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Listing August - 2020
 
  Monday
Aug-31
Thought For The Week
'God is the source of life. Life without God is hopeless. But life with God gives us hope that never ends.' Lailah Akita

At the moment there seems to be a lot of wasps around. They hang around rubbish bins, around the kitchen door and can be very annoying as they fly around you in circles. It looks like we will have to put up with them for another few weeks. It would be a pity though to put the honeybee into the same category.

The honeybee will not be found near rubbish bins or around our kitchen doors. Instead it will be busy gathering nectar from flowers and even at this time of year they are busy working heather and fuchsia flowers. It is easy to see where the saying "Busy as a bee" comes from. For every jar of honey that is collected, millions of flowers will have been visited. There are no results without effort and the honeybee knows this only too well.

In the Gospel that was used over the weekend Jesus also talks about no results without the effort. He reminds us that to be a follower of his we will have to take up a cross. But great care must be taken in understanding what this means. Jesus knew only too well that every single one of us will be exposed to difficulties, sadness, setbacks, knocks, hurt and disappointments. We can't avoid these. They are part and parcel of life. No person is shielded or protected from them. Jesus calls them a cross.

Life as we know can be fragile and unpredictable at the best of times. The important point here is that God never deliberately sends a cross our way. A cross is never sent our way to test us, to punish us or to keep us in our place. That would be such a cruel and horrible God.

Why would we even bother if we thought that this was the way with God? It isn't or never will be. Jesus assures us that whatever our cross, we will find hope, light, courage and strength to help us through.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Sunday
Aug-30
Thought For The Week

'I believe that God loves each one of us without condition, no matter what we ever do or say or think or feel. We are free to accept that love, respond to that love or reject that love and try to go it alone.' ~Nina Herrmann

A farmer placed a weathercock inscribed with the words "God is love" on the top of his barn. One day a traveller, stopped to look and with a smirk asked the farmer standing at the door: "Do you think that God's love can change so lightly like the vane you have up there?" With a smile the farmer replied: "No my friend. That is meant to show that whichever way the wind blows, God is love."

Many words have been used to describe God and the most popular one is love. No matter how many times we hear this, we are still slow and reluctant to fully believe what it means for us. Our horizons are limited in the sense that we know our own limits: our fragility, our worries and our fears. Because of our limitations we sense that God must have limits too.

But God's love goes way beyond our limitations. In our 2nd reading that was used at Masses last Sunday St Paul has a lovely line: "How rich are the depths of God." We live in a world that is often shallow. Nothing seems to have depth. While smartphones, apps and social media are useful, they often live in this shallow world.

We need depth and we are reminded beautifully that God is with us through every experience. God loves us even when we struggle to love. God loves us whichever way the wind blows. Nothing will ever change this.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Friday
Aug-28
Thought For The Week

'I believe that God loves each one of us without condition, no matter what we ever do or say or think or feel. We are free to accept that love, respond to that love or reject that love and try to go it alone.' ~Nina Herrmann

A farmer placed a weathercock inscribed with the words "God is love" on the top of his barn. One day a traveller, stopped to look and with a smirk asked the farmer standing at the door: "Do you think that God's love can change so lightly like the vane you have up there?" With a smile the farmer replied: "No my friend. That is meant to show that whichever way the wind blows, God is love."

Many words have been used to describe God and the most popular one is love. No matter how many times we hear this, we are still slow and reluctant to fully believe what it means for us. Our horizons are limited in the sense that we know our own limits: our fragility, our worries and our fears. Because of our limitations we sense that God must have limits too.

But God's love goes way beyond our limitations. In our 2nd reading that was used at Masses last Sunday St Paul has a lovely line: "How rich are the depths of God." We live in a world that is often shallow. Nothing seems to have depth. While smartphones, apps and social media are useful, they often live in this shallow world.

We need depth and we are reminded beautifully that God is with us through every experience. God loves us even when we struggle to love. God loves us whichever way the wind blows. Nothing will ever change this.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Aug-26
Thought For The Week

'I believe that God loves each one of us without condition, no matter what we ever do or say or think or feel. We are free to accept that love, respond to that love or reject that love and try to go it alone.' ~Nina Herrmann

A farmer placed a weathercock inscribed with the words "God is love" on the top of his barn. One day a traveller, stopped to look and with a smirk asked the farmer standing at the door: "Do you think that God's love can change so lightly like the vane you have up there?" With a smile the farmer replied: "No my friend. That is meant to show that whichever way the wind blows, God is love."

Many words have been used to describe God and the most popular one is love. No matter how many times we hear this, we are still slow and reluctant to fully believe what it means for us. Our horizons are limited in the sense that we know our own limits: our fragility, our worries and our fears. Because of our limitations we sense that God must have limits too.

But God's love goes way beyond our limitations. In our 2nd reading that was used at Masses last Sunday St Paul has a lovely line: "How rich are the depths of God." We live in a world that is often shallow. Nothing seems to have depth. While smartphones, apps and social media are useful, they often live in this shallow world.

We need depth and we are reminded beautifully that God is with us through every experience. God loves us even when we struggle to love. God loves us whichever way the wind blows. Nothing will ever change this.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Aug-25
Thought For The Week

'I believe that God loves each one of us without condition, no matter what we ever do or say or think or feel. We are free to accept that love, respond to that love or reject that love and try to go it alone.' ~Nina Herrmann

A farmer placed a weathercock inscribed with the words "God is love" on the top of his barn. One day a traveller, stopped to look and with a smirk asked the farmer standing at the door: "Do you think that God's love can change so lightly like the vane you have up there?" With a smile the farmer replied: "No my friend. That is meant to show that whichever way the wind blows, God is love."

Many words have been used to describe God and the most popular one is love. No matter how many times we hear this, we are still slow and reluctant to fully believe what it means for us. Our horizons are limited in the sense that we know our own limits: our fragility, our worries and our fears. Because of our limitations we sense that God must have limits too.

But God's love goes way beyond our limitations. In our 2nd reading that was used at Masses last Sunday St Paul has a lovely line: "How rich are the depths of God." We live in a world that is often shallow. Nothing seems to have depth. While smartphones, apps and social media are useful, they often live in this shallow world.

We need depth and we are reminded beautifully that God is with us through every experience. God loves us even when we struggle to love. God loves us whichever way the wind blows. Nothing will ever change this.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Monday
Aug-24
Thought For The Week

'I believe that God loves each one of us without condition, no matter what we ever do or say or think or feel. We are free to accept that love, respond to that love or reject that love and try to go it alone.' ~Nina Herrmann

A farmer placed a weathercock inscribed with the words "God is love" on the top of his barn. One day a traveller, stopped to look and with a smirk asked the farmer standing at the door: "Do you think that God's love can change so lightly like the vane you have up there?" With a smile the farmer replied: "No my friend. That is meant to show that whichever way the wind blows, God is love."

Many words have been used to describe God and the most popular one is love. No matter how many times we hear this, we are still slow and reluctant to fully believe what it means for us. Our horizons are limited in the sense that we know our own limits: our fragility, our worries and our fears. Because of our limitations we sense that God must have limits too.

But God's love goes way beyond our limitations. In our 2nd reading that was used at Masses yesterday St Paul has a lovely line: "How rich are the depths of God." We live in a world that is often shallow. Nothing seems to have depth. While smartphones, apps and social media are useful, they often live in this shallow world.

We need depth and we are reminded beautifully that God is with us through every experience. God loves us even when we struggle to love. God loves us whichever way the wind blows. Nothing will ever change this.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Aug-22
Thought For The Week

'Mary's prayer, the Magnificat, overflows with joy and delight. In spite of her fears for the future, in spite of the sorrows that await her, she is filled with joy and moved to praise God. Her words and her presence gives us hope' ~ Triona Doherty

Normally every year during the month of August, you begin to hear whispers of "back to school". But this August everything has changed. It is last March since the schools closed. It is no longer whispers but long conversations on getting our schools open, getting in place all the safety requirements and it is a busy time getting ready.

On Saturday (August 15th) we had the feast of the Assumption of Mary and today Friday (21st) we have the feast day of Our Lady Of Knock. There will be many prayers directed to Mary asking for guidance, protection, direction and safety during these difficult times.

There is huge devotion to Mary all over the world and she is hugely popular. But it is also fair to say that the greatest disservice we have done to Mary down through the years, is to have put her on a pedestal as if she is far removed from our world and lives. It is our loss if we see her as distant or irrelevant. Mary is especially close to our every experience. She is a truly great friend to have as we journey through life.

Mary is close not just to the good stuff in our lives but especially close to our own struggles, setbacks and disappointments. She experienced many in her life and even during the darkest of moments, she still put her trust in God. Mary's feast day reminds us that we can learn to trust even when all hope seems lost. Her feast day takes on even more significance during this Covid 19 pandemic.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Aug-20
Thought For The Week

'Mary's prayer, the Magnificat, overflows with joy and delight. In spite of her fears for the future, in spite of the sorrows that await her, she is filled with joy and moved to praise God. Her words and her presence gives us hope' ~ Triona Doherty

Normally every year during the month of August, you begin to hear whispers of "back to school". But this August everything has changed. It is last March since the schools closed. It is no longer whispers but long conversations on getting our schools open, getting in place all the safety requirements and it is a busy time getting ready.

On Saturday (August 15th) we had the feast of the Assumption of Mary and on Friday coming (21st) we have the feast day of Our Lady Of Knock. There will be many prayers directed to Mary asking for guidance, protection, direction and safety during these difficult times.

There is huge devotion to Mary all over the world and she is hugely popular. But it is also fair to say that the greatest disservice we have done to Mary down through the years, is to have put her on a pedestal as if she is far removed from our world and lives. It is our loss if we see her as distant or irrelevant. Mary is especially close to our every experience. She is a truly great friend to have as we journey through life.

Mary is close not just to the good stuff in our lives but especially close to our own struggles, setbacks and disappointments. She experienced many in her life and even during the darkest of moments, she still put her trust in God. Mary's feast day reminds us that we can learn to trust even when all hope seems lost. Her feast day takes on even more significance during this Covid 19 pandemic.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Aug-18
Thought For The Week

'Mary's prayer, the Magnificat, overflows with joy and delight. In spite of her fears for the future, in spite of the sorrows that await her, she is filled with joy and moved to praise God. Her words and her presence gives us hope' ~ Triona Doherty

Normally every year during the month of August, you begin to hear whispers of "back to school". But this August everything has changed. It is last March since the schools closed. It is no longer whispers but long conversations on getting our schools open, getting in place all the safety requirements and it is a busy time getting ready.

On Saturday (August 15th) we had the feast of the Assumption of Mary and on Friday coming (21st) we have the feast day of Our Lady Of Knock. There will be many prayers directed to Mary asking for guidance, protection, direction and safety during these difficult times.

There is huge devotion to Mary all over the world and she is hugely popular. But it is also fair to say that the greatest disservice we have done to Mary down through the years, is to have put her on a pedestal as if she is far removed from our world and lives. It is our loss if we see her as distant or irrelevant. Mary is especially close to our every experience. She is a truly great friend to have as we journey through life.

Mary is close not just to the good stuff in our lives but especially close to our own struggles, setbacks and disappointments. She experienced many in her life and even during the darkest of moments, she still put her trust in God. Mary's feast day reminds us that we can learn to trust even when all hope seems lost. Her feast day takes on even more significance during this Covid 19 pandemic.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Saturday
Aug-15
Thought For The Week

'Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted and no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.' ~Maya Angelou

Our language is always changing. New words come in, older words slip out and hidden words come to light. I have to be honest I had never heard the word staycation before. Then it started to be used a lot this summer when we were encouraged to go on holidays at home. Now everyone is using the word staycation with ease.

But we also know everything has changed. Even when on staycation we know we have to be careful and social distancing continues to be the norm. It is good to get a break. It is good to unwind, recharge and relax. There is much to see and do at home. There are so many beautiful places to explore on our doorstep.

This summer I have decided not to cycle on main roads, but to explore all the many small little roads that I have never been on before. Some of these even have grass growing up in the middle of the road! I have seen so much new countryside, without the hassle of traffic flying past me at speed.

I have appreciated the sense of slowing down and taking it at a leisurely pace. I also sense in many of our Gospel stories how Jesus was incredibly busy but at crucial times he withdrew away by himself to some remote place. It was his quiet time to reflect, to pray, to recharge, be still and to just be.

As we journey through this month of August many will try and avail of a staycation or will make a day trip to somewhere different and new. It is good to unwind and recharge. We continue to do so in the spirit of being careful, continuing social distancing and doing our bit to keep this virus suppressed. Enjoy your break. The Thought For The Week returns on Monday August 17th
 
 
 
  Friday
Aug-14
Thought For The Week

'Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted and no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.' ~Maya Angelou

Our language is always changing. New words come in, older words slip out and hidden words come to light. I have to be honest I had never heard the word staycation before. Then it started to be used a lot this summer when we were encouraged to go on holidays at home. Now everyone is using the word staycation with ease.

But we also know everything has changed. Even when on staycation we know we have to be careful and social distancing continues to be the norm. It is good to get a break. It is good to unwind, recharge and relax. There is much to see and do at home. There are so many beautiful places to explore on our doorstep.

This summer I have decided not to cycle on main roads, but to explore all the many small little roads that I have never been on before. Some of these even have grass growing up in the middle of the road! I have seen so much new countryside, without the hassle of traffic flying past me at speed.

I have appreciated the sense of slowing down and taking it at a leisurely pace. I also sense in many of our Gospel stories how Jesus was incredibly busy but at crucial times he withdrew away by himself to some remote place. It was his quiet time to reflect, to pray, to recharge, be still and to just be.

As we journey through this month of August many will try and avail of a staycation or will make a day trip to somewhere different and new. It is good to unwind and recharge. We continue to do so in the spirit of being careful, continuing social distancing and doing our bit to keep this virus suppressed. Enjoy your break. The Thought For The Week returns on Monday August 17th
 
 

 

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