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  Friday
Oct-31
'Love is such an overused word. Pop songs sing about love. Everything revolves around love. Many people only connect love with the idea of fulfilled sexuality. But however much the word is misused, in the depths of our heart every one longs for love.' ~Anselm Gruen

We all know someone special who radiates love. It is not an act or something put on. They radiate it naturally and it simply flows from them. Everyone has the ability to do this but for different reasons the flow becomes blocked. It might be a hurt, a knock or setback in life. Someone may have betrayed our trust. We may have been taken advantage of or we may have grown afraid because others hurt us in the past. Scripture readings refer to God as love. This is 100% pure natural Divine love. It is total, complete and will never run out. Each day is an invitation to soak in some of this love. The invitation is to allow it melt away our hurts, fears, anxieties, disappointments or darkness in our lives. Every time we take up this invitation allows us to radiate our own love naturally. No matter what our age, our belief system or our background, this is what we are born to do.

Today is the last day of October and we mark Halloween. Tomorrow we mark All Saints Day and the following day we celebrate All Souls Day. It is sacred time as remember with love those who were an important part of our lives. Their love touched our lives deeply and we mark it in a number of different ways. We are also invited to let God's love touch us too, particularly those parts of our lives that need it the most.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Oct-30
'Love is such an overused word. Pop songs sing about love. Everything revolves around love. Many people only connect love with the idea of fulfilled sexuality. But however much the word is misused, in the depths of our heart every one longs for love.' ~Anselm Gruen

We all know someone special who radiates love. It is not an act or something put on. They radiate it naturally and it simply flows from them. Everyone has the ability to do this but for different reasons the flow becomes blocked. It might be a hurt, a knock or setback in life. Someone may have betrayed our trust. We may have been taken advantage of or we may have grown afraid because others hurt us in the past. Scripture readings refer to God as love. This is 100% pure natural Divine love. It is total, complete and will never run out. Each day is an invitation to soak in some of this love. The invitation is to allow it melt away our hurts, fears, anxieties, disappointments or darkness in our lives. Every time we take up this invitation allows us to radiate our own love naturally. No matter what our age, our belief system or our background, this is what we are born to do.

This coming week we mark Halloween, All Saints Day and the Holy Souls. It is sacred time as remember with love those who were an important part of our lives. Their love touched our lives deeply and we mark it in a number of different ways. We are also invited to let God's love touch us too, particularly those parts of our lives that need it the most.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Oct-29
'Love is such an overused word. Pop songs sing about love. Everything revolves around love. Many people only connect love with the idea of fulfilled sexuality. But however much the word is misused, in the depths of our heart every one longs for love.' ~Anselm Gruen

We all know someone special who radiates love. It is not an act or something put on. They radiate it naturally and it simply flows from them. Everyone has the ability to do this but for different reasons the flow becomes blocked. It might be a hurt, a knock or setback in life. Someone may have betrayed our trust. We may have been taken advantage of or we may have grown afraid because others hurt us in the past. Scripture readings refer to God as love. This is 100% pure natural Divine love. It is total, complete and will never run out. Each day is an invitation to soak in some of this love. The invitation is to allow it melt away our hurts, fears, anxieties, disappointments or darkness in our lives. Every time we take up this invitation allows us to radiate our own love naturally. No matter what our age, our belief system or our background, this is what we are born to do.

This coming week we mark Halloween, All Saints Day and the Holy Souls. It is sacred time as remember with love those who were an important part of our lives. Their love touched our lives deeply and we mark it in a number of different ways. We are also invited to let God's love touch us too, particularly those parts of our lives that need it the most.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Oct-28
'Love is such an overused word. Pop songs sing about love. Everything revolves around love. Many people only connect love with the idea of fulfilled sexuality. But however much the word is misused, in the depths of our heart every one longs for love.' ~Anselm Gruen

We all know someone special who radiates love. It is not an act or something put on. They radiate it naturally and it simply flows from them. Everyone has the ability to do this but for different reasons the flow becomes blocked. It might be a hurt, a knock or setback in life. Someone may have betrayed our trust. We may have been taken advantage of or we may have grown afraid because others hurt us in the past. Scripture readings refer to God as love. This is 100% pure natural Divine love. It is total, complete and will never run out. Each day is an invitation to soak in some of this love. The invitation is to allow it melt away our hurts, fears, anxieties, disappointments or darkness in our lives. Every time we take up this invitation allows us to radiate our own love naturally. No matter what our age, our belief system or our background, this is what we are born to do.

This coming week we mark Halloween, All Saints Day and the Holy Souls. It is sacred time as remember with love those who were an important part of our lives. Their love touched our lives deeply and we mark it in a number of different ways. We are also invited to let God's love touch us too, particularly those parts of our lives that need it the most.
 
 
 
  Monday
Oct-27
Thought For Today is by Triona Doherty called 'Selfless Saints'

Various figures down through the ages have become synonymous with selfless love - Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Oscar Romero, St Damian of Molokai, St Don Bosco, St Maximilian Kolbe, the list goes on. They were people who gave up everything to help others, often suffering greatly themselves in the process. They were those rare human beings who truly lived out the familiar, yet challenging instruction to 'love your neighbour as yourself'.

I recently came across the story of St Josephine Margaret Bakhita of Sudan, who was kidnapped as a young woman and spent many years as a slave. Asked once 'What would you do, if you were to meet your captors?', she responded: 'If I were to meet those who kidnapped me, and even those who tortured me, I would kneel and kiss their hands. For, if these things had not happened, I would not have been a Christian and a religious today.' During illness in her later years, when a visitor would ask how she was, she would reply 'As the Master desires'. Her words display a deep understanding of the two greatest commandments, to love God with all your heart, and to love your neighbour as yourself.

The God who speaks in today's First Reading is a God 'full of pity' who hears the cry of the poor and vulnerable. Many of the saints down through the ages echoed this love in their service of others. Reading about the lives of the saints might no longer be fashionable, but there is so much we can learn.
 
 
 
  Friday
Oct-24
Thought For The Week

'There is nothing ugly. I never saw an ugly thing in my life - light and shade and perspective will always make it beautiful.' ~John Constable

John Constable was a famous English painter around 200 years ago. His paintings picked up very much on his attitude to life. He wrote, "the world is wide, no two days are alike, nor even two hours. There have never been two leaves of a tree alike since the creation of the world." His paintings picked up the beauty of the present moment. For him there was nothing ugly and even if there was it could be made into something beautiful. His paintings were new and refreshing and his work continues to inspire today.

There is also a spiritual parallel too. How often we get caught up in the ugly, thinking little of ourselves, putting ourselves down and even allowing others do it to us. Over time it's possible to believe that there is nothing else about ourselves, only the ugly and negative. The invitation of the scripture readings is that we are beautiful, valued and loved by God. Instead of embracing what's ugly about ourselves we are called to celebrate everything good and beautiful that we have to offer. There is so much to be found within each of us. Too many have given up this search. Today is a great day to begin to push aside the ugly and celebrate the good within you.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Oct-23
Thought For The Week

'There is nothing ugly. I never saw an ugly thing in my life - light and shade and perspective will always make it beautiful.' ~John Constable

John Constable was a famous English painter around 200 years ago. His paintings picked up very much on his attitude to life. He wrote, "the world is wide, no two days are alike, nor even two hours. There have never been two leaves of a tree alike since the creation of the world." His paintings picked up the beauty of the present moment. For him there was nothing ugly and even if there was it could be made into something beautiful. His paintings were new and refreshing and his work continues to inspire today.

There is also a spiritual parallel too. How often we get caught up in the ugly, thinking little of ourselves, putting ourselves down and even allowing others do it to us. Over time it's possible to believe that there is nothing else about ourselves, only the ugly and negative. The invitation of the scripture readings is that we are beautiful, valued and loved by God. Instead of embracing what's ugly about ourselves we are called to celebrate everything good and beautiful that we have to offer. There is so much to be found within each of us. Too many have given up this search. Today is a great day to begin to push aside the ugly and celebrate the good within you.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Oct-22
Thought For The Week

'There is nothing ugly. I never saw an ugly thing in my life - light and shade and perspective will always make it beautiful.' ~John Constable

John Constable was a famous English painter around 200 years ago. His paintings picked up very much on his attitude to life. He wrote, "the world is wide, no two days are alike, nor even two hours. There have never been two leaves of a tree alike since the creation of the world." His paintings picked up the beauty of the present moment. For him there was nothing ugly and even if there was it could be made into something beautiful. His paintings were new and refreshing and his work continues to inspire today.

There is also a spiritual parallel too. How often we get caught up in the ugly, thinking little of ourselves, putting ourselves down and even allowing others do it to us. Over time it's possible to believe that there is nothing else about ourselves, only the ugly and negative. The invitation of the scripture readings is that we are beautiful, valued and loved by God. Instead of embracing what's ugly about ourselves we are called to celebrate everything good and beautiful that we have to offer. There is so much to be found within each of us. Too many have given up this search. Today is a great day to begin to push aside the ugly and celebrate the good within you.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Oct-21
Thought For The Week

'There is nothing ugly. I never saw an ugly thing in my life - light and shade and perspective will always make it beautiful.' ~John Constable

John Constable was a famous English painter around 200 years ago. His paintings picked up very much on his attitude to life. He wrote, "the world is wide, no two days are alike, nor even two hours. There have never been two leaves of a tree alike since the creation of the world." His paintings picked up the beauty of the present moment. For him there was nothing ugly and even if there was it could be made into something beautiful. His paintings were new and refreshing and his work continues to inspire today.

There is also a spiritual parallel too. How often we get caught up in the ugly, thinking little of ourselves, putting ourselves down and even allowing others do it to us. Over time it's possible to believe that there is nothing else about ourselves, only the ugly and negative. The invitation of the scripture readings is that we are beautiful, valued and loved by God. Instead of embracing what's ugly about ourselves we are called to celebrate everything good and beautiful that we have to offer. There is so much to be found within each of us. Too many have given up this search. Today is a great day to begin to push aside the ugly and celebrate the good within you.
 
 
 
  Monday
Oct-20
'There is nothing ugly. I never saw an ugly thing in my life - light and shade and perspective will always make it beautiful.' ~John Constable

John Constable was a famous English painter around 200 years ago. His paintings picked up very much on his attitude to life. He wrote, "the world is wide, no two days are alike, nor even two hours. There have never been two leaves of a tree alike since the creation of the world." His paintings picked up the beauty of the present moment. For him there was nothing ugly and even if there was it could be made into something beautiful. His paintings were new and refreshing and his work continues to inspire today.

There is also a spiritual parallel too. How often we get caught up in the ugly, thinking little of ourselves, putting ourselves down and even allowing others do it to us. Over time it's possible to believe that there is nothing else about ourselves, only the ugly and negative. The invitation of the scripture readings is that we are beautiful, valued and loved by God. Instead of embracing what's ugly about ourselves we are called to celebrate everything good and beautiful that we have to offer. There is so much to be found within each of us. Too many have given up this search. Today is a great day to begin to push aside the ugly and celebrate the good within you.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Oct-19
Thought For The Week

'The spirit of Christ is the spirit of missions. The nearer we get to Him, the more intensely missionary we become.' ~Henry Martyn

Today is Mission Sunday. It is celebrated every year during the month of October. We live active and busy lives. The only world that often matters is the community we live in and the bits and pieces that make up our everyday lives. We sometimes forget that there is a bigger picture out there of which we are a tiny part but nevertheless a very important part. Mission is always looking outwards, reaching out beyond ourselves, our home, our community, our parish, our diocese, our nation.

We often think of missionaries as just priests and sisters but we also include many people who have taken time out and who have decided to give some months or longer to work with the underprivileged in various parts of the world. 80% of the world's population lives in poverty, so the challenges are extensive. Mission Sunday is all about celebrating the work of missionaries, remembering them in our prayers and asking God's blessings on all the good work they do. Mission is not about having all the answers. It is embracing and respecting so many different beliefs and viewpoints about God. Mission Sunday celebrates the uniqueness of every single person no matter what their beliefs. We are asked this weekend to pray for all missionaries and all countries across the world.

When a stone is thrown into a pool of water, the ripples can be seeing circling out and out. When the water is perfectly still, the effect looks even better. As we mark Mission Sunday, we also celebrate your contribution and like the ripples in the water your contribution is valued, respected and so important. Mission Sunday is recognising that these ripples are happening in every part of the world. Great things are happening and will continue to happen.

Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Friday
Oct-17
Thought For The Week

'The spirit of Christ is the spirit of missions. The nearer we get to Him, the more intensely missionary we become.' ~Henry Martyn

Next Sunday is Mission Sunday. It is celebrated every year during the month of October. We live active and busy lives. The only world that often matters is the community we live in and the bits and pieces that make up our everyday lives. We sometimes forget that there is a bigger picture out there of which we are a tiny part but nevertheless a very important part. Mission is always looking outwards, reaching out beyond ourselves, our home, our community, our parish, our diocese, our nation.

We often think of missionaries as just priests and sisters but we also include many people who have taken time out and who have decided to give some months or longer to work with the underprivileged in various parts of the world. 80% of the world's population lives in poverty, so the challenges are extensive. Mission Sunday is all about celebrating the work of missionaries, remembering them in our prayers and asking God's blessings on all the good work they do. Mission is not about having all the answers. It is embracing and respecting so many different beliefs and viewpoints about God. Mission Sunday celebrates the uniqueness of every single person no matter what their beliefs. We are asked this week to pray for all missionaries and all countries across the world.

When a stone is thrown into a pool of water, the ripples can be seeing circling out and out. When the water is perfectly still, the effect looks even better. As we journey towards Mission Sunday next weekend, we also celebrate your contribution and like the ripples in the water your contribution is valued, respected and so important. Mission Sunday is recognising that these ripples are happening in every part of the world. Great things are happening and will continue to happen.

Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Thursday
Oct-16
Thought For The Week

'The spirit of Christ is the spirit of missions. The nearer we get to Him, the more intensely missionary we become.' ~Henry Martyn

Next Sunday is Mission Sunday. It is celebrated every year during the month of October. We live active and busy lives. The only world that often matters is the community we live in and the bits and pieces that make up our everyday lives. We sometimes forget that there is a bigger picture out there of which we are a tiny part but nevertheless a very important part. Mission is always looking outwards, reaching out beyond ourselves, our home, our community, our parish, our diocese, our nation.

We often think of missionaries as just priests and sisters but we also include many people who have taken time out and who have decided to give some months or longer to work with the underprivileged in various parts of the world. 80% of the world's population lives in poverty, so the challenges are extensive. Mission Sunday is all about celebrating the work of missionaries, remembering them in our prayers and asking God's blessings on all the good work they do. Mission is not about having all the answers. It is embracing and respecting so many different beliefs and viewpoints about God. Mission Sunday celebrates the uniqueness of every single person no matter what their beliefs. We are asked this week to pray for all missionaries and all countries across the world.

When a stone is thrown into a pool of water, the ripples can be seeing circling out and out. When the water is perfectly still, the effect looks even better. As we journey towards Mission Sunday next weekend, we also celebrate your contribution and like the ripples in the water your contribution is valued, respected and so important. Mission Sunday is recognising that these ripples are happening in every part of the world. Great things are happening and will continue to happen.

Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Oct-15
Thought For The Week

'The spirit of Christ is the spirit of missions. The nearer we get to Him, the more intensely missionary we become.' ~Henry Martyn

Next Sunday is Mission Sunday. It is celebrated every year during the month of October. We live active and busy lives. The only world that often matters is the community we live in and the bits and pieces that make up our everyday lives. We sometimes forget that there is a bigger picture out there of which we are a tiny part but nevertheless a very important part. Mission is always looking outwards, reaching out beyond ourselves, our home, our community, our parish, our diocese, our nation.

We often think of missionaries as just priests and sisters but we also include many people who have taken time out and who have decided to give some months or longer to work with the underprivileged in various parts of the world. 80% of the world's population lives in poverty, so the challenges are extensive. Mission Sunday is all about celebrating the work of missionaries, remembering them in our prayers and asking God's blessings on all the good work they do. Mission is not about having all the answers. It is embracing and respecting so many different beliefs and viewpoints about God. Mission Sunday celebrates the uniqueness of every single person no matter what their beliefs. We are asked this week to pray for all missionaries and all countries across the world.

When a stone is thrown into a pool of water, the ripples can be seeing circling out and out. When the water is perfectly still, the effect looks even better. As we journey towards Mission Sunday next weekend, we also celebrate your contribution and like the ripples in the water your contribution is valued, respected and so important. Mission Sunday is recognising that these ripples are happening in every part of the world. Great things are happening and will continue to happen.

Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Oct-14
Thought For The Week

'The spirit of Christ is the spirit of missions. The nearer we get to Him, the more intensely missionary we become.' ~Henry Martyn

Next Sunday is Mission Sunday. It is celebrated every year during the month of October. We live active and busy lives. The only world that often matters is the community we live in and the bits and pieces that make up our everyday lives. We sometimes forget that there is a bigger picture out there of which we are a tiny part but nevertheless a very important part. Mission is always looking outwards, reaching out beyond ourselves, our home, our community, our parish, our diocese, our nation.

We often think of missionaries as just priests and sisters but we also include many people who have taken time out and who have decided to give some months or longer to work with the underprivileged in various parts of the world. 80% of the world's population lives in poverty, so the challenges are extensive. Mission Sunday is all about celebrating the work of missionaries, remembering them in our prayers and asking God's blessings on all the good work they do. Mission is not about having all the answers. It is embracing and respecting so many different beliefs and viewpoints about God. Mission Sunday celebrates the uniqueness of every single person no matter what their beliefs. We are asked this week to pray for all missionaries and all countries across the world.

When a stone is thrown into a pool of water, the ripples can be seeing circling out and out. When the water is perfectly still, the effect looks even better. As we journey towards Mission Sunday next weekend, we also celebrate your contribution and like the ripples in the water your contribution is valued, respected and so important. Mission Sunday is recognising that these ripples are happening in every part of the world. Great things are happening and will continue to happen.

Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Monday
Oct-13
Thought For The Week

'The spirit of Christ is the spirit of missions. The nearer we get to Him, the more intensely missionary we become.' ~Henry Martyn

Next Sunday is Mission Sunday. It is celebrated every year during the month of October. We live active and busy lives. The only world that often matters is the community we live in and the bits and pieces that make up our everyday lives. We sometimes forget that there is a bigger picture out there of which we are a tiny part but nevertheless a very important part. Mission is always looking outwards, reaching out beyond ourselves, our home, our community, our parish, our diocese, our nation.

We often think of missionaries as just priests and sisters but we also include many people who have taken time out and who have decided to give some months or longer to work with the underprivileged in various parts of the world. 80% of the world's population lives in poverty, so the challenges are extensive. Mission Sunday is all about celebrating the work of missionaries, remembering them in our prayers and asking God's blessings on all the good work they do. Mission is not about having all the answers. It is embracing and respecting so many different beliefs and viewpoints about God. Mission Sunday celebrates the uniqueness of every single person no matter what their beliefs. We are asked this week to pray for all missionaries and all countries across the world.

When a stone is thrown into a pool of water, the ripples can be seeing circling out and out. When the water is perfectly still, the effect looks even better. As we journey towards Mission Sunday next weekend, we also celebrate your contribution and like the ripples in the water your contribution is valued, respected and so important. Mission Sunday is recognising that these ripples are happening in every part of the world. Great things are happening and will continue to happen.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Oct-12
Thought For The Week

'All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.' ~Francis Of Assisi

Last Saturday Oct 4th was the feast of St Francis. Francis is one of the most popular saints of modern time. Francis knew better than anyone else how much darkness and evil exists in the world we live in today. For many years he was caught in the middle of it as he lived a lavish and carefree lifestyle. But something was missing in his life and for him the missing link was God. You could say that he did a massive turn around but one that changed his life for ever. Down through the years his message of peace and love has inspired so many. He is one of those rare saints who has managed to capture the attention and admiration of the entire world. His life has inspired people of all ages and the appeal of this saint, cuts across national boundaries and religious differences. He is most famous for his respect towards God, his simple life and his tender love and attention to all creation. Francis had little time for excess, waste and greed. He always stood up for the poor and downtrodden. His love of animals has been well documented. Many animals and especially pets always get a special treat in honour of St Francis. The life of Francis still challenges all of us today. The invitation is to sort through our lives and discard the unnecessary and useless. There is great freedom in doing with less and using it to our advantage. Francis did it so well and has inspired so many more to do the same.
 
 
 
  Friday
Oct-10
Thought For The Week

'All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.' ~Francis Of Assisi

Last Saturday Oct 4th was the feast of St Francis. Francis is one of the most popular saints of modern time. Francis knew better than anyone else how much darkness and evil exists in the world we live in today. For many years he was caught in the middle of it as he lived a lavish and carefree lifestyle. But something was missing in his life and for him the missing link was God. You could say that he did a massive turn around but one that changed his life for ever. Down through the years his message of peace and love has inspired so many. He is one of those rare saints who has managed to capture the attention and admiration of the entire world. His life has inspired people of all ages and the appeal of this saint, cuts across national boundaries and religious differences. He is most famous for his respect towards God, his simple life and his tender love and attention to all creation. Francis had little time for excess, waste and greed. He always stood up for the poor and downtrodden. His love of animals has been well documented. Many animals and especially pets always get a special treat in honour of St Francis. The life of Francis still challenges all of us today. The invitation is to sort through our lives and discard the unnecessary and useless. There is great freedom in doing with less and using it to our advantage. Francis did it so well and has inspired so many more to do the same.

Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Thursday
Oct-09
Thought For The Week

'All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.' ~Francis Of Assisi

Last Saturday Oct 4th was the feast of St Francis. Francis is one of the most popular saints of modern time. Francis knew better than anyone else how much darkness and evil exists in the world we live in today. For many years he was caught in the middle of it as he lived a lavish and carefree lifestyle. But something was missing in his life and for him the missing link was God. You could say that he did a massive turn around but one that changed his life for ever. Down through the years his message of peace and love has inspired so many. He is one of those rare saints who has managed to capture the attention and admiration of the entire world. His life has inspired people of all ages and the appeal of this saint, cuts across national boundaries and religious differences. He is most famous for his respect towards God, his simple life and his tender love and attention to all creation. Francis had little time for excess, waste and greed. He always stood up for the poor and downtrodden. His love of animals has been well documented. Many animals and especially pets always get a special treat in honour of St Francis. The life of Francis still challenges all of us today. The invitation is to sort through our lives and discard the unnecessary and useless. There is great freedom in doing with less and using it to our advantage. Francis did it so well and has inspired so many more to do the same.

Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Oct-08
Thought For The Week

'All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.' ~Francis Of Assisi

Last Saturday Oct 4th was the feast of St Francis. Francis is one of the most popular saints of modern time. Francis knew better than anyone else how much darkness and evil exists in the world we live in today. For many years he was caught in the middle of it as he lived a lavish and carefree lifestyle. But something was missing in his life and for him the missing link was God. You could say that he did a massive turn around but one that changed his life for ever. Down through the years his message of peace and love has inspired so many. He is one of those rare saints who has managed to capture the attention and admiration of the entire world. His life has inspired people of all ages and the appeal of this saint, cuts across national boundaries and religious differences. He is most famous for his respect towards God, his simple life and his tender love and attention to all creation. Francis had little time for excess, waste and greed. He always stood up for the poor and downtrodden. His love of animals has been well documented. Many animals and especially pets always get a special treat in honour of St Francis. The life of Francis still challenges all of us today. The invitation is to sort through our lives and discard the unnecessary and useless. There is great freedom in doing with less and using it to our advantage. Francis did it so well and has inspired so many more to do the same.

Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Oct-07
Thought For The Week

'All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.' ~Francis Of Assisi

Last Saturday Oct 4th was the feast of St Francis. Francis is one of the most popular saints of modern time. Francis knew better than anyone else how much darkness and evil exists in the world we live in today. For many years he was caught in the middle of it as he lived a lavish and carefree lifestyle. But something was missing in his life and for him the missing link was God. You could say that he did a massive turn around but one that changed his life for ever. Down through the years his message of peace and love has inspired so many. He is one of those rare saints who has managed to capture the attention and admiration of the entire world. His life has inspired people of all ages and the appeal of this saint, cuts across national boundaries and religious differences. He is most famous for his respect towards God, his simple life and his tender love and attention to all creation. Francis had little time for excess, waste and greed. He always stood up for the poor and downtrodden. His love of animals has been well documented. Many animals and especially pets always get a special treat in honour of St Francis. The life of Francis still challenges all of us today. The invitation is to sort through our lives and discard the unnecessary and useless. There is great freedom in doing with less and using it to our advantage. Francis did it so well and has inspired so many more to do the same.

Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Monday
Oct-06
Thought For The Week

'All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.' ~Francis Of Assisi

Last Saturday Oct 4th was the feast of St Francis. Francis is one of the most popular saints of modern time. Francis knew better than anyone else how much darkness and evil exists in the world we live in today. For many years he was caught in the middle of it as he lived a lavish and carefree lifestyle. But something was missing in his life and for him the missing link was God. You could say that he did a massive turn around but one that changed his life for ever. Down through the years his message of peace and love has inspired so many. He is one of those rare saints who has managed to capture the attention and admiration of the entire world. His life has inspired people of all ages and the appeal of this saint, cuts across national boundaries and religious differences. He is most famous for his respect towards God, his simple life and his tender love and attention to all creation. Francis had little time for excess, waste and greed. He always stood up for the poor and downtrodden. His love of animals has been well documented. Many animals and especially pets always get a special treat in honour of St Francis. The life of Francis still challenges all of us today. The invitation is to sort through our lives and discard the unnecessary and useless. There is great freedom in doing with less and using it to our advantage. Francis did it so well and has inspired so many more to do the same.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Oct-05
Thought For The Week

'What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.' ~George Eliot

Which appeals more to us, an ending or a beginning? These are key questions and the answer depends on how we choose to see it. Life as we know is a cycle of beginnings and endings. Some are profound and huge like marriage, a new job or moving home. Many are quick and transient like a shopping trip, reading a book and so on. It is hard to believe that we are nearly at the end of September. This month will be remembered for the beautiful warm weather. Everyone is delighted with it and many are saying, "It will shorten the winter". But time keeps rolling on and nature moves with it too. The colours of autumn are filling our landscape as we move from September into October. It is all part of nature gently moving into the cycle of slowing down and letting go.

Throughout each day there will be moments that are just beginning and others that are simply closing. It can sometimes be good and healthy to close the door on some things in our lives, such as mistakes, regrets, guilt and so on. It is even healthier to welcome today as a new beginning. It's not about making it perfect or having everything just right. It's about doing my best, being open to the blessings that will come my way and maximising the little moments that can make each day special. We also pray and give thanks for these moments that make today special.

Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Saturday
Oct-04
Thought For The Week

'What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.' ~George Eliot

Which appeals more to us, an ending or a beginning? These are key questions and the answer depends on how we choose to see it. Life as we know is a cycle of beginnings and endings. Some are profound and huge like marriage, a new job or moving home. Many are quick and transient like a shopping trip, reading a book and so on. It is hard to believe that we are nearly at the end of September. This month will be remembered for the beautiful warm weather. Everyone is delighted with it and many are saying, "It will shorten the winter". But time keeps rolling on and nature moves with it too. The colours of autumn are filling our landscape as we move from September into October. It is all part of nature gently moving into the cycle of slowing down and letting go.

Throughout each day there will be moments that are just beginning and others that are simply closing. It can sometimes be good and healthy to close the door on some things in our lives, such as mistakes, regrets, guilt and so on. It is even healthier to welcome today as a new beginning. It's not about making it perfect or having everything just right. It's about doing my best, being open to the blessings that will come my way and maximising the little moments that can make each day special. We also pray and give thanks for these moments that make today special.

Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Friday
Oct-03
Thought For The Week

'What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.' ~George Eliot

Which appeals more to us, an ending or a beginning? These are key questions and the answer depends on how we choose to see it. Life as we know is a cycle of beginnings and endings. Some are profound and huge like marriage, a new job or moving home. Many are quick and transient like a shopping trip, reading a book and so on. It is hard to believe that we are nearly at the end of September. This month will be remembered for the beautiful warm weather. Everyone is delighted with it and many are saying, "It will shorten the winter". But time keeps rolling on and nature moves with it too. The colours of autumn are filling our landscape as we move from September into October. It is all part of nature gently moving into the cycle of slowing down and letting go.

Throughout each day there will be moments that are just beginning and others that are simply closing. It can sometimes be good and healthy to close the door on some things in our lives, such as mistakes, regrets, guilt and so on. It is even healthier to welcome today as a new beginning. It's not about making it perfect or having everything just right. It's about doing my best, being open to the blessings that will come my way and maximising the little moments that can make each day special. We also pray and give thanks for these moments that make today special.

Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Thursday
Oct-02
'Angels have a hidden agenda - love.' ~Author Unknown

We all have a fear of isolation, loneliness and that we won't be able to manage on our own. It is a perfectly normal human fear. As a child we were reminded about our guardian angel watching over and protecting us. It was comforting and consoling to know that we had someone special looking after us. But our guardian angel journeys with us every step of our life's journey and not just our childhood. A guardian angel isn't fantasy or some form of magic. Our scriptures have many references to angels. They are real, active and can best be described as God's protective love very near and close to us. Today (Oct 2nd) is their feast day but especially of your guardian angel. A fitting prayer today and indeed every day might be: "O Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God's love commits me here. Ever this day, be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen"
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Oct-01
Thought For The Week

'What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.' ~George Eliot

Which appeals more to us, an ending or a beginning? These are key questions and the answer depends on how we choose to see it. Life as we know is a cycle of beginnings and endings. Some are profound and huge like marriage, a new job or moving home. Many are quick and transient like a shopping trip, reading a book and so on. It is hard to believe that we are nearly at the end of September. This month will be remembered for the beautiful warm weather. Everyone is delighted with it and many are saying, "It will shorten the winter". But time keeps rolling on and nature moves with it too. The colours of autumn are filling our landscape as we move from September into October. It is all part of nature gently moving into the cycle of slowing down and letting go.

Throughout each day there will be moments that are just beginning and others that are simply closing. It can sometimes be good and healthy to close the door on some things in our lives, such as mistakes, regrets, guilt and so on. It is even healthier to welcome today as a new beginning. It's not about making it perfect or having everything just right. It's about doing my best, being open to the blessings that will come my way and maximising the little moments that can make each day special. We also pray and give thanks for these moments that make today special.

Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 

 

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