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  Monday
Oct-30
Thought For The Week

'Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.' ~William Penn

Our clocks went back an hour in the early hours of Sunday morning. An extra hour in bed over the Bank Holiday weekend was welcomed by many, but getting dark early now can also be dreary for some. The moving of clocks and time was first introduced during World War One. The measure was introduced to conserve coal and it was also brought in to ensure that children walking to school in the mornings did not do so in the dark. The further north you are from the equator, the greater the loss of light during the winter months.

We have control over many things in life but not time. While we may move our clocks back this weekend, time always ticks forward. How we use our time is something we can be much more in control of. Do we use our time well, creatively and meaningfully? Or do we waste our time and drift aimlessly taking everything for granted?

We begin the month of November this coming Wednesday marking Halloween and All Saints Day. For many people time is used well during November, to remember with love those who have died. This is quality time; it is time to reflect, to pause, to remember with love, to pray and to cherish the memories of our loved ones who have died.

During this coming month of November many will visit a cemetery, say a prayer for a loved one who has died and decorate a grave with a flower or a nightlight. Whether or not one should pray for the dead is a question that is sometimes asked. The simple answer is that any prayer is always good. When we pray for those who have died, we are reaching out in love to that person, who was precious and special in our lives. In prayer we stand in God's presence and in praying for those who have died we are in some way connected with them. Our nearest and dearest who have gone on before us will always have a special place in our hearts. They will never be forgotten. May they rest in peace.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday with a photo change each day
 
 
 
  Sunday
Oct-29
Thought For The Week

"Why are you so frightened?" Jesus answered, "How little faith you have!" Then he got up and ordered the winds and the waves to stop and there was a great calm. ~Matthew 8:26

Hurricane Ophelia has been a huge news story all last week in Ireland. Cork bore the brunt and fury of the storm and lots of photos and stories were shared. The sheer scale of the hurricane was also revealed during the week. The Irish Weather Buoy Network (IWBN) confirmed that it recorded one individual wave off the Waterford coast, which reached a startling height of 17.81 meters (58.4 feet). Another eye opening figure was the recording of a gust of wind by Met Eireann, on Fastnet Rock, off the West Cork coastline, which reached 190kmh. Clearly this was no ordinary storm and we also remember and pray for the people who tragically lost their lives as a result of the storm.

While storms have always been around, their frequency seems to be increasing and there is a definite link to climate change. There are storms recorded in our Gospels and one in particular happened with Jesus and his friends while out on a boat.

The storm whipped in without warning and they feared for their lives. Despite being experienced fishermen, they were petrified as the waves crashed into their boat bringing it to near sinking point. The disciples feel Jesus didn't care and was doing nothing to help. Jesus told them they had little faith, and with that he calmed the wind and the sea. The silence and quiet that followed was almost deafening. The disciples were in awe and amazed at what happened.

The story of any storm has spiritual significance for us. We all experience our personal storms, from worry, uncertainty, ill health, family problems, financial pressures, bereavement, stress and much more. These storms can be a difficult place to be. On our own it is nearly impossible and that is why we need the love, support and positivity of family and friends to help us through. We turn to Jesus, for help too, asking him to calm our personal storms.

Interesting in the story of 'Jesus calms a storm' - it seems the disciples felt initially, that Jesus didn't care at the height of the storm. We too can feel that God has let us down or wasn't there to help us in our personal storm. God is never the cause of the storm but is always there to help us through it. It is good to know that we are not on our own and it is always good to know that others are there to hold the light for us, to encourage us and to get us safely through. We pray for quiet and calm in whatever our personal storm may be.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday with a photo change each day
 
 
 
  Friday
Oct-27
Thought For The Week

"Why are you so frightened?" Jesus answered, "How little faith you have!" Then he got up and ordered the winds and the waves to stop and there was a great calm. ~Matthew 8:26

Hurricane Ophelia has been a huge news story all last week in Ireland. Cork bore the brunt and fury of the storm and lots of photos and stories were shared. The sheer scale of the hurricane was also revealed during the week. The Irish Weather Buoy Network (IWBN) confirmed that it recorded one individual wave off the Waterford coast, which reached a startling height of 17.81 meters (58.4 feet). Another eye opening figure was the recording of a gust of wind by Met Eireann, on Fastnet Rock, off the West Cork coastline, which reached 190kmh. Clearly this was no ordinary storm and we also remember and pray for the people who tragically lost their lives as a result of the storm.

While storms have always been around, their frequency seems to be increasing and there is a definite link to climate change. There are storms recorded in our Gospels and one in particular happened with Jesus and his friends while out on a boat.

The storm whipped in without warning and they feared for their lives. Despite being experienced fishermen, they were petrified as the waves crashed into their boat bringing it to near sinking point. The disciples feel Jesus didn't care and was doing nothing to help. Jesus told them they had little faith, and with that he calmed the wind and the sea. The silence and quiet that followed was almost deafening. The disciples were in awe and amazed at what happened.

The story of any storm has spiritual significance for us. We all experience our personal storms, from worry, uncertainty, ill health, family problems, financial pressures, bereavement, stress and much more. These storms can be a difficult place to be. On our own it is nearly impossible and that is why we need the love, support and positivity of family and friends to help us through. We turn to Jesus, for help too, asking him to calm our personal storms.

Interesting in the story of 'Jesus calms a storm' - it seems the disciples felt initially, that Jesus didn't care at the height of the storm. We too can feel that God has let us down or wasn't there to help us in our personal storm. God is never the cause of the storm but is always there to help us through it. It is good to know that we are not on our own and it is always good to know that others are there to hold the light for us, to encourage us and to get us safely through. We pray for quiet and calm in whatever our personal storm may be.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday with a photo change each day
 
 
 
  Thursday
Oct-26
Thought For The Week

"Why are you so frightened?" Jesus answered, "How little faith you have!" Then he got up and ordered the winds and the waves to stop and there was a great calm. ~Matthew 8:26

Hurricane Ophelia has been a huge news story all last week in Ireland. Cork bore the brunt and fury of the storm and lots of photos and stories were shared. The sheer scale of the hurricane was also revealed during the week. The Irish Weather Buoy Network (IWBN) confirmed that it recorded one individual wave off the Waterford coast, which reached a startling height of 17.81 meters (58.4 feet). Another eye opening figure was the recording of a gust of wind by Met Eireann, on Fastnet Rock, off the West Cork coastline, which reached 190kmh. Clearly this was no ordinary storm and we also remember and pray for the people who tragically lost their lives as a result of the storm.

While storms have always been around, their frequency seems to be increasing and there is a definite link to climate change. There are storms recorded in our Gospels and one in particular happened with Jesus and his friends while out on a boat.

The storm whipped in without warning and they feared for their lives. Despite being experienced fishermen, they were petrified as the waves crashed into their boat bringing it to near sinking point. The disciples feel Jesus didn't care and was doing nothing to help. Jesus told them they had little faith, and with that he calmed the wind and the sea. The silence and quiet that followed was almost deafening. The disciples were in awe and amazed at what happened.

The story of any storm has spiritual significance for us. We all experience our personal storms, from worry, uncertainty, ill health, family problems, financial pressures, bereavement, stress and much more. These storms can be a difficult place to be. On our own it is nearly impossible and that is why we need the love, support and positivity of family and friends to help us through. We turn to Jesus, for help too, asking him to calm our personal storms.

Interesting in the story of 'Jesus calms a storm' - it seems the disciples felt initially, that Jesus didn't care at the height of the storm. We too can feel that God has let us down or wasn't there to help us in our personal storm. God is never the cause of the storm but is always there to help us through it. It is good to know that we are not on our own and it is always good to know that others are there to hold the light for us, to encourage us and to get us safely through. We pray for quiet and calm in whatever our personal storm may be.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday with a photo change each day
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Oct-25
Thought For The Week

"Why are you so frightened?" Jesus answered, "How little faith you have!" Then he got up and ordered the winds and the waves to stop and there was a great calm. ~Matthew 8:26

Hurricane Ophelia has been a huge news story all last week in Ireland. Cork bore the brunt and fury of the storm and lots of photos and stories were shared. The sheer scale of the hurricane was also revealed during the week. The Irish Weather Buoy Network (IWBN) confirmed that it recorded one individual wave off the Waterford coast, which reached a startling height of 17.81 meters (58.4 feet). Another eye opening figure was the recording of a gust of wind by Met Eireann, on Fastnet Rock, off the West Cork coastline, which reached 190kmh. Clearly this was no ordinary storm and we also remember and pray for the people who tragically lost their lives as a result of the storm.

While storms have always been around, their frequency seems to be increasing and there is a definite link to climate change. There are storms recorded in our Gospels and one in particular happened with Jesus and his friends while out on a boat.

The storm whipped in without warning and they feared for their lives. Despite being experienced fishermen, they were petrified as the waves crashed into their boat bringing it to near sinking point. The disciples feel Jesus didn't care and was doing nothing to help. Jesus told them they had little faith, and with that he calmed the wind and the sea. The silence and quiet that followed was almost deafening. The disciples were in awe and amazed at what happened.

The story of any storm has spiritual significance for us. We all experience our personal storms, from worry, uncertainty, ill health, family problems, financial pressures, bereavement, stress and much more. These storms can be a difficult place to be. On our own it is nearly impossible and that is why we need the love, support and positivity of family and friends to help us through. We turn to Jesus, for help too, asking him to calm our personal storms.

Interesting in the story of 'Jesus calms a storm' - it seems the disciples felt initially, that Jesus didn't care at the height of the storm. We too can feel that God has let us down or wasn't there to help us in our personal storm. God is never the cause of the storm but is always there to help us through it. It is good to know that we are not on our own and it is always good to know that others are there to hold the light for us, to encourage us and to get us safely through. We pray for quiet and calm in whatever our personal storm may be.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday with a photo change each day
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Oct-24
Thought For The Week

"Why are you so frightened?" Jesus answered, "How little faith you have!" Then he got up and ordered the winds and the waves to stop and there was a great calm. ~Matthew 8:26

Hurricane Ophelia has been a huge news story all last week in Ireland. Cork bore the brunt and fury of the storm and lots of photos and stories were shared. The sheer scale of the hurricane was also revealed during the week. The Irish Weather Buoy Network (IWBN) confirmed that it recorded one individual wave off the Waterford coast, which reached a startling height of 17.81 meters (58.4 feet). Another eye opening figure was the recording of a gust of wind by Met Eireann, on Fastnet Rock, off the West Cork coastline, which reached 190kmh. Clearly this was no ordinary storm and we also remember and pray for the people who tragically lost their lives last Monday.

While storms have always been around, their frequency seems to be increasing and there is a definite link to climate change. There are storms recorded in our Gospels and one in particular happened with Jesus and his friends while out on a boat.

The storm whipped in without warning and they feared for their lives. Despite being experienced fishermen, they were petrified as the waves crashed into their boat bringing it to near sinking point. The disciples feel Jesus didn't care and was doing nothing to help. Jesus told them they had little faith, and with that he calmed the wind and the sea. The silence and quiet that followed was almost deafening. The disciples were in awe and amazed at what happened.

The story of any storm has spiritual significance for us. We all experience our personal storms, from worry, uncertainty, ill health, family problems, financial pressures, bereavement, stress and much more. These storms can be a difficult place to be. On our own it is nearly impossible and that is why we need the love, support and positivity of family and friends to help us through. We turn to Jesus, for help too, asking him to calm our personal storms.

Interesting in the story of 'Jesus calms a storm' - it seems the disciples felt initially, that Jesus didn't care at the height of the storm. We too can feel that God has let us down or wasn't there to help us in our personal storm. God is never the cause of the storm but is always there to help us through it. It is good to know that we are not on our own and it is always good to know that others are there to hold the light for us, to encourage us and to get us safely through. We pray for quiet and calm in whatever our personal storm may be.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday with a photo change each day
 
 
 
  Monday
Oct-23
"Why are you so frightened?" Jesus answered, "How little faith you have!" Then he got up and ordered the winds and the waves to stop and there was a great calm. ~Matthew 8:26

Hurricane Ophelia has been a huge news story all last week in Ireland. Cork bore the brunt and fury of the storm and lots of photos and stories were shared. The sheer scale of the hurricane was also revealed during the week. The Irish Weather Buoy Network (IWBN) confirmed that it recorded one individual wave off the Waterford coast, which reached a startling height of 17.81 meters (58.4 feet). Another eye opening figure was the recording of a gust of wind by Met Eireann, on Fastnet Rock, off the West Cork coastline, which reached 190kmh. Clearly this was no ordinary storm and we also remember and pray for the people who tragically lost their lives last Monday.

While storms have always been around, their frequency seems to be increasing and there is a definite link to climate change. There are storms recorded in our Gospels and one in particular happened with Jesus and his friends while out on a boat.

The storm whipped in without warning and they feared for their lives. Despite being experienced fishermen, they were petrified as the waves crashed into their boat bringing it to near sinking point. The disciples feel Jesus didn't care and was doing nothing to help. Jesus told them they had little faith, and with that he calmed the wind and the sea. The silence and quiet that followed was almost deafening. The disciples were in awe and amazed at what happened.

The story of any storm has spiritual significance for us. We all experience our personal storms, from worry, uncertainty, ill health, family problems, financial pressures, bereavement, stress and much more. These storms can be a difficult place to be. On our own it is nearly impossible and that is why we need the love, support and positivity of family and friends to help us through. We turn to Jesus, for help too, asking him to calm our personal storms.

Interesting in the story of 'Jesus calms a storm' - it seems the disciples felt initially, that Jesus didn't care at the height of the storm. We too can feel that God has let us down or wasn't there to help us in our personal storm. God is never the cause of the storm but is always there to help us through it. It is good to know that we are not on our own and it is always good to know that others are there to hold the light for us, to encourage us and to get us safely through. We pray for quiet and calm in whatever our personal storm may be.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Oct-22
Thought For Week

'Our journey of faith is not simply a journey from the womb to the tomb. It is a journey from here to eternity. It is a journey from God, with God and to God. Even if we think that there is no God and life does not have a meaning, life is a journey of faith. No one can prove that God does not exist and life does not have a meaning. You have to believe it. And that act of faith starts you out on a journey of faith.' ~Rodney Kissinger

Everyone's faith journey is uniquely different. It would be foolish to try and compare ours with that of others. I am currently chaplain in a secondary school. I am always impressed, enthused and touched by the faith of young people. It is always so honest, genuine and sincere. Their openness to exploring spirituality is very impressive. It is a privilege to be a part of that journey.

The faith journey of young people is indeed different to other faith journeys but nevertheless such an important one. Some people dismiss what young people have to offer but such a dismissal is indeed a loss. Another loss is to think or say that young people have no faith or have no interest in faith matters. My experience with young people is that they genuinely are open to it, question some of it and for the most part welcome it for what it is - good news.

The one common link in all our faith stories are the difficulties we all experience but also the positive and joyful blessings we experience too. Both go hand in hand. We sometimes feel that our journey of faith is at a standstill, rock bottom and struggling. But God is with us there too. We are always held lovingly and especially when we are afraid and fearful. The idea that God can work quietly with the dead ends of our faith experience is encouraging and even exciting. Nothing goes to waste. Even our struggles and moments of doubt are in fact stepping stones. We have nothing to be afraid of.

As we walk our journey of faith, we are encouraged to take heart, to hold our heads up, to know we walk with purpose and that there is a reason why. Most importantly we walk with so many others who also have their questions, doubts and struggles but who also feel that the journey is so worth it. The journey continues to unfold today.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Saturday
Oct-21
Thought For Week

'Our journey of faith is not simply a journey from the womb to the tomb. It is a journey from here to eternity. It is a journey from God, with God and to God. Even if we think that there is no God and life does not have a meaning, life is a journey of faith. No one can prove that God does not exist and life does not have a meaning. You have to believe it. And that act of faith starts you out on a journey of faith.' ~Rodney Kissinger

Everyone's faith journey is uniquely different. It would be foolish to try and compare ours with that of others. I am currently chaplain in a secondary school. I am always impressed, enthused and touched by the faith of young people. It is always so honest, genuine and sincere. Their openness to exploring spirituality is very impressive. It is a privilege to be a part of that journey.

The faith journey of young people is indeed different to other faith journeys but nevertheless such an important one. Some people dismiss what young people have to offer but such a dismissal is indeed a loss. Another loss is to think or say that young people have no faith or have no interest in faith matters. My experience with young people is that they genuinely are open to it, question some of it and for the most part welcome it for what it is - good news.

The one common link in all our faith stories are the difficulties we all experience but also the positive and joyful blessings we experience too. Both go hand in hand. We sometimes feel that our journey of faith is at a standstill, rock bottom and struggling. But God is with us there too. We are always held lovingly and especially when we are afraid and fearful. The idea that God can work quietly with the dead ends of our faith experience is encouraging and even exciting. Nothing goes to waste. Even our struggles and moments of doubt are in fact stepping stones. We have nothing to be afraid of.

As we walk our journey of faith, we are encouraged to take heart, to hold our heads up, to know we walk with purpose and that there is a reason why. Most importantly we walk with so many others who also have their questions, doubts and struggles but who also feel that the journey is so worth it. The journey continues to unfold today.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Friday
Oct-20
Thought For Week

'Our journey of faith is not simply a journey from the womb to the tomb. It is a journey from here to eternity. It is a journey from God, with God and to God. Even if we think that there is no God and life does not have a meaning, life is a journey of faith. No one can prove that God does not exist and life does not have a meaning. You have to believe it. And that act of faith starts you out on a journey of faith.' ~Rodney Kissinger

Everyone's faith journey is uniquely different. It would be foolish to try and compare ours with that of others. I am currently chaplain in a secondary school. I am always impressed, enthused and touched by the faith of young people. It is always so honest, genuine and sincere. Their openness to exploring spirituality is very impressive. It is a privilege to be a part of that journey.

The faith journey of young people is indeed different to other faith journeys but nevertheless such an important one. Some people dismiss what young people have to offer but such a dismissal is indeed a loss. Another loss is to think or say that young people have no faith or have no interest in faith matters. My experience with young people is that they genuinely are open to it, question some of it and for the most part welcome it for what it is - good news.

The one common link in all our faith stories are the difficulties we all experience but also the positive and joyful blessings we experience too. Both go hand in hand. We sometimes feel that our journey of faith is at a standstill, rock bottom and struggling. But God is with us there too. We are always held lovingly and especially when we are afraid and fearful. The idea that God can work quietly with the dead ends of our faith experience is encouraging and even exciting. Nothing goes to waste. Even our struggles and moments of doubt are in fact stepping stones. We have nothing to be afraid of.

As we walk our journey of faith, we are encouraged to take heart, to hold our heads up, to know we walk with purpose and that there is a reason why. Most importantly we walk with so many others who also have their questions, doubts and struggles but who also feel that the journey is so worth it. The journey continues to unfold today.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Thursday
Oct-19
Thought For Week

'Our journey of faith is not simply a journey from the womb to the tomb. It is a journey from here to eternity. It is a journey from God, with God and to God. Even if we think that there is no God and life does not have a meaning, life is a journey of faith. No one can prove that God does not exist and life does not have a meaning. You have to believe it. And that act of faith starts you out on a journey of faith.' ~Rodney Kissinger

Everyone's faith journey is uniquely different. It would be foolish to try and compare ours with that of others. I am currently chaplain in a secondary school. I am always impressed, enthused and touched by the faith of young people. It is always so honest, genuine and sincere. Their openness to exploring spirituality is very impressive. It is a privilege to be a part of that journey.

The faith journey of young people is indeed different to other faith journeys but nevertheless such an important one. Some people dismiss what young people have to offer but such a dismissal is indeed a loss. Another loss is to think or say that young people have no faith or have no interest in faith matters. My experience with young people is that they genuinely are open to it, question some of it and for the most part welcome it for what it is - good news.

The one common link in all our faith stories are the difficulties we all experience but also the positive and joyful blessings we experience too. Both go hand in hand. We sometimes feel that our journey of faith is at a standstill, rock bottom and struggling. But God is with us there too. We are always held lovingly and especially when we are afraid and fearful. The idea that God can work quietly with the dead ends of our faith experience is encouraging and even exciting. Nothing goes to waste. Even our struggles and moments of doubt are in fact stepping stones. We have nothing to be afraid of.

As we walk our journey of faith, we are encouraged to take heart, to hold our heads up, to know we walk with purpose and that there is a reason why. Most importantly we walk with so many others who also have their questions, doubts and struggles but who also feel that the journey is so worth it. The journey continues to unfold today.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Oct-18
Thought For Week

'Our journey of faith is not simply a journey from the womb to the tomb. It is a journey from here to eternity. It is a journey from God, with God and to God. Even if we think that there is no God and life does not have a meaning, life is a journey of faith. No one can prove that God does not exist and life does not have a meaning. You have to believe it. And that act of faith starts you out on a journey of faith.' ~Rodney Kissinger

Everyone's faith journey is uniquely different. It would be foolish to try and compare ours with that of others. I am currently chaplain in a secondary school. I am always impressed, enthused and touched by the faith of young people. It is always so honest, genuine and sincere. Their openness to exploring spirituality is very impressive. It is a privilege to be a part of that journey.

The faith journey of young people is indeed different to other faith journeys but nevertheless such an important one. Some people dismiss what young people have to offer but such a dismissal is indeed a loss. Another loss is to think or say that young people have no faith or have no interest in faith matters. My experience with young people is that they genuinely are open to it, question some of it and for the most part welcome it for what it is - good news.

The one common link in all our faith stories are the difficulties we all experience but also the positive and joyful blessings we experience too. Both go hand in hand. We sometimes feel that our journey of faith is at a standstill, rock bottom and struggling. But God is with us there too. We are always held lovingly and especially when we are afraid and fearful. The idea that God can work quietly with the dead ends of our faith experience is encouraging and even exciting. Nothing goes to waste. Even our struggles and moments of doubt are in fact stepping stones. We have nothing to be afraid of.

As we walk our journey of faith, we are encouraged to take heart, to hold our heads up, to know we walk with purpose and that there is a reason why. Most importantly we walk with so many others who also have their questions, doubts and struggles but who also feel that the journey is so worth it. The journey continues to unfold today.


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

'Our journey of faith is not simply a journey from the womb to the tomb. It is a journey from here to eternity. It is a journey from God, with God and to God. Even if we think that there is no God and life does not have a meaning, life is a journey of faith. No one can prove that God does not exist and life does not have a meaning. You have to believe it. And that act of faith starts you out on a journey of faith.' ~Rodney Kissinger

Everyone's faith journey is uniquely different. It would be foolish to try and compare ours with that of others. I am currently chaplain in a secondary school. I am always impressed, enthused and touched by the faith of young people. It is always so honest, genuine and sincere. Their openness to exploring spirituality is very impressive. It is a privilege to be a part of that journey.

The faith journey of young people is indeed different to other faith journeys but nevertheless such an important one. Some people dismiss what young people have to offer but such a dismissal is indeed a loss. Another loss is to think or say that young people have no faith or have no interest in faith matters. My experience with young people is that they genuinely are open to it, question some of it and for the most part welcome it for what it is - good news.

The one common link in all our faith stories are the difficulties we all experience but also the positive and joyful blessings we experience too. Both go hand in hand. We sometimes feel that our journey of faith is at a standstill, rock bottom and struggling. But God is with us there too. We are always held lovingly and especially when we are afraid and fearful. The idea that God can work quietly with the dead ends of our faith experience is encouraging and even exciting. Nothing goes to waste. Even our struggles and moments of doubt are in fact stepping stones. We have nothing to be afraid of.

As we walk our journey of faith, we are encouraged to take heart, to hold our heads up, to know we walk with purpose and that there is a reason why. Most importantly we walk with so many others who also have their questions, doubts and struggles but who also feel that the journey is so worth it. The journey continues to unfold today.
 
 
 
  Monday
Oct-16
Thought For Week

'Our journey of faith is not simply a journey from the womb to the tomb. It is a journey from here to eternity. It is a journey from God, with God and to God. Even if we think that there is no God and life does not have a meaning, life is a journey of faith. No one can prove that God does not exist and life does not have a meaning. You have to believe it. And that act of faith starts you out on a journey of faith.' ~Rodney Kissinger

Everyone's faith journey is uniquely different. It would be foolish to try and compare ours with that of others. I am currently chaplain in a secondary school. I am always impressed, enthused and touched by the faith of young people. It is always so honest, genuine and sincere. Their openness to exploring spirituality is very impressive. It is a privilege to be a part of that journey.

The faith journey of young people is indeed different to other faith journeys but nevertheless such an important one. Some people dismiss what young people have to offer but such a dismissal is indeed a loss. Another loss is to think or say that young people have no faith or have no interest in faith matters. My experience with young people is that they genuinely are open to it, question some of it and for the most part welcome it for what it is - good news.

The one common link in all our faith stories are the difficulties we all experience but also the positive and joyful blessings we experience too. Both go hand in hand. We sometimes feel that our journey of faith is at a standstill, rock bottom and struggling. But God is with us there too. We are always held lovingly and especially when we are afraid and fearful. The idea that God can work quietly with the dead ends of our faith experience is encouraging and even exciting. Nothing goes to waste. Even our struggles and moments of doubt are in fact stepping stones. We have nothing to be afraid of.

As we walk our journey of faith, we are encouraged to take heart, to hold our heads up, to know we walk with purpose and that there is a reason why. Most importantly we walk with so many others who also have their questions, doubts and struggles but who also feel that the journey is so worth it. The journey continues to unfold today.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Oct-15
Thought For The Week

'Since you have accepted Christ Jesus as Lord, live in union with him. Keep your roots deep in him, build your lives on him and become stronger in your faith.' ~Colossians 2:6

Trees are just so beautiful at this time of year. As we move into autumn, they are slowly turning into a beautiful cascade of yellow, orange and red colours. In sunlight they sparkle like diamonds. Their beauty pulls you in and it is all part of the cycle of nature, letting go, regenerating and then new beginnings again in the spring.

We sometimes forget about the roots of a tree, mainly because they are not visible. For a tree to flourish its root system must go down and out to collect nutrients for survival. Trees remind us to stand tall and to be proud of who we are. They remind us to stay grounded. They remind us to connect with our own roots and to connect with what nourishes us spiritually. Trees remind us to turn over a new leaf when the time is right. Trees remind us to bend and yield and to be flexible, when to stay rigid could cause us to break.

St Paul sometimes uses language that is difficult to understand or interpret. But I like the comparison that he uses to compare Jesus to the roots of a tree. He encourages us to put our roots in him, not just shallow ones, but deep meaningful roots that spread out to collect as much nutrients as possible. It is so important to nourish our spirit/soul and it does require a root system that is as strong as it can be.

The invitation each day is to let those roots go deep, to build our lives on what is good and strong and to notice the difference this can make. A tree lets go of its leaves in autumn because it has to adapt to less light and possible harsh cold weather ahead. To survive its leaves must go, but it's root system remains and will be active all year round. Our spiritual root system may not be visible, but it is a vital connection to sustain us through each day and in particular during the difficult and challenging days.


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

'Since you have accepted Christ Jesus as Lord, live in union with him. Keep your roots deep in him, build your lives on him and become stronger in your faith.' ~Colossians 2:6

Trees are just so beautiful at this time of year. As we move into autumn, they are slowly turning into a beautiful cascade of yellow, orange and red colours. In sunlight they sparkle like diamonds. Their beauty pulls you in and it is all part of the cycle of nature, letting go, regenerating and then new beginnings again in the spring.

We sometimes forget about the roots of a tree, mainly because they are not visible. For a tree to flourish its root system must go down and out to collect nutrients for survival. Trees remind us to stand tall and to be proud of who we are. They remind us to stay grounded. They remind us to connect with our own roots and to connect with what nourishes us spiritually. Trees remind us to turn over a new leaf when the time is right. Trees remind us to bend and yield and to be flexible, when to stay rigid could cause us to break.

St Paul sometimes uses language that is difficult to understand or interpret. But I like the comparison that he uses to compare Jesus to the roots of a tree. He encourages us to put our roots in him, not just shallow ones, but deep meaningful roots that spread out to collect as much nutrients as possible. It is so important to nourish our spirit/soul and it does require a root system that is as strong as it can be.

The invitation each day is to let those roots go deep, to build our lives on what is good and strong and to notice the difference this can make. A tree lets go of its leaves in autumn because it has to adapt to less light and possible harsh cold weather ahead. To survive its leaves must go, but it's root system remains and will be active all year round. Our spiritual root system may not be visible, but it is a vital connection to sustain us through each day and in particular during the difficult and challenging days.


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

'Since you have accepted Christ Jesus as Lord, live in union with him. Keep your roots deep in him, build your lives on him and become stronger in your faith.' ~Colossians 2:6

Trees are just so beautiful at this time of year. As we move into autumn, they are slowly turning into a beautiful cascade of yellow, orange and red colours. In sunlight they sparkle like diamonds. Their beauty pulls you in and it is all part of the cycle of nature, letting go, regenerating and then new beginnings again in the spring.

We sometimes forget about the roots of a tree, mainly because they are not visible. For a tree to flourish its root system must go down and out to collect nutrients for survival. Trees remind us to stand tall and to be proud of who we are. They remind us to stay grounded. They remind us to connect with our own roots and to connect with what nourishes us spiritually. Trees remind us to turn over a new leaf when the time is right. Trees remind us to bend and yield and to be flexible, when to stay rigid could cause us to break.

St Paul sometimes uses language that is difficult to understand or interpret. But I like the comparison that he uses to compare Jesus to the roots of a tree. He encourages us to put our roots in him, not just shallow ones, but deep meaningful roots that spread out to collect as much nutrients as possible. It is so important to nourish our spirit/soul and it does require a root system that is as strong as it can be.

The invitation each day is to let those roots go deep, to build our lives on what is good and strong and to notice the difference this can make. A tree lets go of its leaves in autumn because it has to adapt to less light and possible harsh cold weather ahead. To survive its leaves must go, but it's root system remains and will be active all year round. Our spiritual root system may not be visible, but it is a vital connection to sustain us through each day and in particular during the difficult and challenging days.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Thursday
Oct-12
Thought For The Week

'Since you have accepted Christ Jesus as Lord, live in union with him. Keep your roots deep in him, build your lives on him and become stronger in your faith.' ~Colossians 2:6

Trees are just so beautiful at this time of year. As we move into autumn, they are slowly turning into a beautiful cascade of yellow, orange and red colours. In sunlight they sparkle like diamonds. Their beauty pulls you in and it is all part of the cycle of nature, letting go, regenerating and then new beginnings again in the spring.

We sometimes forget about the roots of a tree, mainly because they are not visible. For a tree to flourish its root system must go down and out to collect nutrients for survival. Trees remind us to stand tall and to be proud of who we are. They remind us to stay grounded. They remind us to connect with our own roots and to connect with what nourishes us spiritually. Trees remind us to turn over a new leaf when the time is right. Trees remind us to bend and yield and to be flexible, when to stay rigid could cause us to break.

St Paul sometimes uses language that is difficult to understand or interpret. But I like the comparison that he uses to compare Jesus to the roots of a tree. He encourages us to put our roots in him, not just shallow ones, but deep meaningful roots that spread out to collect as much nutrients as possible. It is so important to nourish our spirit/soul and it does require a root system that is as strong as it can be.

The invitation each day is to let those roots go deep, to build our lives on what is good and strong and to notice the difference this can make. A tree lets go of its leaves in autumn because it has to adapt to less light and possible harsh cold weather ahead. To survive its leaves must go, but it's root system remains and will be active all year round. Our spiritual root system may not be visible, but it is a vital connection to sustain us through each day and in particular during the difficult and challenging days.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Oct-11
Thought For The Week

'Since you have accepted Christ Jesus as Lord, live in union with him. Keep your roots deep in him, build your lives on him and become stronger in your faith.' ~Colossians 2:6

Trees are just so beautiful at this time of year. As we move into autumn, they are slowly turning into a beautiful cascade of yellow, orange and red colours. In sunlight they sparkle like diamonds. Their beauty pulls you in and it is all part of the cycle of nature, letting go, regenerating and then new beginnings again in the spring.

We sometimes forget about the roots of a tree, mainly because they are not visible. For a tree to flourish its root system must go down and out to collect nutrients for survival. Trees remind us to stand tall and to be proud of who we are. They remind us to stay grounded. They remind us to connect with our own roots and to connect with what nourishes us spiritually. Trees remind us to turn over a new leaf when the time is right. Trees remind us to bend and yield and to be flexible, when to stay rigid could cause us to break.

St Paul sometimes uses language that is difficult to understand or interpret. But I like the comparison that he uses to compare Jesus to the roots of a tree. He encourages us to put our roots in him, not just shallow ones, but deep meaningful roots that spread out to collect as much nutrients as possible. It is so important to nourish our spirit/soul and it does require a root system that is as strong as it can be.

The invitation each day is to let those roots go deep, to build our lives on what is good and strong and to notice the difference this can make. A tree lets go of its leaves in autumn because it has to adapt to less light and possible harsh cold weather ahead. To survive its leaves must go, but it's root system remains and will be active all year round. Our spiritual root system may not be visible, but it is a vital connection to sustain us through each day and in particular during the difficult and challenging days.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Oct-10
Thought For The Week

'Since you have accepted Christ Jesus as Lord, live in union with him. Keep your roots deep in him, build your lives on him and become stronger in your faith.' ~Colossians 2:6

Trees are just so beautiful at this time of year. As we move into autumn, they are slowly turning into a beautiful cascade of yellow, orange and red colours. In sunlight they sparkle like diamonds. Their beauty pulls you in and it is all part of the cycle of nature, letting go, regenerating and then new beginnings again in the spring.

We sometimes forget about the roots of a tree, mainly because they are not visible. For a tree to flourish its root system must go down and out to collect nutrients for survival. Trees remind us to stand tall and to be proud of who we are. They remind us to stay grounded. They remind us to connect with our own roots and to connect with what nourishes us spiritually. Trees remind us to turn over a new leaf when the time is right. Trees remind us to bend and yield and to be flexible, when to stay rigid could cause us to break.

St Paul sometimes uses language that is difficult to understand or interpret. But I like the comparison that he uses to compare Jesus to the roots of a tree. He encourages us to put our roots in him, not just shallow ones, but deep meaningful roots that spread out to collect as much nutrients as possible. It is so important to nourish our spirit/soul and it does require a root system that is as strong as it can be.

The invitation each day is to let those roots go deep, to build our lives on what is good and strong and to notice the difference this can make. A tree lets go of its leaves in autumn because it has to adapt to less light and possible harsh cold weather ahead. To survive its leaves must go, but it's root system remains and will be active all year round. Our spiritual root system may not be visible, but it is a vital connection to sustain us through each day and in particular during the difficult and challenging days.


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

'Since you have accepted Christ Jesus as Lord, live in union with him. Keep your roots deep in him, build your lives on him and become stronger in your faith.' ~Colossians 2:6

Trees are just so beautiful at this time of year. As we move into autumn, they are slowly turning into a beautiful cascade of yellow, orange and red colours. In sunlight they sparkle like diamonds. Their beauty pulls you in and it is all part of the cycle of nature, letting go, regenerating and then new beginnings again in the spring.

We sometimes forget about the roots of a tree, mainly because they are not visible. For a tree to flourish its root system must go down and out to collect nutrients for survival. Trees remind us to stand tall and to be proud of who we are. They remind us to stay grounded. They remind us to connect with our own roots and to connect with what nourishes us spiritually. Trees remind us to turn over a new leaf when the time is right. Trees remind us to bend and yield and to be flexible, when to stay rigid could cause us to break.

St Paul sometimes uses language that is difficult to understand or interpret. But I like the comparison that he uses to compare Jesus to the roots of a tree. He encourages us to put our roots in him, not just shallow ones, but deep meaningful roots that spread out to collect as much nutrients as possible. It is so important to nourish our spirit/soul and it does require a root system that is as strong as it can be.

The invitation each day is to let those roots go deep, to build our lives on what is good and strong and to notice the difference this can make. A tree lets go of its leaves in autumn because it has to adapt to less light and possible harsh cold weather ahead. To survive its leaves must go, but it's root system remains and will be active all year round. Our spiritual root system may not be visible, but it is a vital connection to sustain us through each day and in particular during the difficult and challenging days.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Oct-08
'If you don't get everything you want, think of the things you don't get that you don't want.' ~Oscar Wilde

Much has been written about prayer. The value and merits of it have been well documented. But it doesn't always work for everyone and for some, prayer has left them disappointed. They asked for something and their prayer wasn't heard or so it seems. But if you were to sum up all the great writings on prayer, all would say that every prayer is answered in some way. It may not be in the way we expected, it may not be straight away but every prayer has some benefit and is never wasted. That's why prayer can be such a precious gift not just to you but to so many others as well. Every time we pray for someone, we extend our love, concern and support to them. We may not fully understand why or how but it's enough to know that God is doing far more than we realise.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Oct-07
Thought For The Week

"The splendour of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not rob the little violet of it's scent nor the daisy of its simple charm. If every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness." ~ Therese de Lisieux

The start of October sees a collection of important feast days. Last Sunday (Oct 1st) was the feast day of St Therese and she is one of the most popular saints of our time. Her huge appeal is not that she did extra ordinary things but that she did the little things extraordinary well. She found that she was closest to God when she was doing the simplest and most mundane tasks. The spectacular and sensational always attracts interest and sometimes hype. Celebrities are always in the spotlight. But this was never a part of her life.

Her message has great relevance for the world we live in today. The need to focus on quality rather than drifting aimlessly through hype and sensationalism is important. The good news is that there is so much quality to be found in the small and ordinary moments of our everyday lives. The feast day of St Therese reminds us to celebrate our quality moments. We don't have to live up to the many shallow moments that the world sometimes encourages us to follow. We need to be proud of our quality and to know that no other person has the unique qualities that you have. The rose and the lily's of this world are important but the little violet's play a crucial part too.

Last Monday (Oct 2nd) we had the feast day of our Guardian Angel. Angels have never been as popular as they are today and so many sense or feel their guidance and protection. There are so many references to angels throughout scripture and our tradition has nurtured great devotion to our guardian angel. A guardian angel isn't fantasy or some form of magic. They are real, active and can best be described as God's protective love very near and close to us. A fitting prayer each 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"

Yesterday Wednesday (Oct 4th) was the feast day of St Francis of Assisi. 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. 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. St 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-05
Thought For The Week

"The splendour of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not rob the little violet of it's scent nor the daisy of its simple charm. If every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness." ~ Therese de Lisieux

The start of October sees a collection of important feast days. Last Sunday (Oct 1st) was the feast day of St Therese and she is one of the most popular saints of our time. Her huge appeal is not that she did extra ordinary things but that she did the little things extraordinary well. She found that she was closest to God when she was doing the simplest and most mundane tasks. The spectacular and sensational always attracts interest and sometimes hype. Celebrities are always in the spotlight. But this was never a part of her life.

Her message has great relevance for the world we live in today. The need to focus on quality rather than drifting aimlessly through hype and sensationalism is important. The good news is that there is so much quality to be found in the small and ordinary moments of our everyday lives. The feast day of St Therese reminds us to celebrate our quality moments. We don't have to live up to the many shallow moments that the world sometimes encourages us to follow. We need to be proud of our quality and to know that no other person has the unique qualities that you have. The rose and the lily's of this world are important but the little violet's play a crucial part too.

Last Monday (Oct 2nd) we had the feast day of our Guardian Angel. Angels have never been as popular as they are today and so many sense or feel their guidance and protection. There are so many references to angels throughout scripture and our tradition has nurtured great devotion to our guardian angel. A guardian angel isn't fantasy or some form of magic. They are real, active and can best be described as God's protective love very near and close to us. A fitting prayer each 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"

Yesterday Wednesday (Oct 4th) was the feast day of St Francis of Assisi. 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. 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. St 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-04
Thought For The Week

"The splendour of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not rob the little violet of it's scent nor the daisy of its simple charm. If every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness." ~ Therese de Lisieux

The start of October sees a collection of important feast days. Last Sunday (Oct 1st) was the feast day of St Therese and she is one of the most popular saints of our time. Her huge appeal is not that she did extra ordinary things but that she did the little things extraordinary well. She found that she was closest to God when she was doing the simplest and most mundane tasks. The spectacular and sensational always attracts interest and sometimes hype. Celebrities are always in the spotlight. But this was never a part of her life.

Her message has great relevance for the world we live in today. The need to focus on quality rather than drifting aimlessly through hype and sensationalism is important. The good news is that there is so much quality to be found in the small and ordinary moments of our everyday lives. The feast day of St Therese reminds us to celebrate our quality moments. We don't have to live up to the many shallow moments that the world sometimes encourages us to follow. We need to be proud of our quality and to know that no other person has the unique qualities that you have. The rose and the lily's of this world are important but the little violet's play a crucial part too.

Last Monday (Oct 2nd) we had the feast day of our Guardian Angel. Angels have never been as popular as they are today and so many sense or feel their guidance and protection. There are so many references to angels throughout scripture and our tradition has nurtured great devotion to our guardian angel. A guardian angel isn't fantasy or some form of magic. They are real, active and can best be described as God's protective love very near and close to us. A fitting prayer each 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"

Today Wednesday (Oct 4th) is the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi. 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. 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. St Francis did it so well and has inspired so many more to do the same.
More about St Francis in Saint For Today
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Oct-03
Thought For The Week

"The splendour of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not rob the little violet of it's scent nor the daisy of its simple charm. If every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness." ~ Therese de Lisieux

The start of October sees a collection of important feast days. Last Sunday (Oct 1st) was the feast day of St Therese and she is one of the most popular saints of our time. Her huge appeal is not that she did extra ordinary things but that she did the little things extraordinary well. She found that she was closest to God when she was doing the simplest and most mundane tasks. The spectacular and sensational always attracts interest and sometimes hype. Celebrities are always in the spotlight. But this was never a part of her life.

Her message has great relevance for the world we live in today. The need to focus on quality rather than drifting aimlessly through hype and sensationalism is important. The good news is that there is so much quality to be found in the small and ordinary moments of our everyday lives. The feast day of St Therese reminds us to celebrate our quality moments. We don't have to live up to the many shallow moments that the world sometimes encourages us to follow. We need to be proud of our quality and to know that no other person has the unique qualities that you have. The rose and the lily's of this world are important but the little violet's play a crucial part too.

Yesterday Monday (Oct 2nd) we had the feast day of our Guardian Angel. Angels have never been as popular as they are today and so many sense or feel their guidance and protection. There are so many references to angels throughout scripture and our tradition has nurtured great devotion to our guardian angel. A guardian angel isn't fantasy or some form of magic. They are real, active and can best be described as God's protective love very near and close to us. A fitting prayer each 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"

Tomorrow Wednesday (Oct 4th) is the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi. 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. 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. St Francis did it so well and has inspired so many more to do the same.
 
 
 
  Monday
Oct-02
'The wisdom of the ages teaches that each individual, whether believer or not, good or bad, old or young, sick or well, rich or poor, has a personal guardian angel with him or her at every moment of life's journey.' ~Janice T. Connell

Today (Oct 2nd) is the feast day of our guardian angel. From an early age we have been taught that we have a guardian angel. But before we were even taught we just knew. We sensed that there was someone special watching over us. This is not just a childhood fantasy, it is something real and something that gives us great comfort as we journey through life. Like many things we take our Guardian Angel for granted. We often forget that they are there as we allow the complexities of life take over our lives.

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 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"
 
 
 
  Sunday
Oct-01
'A word or a smile is often enough to put fresh life in a despondent soul.' ~Therese de Lisieux

Today (Oct 1st) is the feast of St Therese and she is one of the most popular saints of our time. Her huge appeal is not that she did extra ordinary things but that she did the little things extraordinary well. She found that she was closest to God when she was doing the simplest and most mundane tasks. The spectacular and sensational always attracts interest and sometimes hype. Celebrities are always in the spotlight. But this was never a part of her life.

We may have many things planned for today and across the coming week. The chances are that much of is nothing extra ordinary. It will not make headlines and most of it we have done so many times before. But the feast of St Therese reminds us that this is where life is meant to be. This is where life really matters. It is comforting to know that in the simple and ordinary events of our lives, we can be quite close to God. This is something we so often take for granted. Getting close to God is not reserved for the elite or the chosen few. It is always within our reach.

For Therese she dedicated all the seemingly thankless and boring jobs to God. She often said, "I am doing this out of love for you my God." Today we ask her many blessings on each of us. We also reflect on how Therese found happiness and that it was always within her reach. It is also within our reach too.


Additional Prayer to St Therese:

St Therese of the Child Jesus,
Teach us to follow your way of confidence and trust,
Help us to know that God's love surrounds us each day of our lives,
Obtain for us the light to see in sorrow as in joy,
in trials as in peace,
the loving hand of our Father.
Give us your own faith and trust,
so that we may walk in darkness,
as in light,
holding fast to the way of love,
knowing as you did,
that everything is a blessing.
 
 

 

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