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  Wednesday
Oct-31
'When hiking on any mountain it is always recommended that one hikes with at least one person in case of an emergency. There is also a second and more positive reason, someone with which to share the joy of the experience.' ~Brendan McGuire

Today we celebrate Halloween. The experience of Halloween is not just for children but it also resonates with adults too. Halloween has its origins going right back to our Celtic ancestors who celebrated the feast of Samhain on Nov 1st. They celebrated the new year on this day because it was a time of transition from light to darkness. They also believed that the boundary between the living world and that of the dead was very thin, so much so that the spirits of the dead returned.

Some say Halloween is silly nonsense, a commercial opportunity and a waste of money. But Halloween has a lot to offer. Children love it and always will. For adults it brings back childhood memories of snap apple and other simple games that still survive. It puts us in touch with the mystery of life and that some things in life are often clouded in darkness. It puts us in touch with the struggle between light and darkness and the struggle between good and evil. Halloween may have pagan origins but the Christian message is wrapped around it. It's a simple Halloween message that God calms, encourages and reassures us especially when we struggle with darkness, evil, mystery and the unknown.

Later in the week as we move into the early days of November, we remember with love those who have died especially our nearest and dearest. I came across a lovely inscription on a candle lit for those who had died: "Those we love don't go away. They walk beside us every day, unseen, unheard but always near: still loved, still missed and very dear." Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, May perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Oct-30
'When hiking on any mountain it is always recommended that one hikes with at least one person in case of an emergency. There is also a second and more positive reason, someone with which to share the joy of the experience.' ~Brendan McGuire

Tomorrow we will celebrate Halloween. The experience of Halloween is not just for children but it also resonates with adults too. Halloween has its origins going right back to our Celtic ancestors who celebrated the feast of Samhain on Nov 1st. They celebrated the new year on this day because it was a time of transition from light to darkness. They also believed that the boundary between the living world and that of the dead was very thin, so much so that the spirits of the dead returned.

Some say Halloween is silly nonsense, a commercial opportunity and a waste of money. But Halloween has a lot to offer. Children love it and always will. For adults it brings back childhood memories of snap apple and other simple games that still survive. It puts us in touch with the mystery of life and that some things in life are often clouded in darkness. It puts us in touch with the struggle between light and darkness and the struggle between good and evil. Halloween may have pagan origins but the Christian message is wrapped around it. It's a simple Halloween message that God calms, encourages and reassures us especially when we struggle with darkness, evil, mystery and the unknown.

Later in the week as we move into the early days of November, we remember with love those who have died especially our nearest and dearest. I came across a lovely inscription on a candle lit for those who had died: "Those we love don't go away. They walk beside us every day, unseen, unheard but always near: still loved, still missed and very dear." Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, May perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen
 
 
 
  Sunday
Oct-28
Thought For The Week

'My belief throughout has been that God has been part of my experiences and relationships, even when I wasn't aware of it at the time. The people who have enriched my life, have often been my way to God.' ~Edward L. Beck

Our faith is like a little stream. On its own it may seem insignificant but every stream has its own unique energy. It will soon link up with other streams, gathering momentum and a sense of purpose. No one can stop the flow of a stream. You can build a dam to stop it but the stream will fill, back up and flow over it. Its ultimate destination is the sea and nothing can stop it on its journey.

The same goes with the gift of faith and what we believe in. It is something precious and unique. It can't be hidden or swept into some corner. It has an energy that drives it forward. It helps us on the journey of life to find meaning and fulfillment. It never does a solo run but joins and links up with people who share the same vision and hope.

This week marks Mission week which is always set aside during the third week of October, to celebrate many different faith stories across the world. Last Sunday (Oct 21st) was Mission Sunday and Pope Francis is encouraging us to pray for missionaries, reminding us of the missionary character of the Church and of every baptised person. He says: "Every person is a mission, which is why we are here in this world." He is encouraging us not to be afraid of the message of Jesus because it is this message that helps us find the treasure that fills life with joy.

Mission Sunday is a celebration of every faith, flowing from many sources into one. No one faith is the only one or the best one or the exclusive one. Like streams and rivers the variety and number is breath taking. But they all flow into the one great ocean, that of an eternal loving God.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Oct-27
Thought For The Week

'My belief throughout has been that God has been part of my experiences and relationships, even when I wasn't aware of it at the time. The people who have enriched my life, have often been my way to God.' ~Edward L. Beck

Our faith is like a little stream. On its own it may seem insignificant but every stream has its own unique energy. It will soon link up with other streams, gathering momentum and a sense of purpose. No one can stop the flow of a stream. You can build a dam to stop it but the stream will fill, back up and flow over it. Its ultimate destination is the sea and nothing can stop it on its journey.

The same goes with the gift of faith and what we believe in. It is something precious and unique. It can't be hidden or swept into some corner. It has an energy that drives it forward. It helps us on the journey of life to find meaning and fulfillment. It never does a solo run but joins and links up with people who share the same vision and hope.

This week marks Mission week which is always set aside during the third week of October, to celebrate many different faith stories across the world. Last Sunday (Oct 21st) was Mission Sunday and Pope Francis is encouraging us to pray for missionaries, reminding us of the missionary character of the Church and of every baptised person. He says: "Every person is a mission, which is why we are here in this world." He is encouraging us not to be afraid of the message of Jesus because it is this message that helps us find the treasure that fills life with joy.

Mission Sunday is a celebration of every faith, flowing from many sources into one. No one faith is the only one or the best one or the exclusive one. Like streams and rivers the variety and number is breath taking. But they all flow into the one great ocean, that of an eternal loving God.
 
 
 
  Friday
Oct-26
Thought For The Week

'My belief throughout has been that God has been part of my experiences and relationships, even when I wasn't aware of it at the time. The people who have enriched my life, have often been my way to God.' ~Edward L. Beck

Our faith is like a little stream. On its own it may seem insignificant but every stream has its own unique energy. It will soon link up with other streams, gathering momentum and a sense of purpose. No one can stop the flow of a stream. You can build a dam to stop it but the stream will fill, back up and flow over it. Its ultimate destination is the sea and nothing can stop it on its journey.

The same goes with the gift of faith and what we believe in. It is something precious and unique. It can't be hidden or swept into some corner. It has an energy that drives it forward. It helps us on the journey of life to find meaning and fulfillment. It never does a solo run but joins and links up with people who share the same vision and hope.

This week marks Mission week which is always set aside during the third week of October, to celebrate many different faith stories across the world. Last Sunday (Oct 21st) was Mission Sunday and Pope Francis is encouraging us to pray for missionaries, reminding us of the missionary character of the Church and of every baptised person. He says: "Every person is a mission, which is why we are here in this world." He is encouraging us not to be afraid of the message of Jesus because it is this message that helps us find the treasure that fills life with joy.

Mission Sunday is a celebration of every faith, flowing from many sources into one. No one faith is the only one or the best one or the exclusive one. Like streams and rivers the variety and number is breath taking. But they all flow into the one great ocean, that of an eternal loving God.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Oct-25
Thought For The Week

'My belief throughout has been that God has been part of my experiences and relationships, even when I wasn't aware of it at the time. The people who have enriched my life, have often been my way to God.' ~Edward L. Beck

Our faith is like a little stream. On its own it may seem insignificant but every stream has its own unique energy. It will soon link up with other streams, gathering momentum and a sense of purpose. No one can stop the flow of a stream. You can build a dam to stop it but the stream will fill, back up and flow over it. Its ultimate destination is the sea and nothing can stop it on its journey.

The same goes with the gift of faith and what we believe in. It is something precious and unique. It can't be hidden or swept into some corner. It has an energy that drives it forward. It helps us on the journey of life to find meaning and fulfillment. It never does a solo run but joins and links up with people who share the same vision and hope.

This week marks Mission week which is always set aside during the third week of October, to celebrate many different faith stories across the world. Last Sunday (Oct 21st) was Mission Sunday and Pope Francis is encouraging us to pray for missionaries, reminding us of the missionary character of the Church and of every baptised person. He says: "Every person is a mission, which is why we are here in this world." He is encouraging us not to be afraid of the message of Jesus because it is this message that helps us find the treasure that fills life with joy.

Mission Sunday is a celebration of every faith, flowing from many sources into one. No one faith is the only one or the best one or the exclusive one. Like streams and rivers the variety and number is breath taking. But they all flow into the one great ocean, that of an eternal loving God.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Oct-24
Thought For The Week

'My belief throughout has been that God has been part of my experiences and relationships, even when I wasn't aware of it at the time. The people who have enriched my life, have often been my way to God.' ~Edward L. Beck

Our faith is like a little stream. On its own it may seem insignificant but every stream has its own unique energy. It will soon link up with other streams, gathering momentum and a sense of purpose. No one can stop the flow of a stream. You can build a dam to stop it but the stream will fill, back up and flow over it. Its ultimate destination is the sea and nothing can stop it on its journey.

The same goes with the gift of faith and what we believe in. It is something precious and unique. It can't be hidden or swept into some corner. It has an energy that drives it forward. It helps us on the journey of life to find meaning and fulfillment. It never does a solo run but joins and links up with people who share the same vision and hope.

This week marks Mission week which is always set aside during the third week of October, to celebrate many different faith stories across the world. Last Sunday (Oct 21st) was Mission Sunday and Pope Francis is encouraging us to pray for missionaries, reminding us of the missionary character of the Church and of every baptised person. He says: "Every person is a mission, which is why we are here in this world." He is encouraging us not to be afraid of the message of Jesus because it is this message that helps us find the treasure that fills life with joy.

Mission Sunday is a celebration of every faith, flowing from many sources into one. No one faith is the only one or the best one or the exclusive one. Like streams and rivers the variety and number is breath taking. But they all flow into the one great ocean, that of an eternal loving God.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Oct-23
Thought For The Week

'My belief throughout has been that God has been part of my experiences and relationships, even when I wasn't aware of it at the time. The people who have enriched my life, have often been my way to God.' ~Edward L. Beck

Our faith is like a little stream. On its own it may seem insignificant but every stream has its own unique energy. It will soon link up with other streams, gathering momentum and a sense of purpose. No one can stop the flow of a stream. You can build a dam to stop it but the stream will fill, back up and flow over it. Its ultimate destination is the sea and nothing can stop it on its journey.

The same goes with the gift of faith and what we believe in. It is something precious and unique. It can't be hidden or swept into some corner. It has an energy that drives it forward. It helps us on the journey of life to find meaning and fulfillment. It never does a solo run but joins and links up with people who share the same vision and hope.

This week marks Mission week which is always set aside during the third week of October, to celebrate many different faith stories across the world. Last Sunday (Oct 21st) was Mission Sunday and Pope Francis is encouraging us to pray for missionaries, reminding us of the missionary character of the Church and of every baptised person. He says: "Every person is a mission, which is why we are here in this world." He is encouraging us not to be afraid of the message of Jesus because it is this message that helps us find the treasure that fills life with joy.

Mission Sunday is a celebration of every faith, flowing from many sources into one. No one faith is the only one or the best one or the exclusive one. Like streams and rivers the variety and number is breath taking. But they all flow into the one great ocean, that of an eternal loving God.
 
 
 
  Monday
Oct-22
Thought For The Week

'My belief throughout has been that God has been part of my experiences and relationships, even when I wasn't aware of it at the time. The people who have enriched my life, have often been my way to God.' ~Edward L. Beck

Our faith is like a little stream. On its own it may seem insignificant but every stream has its own unique energy. It will soon link up with other streams, gathering momentum and a sense of purpose. No one can stop the flow of a stream. You can build a dam to stop it but the stream will fill, back up and flow over it. Its ultimate destination is the sea and nothing can stop it on its journey.

The same goes with the gift of faith and what we believe in. It is something precious and unique. It can't be hidden or swept into some corner. It has an energy that drives it forward. It helps us on the journey of life to find meaning and fulfillment. It never does a solo run but joins and links up with people who share the same vision and hope.

This week marks Mission week which is always set aside during the third week of October, to celebrate many different faith stories across the world. Yesterday (Oct 21st) was Mission Sunday and Pope Francis is encouraging us to pray for missionaries, reminding us of the missionary character of the Church and of every baptised person. He says: "Every person is a mission, which is why we are here in this world." He is encouraging us not to be afraid of the message of Jesus because it is this message that helps us find the treasure that fills life with joy.

Mission Sunday is a celebration of every faith, flowing from many sources into one. No one faith is the only one or the best one or the exclusive one. Like streams and rivers the variety and number is breath taking. But they all flow into the one great ocean, that of an eternal loving God.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Oct-21
Thought For Today is by Triona Doherty called 'Your mission' from Intercom Magazine

Tom Cruise is no stranger to performing outrageous stunts. He has scaled buildings, clung to sheer rock faces, and dangled out of helicopters, all in the name of entertainment, and his movies are all the better and more realistic for it. Time and time again, the daredevil actor has pushed himself to his limits, and his methods succeed in shaking audiences out of their ennui and transporting them to a world where anything is possible. In the latest Mission Impossible film, he broke his ankle while filming a rooftop leap, but true to form he simply kept on running.

What has a movie star got to do with Mission Sunday? This day is set aside every October to encourage us all to reflect on the mission we have been given to spread the gospel. For some brave men and women, this involves leaving their home and travelling abroad, building up the Church in challenging and sometimes dangerous circumstances.

For all of us, it involves an attempt to live out the teachings of Jesus and spread the good news, whatever our situation in life. It takes courage, and sometimes we need to push ourselves to our limits, beyond our comfort zones. Though we stumble and things can get difficult - we have doubts perhaps, or are ridiculed for our faith or lifestyle - we do our best to keep on going. The Mission Impossible movies each include the instruction: 'You mission, should you choose to accept it' This Mission Sunday, we are called to make a choice. Will we choose to play our part in the Church's missionary work?
 
 
 
  Saturday
Oct-20
'Life is a bowl of cherries. Some cherries are rotten while others are good; it's your job to throw out the rotten ones and forget about them while you enjoy eating the ones that are good! There are two kinds of people: those who choose to throw out the good cherries and wallow in all the rotten ones, and those who choose to throw out all the rotten ones and savour all the good ones.' ~C. Joybell

Sometimes it's our attitude that can make all the difference. The following story sums it all up. A man was travelling from one town to another when he met an old man sitting on a rock at the side of the road. Wanting to know about the people in the town he was travelling to, he stopped and asked the old man, "What are the people like in the next town?" The old man looked up and asked, "How did you find the people in the town from which you came?" The traveller answered, "Oh they were wonderful, kind, courteous and friendly." The old man said, "Well you will find the people the very same in the next town."

The same day another traveller met the same old man and with the same question. The old man looked up and asked. "How did you find the people in the town from which you came?" The traveller answered, "Oh they were terrible, the meanest, most unfriendly people that you could meet." The old man looked at him and said, "I'm afraid you will find the people the very same in the next town."

As we know so much depends on our attitude and a question from the story is: Do I gravitate towards the good and positive or do I gravitate towards the negative and bad news?
 
 
 
  Friday
Oct-19
'Life is a bowl of cherries. Some cherries are rotten while others are good; it's your job to throw out the rotten ones and forget about them while you enjoy eating the ones that are good! There are two kinds of people: those who choose to throw out the good cherries and wallow in all the rotten ones, and those who choose to throw out all the rotten ones and savour all the good ones.' ~C. Joybell

Sometimes it's our attitude that can make all the difference. The following story sums it all up. A man was travelling from one town to another when he met an old man sitting on a rock at the side of the road. Wanting to know about the people in the town he was travelling to, he stopped and asked the old man, "What are the people like in the next town?" The old man looked up and asked, "How did you find the people in the town from which you came?" The traveller answered, "Oh they were wonderful, kind, courteous and friendly." The old man said, "Well you will find the people the very same in the next town."

The same day another traveller met the same old man and with the same question. The old man looked up and asked. "How did you find the people in the town from which you came?" The traveller answered, "Oh they were terrible, the meanest, most unfriendly people that you could meet." The old man looked at him and said, "I'm afraid you will find the people the very same in the next town."

As we know so much depends on our attitude and a question from the story is: Do I gravitate towards the good and positive or do I gravitate towards the negative and bad news?
 
 
 
  Thursday
Oct-18
'Life is a bowl of cherries. Some cherries are rotten while others are good; it's your job to throw out the rotten ones and forget about them while you enjoy eating the ones that are good! There are two kinds of people: those who choose to throw out the good cherries and wallow in all the rotten ones, and those who choose to throw out all the rotten ones and savour all the good ones.' ~C. Joybell

Sometimes it's our attitude that can make all the difference. The following story sums it all up. A man was travelling from one town to another when he met an old man sitting on a rock at the side of the road. Wanting to know about the people in the town he was travelling to, he stopped and asked the old man, "What are the people like in the next town?" The old man looked up and asked, "How did you find the people in the town from which you came?" The traveller answered, "Oh they were wonderful, kind, courteous and friendly." The old man said, "Well you will find the people the very same in the next town."

The same day another traveller met the same old man and with the same question. The old man looked up and asked. "How did you find the people in the town from which you came?" The traveller answered, "Oh they were terrible, the meanest, most unfriendly people that you could meet." The old man looked at him and said, "I'm afraid you will find the people the very same in the next town."

As we know so much depends on our attitude and a question from the story is: Do I gravitate towards the good and positive or do I gravitate towards the negative and bad news?
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Oct-16
'Life is a bowl of cherries. Some cherries are rotten while others are good; it's your job to throw out the rotten ones and forget about them while you enjoy eating the ones that are good! There are two kinds of people: those who choose to throw out the good cherries and wallow in all the rotten ones, and those who choose to throw out all the rotten ones and savour all the good ones.' ~C. Joybell

Sometimes it's our attitude that can make all the difference. The following story sums it all up. A man was travelling from one town to another when he met an old man sitting on a rock at the side of the road. Wanting to know about the people in the town he was travelling to, he stopped and asked the old man, "What are the people like in the next town?" The old man looked up and asked, "How did you find the people in the town from which you came?" The traveller answered, "Oh they were wonderful, kind, courteous and friendly." The old man said, "Well you will find the people the very same in the next town."

The same day another traveller met the same old man and with the same question. The old man looked up and asked. "How did you find the people in the town from which you came?" The traveller answered, "Oh they were terrible, the meanest, most unfriendly people that you could meet." The old man looked at him and said, "I'm afraid you will find the people the very same in the next town."

As we know so much depends on our attitude and a question from the story is: Do I gravitate towards the good and positive or do I gravitate towards the negative and bad news?
 
 
 
  Monday
Oct-15
'Life is a bowl of cherries. Some cherries are rotten while others are good; it's your job to throw out the rotten ones and forget about them while you enjoy eating the ones that are good! There are two kinds of people: those who choose to throw out the good cherries and wallow in all the rotten ones, and those who choose to throw out all the rotten ones and savour all the good ones.' ~C. Joybell

Sometimes it's our attitude that can make all the difference. The following story sums it all up. A man was travelling from one town to another when he met an old man sitting on a rock at the side of the road. Wanting to know about the people in the town he was travelling to, he stopped and asked the old man, "What are the people like in the next town?" The old man looked up and asked, "How did you find the people in the town from which you came?" The traveller answered, "Oh they were wonderful, kind, courteous and friendly." The old man said, "Well you will find the people the very same in the next town."

The same day another traveller met the same old man and with the same question. The old man looked up and asked. "How did you find the people in the town from which you came?" The traveller answered, "Oh they were terrible, the meanest, most unfriendly people that you could meet." The old man looked at him and said, "I'm afraid you will find the people the very same in the next town."

As we know so much depends on our attitude and a question from the story is: Do I gravitate towards the good and positive or do I gravitate towards the negative and bad news?
 
 
 
  Sunday
Oct-14
Thought For Week

"I find God in the everyday. We have that divinity in us and we can make choices to help our fellow human beings. Nobody needs to tell us, it is in our hearts and souls, whether we've heard of God before or not." ~Cathy Kelly

Cathy Kelly is a well known writer who has published many books. These books have been printed in many languages and there are millions of them in print across the world. She has written some thoughts down too about spirituality and the whole concept of God. She says that God is the spirit of kindness when we help others. God is the friend who listens to another persons pain and offers them kind words. God doesn't really care what religion or race you are. She says that what's really important is that God, your kindness, is present in all individuals.

This is something worth reflecting on. Far too often we put God on the fringes. This seems a safe place for us. We turn to God if there is a crisis or something unexpected happens in our life. When the crisis is resolved we tend to push God back out to the fringes. What if we were to think of God as present in our lives right now? and that this divinity is present within each person. This very simply means that God is present with us not just in the difficult times but with us through absolutely everything.

Our Celtic ancestors, including our grandparents, great-grandparents and the generations before them, were so in touch with this sense of God all around them. They never had God on the fringes. For them God was the center of everything. God was the one who energised, directed, comforted and encouraged them through the complexities of life. Their sense of God with and around them was so natural and organic. We have lost this sense of God and I firmly believe it's a loss. Is God on the fringes for me? or is God someone more personal and meaningful in my life
 
 
 
  Thursday
Oct-11
Thought For Week

"I find God in the everyday. We have that divinity in us and we can make choices to help our fellow human beings. Nobody needs to tell us, it is in our hearts and souls, whether we've heard of God before or not." ~Cathy Kelly

Cathy Kelly is a well known writer who has published many books. These books have been printed in many languages and there are millions of them in print across the world. She has written some thoughts down too about spirituality and the whole concept of God. She says that God is the spirit of kindness when we help others. God is the friend who listens to another persons pain and offers them kind words. God doesn't really care what religion or race you are. She says that what's really important is that God, your kindness, is present in all individuals.

This is something worth reflecting on. Far too often we put God on the fringes. This seems a safe place for us. We turn to God if there is a crisis or something unexpected happens in our life. When the crisis is resolved we tend to push God back out to the fringes. What if we were to think of God as present in our lives right now? and that this divinity is present within each person. This very simply means that God is present with us not just in the difficult times but with us through absolutely everything.

Our Celtic ancestors, including our grandparents, great-grandparents and the generations before them, were so in touch with this sense of God all around them. They never had God on the fringes. For them God was the center of everything. God was the one who energised, directed, comforted and encouraged them through the complexities of life. Their sense of God with and around them was so natural and organic. We have lost this sense of God and I firmly believe it's a loss. Is God on the fringes for me? or is God someone more personal and meaningful in my life
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Oct-10
'Some people are suspicious of sacred scripture, believing that these texts are so closely bound to a distant time and culture that they couldn't possibly have anything worthwhile to say to a technocratic third millennium mind.' ~Conor Cunningham

The bible is the most read book in the world and in ways it is the most misunderstood book as well. The bible didn't fall out of the sky one day complete and bound, with God's signature at the end of it. The books of the bible have evolved with time and are a collection of many different communities and their experiences of God. There is no doubt that cultures, backgrounds, and mindsets have evolved considerably as the years have gone on. But the human heart and spiritual needs of each person are just the same. The story of God continues to unfold each day and will do so for many generations to come. We have a huge important part to play in that unfolding.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Oct-09
Thought For Week

"I find God in the everyday. We have that divinity in us and we can make choices to help our fellow human beings. Nobody needs to tell us, it is in our hearts and souls, whether we've heard of God before or not." ~Cathy Kelly

Cathy Kelly is a well known writer who has published many books. These books have been printed in many languages and there are millions of them in print across the world. She has written some thoughts down too about spirituality and the whole concept of God. She says that God is the spirit of kindness when we help others. God is the friend who listens to another persons pain and offers them kind words. God doesn't really care what religion or race you are. She says that what's really important is that God, your kindness, is present in all individuals.

This is something worth reflecting on. Far too often we put God on the fringes. This seems a safe place for us. We turn to God if there is a crisis or something unexpected happens in our life. When the crisis is resolved we tend to push God back out to the fringes. What if we were to think of God as present in our lives right now? and that this divinity is present within each person. This very simply means that God is present with us not just in the difficult times but with us through absolutely everything.

Our Celtic ancestors, including our grandparents, great-grandparents and the generations before them, were so in touch with this sense of God all around them. They never had God on the fringes. For them God was the center of everything. God was the one who energised, directed, comforted and encouraged them through the complexities of life. Their sense of God with and around them was so natural and organic. We have lost this sense of God and I firmly believe it's a loss. Is God on the fringes for me? or is God someone more personal and meaningful in my life
 
 
 
  Monday
Oct-08
Thought For Week

"I find God in the everyday. We have that divinity in us and we can make choices to help our fellow human beings. Nobody needs to tell us, it is in our hearts and souls, whether we've heard of God before or not." ~Cathy Kelly

Cathy Kelly is a well known writer who has published many books. These books have been printed in many languages and there are millions of them in print across the world. She has written some thoughts down too about spirituality and the whole concept of God. She says that God is the spirit of kindness when we help others. God is the friend who listens to another persons pain and offers them kind words. God doesn't really care what religion or race you are. She says that what's really important is that God, your kindness, is present in all individuals.

This is something worth reflecting on. Far too often we put God on the fringes. This seems a safe place for us. We turn to God if there is a crisis or something unexpected happens in our life. When the crisis is resolved we tend to push God back out to the fringes. What if we were to think of God as present in our lives right now? and that this divinity is present within each person. This very simply means that God is present with us not just in the difficult times but with us through absolutely everything.

Our Celtic ancestors, including our grandparents, great-grandparents and the generations before them, were so in touch with this sense of God all around them. They never had God on the fringes. For them God was the center of everything. God was the one who energised, directed, comforted and encouraged them through the complexities of life. Their sense of God with and around them was so natural and organic. We have lost this sense of God and I firmly believe it's a loss. Is God on the fringes for me? or is God someone more personal and meaningful in my life
 
 
 
  Sunday
Oct-07
'Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.' ~Proverbs 16:24

Every person, young or old, famous or unknown, large or small, black or white, successful or less successful, male or female, who receives encouragement is changed by it. This change is always positive, good and wholesome. It is also at the heart of our scripture readings. The history of God's journey with people down through the years is a collection of uplifting stories. People were encouraged and instilled with hope, particularly when they needed it most. These stories continue today. A word of encouragement can be uplifting, it can strengthen and you simply never know when a few sincere words can have an impact on someone's life.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Oct-06
'Generosity is not giving me that which I need more than you do, but it is giving me that which you need more than I do.' ~Kahlil Gibran

There were two brothers who worked on the family land. At harvest time they each received half of the crop and put it in the store in their barns. The younger brother who wasn't married said to himself, 'It isn't fair that I should have half of the crop when my brother must also look after his wife and family.' So each night, he would secretly take some of his own grain and leave it in his brother's barn. Meanwhile the elder brother said to himself, 'It isn't fair that I should have half the crop. When I grow old I will have my children to support me but he will not.' So each night he would secretly take a bag of grain and leave it in his brother's barn. Both were surprised at how long their grain lasted until one night they both bumped into each other. Rather than laugh or shout they both embraced knowing that no grain or money could buy the depth of their relationship.
 
 
 
  Friday
Oct-05
'Every great mistake has a halfway moment, a split second when it can be recalled and perhaps remedied.' ~Pearl Buck

We make mistakes because we are human and because we have our limitations. A mistake happens when we are out of touch with the rhythms of the moment. Or using an image from photography a mistake happens when we are out of focus. The halfway moment in any mistake is to look back and say 'What can I learn from that.' Then it's time to move on. There is nothing to be gained from wallowing in self pity and remorse. The Christian response is to use every mistake as an opportunity to be a better and a stronger person. Mistakes can keep all our lives very much in focus and their role may be of greater significance than we had ever imagined.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Oct-04
Today Thursday (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.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Oct-03
'Remember that nothing is small in the eyes of God. Do all that you do with love.' ~Therese de Lisieux

The start of October last Monday has a blend of some beautiful feast days, each one as special as the next. Monday (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.

On Tuesday (Oct 2nd) we had 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. A fitting prayer on Tuesday 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"

Finally tomorrow Thursday (Oct 4th) we have 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.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Oct-02
On today Tuesday (Oct 2nd) we have 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. A fitting prayer on Tuesday 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"
 
 
 
  Monday
Oct-01
'Remember that nothing is small in the eyes of God. Do all that you do with love.' ~Therese de Lisieux

The start of October today has a blend of some beautiful feast days, each one as special as the next. Today Monday (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.
 
 

 

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