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  Saturday
Mar-31
'Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first and is waiting for it.' ~Terry Pratchett

Today Holy Saturday is a day of waiting. It is sometimes known as the Great Saturday, Black Saturday, Joyous Saturday or the Saturday of Light. Interestingly many call it Easter Saturday but this should refer to the Saturday of next week. Whatever day you call it, it is definitely the 'in between day'.

You could also call it a strange day. Darkness seems to have got there first. The fallout from Good Friday is massive. The disciples have fled. There is total grief, shock, dismay. Everything seems to have collapsed with the death of Jesus. Nothing makes sense. Darkness has truly taken over. Sometimes we have to wait in darkness, wait in the middle of our struggles, wait in our anxious and lonely days before something may happen. If darkness has got there first, then when the light does come, it will completely shatter it.

Tomorrow Easter Sunday falls on April 1st which is April Fools Day. But there is no fooling about as to the significance of Easter. The resurrection of Jesus will shatter the darkness. It has no escape. In its place is a great sense of hope, new beginnings and a new journey. We are not on our own. Many like you and me are in waiting. We wait for the light to shine into our darkness. We are Easter people and without the light of the Resurrection we have nothing to hold onto. Life is meaningless without it. As we wait I wish you a very Happy Easter.
 
 
 
  Friday
Mar-30
A Good Friday reflection by Karen Kent featuring Veronica and Mary, two central characters in the story of Good Friday......

Veronica: I loved him. I was frightened for him, for me for all of us. Why are they doing this to Jesus? What did he do to hurt anyone? All he ever did was good and yet he now walks the road to death. I look across at him. The cross is heavy and sweat is pouring from his brow. He needs a drink. He needs a towel. Yet no one cares, the crowd around us are shouting, jeering and enjoying watching him suffer. The road is long. Why won't anyone help him? I am with his mother and a group of women friends. We are all crying for him and then I step forward. I push my way through the crowd. I am Veronica and I step forward from the crowd and wipe his face.

Mary: I am sitting here surrounded by a few friends. My heart is broken. My young son, the joy of my life, hung on a cross, a crown of thorns on his head; a sword pierced his side, nails in his hands and his feet. Why my son? Why did he have to die such a cruel death? When they took his lifeless body from the cross they handed him to me. I his mother get to hold him for one last time. He had lived his life and fulfilled his promise. Why did it have to end this way? My heart is truly broken.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Mar-29
Thought For The Week

'The week that changed the world continues to change our lives' ~Darby Dugger

It's been a late spring for farmers. The cold weather and sometimes very wet weather have delayed putting out the cattle. When cows and calves are put out onto grass for the first time in the spring, they love the freedom. They jump, run and skip with delight. It is always a lovely sight.

As we begin our journey through Holy Week there is a sense of freedom that comes with the week that it is. We are invited to allow it to touch and be part of our lives. This brings a welcome freedom. Many are looking for answers to our deepest questions that life keeps throwing at us. We sometimes look for these answers in the wrong places. Holy Week allows our search for some of these answers easier. Holy Week allows us to find connections to parts of the story that make sense to us.

The events of Good Friday in particular connect with lots of our stories. The cross stands for the difficulties, the struggles, the pain, the disappointments and the setbacks we all experience from time to time. If the story of Holy Week ended on Good Friday then it could easily have been named 'Bad Friday' or 'Black Friday'. But it is good because of what happened on Easter Sunday morning and the Resurrection. The cross became a sign of hope, a sign of freedom and new beginnings. It became a sign that there is a better way and a sign that darkness will always be replaced by light.

During the coming week that is Holy Week we welcome Jesus into our lives. We ask him to hold our entire story, to hold everything that is going on for us, to hold the stuff that is dragging us down, to hold everything that could be better, to hold all the beautiful stuff and to hold our dreams and hopes. I hope the week that changed the world will continue to change your life for the better.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday with a picture update daily
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Mar-28
Thought For The Week

'The week that changed the world continues to change our lives' ~Darby Dugger

It's been a late spring for farmers. The cold weather and sometimes very wet weather have delayed putting out the cattle. When cows and calves are put out onto grass for the first time in the spring, they love the freedom. They jump, run and skip with delight. It is always a lovely sight.

As we begin our journey through Holy Week there is a sense of freedom that comes with the week that it is. We are invited to allow it to touch and be part of our lives. This brings a welcome freedom. Many are looking for answers to our deepest questions that life keeps throwing at us. We sometimes look for these answers in the wrong places. Holy Week allows our search for some of these answers easier. Holy Week allows us to find connections to parts of the story that make sense to us.

The events of Good Friday in particular connect with lots of our stories. The cross stands for the difficulties, the struggles, the pain, the disappointments and the setbacks we all experience from time to time. If the story of Holy Week ended on Good Friday then it could easily have been named 'Bad Friday' or 'Black Friday'. But it is good because of what happened on Easter Sunday morning and the Resurrection. The cross became a sign of hope, a sign of freedom and new beginnings. It became a sign that there is a better way and a sign that darkness will always be replaced by light.

During the coming week that is Holy Week we welcome Jesus into our lives. We ask him to hold our entire story, to hold everything that is going on for us, to hold the stuff that is dragging us down, to hold everything that could be better, to hold all the beautiful stuff and to hold our dreams and hopes. I hope the week that changed the world will continue to change your life for the better.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday with a picture update daily
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Mar-27
Thought For The Week

'The week that changed the world continues to change our lives' ~Darby Dugger

It's been a late spring for farmers. The cold weather and sometimes very wet weather have delayed putting out the cattle. When cows and calves are put out onto grass for the first time in the spring, they love the freedom. They jump, run and skip with delight. It is always a lovely sight.

As we begin our journey through Holy Week there is a sense of freedom that comes with the week that it is. We are invited to allow it to touch and be part of our lives. This brings a welcome freedom. Many are looking for answers to our deepest questions that life keeps throwing at us. We sometimes look for these answers in the wrong places. Holy Week allows our search for some of these answers easier. Holy Week allows us to find connections to parts of the story that make sense to us.

The events of Good Friday in particular connect with lots of our stories. The cross stands for the difficulties, the struggles, the pain, the disappointments and the setbacks we all experience from time to time. If the story of Holy Week ended on Good Friday then it could easily have been named 'Bad Friday' or 'Black Friday'. But it is good because of what happened on Easter Sunday morning and the Resurrection. The cross became a sign of hope, a sign of freedom and new beginnings. It became a sign that there is a better way and a sign that darkness will always be replaced by light.

During the coming week that is Holy Week we welcome Jesus into our lives. We ask him to hold our entire story, to hold everything that is going on for us, to hold the stuff that is dragging us down, to hold everything that could be better, to hold all the beautiful stuff and to hold our dreams and hopes. I hope the week that changed the world will continue to change your life for the better.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday with a picture update daily
 
 
 
  Monday
Mar-26
Thought For The Week

'The week that changed the world continues to change our lives' ~Darby Dugger

It's been a late spring for farmers. The cold weather and sometimes very wet weather have delayed putting out the cattle. When cows and calves are put out onto grass for the first time in the spring, they love the freedom. They jump, run and skip with delight. It is always a lovely sight.

As we begin our journey through Holy Week there is a sense of freedom that comes with the week that it is. We are invited to allow it to touch and be part of our lives. This brings a welcome freedom. Many are looking for answers to our deepest questions that life keeps throwing at us. We sometimes look for these answers in the wrong places. Holy Week allows our search for some of these answers easier. Holy Week allows us to find connections to parts of the story that make sense to us.

The events of Good Friday in particular connect with lots of our stories. The cross stands for the difficulties, the struggles, the pain, the disappointments and the setbacks we all experience from time to time. If the story of Holy Week ended on Good Friday then it could easily have been named 'Bad Friday' or 'Black Friday'. But it is good because of what happened on Easter Sunday morning and the Resurrection. The cross became a sign of hope, a sign of freedom and new beginnings. It became a sign that there is a better way and a sign that darkness will always be replaced by light.

During the coming week that is Holy Week we welcome Jesus into our lives. We ask him to hold our entire story, to hold everything that is going on for us, to hold the stuff that is dragging us down, to hold everything that could be better, to hold all the beautiful stuff and to hold our dreams and hopes. I hope the week that changed the world will continue to change your life for the better.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday with a picture update daily
 
 
 
  Sunday
Mar-25
Thought For The Week

'Day by day, as the pages of my own life turn over, remind me that you write my name on the palm of your hand' ~Isaiah 49:16

There are so many different ways of writing and communicating these days. The choices are endless. Emails, texting and social networking have all added to different ways of communicating. It may not happen as often as before but the old method of writing a letter and sending it off in the post still has value. Birthday and thank you cards are still sent regularly with some lovely thoughts written within.

The image of ink also has spiritual significance. In the psalms we are reminded beautifully how our names are written in God's hand. It suggests intimacy, closeness, inclusion, acceptance and that we are uniquely special. Even though the psalms may have been written thousands of years ago, their relevance is even more important today. We need to restore a sense of God as someone totally and completely on our side. Our name is written on God's hand, not to be judged, given out to or made feel guilty about something. Instead we are encouraged to be ourselves and to allow God's love be an ink that makes a distinct mark on everything we do each day.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Mar-24
Thought For The Week

'Day by day, as the pages of my own life turn over, remind me that you write my name on the palm of your hand' ~Isaiah 49:16

There are so many different ways of writing and communicating these days. The choices are endless. Emails, texting and social networking have all added to different ways of communicating. It may not happen as often as before but the old method of writing a letter and sending it off in the post still has value. Birthday and thank you cards are still sent regularly with some lovely thoughts written within.

The image of ink also has spiritual significance. In the psalms we are reminded beautifully how our names are written in God's hand. It suggests intimacy, closeness, inclusion, acceptance and that we are uniquely special. Even though the psalms may have been written thousands of years ago, their relevance is even more important today. We need to restore a sense of God as someone totally and completely on our side. Our name is written on God's hand, not to be judged, given out to or made feel guilty about something. Instead we are encouraged to be ourselves and to allow God's love be an ink that makes a distinct mark on everything we do each day.
 
 
 
  Friday
Mar-23
Thought For The Week

'Day by day, as the pages of my own life turn over, remind me that you write my name on the palm of your hand' ~Isaiah 49:16

There are so many different ways of writing and communicating these days. The choices are endless. Emails, texting and social networking have all added to different ways of communicating. It may not happen as often as before but the old method of writing a letter and sending it off in the post still has value. Birthday and thank you cards are still sent regularly with some lovely thoughts written within.

The image of ink also has spiritual significance. In the psalms we are reminded beautifully how our names are written in God's hand. It suggests intimacy, closeness, inclusion, acceptance and that we are uniquely special. Even though the psalms may have been written thousands of years ago, their relevance is even more important today. We need to restore a sense of God as someone totally and completely on our side. Our name is written on God's hand, not to be judged, given out to or made feel guilty about something. Instead we are encouraged to be ourselves and to allow God's love be an ink that makes a distinct mark on everything we do each day.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Mar-22
Thought For The Week

'Day by day, as the pages of my own life turn over, remind me that you write my name on the palm of your hand' ~Isaiah 49:16

There are so many different ways of writing and communicating these days. The choices are endless. Emails, texting and social networking have all added to different ways of communicating. It may not happen as often as before but the old method of writing a letter and sending it off in the post still has value. Birthday and thank you cards are still sent regularly with some lovely thoughts written within.

The image of ink also has spiritual significance. In the psalms we are reminded beautifully how our names are written in God's hand. It suggests intimacy, closeness, inclusion, acceptance and that we are uniquely special. Even though the psalms may have been written thousands of years ago, their relevance is even more important today. We need to restore a sense of God as someone totally and completely on our side. Our name is written on God's hand, not to be judged, given out to or made feel guilty about something. Instead we are encouraged to be ourselves and to allow God's love be an ink that makes a distinct mark on everything we do each day.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Mar-21
Thought For The Week

'Day by day, as the pages of my own life turn over, remind me that you write my name on the palm of your hand' ~Isaiah 49:16

There are so many different ways of writing and communicating these days. The choices are endless. Emails, texting and social networking have all added to different ways of communicating. It may not happen as often as before but the old method of writing a letter and sending it off in the post still has value. Birthday and thank you cards are still sent regularly with some lovely thoughts written within.

The image of ink also has spiritual significance. In the psalms we are reminded beautifully how our names are written in God's hand. It suggests intimacy, closeness, inclusion, acceptance and that we are uniquely special. Even though the psalms may have been written thousands of years ago, their relevance is even more important today. We need to restore a sense of God as someone totally and completely on our side. Our name is written on God's hand, not to be judged, given out to or made feel guilty about something. Instead we are encouraged to be ourselves and to allow God's love be an ink that makes a distinct mark on everything we do each day.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Mar-20
Thought For The Week

'Day by day, as the pages of my own life turn over, remind me that you write my name on the palm of your hand' ~Isaiah 49:16

There are so many different ways of writing and communicating these days. The choices are endless. Emails, texting and social networking have all added to different ways of communicating. It may not happen as often as before but the old method of writing a letter and sending it off in the post still has value. Birthday and thank you cards are still sent regularly with some lovely thoughts written within.

The image of ink also has spiritual significance. In the psalms we are reminded beautifully how our names are written in God's hand. It suggests intimacy, closeness, inclusion, acceptance and that we are uniquely special. Even though the psalms may have been written thousands of years ago, their relevance is even more important today. We need to restore a sense of God as someone totally and completely on our side. Our name is written on God's hand, not to be judged, given out to or made feel guilty about something. Instead we are encouraged to be ourselves and to allow God's love be an ink that makes a distinct mark on everything we do each day.
 
 
 
  Monday
Mar-19
'God's strength to direct me, God's might to uphold me, God's wisdom to guide me, God's eye to look before me, God's ear to hear me, God's word to speak to me, God's hand to guard me, God's way to lie before me, God's shield to protect and save me.' ~St.Patrick

It is simply amazing the extent and the amount of St Patrick's Day celebrations that took place all over the world during the weekend. Despite the cold many of the parades escaped the snow showers that fell yesterday.

St Patrick had great devotion to God and was always sensitive to God's presence all around him. He embraced the message of Jesus in a beautiful positive and creative way. It has to be said though that the Christian message down through the years has got lost and stifled in rules, regulations, dogmas and doctrines. Patrick made a deliberate effort to keep the message simple and spoke about God's message of love peace, healing and forgiveness in a language that the people understood.

In today's world where many people drift aimlessly in life, Patrick is a voice of hope. He took great confidence from God's presence in his life. He shared and instilled this confidence in the people he met. Many lack confidence in their faith today. Today is a day to be be confident in whatever faith you have. Treasure it, be proud of it and let today be a day of blessing for you. Patrick allowed the people to grow in confidence. We need to as well.

In his own personal writings he explains how prayer helped him with his own struggles. He talks about how he overcame seemingly impossible difficulties through prayer. Today is a day to acknowledge God's gentle presence in our lives. It's a day to pause for a moment in prayer and like Patrick not to be afraid to ask God for guidance, direction and an abundance of blessings.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Mar-18
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ within me, Christ below me, Christ above me, Christ on my right hand, Christ on my left hand, Christ in my sleeping, Christ in my waking, Christ in the heart of all who think of me, Christ in the mouth of all who speak of me, Christ in every eye that looks at me, Christ in every ear that listens to me. ~Prayer of St Patrick

Today right across the world Irish people will celebrate a really special day. Green is the one colour that takes over and makes this day its own. It is a day to be proud to be Irish and to be proud of any connection with Ireland. St Patrick had great devotion to God and was always sensitive to God's presence in creation. In today's world where many people drift aimlessly in life, Patrick is a voice of hope. He took great confidence from God's presence in his life. In his own personal writings he explains how prayer helped him with his own struggles. He talks about how he overcame seemingly impossible difficulties through prayer.

Today the feast of St Patrick is a day to celebrate all that is good in our lives and all around us. It's a day to acknowledge God's gentle presence in our lives. It's a day to pause for a moment in prayer and like Patrick not to be afraid to ask God for guidance, direction and an abundance of blessings.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Mar-17
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ within me, Christ below me, Christ above me, Christ on my right hand, Christ on my left hand, Christ in my sleeping, Christ in my waking, Christ in the heart of all who think of me, Christ in the mouth of all who speak of me, Christ in every eye that looks at me, Christ in every ear that listens to me. ~Prayer of St Patrick

Today right across the world Irish people will celebrate a really special day. Green is the one colour that takes over and makes this day its own. It is a day to be proud to be Irish and to be proud of any connection with Ireland. St Patrick had great devotion to God and was always sensitive to God's presence in creation. In today's world where many people drift aimlessly in life, Patrick is a voice of hope. He took great confidence from God's presence in his life. In his own personal writings he explains how prayer helped him with his own struggles. He talks about how he overcame seemingly impossible difficulties through prayer.

Today the feast of St Patrick is a day to celebrate all that is good in our lives and all around us. It's a day to acknowledge God's gentle presence in our lives. It's a day to pause for a moment in prayer and like Patrick not to be afraid to ask God for guidance, direction and an abundance of blessings.
 
 
 
  Friday
Mar-16
Thought For The Week

'The snow stopped us in our tracks. Anything and everything that wakes up our minds and helps us look again at life, is a gift. We become bored and boring. The incarnation has to continue every day. The Word has to become flesh. We have been very unfaithful to the God who calls us to life.' ~Seamus Ahearne

It was great to come back to school last Monday and hear the constant sharing of so many 'snow stories'. Everyone had funny pictures to share. Every garden shed was raided for something to slide down in the snow, plastic bags, plastic covers, tyre tubes, bags of straw, old pillows inside a plastic bag and so on. For many of our younger generation it was their first time seeing snow. Each year in our secondary school in Bantry we have four Spanish students on a TY exchange programme. Again they had never seen snow and they built igloos with Irish and Spanish flags on top. These were shared with their families and friends back home.

The national emergency response was so well co-ordinated and it was very professional. They did a great job and the effort was appreciated. Everyone agreed that the snow definitely stopped us in our tracks. This has been a good thing. We did things last week that we normally don't do. There was also time for laughter and fun. There was less time spent on mobile phones and technology. There was time to talk and be creative.

We got a chance to be ourselves. We got a chance to look at life from a completely different angle. We have sometimes allowed our days become boring, stagnant and stale. We can drift into doing the same things over and over again. Every day is pure gift, full of opportunity, surprise and possibility. The snow made us realise this almost by accident. But the snow is gone now and we could slip back into our old ways.

As we move into these last few weeks of Lent, we could spend it well by appreciating each day as gift. We could spend less time on things that are insignificant and shallow. If we could then spend more time embracing opportunity, surprise, possibility and the blessings that we so often taken for granted, it will have been a really good day.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Mar-15
Thought For The Week

'The snow stopped us in our tracks. Anything and everything that wakes up our minds and helps us look again at life, is a gift. We become bored and boring. The incarnation has to continue every day. The Word has to become flesh. We have been very unfaithful to the God who calls us to life.' ~Seamus Ahearne

It was great to come back to school last Monday and hear the constant sharing of so many 'snow stories'. Everyone had funny pictures to share. Every garden shed was raided for something to slide down in the snow, plastic bags, plastic covers, tyre tubes, bags of straw, old pillows inside a plastic bag and so on. For many of our younger generation it was their first time seeing snow. Each year in our secondary school in Bantry we have four Spanish students on a TY exchange programme. Again they had never seen snow and they built igloos with Irish and Spanish flags on top. These were shared with their families and friends back home.

The national emergency response was so well co-ordinated and it was very professional. They did a great job and the effort was appreciated. Everyone agreed that the snow definitely stopped us in our tracks. This has been a good thing. We did things last week that we normally don't do. There was also time for laughter and fun. There was less time spent on mobile phones and technology. There was time to talk and be creative.

We got a chance to be ourselves. We got a chance to look at life from a completely different angle. We have sometimes allowed our days become boring, stagnant and stale. We can drift into doing the same things over and over again. Every day is pure gift, full of opportunity, surprise and possibility. The snow made us realise this almost by accident. But the snow is gone now and we could slip back into our old ways.

As we move into these last few weeks of Lent, we could spend it well by appreciating each day as gift. We could spend less time on things that are insignificant and shallow. If we could then spend more time embracing opportunity, surprise, possibility and the blessings that we so often taken for granted, it will have been a really good day.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Mar-14
Thought For The Week

'The snow stopped us in our tracks. Anything and everything that wakes up our minds and helps us look again at life, is a gift. We become bored and boring. The incarnation has to continue every day. The Word has to become flesh. We have been very unfaithful to the God who calls us to life.' ~Seamus Ahearne

It was great to come back to school last Monday and hear the constant sharing of so many 'snow stories'. Everyone had funny pictures to share. Every garden shed was raided for something to slide down in the snow, plastic bags, plastic covers, tyre tubes, bags of straw, old pillows inside a plastic bag and so on. For many of our younger generation it was their first time seeing snow. Each year in our secondary school in Bantry we have four Spanish students on a TY exchange programme. Again they had never seen snow and they built igloos with Irish and Spanish flags on top. These were shared with their families and friends back home.

The national emergency response was so well co-ordinated and it was very professional. They did a great job and the effort was appreciated. Everyone agreed that the snow definitely stopped us in our tracks. This has been a good thing. We did things last week that we normally don't do. There was also time for laughter and fun. There was less time spent on mobile phones and technology. There was time to talk and be creative.

We got a chance to be ourselves. We got a chance to look at life from a completely different angle. We have sometimes allowed our days become boring, stagnant and stale. We can drift into doing the same things over and over again. Every day is pure gift, full of opportunity, surprise and possibility. The snow made us realise this almost by accident. But the snow is gone now and we could slip back into our old ways.

As we move into these last few weeks of Lent, we could spend it well by appreciating each day as gift. We could spend less time on things that are insignificant and shallow. If we could then spend more time embracing opportunity, surprise, possibility and the blessings that we so often taken for granted, it will have been a really good day.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Mar-13
Thought For The Week

'The snow stopped us in our tracks. Anything and everything that wakes up our minds and helps us look again at life, is a gift. We become bored and boring. The incarnation has to continue every day. The Word has to become flesh. We have been very unfaithful to the God who calls us to life.' ~Seamus Ahearne

It was great to come back to school last Monday and hear the constant sharing of so many 'snow stories'. Everyone had funny pictures to share. Every garden shed was raided for something to slide down in the snow, plastic bags, plastic covers, tyre tubes, bags of straw, old pillows inside a plastic bag and so on. For many of our younger generation it was their first time seeing snow. Each year in our secondary school in Bantry we have four Spanish students on a TY exchange programme. Again they had never seen snow and they built igloos with Irish and Spanish flags on top. These were shared with their families and friends back home.

The national emergency response was so well co-ordinated and it was very professional. They did a great job and the effort was appreciated. Everyone agreed that the snow definitely stopped us in our tracks. This has been a good thing. We did things last week that we normally don't do. There was also time for laughter and fun. There was less time spent on mobile phones and technology. There was time to talk and be creative.

We got a chance to be ourselves. We got a chance to look at life from a completely different angle. We have sometimes allowed our days become boring, stagnant and stale. We can drift into doing the same things over and over again. Every day is pure gift, full of opportunity, surprise and possibility. The snow made us realise this almost by accident. But the snow is gone now and we could slip back into our old ways.

As we move into these last few weeks of Lent, we could spend it well by appreciating each day as gift. We could spend less time on things that are insignificant and shallow. If we could then spend more time embracing opportunity, surprise, possibility and the blessings that we so often taken for granted, it will have been a really good day.
 
 
 
  Monday
Mar-12
'The snow stopped us in our tracks. Anything and everything that wakes up our minds and helps us look again at life, is a gift. We become bored and boring. The incarnation has to continue every day. The Word has to become flesh. We have been very unfaithful to the God who calls us to life.' ~Seamus Ahearne

It was great to come back to school last Monday and hear the constant sharing of so many 'snow stories'. Everyone had funny pictures to share. Every garden shed was raided for something to slide down in the snow, plastic bags, plastic covers, tyre tubes, bags of straw, old pillows inside a plastic bag and so on. For many of our younger generation it was their first time seeing snow. Each year in our secondary school in Bantry we have four Spanish students on a TY exchange programme. Again they had never seen snow and they built igloos with Irish and Spanish flags on top. These were shared with their families and friends back home.

The national emergency response was so well co-ordinated and it was very professional. They did a great job and the effort was appreciated. Everyone agreed that the snow definitely stopped us in our tracks. This has been a good thing. We did things last week that we normally don't do. There was also time for laughter and fun. There was less time spent on mobile phones and technology. There was time to talk and be creative.

We got a chance to be ourselves. We got a chance to look at life from a completely different angle. We have sometimes allowed our days become boring, stagnant and stale. We can drift into doing the same things over and over again. Every day is pure gift, full of opportunity, surprise and possibility. The snow made us realise this almost by accident. But the snow is gone now and we could slip back into our old ways.

As we move into these last few weeks of Lent, we could spend it well by appreciating each day as gift. We could spend less time on things that are insignificant and shallow. If we could then spend more time embracing opportunity, surprise, possibility and the blessings that we so often taken for granted, it will have been a really good day.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Mar-11
Thought For The Week

'A Christian needs to balance the heavy and the light, like a kite that feels both the string tugging it to the earth and the wind lifting it off towards the stars. Some of us though, are so grim about our relationship with God that our religion becomes a deadly serious, white knuckled and humourless project' ~Albert Holtz

The only story all week has been the weather, the snow, the 'Beast from the East', storm Emma, the red weather alert and difficulty in finding a loaf of bread! So many warnings were issued, many photos were shared and for a whole lot of our younger generation it was the first time they have seen snow and got a chance to play in it.

In years to come the conversation will be: 'do you remember when we got all the snow in March 2018?' Our memories of snow are very few given that our winter weather has gone so mild in recent years. The snow certainly has brought some balance back in.

Lent is a great time of year to bring some balance back into our spiritual lives. Sometimes we are lob-sided, out of balance, lacking in spirituality and sometimes too much of it. There are lots of examples: busyness versus time out, stress versus relaxation, giving out versus praise, complaining versus thanks, controlling versus gentleness, anger versus calm, couldn't be bothered versus time for prayer. There are many more examples but Lent provides plenty of time and opportunities to reflect on where balance may be lacking in our lives. Thankfully getting back into balance is possible, sometimes we just need the shove!


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

'A Christian needs to balance the heavy and the light, like a kite that feels both the string tugging it to the earth and the wind lifting it off towards the stars. Some of us though, are so grim about our relationship with God that our religion becomes a deadly serious, white knuckled and humourless project' ~Albert Holtz

The only story all week has been the weather, the snow, the 'Beast from the East', storm Emma, the red weather alert and difficulty in finding a loaf of bread! So many warnings were issued, many photos were shared and for a whole lot of our younger generation it was the first time they have seen snow and got a chance to play in it.

In years to come the conversation will be: 'do you remember when we got all the snow in March 2018?' Our memories of snow are very few given that our winter weather has gone so mild in recent years. The snow certainly has brought some balance back in.

Lent is a great time of year to bring some balance back into our spiritual lives. Sometimes we are lob-sided, out of balance, lacking in spirituality and sometimes too much of it. There are lots of examples: busyness versus time out, stress versus relaxation, giving out versus praise, complaining versus thanks, controlling versus gentleness, anger versus calm, couldn't be bothered versus time for prayer. There are many more examples but Lent provides plenty of time and opportunities to reflect on where balance may be lacking in our lives. Thankfully getting back into balance is possible, sometimes we just need the shove!


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday with a new photograph each day
 
 
 
  Thursday
Mar-08
Thought For The Week

'A Christian needs to balance the heavy and the light, like a kite that feels both the string tugging it to the earth and the wind lifting it off towards the stars. Some of us though, are so grim about our relationship with God that our religion becomes a deadly serious, white knuckled and humourless project' ~Albert Holtz

The only story all week has been the weather, the snow, the 'Beast from the East', storm Emma, the red weather alert and difficulty in finding a loaf of bread! So many warnings were issued, many photos were shared and for a whole lot of our younger generation it was the first time they have seen snow and got a chance to play in it.

In years to come the conversation will be: 'do you remember when we got all the snow in March 2018?' Our memories of snow are very few given that our winter weather has gone so mild in recent years. The snow certainly has brought some balance back in.

Lent is a great time of year to bring some balance back into our spiritual lives. Sometimes we are lob-sided, out of balance, lacking in spirituality and sometimes too much of it. There are lots of examples: busyness versus time out, stress versus relaxation, giving out versus praise, complaining versus thanks, controlling versus gentleness, anger versus calm, couldn't be bothered versus time for prayer. There are many more examples but Lent provides plenty of time and opportunities to reflect on where balance may be lacking in our lives. Thankfully getting back into balance is possible, sometimes we just need the shove!


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday with a new photograph each day
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Mar-07
Thought For The Week

'A Christian needs to balance the heavy and the light, like a kite that feels both the string tugging it to the earth and the wind lifting it off towards the stars. Some of us though, are so grim about our relationship with God that our religion becomes a deadly serious, white knuckled and humourless project' ~Albert Holtz

The only story all week has been the weather, the snow, the 'Beast from the East', storm Emma, the red weather alert and difficulty in finding a loaf of bread! So many warnings were issued, many photos were shared and for a whole lot of our younger generation it was the first time they have seen snow and got a chance to play in it.

In years to come the conversation will be: 'do you remember when we got all the snow in March 2018?' Our memories of snow are very few given that our winter weather has gone so mild in recent years. The snow certainly has brought some balance back in.

Lent is a great time of year to bring some balance back into our spiritual lives. Sometimes we are lob-sided, out of balance, lacking in spirituality and sometimes too much of it. There are lots of examples: busyness versus time out, stress versus relaxation, giving out versus praise, complaining versus thanks, controlling versus gentleness, anger versus calm, couldn't be bothered versus time for prayer. There are many more examples but Lent provides plenty of time and opportunities to reflect on where balance may be lacking in our lives. Thankfully getting back into balance is possible, sometimes we just need the shove!


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday with a new photograph each day
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Mar-06
Thought For The Week

'A Christian needs to balance the heavy and the light, like a kite that feels both the string tugging it to the earth and the wind lifting it off towards the stars. Some of us though, are so grim about our relationship with God that our religion becomes a deadly serious, white knuckled and humourless project' ~Albert Holtz

The only story all week has been the weather, the snow, the 'Beast from the East', storm Emma, the red weather alert and difficulty in finding a loaf of bread! So many warnings were issued, many photos were shared and for a whole lot of our younger generation it was the first time they have seen snow and got a chance to play in it.

In years to come the conversation will be: 'do you remember when we got all the snow in March 2018?' Our memories of snow are very few given that our winter weather has gone so mild in recent years. The snow certainly has brought some balance back in.

Lent is a great time of year to bring some balance back into our spiritual lives. Sometimes we are lob-sided, out of balance, lacking in spirituality and sometimes too much of it. There are lots of examples: busyness versus time out, stress versus relaxation, giving out versus praise, complaining versus thanks, controlling versus gentleness, anger versus calm, couldn't be bothered versus time for prayer. There are many more examples but Lent provides plenty of time and opportunities to reflect on where balance may be lacking in our lives. Thankfully getting back into balance is possible, sometimes we just need the shove!


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday with a new photograph each day
 
 
 
  Monday
Mar-05
Thought For The Week

'A Christian needs to balance the heavy and the light, like a kite that feels both the string tugging it to the earth and the wind lifting it off towards the stars. Some of us though, are so grim about our relationship with God that our religion becomes a deadly serious, white knuckled and humourless project' ~Albert Holtz

The only story all week has been the weather, the snow, the 'Beast from the East', storm Emma, the red weather alert and difficulty in finding a loaf of bread! So many warnings were issued, many photos were shared and for a whole lot of our younger generation it was the first time they have seen snow and got a chance to play in it.

In years to come the conversation will be: 'do you remember when we got all the snow in March 2018?' Our memories of snow are very few given that our winter weather has gone so mild in recent years. The snow certainly has brought some balance back in.

Lent is a great time of year to bring some balance back into our spiritual lives. Sometimes we are lob-sided, out of balance, lacking in spirituality and sometimes too much of it. There are lots of examples: busyness versus time out, stress versus relaxation, giving out versus praise, complaining versus thanks, controlling versus gentleness, anger versus calm, couldn't be bothered versus time for prayer. There are many more examples but Lent provides plenty of time and opportunities to reflect on where balance may be lacking in our lives. Thankfully getting back into balance is possible, sometimes we just need the shove!
 
 
 
  Sunday
Mar-04
Thought For The Week

'Jesus took with him Peter and James and John and led them up a high mountain where they could be alone by themselves. There in their presence he was transfigured: his clothes became dazzlingly white, whiter than any earthly bleacher could make them.' ~Mark 9:2-3

The 6 Nations Rugby game between Ireland and Wales did not disappoint at the weekend. It was really close with lots of tries and so much action. Ireland winning was definitely a stand out moment but another stand out moment for me were the penalty kicks. Over 50,000 people inside the Aviva Stadium in Dublin went completely silent for each penalty kick. There wasn't a sound, just a total hush as if the stadium was empty. It comes from respect - respect for the home team and also the away team. You could call it a Transfiguration moment, a stand out moment, a special moment.

The Gospel story of the Transfiguration makes it clear that it was a special moment for Jesus and his disciples. It was one they would never forget. When difficult, challenging and upsetting days would come, the Transfiguration would give them hope and courage.

I know the word Transfiguration is a big word and one we don't use very often ourselves but it is my own firm belief that every day has its Transfiguration moment. This is a moment that is good, positive and upbeat. It is a moment that embraces love and goodness. It is a moment that celebrates a good news story.

The world we live in today is starved of good news. Our lives can sometimes be chaotic and difficult. We need anchors or brakes to slow us down so that we can appreciate the Transfiguration moments in all our lives. We can also make a Transfiguration moment happen by nurturing and embracing a special moment in our day.

It might be a nice or comforting word someone spoke to you. It might be something as small as a thank you, a smile, a bunch of daffodils growing in your garden or a word of encouragement from someone. Hold onto your Transfiguration moment when it happens today. We need them every single day. We need them on our journey through Lent. We need them to give us hope and inspiration each day.


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'The following reflection is called 'For A Reason' and is timely as we journey through these weeks of Lent. The author is unknown.

Sometimes people come into your life and you know right away that they were meant to be there, they serve some sort of purpose, teach you a lesson or help figure out who you are or who you want to become. Sometimes things happen to you and at the time they may seem horrible, painful and unfair, but in reflection you realize that without overcoming those obstacles you would have never realized your potential strength.

Everything happens for a reason. Nothing happens by chance or by means of good or bad luck. Illness, injury, love, lost moments of true greatness and sheer stupidity all occur to test the limits of your soul. Without these small tests, life would be like a smoothly paved, straight, flat road to nowhere. It would be safe and comfortable but dull and utterly pointless. If someone hurts you, betrays you or breaks your heart, forgive them, for they have helped you learn about trust and the importance of being cautious to whom you open your heart to.

If someone loves you, love them back unconditionally, not only because they love you, but because they are teaching you to love and opening your heart and eyes to things you would have never seen or felt without them. Make every day count. Appreciate every moment and take from it everything that you possibly can, for you may never be able to experience it again.

Hold your head up because you have every right to. Tell yourself you are a great individual and believe in yourself, for if you don't believe in yourself, no one else will believe in you either. You can make of your life anything you wish. Create your own life and then go out and live it.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday with a new photograph each day
 
 
 
  Saturday
Mar-03
Thought For The Week

'Jesus took with him Peter and James and John and led them up a high mountain where they could be alone by themselves. There in their presence he was transfigured: his clothes became dazzlingly white, whiter than any earthly bleacher could make them.' ~Mark 9:2-3

The 6 Nations Rugby game between Ireland and Wales did not disappoint at the weekend. It was really close with lots of tries and so much action. Ireland winning was definitely a stand out moment but another stand out moment for me were the penalty kicks. Over 50,000 people inside the Aviva Stadium in Dublin went completely silent for each penalty kick. There wasn't a sound, just a total hush as if the stadium was empty. It comes from respect - respect for the home team and also the away team. You could call it a Transfiguration moment, a stand out moment, a special moment.

The Gospel story of the Transfiguration makes it clear that it was a special moment for Jesus and his disciples. It was one they would never forget. When difficult, challenging and upsetting days would come, the Transfiguration would give them hope and courage.

I know the word Transfiguration is a big word and one we don't use very often ourselves but it is my own firm belief that every day has its Transfiguration moment. This is a moment that is good, positive and upbeat. It is a moment that embraces love and goodness. It is a moment that celebrates a good news story.

The world we live in today is starved of good news. Our lives can sometimes be chaotic and difficult. We need anchors or brakes to slow us down so that we can appreciate the Transfiguration moments in all our lives. We can also make a Transfiguration moment happen by nurturing and embracing a special moment in our day.

It might be a nice or comforting word someone spoke to you. It might be something as small as a thank you, a smile, a bunch of daffodils growing in your garden or a word of encouragement from someone. Hold onto your Transfiguration moment when it happens today. We need them every single day. We need them on our journey through Lent. We need them to give us hope and inspiration each day.


_________________________________________________________________________________


'The following reflection is called 'For A Reason' and is timely as we journey through these weeks of Lent. The author is unknown.

Sometimes people come into your life and you know right away that they were meant to be there, they serve some sort of purpose, teach you a lesson or help figure out who you are or who you want to become. Sometimes things happen to you and at the time they may seem horrible, painful and unfair, but in reflection you realize that without overcoming those obstacles you would have never realized your potential strength.

Everything happens for a reason. Nothing happens by chance or by means of good or bad luck. Illness, injury, love, lost moments of true greatness and sheer stupidity all occur to test the limits of your soul. Without these small tests, life would be like a smoothly paved, straight, flat road to nowhere. It would be safe and comfortable but dull and utterly pointless. If someone hurts you, betrays you or breaks your heart, forgive them, for they have helped you learn about trust and the importance of being cautious to whom you open your heart to.

If someone loves you, love them back unconditionally, not only because they love you, but because they are teaching you to love and opening your heart and eyes to things you would have never seen or felt without them. Make every day count. Appreciate every moment and take from it everything that you possibly can, for you may never be able to experience it again.

Hold your head up because you have every right to. Tell yourself you are a great individual and believe in yourself, for if you don't believe in yourself, no one else will believe in you either. You can make of your life anything you wish. Create your own life and then go out and live it.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday with a new photograph each day
 
 
 
  Friday
Mar-02
Thought For The Week

'Jesus took with him Peter and James and John and led them up a high mountain where they could be alone by themselves. There in their presence he was transfigured: his clothes became dazzlingly white, whiter than any earthly bleacher could make them.' ~Mark 9:2-3

The 6 Nations Rugby game between Ireland and Wales did not disappoint at the weekend. It was really close with lots of tries and so much action. Ireland winning was definitely a stand out moment but another stand out moment for me were the penalty kicks. Over 50,000 people inside the Aviva Stadium in Dublin went completely silent for each penalty kick. There wasn't a sound, just a total hush as if the stadium was empty. It comes from respect - respect for the home team and also the away team. You could call it a Transfiguration moment, a stand out moment, a special moment.

The Gospel story of the Transfiguration makes it clear that it was a special moment for Jesus and his disciples. It was one they would never forget. When difficult, challenging and upsetting days would come, the Transfiguration would give them hope and courage.

I know the word Transfiguration is a big word and one we don't use very often ourselves but it is my own firm belief that every day has its Transfiguration moment. This is a moment that is good, positive and upbeat. It is a moment that embraces love and goodness. It is a moment that celebrates a good news story.

The world we live in today is starved of good news. Our lives can sometimes be chaotic and difficult. We need anchors or brakes to slow us down so that we can appreciate the Transfiguration moments in all our lives. We can also make a Transfiguration moment happen by nurturing and embracing a special moment in our day.

It might be a nice or comforting word someone spoke to you. It might be something as small as a thank you, a smile, a bunch of daffodils growing in your garden or a word of encouragement from someone. Hold onto your Transfiguration moment when it happens today. We need them every single day. We need them on our journey through Lent. We need them to give us hope and inspiration each day.


_________________________________________________________________________________


'The following reflection is called 'For A Reason' and is timely as we journey through these weeks of Lent. The author is unknown.

Sometimes people come into your life and you know right away that they were meant to be there, they serve some sort of purpose, teach you a lesson or help figure out who you are or who you want to become. Sometimes things happen to you and at the time they may seem horrible, painful and unfair, but in reflection you realize that without overcoming those obstacles you would have never realized your potential strength.

Everything happens for a reason. Nothing happens by chance or by means of good or bad luck. Illness, injury, love, lost moments of true greatness and sheer stupidity all occur to test the limits of your soul. Without these small tests, life would be like a smoothly paved, straight, flat road to nowhere. It would be safe and comfortable but dull and utterly pointless. If someone hurts you, betrays you or breaks your heart, forgive them, for they have helped you learn about trust and the importance of being cautious to whom you open your heart to.

If someone loves you, love them back unconditionally, not only because they love you, but because they are teaching you to love and opening your heart and eyes to things you would have never seen or felt without them. Make every day count. Appreciate every moment and take from it everything that you possibly can, for you may never be able to experience it again.

Hold your head up because you have every right to. Tell yourself you are a great individual and believe in yourself, for if you don't believe in yourself, no one else will believe in you either. You can make of your life anything you wish. Create your own life and then go out and live it.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday with a new photograph each day
 
 
 
  Thursday
Mar-01
Thought For The Week

'Jesus took with him Peter and James and John and led them up a high mountain where they could be alone by themselves. There in their presence he was transfigured: his clothes became dazzlingly white, whiter than any earthly bleacher could make them.' ~Mark 9:2-3

The 6 Nations Rugby game between Ireland and Wales did not disappoint at the weekend. It was really close with lots of tries and so much action. Ireland winning was definitely a stand out moment but another stand out moment for me were the penalty kicks. Over 50,000 people inside the Aviva Stadium in Dublin went completely silent for each penalty kick. There wasn't a sound, just a total hush as if the stadium was empty. It comes from respect - respect for the home team and also the away team. You could call it a Transfiguration moment, a stand out moment, a special moment.

The Gospel story of the Transfiguration makes it clear that it was a special moment for Jesus and his disciples. It was one they would never forget. When difficult, challenging and upsetting days would come, the Transfiguration would give them hope and courage.

I know the word Transfiguration is a big word and one we don't use very often ourselves but it is my own firm belief that every day has its Transfiguration moment. This is a moment that is good, positive and upbeat. It is a moment that embraces love and goodness. It is a moment that celebrates a good news story.

The world we live in today is starved of good news. Our lives can sometimes be chaotic and difficult. We need anchors or brakes to slow us down so that we can appreciate the Transfiguration moments in all our lives. We can also make a Transfiguration moment happen by nurturing and embracing a special moment in our day.

It might be a nice or comforting word someone spoke to you. It might be something as small as a thank you, a smile, a bunch of daffodils growing in your garden or a word of encouragement from someone. Hold onto your Transfiguration moment when it happens today. We need them every single day. We need them on our journey through Lent. We need them to give us hope and inspiration each day.


_________________________________________________________________________________


'The following reflection is called 'For A Reason' and is timely as we journey through these weeks of Lent. The author is unknown.

Sometimes people come into your life and you know right away that they were meant to be there, they serve some sort of purpose, teach you a lesson or help figure out who you are or who you want to become. Sometimes things happen to you and at the time they may seem horrible, painful and unfair, but in reflection you realize that without overcoming those obstacles you would have never realized your potential strength.

Everything happens for a reason. Nothing happens by chance or by means of good or bad luck. Illness, injury, love, lost moments of true greatness and sheer stupidity all occur to test the limits of your soul. Without these small tests, life would be like a smoothly paved, straight, flat road to nowhere. It would be safe and comfortable but dull and utterly pointless. If someone hurts you, betrays you or breaks your heart, forgive them, for they have helped you learn about trust and the importance of being cautious to whom you open your heart to.

If someone loves you, love them back unconditionally, not only because they love you, but because they are teaching you to love and opening your heart and eyes to things you would have never seen or felt without them. Make every day count. Appreciate every moment and take from it everything that you possibly can, for you may never be able to experience it again.

Hold your head up because you have every right to. Tell yourself you are a great individual and believe in yourself, for if you don't believe in yourself, no one else will believe in you either. You can make of your life anything you wish. Create your own life and then go out and live it.


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

 

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