why.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday with a new photograph each day
 
 
 
  Friday
Apr-20
'Sometimes it may be an illness that becomes our new teacher or bereavement or the birth of a child or falling in love. Anything that shakes us out of our slumber and opens us to wider and deeper experience is a spiritual friend worthy of our gratitude.' ~Donagh O'Shea

There is a lovely story told about an eight year old boy called Sam who asked a very honest question: "What if everybody in the whole world laughed at the same time? What would it sound like?" No doubt he thought it would make a big difference.

'What if' questions are always full of possibility and potential. 'What if' questions have led to many new discoveries particularly in the whole area of medicine. The same can happen in the whole area of spirituality. What if we all were open to the spirit of God in our lives? What if we all did something good and positive together instead of moan and complain? What if we all said a prayer for someone in need today or for a special intention? What if we allowed the true meaning of Easter take hold in our lives?

Easter can shake us out of our slumber, allowing us to appreciate life in a much more meaningful way. As we know it is easy to drift along with the flow of life and get caught up with stuff that is shallow and random. It is easy to forget the many blessings that are near and close to us. Yes we all have days that are challenging to the point where it's difficult to cope. We might not see such days as a friend. It is even tempting to push them to one side in the hope that tomorrow will be better. It is tempting to blame those around us particularly our nearest and dearest. It is even tempting to blame ourselves.

But such days shake us out of slumber too. Spiritual wisdom encourages us to hold these days too because we learn and grow from them. Easter is not just a once off event. The energy of Easter is felt through every single day especially the day that is today. Whatever today is for you, be it a good day, a bad day or an in between day, God is present with us. Easter reminds that life is not random, that there is meaning and hope and that there is a reason why.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday with a new photograph each day
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Apr-18
'Sometimes it may be an illness that becomes our new teacher or bereavement or the birth of a child or falling in love. Anything that shakes us out of our slumber and opens us to wider and deeper experience is a spiritual friend worthy of our gratitude.' ~Donagh O'Shea

There is a lovely story told about an eight year old boy called Sam who asked a very honest question: "What if everybody in the whole world laughed at the same time? What would it sound like?" No doubt he thought it would make a big difference.

'What if' questions are always full of possibility and potential. 'What if' questions have led to many new discoveries particularly in the whole area of medicine. The same can happen in the whole area of spirituality. What if we all were open to the spirit of God in our lives? What if we all did something good and positive together instead of moan and complain? What if we all said a prayer for someone in need today or for a special intention? What if we allowed the true meaning of Easter take hold in our lives?

Easter can shake us out of our slumber, allowing us to appreciate life in a much more meaningful way. As we know it is easy to drift along with the flow of life and get caught up with stuff that is shallow and random. It is easy to forget the many blessings that are near and close to us. Yes we all have days that are challenging to the point where it's difficult to cope. We might not see such days as a friend. It is even tempting to push them to one side in the hope that tomorrow will be better. It is tempting to blame those around us particularly our nearest and dearest. It is even tempting to blame ourselves.

But such days shake us out of slumber too. Spiritual wisdom encourages us to hold these days too because we learn and grow from them. Easter is not just a once off event. The energy of Easter is felt through every single day especially the day that is today. Whatever today is for you, be it a good day, a bad day or an in between day, God is present with us. Easter reminds that life is not random, that there is meaning and hope and that there is a reason why.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday with a new photograph each day
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Apr-17
'Sometimes it may be an illness that becomes our new teacher or bereavement or the birth of a child or falling in love. Anything that shakes us out of our slumber and opens us to wider and deeper experience is a spiritual friend worthy of our gratitude.' ~Donagh O'Shea

There is a lovely story told about an eight year old boy called Sam who asked a very honest question: "What if everybody in the whole world laughed at the same time? What would it sound like?" No doubt he thought it would make a big difference.

'What if' questions are always full of possibility and potential. 'What if' questions have led to many new discoveries particularly in the whole area of medicine. The same can happen in the whole area of spirituality. What if we all were open to the spirit of God in our lives? What if we all did something good and positive together instead of moan and complain? What if we all said a prayer for someone in need today or for a special intention? What if we allowed the true meaning of Easter take hold in our lives?

Easter can shake us out of our slumber, allowing us to appreciate life in a much more meaningful way. As we know it is easy to drift along with the flow of life and get caught up with stuff that is shallow and random. It is easy to forget the many blessings that are near and close to us. Yes we all have days that are challenging to the point where it's difficult to cope. We might not see such days as a friend. It is even tempting to push them to one side in the hope that tomorrow will be better. It is tempting to blame those around us particularly our nearest and dearest. It is even tempting to blame ourselves.

But such days shake us out of slumber too. Spiritual wisdom encourages us to hold these days too because we learn and grow from them. Easter is not just a once off event. The energy of Easter is felt through every single day especially the day that is today. Whatever today is for you, be it a good day, a bad day or an in between day, God is present with us. Easter reminds that life is not random, that there is meaning and hope and that there is a reason why.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday with a new photograph each day
 
 
 
  Monday
Apr-16
'Sometimes it may be an illness that becomes our new teacher or bereavement or the birth of a child or falling in love. Anything that shakes us out of our slumber and opens us to wider and deeper experience is a spiritual friend worthy of our gratitude.' ~Donagh O'Shea

There is a lovely story told about an eight year old boy called Sam who asked a very honest question: "What if everybody in the whole world laughed at the same time? What would it sound like?" No doubt he thought it would make a big difference.

'What if' questions are always full of possibility and potential. 'What if' questions have led to many new discoveries particularly in the whole area of medicine. The same can happen in the whole area of spirituality. What if we all were open to the spirit of God in our lives? What if we all did something good and positive together instead of moan and complain? What if we all said a prayer for someone in need today or for a special intention? What if we allowed the true meaning of Easter take hold in our lives?

Easter can shake us out of our slumber, allowing us to appreciate life in a much more meaningful way. As we know it is easy to drift along with the flow of life and get caught up with stuff that is shallow and random. It is easy to forget the many blessings that are near and close to us. Yes we all have days that are challenging to the point where it's difficult to cope. We might not see such days as a friend. It is even tempting to push them to one side in the hope that tomorrow will be better. It is tempting to blame those around us particularly our nearest and dearest. It is even tempting to blame ourselves.

But such days shake us out of slumber too. Spiritual wisdom encourages us to hold these days too because we learn and grow from them. Easter is not just a once off event. The energy of Easter is felt through every single day especially the day that is today. Whatever today is for you, be it a good day, a bad day or an in between day, God is present with us. Easter reminds that life is not random, that there is meaning and hope and that there is a reason why.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday with a new photograph each day
 
 
 
  Saturday
Apr-14
Thought For The Week

'Easter is meant to be a symbol of hope, renewal, and new life.' ~Janine di Giovanni

With schools reopening after the Easter holidays last Monday, many will assume that Easter is over for another year. But Easter runs for six weeks and everything that Easter stands for; hope, renewal and new life will be celebrated during the coming weeks. The world we live in today is often short of hope and good news. Easter does not wrap us in a cocoon, protecting us from the knocks of life. But it does help us to cope with the knocks of life so much better.

If we haven't got a sense of hope, life and new beginnings, then life will always feel as if we are pushing water uphill. Easter reminds us that it is so much easier to push it downhill. To push it downhill we must get to the other side of the hill or keep going until we are over the top. Many struggle to find a way to do this. Easter is the map to show us the way.

One interesting repeating thread in our Gospel Resurrection stories during the coming weeks; is how fear gripped the disciples and closest followers of Jesus. Everything was just happening so quickly for them. There was much uncertainty and a genuine fear of the unknown. For them it felt as if they were pushing water uphill, with no end in sight. Jesus appeared to them again, reassured them and calmed their fears.

Thomas is probably the one who needed reassurance the most and his doubts reflect our questions and uncertainties too. But Jesus was the one who gave him courage and hope. It allowed Thomas to go forward not without fear but to go forward in spite of fear. This same invitation is also extended to each of us too. This is at the heart of the Easter message. There will always be darkness, uncertainties and lots of the unknown. But Jesus is the one who gives us reason why and the reason to keep going despite everything.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday with a new photograph each day
 
 
 
  Friday
Apr-13
Thought For The Week

'Easter is meant to be a symbol of hope, renewal, and new life.' ~Janine di Giovanni

With schools reopening after the Easter holidays last Monday, many will assume that Easter is over for another year. But Easter runs for six weeks and everything that Easter stands for; hope, renewal and new life will be celebrated during the coming weeks. The world we live in today is often short of hope and good news. Easter does not wrap us in a cocoon, protecting us from the knocks of life. But it does help us to cope with the knocks of life so much better.

If we haven't got a sense of hope, life and new beginnings, then life will always feel as if we are pushing water uphill. Easter reminds us that it is so much easier to push it downhill. To push it downhill we must get to the other side of the hill or keep going until we are over the top. Many struggle to find a way to do this. Easter is the map to show us the way.

One interesting repeating thread in our Gospel Resurrection stories during the coming weeks; is how fear gripped the disciples and closest followers of Jesus. Everything was just happening so quickly for them. There was much uncertainty and a genuine fear of the unknown. For them it felt as if they were pushing water uphill, with no end in sight. Jesus appeared to them again, reassured them and calmed their fears.

Thomas is probably the one who needed reassurance the most and his doubts reflect our questions and uncertainties too. But Jesus was the one who gave him courage and hope. It allowed Thomas to go forward not without fear but to go forward in spite of fear. This same invitation is also extended to each of us too. This is at the heart of the Easter message. There will always be darkness, uncertainties and lots of the unknown. But Jesus is the one who gives us reason why and the reason to keep going despite everything.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday with a new photograph each day
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Apr-11
Thought For The Week

'Easter is meant to be a symbol of hope, renewal, and new life.' ~Janine di Giovanni

With schools reopening after the Easter holidays last Monday, many will assume that Easter is over for another year. But Easter runs for six weeks and everything that Easter stands for; hope, renewal and new life will be celebrated during the coming weeks. The world we live in today is often short of hope and good news. Easter does not wrap us in a cocoon, protecting us from the knocks of life. But it does help us to cope with the knocks of life so much better.

If we haven't got a sense of hope, life and new beginnings, then life will always feel as if we are pushing water uphill. Easter reminds us that it is so much easier to push it downhill. To push it downhill we must get to the other side of the hill or keep going until we are over the top. Many struggle to find a way to do this. Easter is the map to show us the way.

One interesting repeating thread in our Gospel Resurrection stories during the coming weeks; is how fear gripped the disciples and closest followers of Jesus. Everything was just happening so quickly for them. There was much uncertainty and a genuine fear of the unknown. For them it felt as if they were pushing water uphill, with no end in sight. Jesus appeared to them again, reassured them and calmed their fears.

Thomas is probably the one who needed reassurance the most and his doubts reflect our questions and uncertainties too. But Jesus was the one who gave him courage and hope. It allowed Thomas to go forward not without fear but to go forward in spite of fear. This same invitation is also extended to each of us too. This is at the heart of the Easter message. There will always be darkness, uncertainties and lots of the unknown. But Jesus is the one who gives us reason why and the reason to keep going despite everything.


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  Tuesday
Apr-10
Thought For The Week

'Easter is meant to be a symbol of hope, renewal, and new life.' ~Janine di Giovanni

With schools reopening after the Easter holidays yesterday, many will assume that Easter is over for another year. But Easter runs for six weeks and everything that Easter stands for; hope, renewal and new life will be celebrated during the coming weeks. The world we live in today is often short of hope and good news. Easter does not wrap us in a cocoon, protecting us from the knocks of life. But it does help us to cope with the knocks of life so much better.

If we haven't got a sense of hope, life and new beginnings, then life will always feel as if we are pushing water uphill. Easter reminds us that it is so much easier to push it downhill. To push it downhill we must get to the other side of the hill or keep going until we are over the top. Many struggle to find a way to do this. Easter is the map to show us the way.

One interesting repeating thread in our Gospel Resurrection stories during the coming weeks; is how fear gripped the disciples and closest followers of Jesus. Everything was just happening so quickly for them. There was much uncertainty and a genuine fear of the unknown. For them it felt as if they were pushing water uphill, with no end in sight. Jesus appeared to them again, reassured them and calmed their fears.

Thomas is probably the one who needed reassurance the most and his doubts reflect our questions and uncertainties too. But Jesus was the one who gave him courage and hope. It allowed Thomas to go forward not without fear but to go forward in spite of fear. This same invitation is also extended to each of us too. This is at the heart of the Easter message. There will always be darkness, uncertainties and lots of the unknown. But Jesus is the one who gives us reason why and the reason to keep going despite everything.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday with a new photograph each day
 
 
 
  Monday
Apr-09
Thought For The Week

'Easter is meant to be a symbol of hope, renewal, and new life.' ~Janine di Giovanni

With schools reopening after the Easter holidays today, many will assume that Easter is over for another year. But Easter runs for six weeks and everything that Easter stands for; hope, renewal and new life will be celebrated during the coming weeks. The world we live in today is often short of hope and good news. Easter does not wrap us in a cocoon, protecting us from the knocks of life. But it does help us to cope with the knocks of life so much better.

If we haven't got a sense of hope, life and new beginnings, then life will always feel as if we are pushing water uphill. Easter reminds us that it is so much easier to push it downhill. To push it downhill we must get to the other side of the hill or keep going until we are over the top. Many struggle to find a way to do this. Easter is the map to show us the way.

One interesting repeating thread in our Gospel Resurrection stories during the coming weeks; is how fear gripped the disciples and closest followers of Jesus. Everything was just happening so quickly for them. There was much uncertainty and a genuine fear of the unknown. For them it felt as if they were pushing water uphill, with no end in sight. Jesus appeared to them again, reassured them and calmed their fears.

Thomas is probably the one who needed reassurance the most and his doubts reflect our questions and uncertainties too. But Jesus was the one who gave him courage and hope. It allowed Thomas to go forward not without fear but to go forward in spite of fear. This same invitation is also extended to each of us too. This is at the heart of the Easter message. There will always be darkness, uncertainties and lots of the unknown. But Jesus is the one who gives us reason why and the reason to keep going despite everything.


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  Sunday
Apr-01
'Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of people overcoming it.' ~Helen Keller

There are people in our world and all around us who overcome suffering every day. We all know people who keep smiling and joking through serious illness or misfortune and people who have many problems of their own but are still always available to help others. There are brave folks who, having lost a loved one to illness, go on to dedicate their time to charitable works and fundraising in the hope that others might avoid the same agony. And then there are people who, though themselves in the depths of pain or despair, can help others simply by empathising with their suffering. In different ways, these are all 'Easter people', full of hope and light amidst the darkness. They remind us that even in the darkest of situations, God's light can shine.

Today we celebrate the ultimate victory over suffering and death. We have journeyed this week through the darkness of loneliness, betrayal and abandonment into the light of forgiveness, healing and new life. In her poem Dawn, the poet Emily Dickinson wrote: 'Not knowing when the dawn will come, I open every door.' Dawn will always emerge from darkness. If we want to be 'Easter people', we need to be open to throwing ourselves into the ups and downs, the sufferings and the joys of life, always open to experiencing resurrection and hope in all their forms. Christ is risen - alleluia!
 
 

 

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