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  Monday
Jun-29
Thought For The Week

'Out of this Berkeley tragedy we learn from the life of our young people what the things are that remain, not just after this tragedy, but the things that remain deep in every human heart and which we treasure. We treasure them in our hearts where words are secondary and goodness and caring and love are the life blood.' ~Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

June 2015 will always be remembered for the Berkeley tragedy. It was a story that dominated every news headline. It deeply touched and moved so many people as the story unfolded each day. So many moving and beautiful tributes have been written and spoken about Ashley, Eimear, Eoghan, Lorcán, Niccolai and Olivia. Like anyone else following the Berkeley tragedy over the past two weeks there are a few things that stand out. The first is how the tragedy was a huge reminder just how fragile life can be. We often can be moaning and complaining about silly stuff. The Berkeley tragedy helped us all to gain huge perspective on life. What we were moaning and grumbling about might have seemed to be the most important thing in the world. But it looked silly and almost foolish when compared to what happened in Berkeley.

The next thing that stood out from the tragedy was the importance of prayer and the opportunity for people and communities to get the chance to express something deep within. There are some who say that prayer is not their thing or that they find it difficult to do it at the best of times. But when we are faced with pain, tragedy and suffering, prayer can become such an important bridge to help us through and to help us make sense of what can't be explained. Our local parish church can become such an important space for a community to express their grief.

The Berkeley tragedy also reminded us how we as Irish people grieve well and do everything that seems just right in the moment. We seem to know intuitively that often there simply are no words of comfort. But we express what we want to say through ritual, by attending a removal or the funeral Mass, by a hug, by chatting over a cup of tea, by offering our help with things that need to get done, by sending a card and sometimes just standing quietly in silence to be there for the bereaved family. We continue our prayers for everyone involved in the Berkeley tragedy.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Jun-28
Thought For The Week

John was a preacher, a prophet, a signpost pointing people in the right direction. We can pray today for all those people who acted as signposts in our lives and brought us closer to God' ~Jane Mellett

On Wednesday last we celebrated the feast of John the Baptist. It concides each year with the Summer Solstice. There is a tradition of lighting bonfires on the evening before particularly in parts of Cork. John was a celebrity in his own way. Thousands flocked to hear him and be baptised by him. But John was not interested in fame. He never wanted to draw attention to himself. John's mission was to prepare the way for Jesus. He was a bit like a grounds man before an important game. He lined the pitch, mowed the grass just right and got everything ready as it should be. Then when the game started he stepped back knowing his job was done. There are many people who quietly work away in a similar way. The work they do is vitally important and often they do not get the praise or attention they deserve.

John wanted to draw attention only to Jesus. Sometimes we hang our heads and often we're not proud of what we believe in. It's almost as if it is unfashionable and a bit embarrassing to say we believe. John was the exact opposite. He had no reservations and no inhibitions in proclaiming that he was proud to be a follower of Jesus. We too are called to hold our heads up. We are called to be proud of what we believe and to be grateful that we have indeed something to build our lives on.
 
 
 
  Friday
Jun-26
Thought For The Week

John was a preacher, a prophet, a signpost pointing people in the right direction. We can pray today for all those people who acted as signposts in our lives and brought us closer to God' ~Jane Mellett

On Wednesday last we celebrated the feast of John the Baptist. It concides each year with the Summer Solstice. There is a tradition of lighting bonfires on the evening before particularly in parts of Cork. John was a celebrity in his own way. Thousands flocked to hear him and be baptised by him. But John was not interested in fame. He never wanted to draw attention to himself. John's mission was to prepare the way for Jesus. He was a bit like a grounds man before an important game. He lined the pitch, mowed the grass just right and got everything ready as it should be. Then when the game started he stepped back knowing his job was done. There are many people who quietly work away in a similar way. The work they do is vitally important and often they do not get the praise or attention they deserve.

John wanted to draw attention only to Jesus. Sometimes we hang our heads and often we're not proud of what we believe in. It's almost as if it is unfashionable and a bit embarrassing to say we believe. John was the exact opposite. He had no reservations and no inhibitions in proclaiming that he was proud to be a follower of Jesus. We too are called to hold our heads up. We are called to be proud of what we believe and to be grateful that we have indeed something to build our lives on.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Jun-25
Thought For The Week

John was a preacher, a prophet, a signpost pointing people in the right direction. We can pray today for all those people who acted as signposts in our lives and brought us closer to God' ~Jane Mellett

Yesterday we celebrated the feast of John the Baptist. It concides each year with the Summer Solstice. There is a tradition of lighting bonfires on the evening before particularly in parts of Cork. John was a celebrity in his own way. Thousands flocked to hear him and be baptised by him. But John was not interested in fame. He never wanted to draw attention to himself. John's mission was to prepare the way for Jesus. He was a bit like a grounds man before an important game. He lined the pitch, mowed the grass just right and got everything ready as it should be. Then when the game started he stepped back knowing his job was done. There are many people who quietly work away in a similar way. The work they do is vitally important and often they do not get the praise or attention they deserve.

John wanted to draw attention only to Jesus. Sometimes we hang our heads and often we're not proud of what we believe in. It's almost as if it is unfashionable and a bit embarrassing to say we believe. John was the exact opposite. He had no reservations and no inhibitions in proclaiming that he was proud to be a follower of Jesus. We too are called to hold our heads up. We are called to be proud of what we believe and to be grateful that we have indeed something to build our lives on.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Jun-24
Thought For The Week

John was a preacher, a prophet, a signpost pointing people in the right direction. We can pray today for all those people who acted as signposts in our lives and brought us closer to God' ~Jane Mellett

Today Wednesday (June 24th) we celebrate the feast of John the Baptist. It concides each year with the Summer Solstice. There is a tradition of lighting bonfires on the evening before particularly in parts of Cork. John was a celebrity in his own way. Thousands flocked to hear him and be baptised by him. But John was not interested in fame. He never wanted to draw attention to himself. John's mission was to prepare the way for Jesus. He was a bit like a grounds man before an important game. He lined the pitch, mowed the grass just right and got everything ready as it should be. Then when the game started he stepped back knowing his job was done. There are many people who quietly work away in a similar way. The work they do is vitally important and often they do not get the praise or attention they deserve.

John wanted to draw attention only to Jesus. Sometimes we hang our heads and often we're not proud of what we believe in. It's almost as if it is unfashionable and a bit embarrassing to say we believe. John was the exact opposite. He had no reservations and no inhibitions in proclaiming that he was proud to be a follower of Jesus. We too are called to hold our heads up. We are called to be proud of what we believe and to be grateful that we have indeed something to build our lives on.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Jun-23
Thought For The Week

John was a preacher, a prophet, a signpost pointing people in the right direction. We can pray today for all those people who acted as signposts in our lives and brought us closer to God' ~Jane Mellett

Tomorrow Wednesday (June 24th) we celebrate the feast of John the Baptist. It concides each year with the Summer Solstice. There is a tradition of lighting bonfires on the evening before particularly in parts of Cork. John was a celebrity in his own way. Thousands flocked to hear him and be baptised by him. But John was not interested in fame. He never wanted to draw attention to himself. John's mission was to prepare the way for Jesus. He was a bit like a grounds man before an important game. He lined the pitch, mowed the grass just right and got everything ready as it should be. Then when the game started he stepped back knowing his job was done. There are many people who quietly work away in a similar way. The work they do is vitally important and often they do not get the praise or attention they deserve.

John wanted to draw attention only to Jesus. Sometimes we hang our heads and often we're not proud of what we believe in. It's almost as if it is unfashionable and a bit embarrassing to say we believe. John was the exact opposite. He had no reservations and no inhibitions in proclaiming that he was proud to be a follower of Jesus. We too are called to hold our heads up. We are called to be proud of what we believe and to be grateful that we have indeed something to build our lives on.
 
 
 
  Monday
Jun-22
Thought For The Week

John was a preacher, a prophet, a signpost pointing people in the right direction. We can pray today for all those people who acted as signposts in our lives and brought us closer to God' ~Jane Mellett

Next Wednesday (June 24th) we celebrate the feast of John the Baptist. It concides each year with the Summer Solstice. There is a tradition of lighting bonfires on the evening before particularly in parts of Cork. John was a celebrity in his own way. Thousands flocked to hear him and be baptised by him. But John was not interested in fame. He never wanted to draw attention to himself. John's mission was to prepare the way for Jesus. He was a bit like a grounds man before an important game. He lined the pitch, mowed the grass just right and got everything ready as it should be. Then when the game started he stepped back knowing his job was done. There are many people who quietly work away in a similar way. The work they do is vitally important and often they do not get the praise or attention they deserve.

John wanted to draw attention only to Jesus. Sometimes we hang our heads and often we're not proud of what we believe in. It's almost as if it is unfashionable and a bit embarrassing to say we believe. John was the exact opposite. He had no reservations and no inhibitions in proclaiming that he was proud to be a follower of Jesus. We too are called to hold our heads up. We are called to be proud of what we believe and to be grateful that we have indeed something to build our lives on.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Jun-21
Thought For Today is by Triona Doherty called 'Travelling Solo'

The Gospel reading for today is from. Mark 4:35-41
With the coming of evening, Jesus said to his disciples, 'Let us cross over to the other side.' And leaving the crowd behind they took him, just as he was, in the boat; and there were other boats with him. Then it began to blow a gale and the waves were breaking into the boat so that it was almost swamped. But he was in the stern, his head on the cushion, asleep. They woke him and said to him, 'Master, do you not care? We are going down!' And he woke up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, 'Quiet now! Be calm!' And the wind dropped, and all was calm again. Then he said to them, 'Why are you so frightened? How is it that you have no faith?' They were filled with awe and said to one another, ' Who can this be? Even the wind and the sea obey him.'

In his poem Travelling Light, poet and theologian Padraig O'Tuama talks about the different ways we have of approaching life's journey. At different times, he says, we can find ourselves travelling alone or in the dark, heavily or lightly. Sometimes we 'travel dark' unable to conjure up an image of 'sunrise or moonrise or starlight or fire'. Sometimes we decide to 'travel solo', forgetting 'all the others we've travelled with'. The final verses remind us that there are times when we need to 'travel lightly': 'Because sometimes we need to be travelling lightly. Sometimes we're in need of regular reminding that light comes in circles and waves and small moments'. The poem concludes: 'and light comes to find us and light comes with hope.'

Life can be complicated and difficult, and it can weigh us down at times. We can end up thinking, feeling, and even acting as if we are alone on our journey. Today's Gospel reminds us that we are not alone. Even when God seems to be sleeping, and the storm is rising, and we are in danger of being swamped, he is there. At a simple request from the disciples in the boat, Jesus quietens the wind and allays their fears. All is calm again - all it takes is a little faith and trust that we are not alone.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Jun-20
'Our true home is in the present moment. To live in the present moment is a miracle. The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green Earth in the present moment.' ~Thich Nhat Hanh

Tomorrow we will have the longest day of the year. The weeks and months of 2015 have moved on quickly. The month of June is a celebration of abundance, light, energy and abundant growth. Nature responds by maximising this overflow of energy. Not to do so will leave it well short later In the year.

How often we forget about today and the present moment. It is in the current and present moment that life is lived to the fullest. It is here that we will find God best and it is the place where we can simply be. We don't have to earn God's love. We don't have to prove anything. We don't have to earn points or try to be perfect. We don't have to pretend. All we need do is just be true to ourselves. This can only happen in the present moment. The present moment can be challenging, difficult and at times surrounded by sadness. But for the most part it is a good place to be, it is a place where there is no pretence and it is a place where we are honest with ourselves. There is no hiding in the present moment. It is where God is closest to us, nearest to us and totally on our side.
 
 
 
  Friday
Jun-19
'Our true home is in the present moment. To live in the present moment is a miracle. The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green Earth in the present moment.' ~Thich Nhat Hanh

Next Sunday we will have the longest day of the year. The weeks and months of 2015 have moved on quickly. The month of June is a celebration of abundance, light, energy and abundant growth. Nature responds by maximising this overflow of energy. Not to do so will leave it well short later In the year.

How often we forget about today and the present moment. It is in the current and present moment that life is lived to the fullest. It is here that we will find God best and it is the place where we can simply be. We don't have to earn God's love. We don't have to prove anything. We don't have to earn points or try to be perfect. We don't have to pretend. All we need do is just be true to ourselves. This can only happen in the present moment. The present moment can be challenging, difficult and at times surrounded by sadness. But for the most part it is a good place to be, it is a place where there is no pretence and it is a place where we are honest with ourselves. There is no hiding in the present moment. It is where God is closest to us, nearest to us and totally on our side.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Jun-10
'We must accept that this creative pulse within us is God's creative pulse itself.' ~Joseph Chilton Pearce

A magazine asked its readers, "What are the most inspiring words you have ever been told?" Some answers were predictable, some were flippant, some were deep and profound but one that stood out in particular was the following: "You may not know where life's road will lead you, but keep moving because God is walking with you". There are few who know where life's road will take us. If we knew everything we might be gripped with fear or bubble with excitement. But to know everything would quench the element of surprise and a sense of looking forward. We are invited to put our trust in God knowing that God is walking with us, whatever may lie ahead of us. In the Gospel of John, it is put very beautifully, "I am the gate. Anyone who enters through me will be safe. They will go freely in and out and be sure of finding pasture." It is comforting to know that we will be safe and that the gate will never be closed on us, no matter what we may have done or will do. We pray that we will always feel secure, loved and safe especially when we are struggling and unsure.
 
 
 
  Monday
Jun-08
'We must accept that this creative pulse within us is God's creative pulse itself.' ~Joseph Chilton Pearce

A magazine asked its readers, "What are the most inspiring words you have ever been told?" Some answers were predictable, some were flippant, some were deep and profound but one that stood out in particular was the following: "You may not know where life's road will lead you, but keep moving because God is walking with you". There are few who know where life's road will take us. If we knew everything we might be gripped with fear or bubble with excitement. But to know everything would quench the element of surprise and a sense of looking forward. We are invited to put our trust in God knowing that God is walking with us, whatever may lie ahead of us. In the Gospel of John, it is put very beautifully, "I am the gate. Anyone who enters through me will be safe. They will go freely in and out and be sure of finding pasture." It is comforting to know that we will be safe and that the gate will never be closed on us, no matter what we may have done or will do. We pray that we will always feel secure, loved and safe especially when we are struggling and unsure.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Jun-07
Thought For Today is by Triona Doherty

Dublin has become the latest city to acquire a 'Homeless Jesus' statue. The sculpture, created by Canadian artist Tim Schmalz, depicts Jesus as a homeless person, sleeping on a park bench. The face of the blanketed figure is obscured, but nail marks on his feet reveal his identity. 'Homeless Jesus' appears to have been presented to Dublin by an anonymous North American benefactor, who is also giving copies to 11 other European cities, including the Vatican. The chosen location in Dublin was the grounds of Christ Church Cathedral, though a competition run by The Irish Times found that readers favoured Molesworth Street at a location near where homeless man Jonathan Corrie died.

Speaking about the work, Schmalz said: 'Jesus did not say "love the wealthy". His ministry was to the suffering and the poor. The heart of Christianity is to love the broken people, and this is where you find Jesus. 'Really, it's a visual translation of Matthew 25, where Jesus says that whenever you see the most marginalised, broken people in our society, we should think of him.'

In today's Gospel for the feast of Corpus Christi, Jesus talks about his body that will be broken and his blood that will poured out. It is this 'broken' Jesus that we meet in the Eucharist, and who meets us in our own broken state. It is this broken Jesus who is present in all of us, and who challenges us to love the broken people we meet.
 
 
 
  Friday
Jun-05
'Gardening is worth doing. Gardening is like life itself, a messy business, full of joys and disappointments. The sap rises and falls, the seasons wax and wane, the smell of damp earth and the scent of new mown grass bring us as close to the source of creation as we can be.' ~Tom Doorey

The Gardening Festival 'Bloom' took place in Dublin last week for 5 days. Thousands of people visited the festival, hoping to get some gardening inspiration and a chance to bring some idea, flower or plant back home. There are so many people who simply love their garden at home. It is their sacred space and their place to unwind and relax. It is a place where one can be creative and it is a place where one can also just be. Gardening is mindfulness at its best. They say when your hands are in touch with earth and soil, it is nature's way of de-stressing you. Every garden requires taking the time to add your colour and design to it. Sometimes plants and flowers will fail and we are reminded how fragile life can be. Sometimes they will simply bloom in amazing colour and we are uplifted.

At the heart of gardening we are close to our creator and God. A reflective gardener when looking at beautiful flowers and the miracle of growth will know that it doesn't happen just randomly. There has to be something much bigger to make it all happen. It is little wonder that many gardeners will also say that they feel closest to God when they work in their garden. Your garden is a precious gift just within your reach. It can be as simple or as expansive as you want. We thank God today and this weekend for the gift of our garden.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Jun-03
'Gardening is worth doing. Gardening is like life itself, a messy business, full of joys and disappointments. The sap rises and falls, the seasons wax and wane, the smell of damp earth and the scent of new mown grass bring us as close to the source of creation as we can be.' ~Tom Doorey

The Gardening Festival 'Bloom' took place in Dublin last week for 5 days. Thousands of people visited the festival, hoping to get some gardening inspiration and a chance to bring some idea, flower or plant back home. There are so many people who simply love their garden at home. It is their sacred space and their place to unwind and relax. It is a place where one can be creative and it is a place where one can also just be. Gardening is mindfulness at its best. They say when your hands are in touch with earth and soil, it is nature's way of de-stressing you. Every garden requires taking the time to add your colour and design to it. Sometimes plants and flowers will fail and we are reminded how fragile life can be. Sometimes they will simply bloom in amazing colour and we are uplifted.

At the heart of gardening we are close to our creator and God. A reflective gardener when looking at beautiful flowers and the miracle of growth will know that it doesn't happen just randomly. There has to be something much bigger to make it all happen. It is little wonder that many gardeners will also say that they feel closest to God when they work in their garden. Your garden is a precious gift just within your reach. It can be as simple or as expansive as you want. We thank God today and this weekend for the gift of our garden.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Jun-02
'Gardening is worth doing. Gardening is like life itself, a messy business, full of joys and disappointments. The sap rises and falls, the seasons wax and wane, the smell of damp earth and the scent of new mown grass bring us as close to the source of creation as we can be.' ~Tom Doorey

The Gardening Festival 'Bloom' took place in Dublin right up to yesterday for 5 days. Thousands of people visited the festival, hoping to get some gardening inspiration and a chance to bring some idea, flower or plant back home. There are so many people who simply love their garden at home. It is their sacred space and their place to unwind and relax. It is a place where one can be creative and it is a place where one can also just be. Gardening is mindfulness at its best. They say when your hands are in touch with earth and soil, it is nature's way of de-stressing you. Every garden requires taking the time to add your colour and design to it. Sometimes plants and flowers will fail and we are reminded how fragile life can be. Sometimes they will simply bloom in amazing colour and we are uplifted.

At the heart of gardening we are close to our creator and God. A reflective gardener when looking at beautiful flowers and the miracle of growth will know that it doesn't happen just randomly. There has to be something much bigger to make it all happen. It is little wonder that many gardeners will also say that they feel closest to God when they work in their garden. Your garden is a precious gift just within your reach. It can be as simple or as expansive as you want. We thank God today and this weekend for the gift of our garden.
 
 

 

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