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  Sunday
Sep-30
Our Thought Today is by Jane Mellett from Intercom Magazine called 'Be tolerant'

In the second reading from St James today we hear of a condemnation of the rich who exploit the weak. This theme carries on to the gospel where Jesus has harsh words for anyone who would try to bring down 'the little ones'. It is a lesson in tolerance. As we approach the end of this annual celebration of the Season of Creation let today's gospel be a call to care for the weak and vulnerable. Through our exploitation of the earth's goods it is the poorest of the world who suffer. Let us always be conscious of our responsibility to be stewards of creation, to connect more deeply with the wonderous world around us, to take action against all that threatens our natural environment.

In a few days we celebrate the Feast of St Francis (4th October), patron saint of ecology. Perhaps by hosting a blessing for animals, a local clean up, trying to go plastic free, we can mark this special time in some way and embrace our role as stewards of creation.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Sep-29
Today Sep 29th is the feastday of St Michael.

The name Michael signifies "Who is like to God?" and was the warcry of the good angels in the battle fought in heaven against satan and his followers. Holy Scripture describes St. Michael as "one of the chief princes," and leader of the forces of heaven in their triumph over the powers of evil in our world. He has been especially honored and invoked as patron and protector by the Church from the time of the Apostles.

Michael is one of our closest friends. We can call on Michael to intervene in conflict, evil and unrest. Michael brings great peace and calm to the most troublesome of situations.Although he is always called "the Archangel," the Greek Fathers and many others place him over all the angels - as Prince of the Seraphim. St. Michael is the patron of grocers, mariners, paratroopers, police and sickness.
 
 
 
  Friday
Sep-28
A constant theme with spirituality is how our need for quietness and stillness gets squeezed, squashed and lost in the world we live in today. One of the bestselling books in recent times is 'Calm the Soul' by the Poor Clare Sisters in Galway. It is a book of simple wisdom and prayer. The following is an extract from the introduction with plenty food for thought:

There have been phenomenal changes in the past decade and we now live in a very different world, an extremely busy world. The reality is that today, people are trying to juggle more and more activities in their day to day lives. Advances in technology and the way we communicate have brought with them incessant demands for our attention. We seek serenity of heart but find that there is no space given for our souls. Silence is all but gone and yet silence itself can be healing. Allied to this is the reality that for many people, the pace of life has increased greatly. A rushed quality pervades our world and can rob us of peace.

Living constantly on a treadmill, it is hard to appreciate how much energy can be depleted through constant rushing. The result is that there is a high level of unease. God wants us to live in peace, to have serenity and harmony in our hearts but today these things can be difficult to find. Sometimes the importance of the spiritual aspect of life is not appreciated and from what people have told us, by post or when they visit the monastery, there's a real hunger for some tranquility and silence. Despite the great changes that have occurred in our world, human nature is still the same, with the same needs. The need to nurture, look after, nourish and give time to our spiritual selves is one of those very important needs.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Sep-27
A constant theme with spirituality is how our need for quietness and stillness gets squeezed, squashed and lost in the world we live in today. One of the bestselling books in recent times is 'Calm the Soul' by the Poor Clare Sisters in Galway. It is a book of simple wisdom and prayer. The following is an extract from the introduction with plenty food for thought:

There have been phenomenal changes in the past decade and we now live in a very different world, an extremely busy world. The reality is that today, people are trying to juggle more and more activities in their day to day lives. Advances in technology and the way we communicate have brought with them incessant demands for our attention. We seek serenity of heart but find that there is no space given for our souls. Silence is all but gone and yet silence itself can be healing. Allied to this is the reality that for many people, the pace of life has increased greatly. A rushed quality pervades our world and can rob us of peace.

Living constantly on a treadmill, it is hard to appreciate how much energy can be depleted through constant rushing. The result is that there is a high level of unease. God wants us to live in peace, to have serenity and harmony in our hearts but today these things can be difficult to find. Sometimes the importance of the spiritual aspect of life is not appreciated and from what people have told us, by post or when they visit the monastery, there's a real hunger for some tranquility and silence. Despite the great changes that have occurred in our world, human nature is still the same, with the same needs. The need to nurture, look after, nourish and give time to our spiritual selves is one of those very important needs.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Sep-26
A constant theme with spirituality is how our need for quietness and stillness gets squeezed, squashed and lost in the world we live in today. One of the bestselling books in recent times is 'Calm the Soul' by the Poor Clare Sisters in Galway. It is a book of simple wisdom and prayer. The following is an extract from the introduction with plenty food for thought:

There have been phenomenal changes in the past decade and we now live in a very different world, an extremely busy world. The reality is that today, people are trying to juggle more and more activities in their day to day lives. Advances in technology and the way we communicate have brought with them incessant demands for our attention. We seek serenity of heart but find that there is no space given for our souls. Silence is all but gone and yet silence itself can be healing. Allied to this is the reality that for many people, the pace of life has increased greatly. A rushed quality pervades our world and can rob us of peace.

Living constantly on a treadmill, it is hard to appreciate how much energy can be depleted through constant rushing. The result is that there is a high level of unease. God wants us to live in peace, to have serenity and harmony in our hearts but today these things can be difficult to find. Sometimes the importance of the spiritual aspect of life is not appreciated and from what people have told us, by post or when they visit the monastery, there's a real hunger for some tranquility and silence. Despite the great changes that have occurred in our world, human nature is still the same, with the same needs. The need to nurture, look after, nourish and give time to our spiritual selves is one of those very important needs.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Sep-25
'Hopelessness has at least as much to do with what we bring to life as it does with what life brings to us. Hopelessness is a spiritual doldrum. It is life without energy and without edge. Hope lies in taking what we have and using every heartbeat within us to turn it into something worthwhile.' Joan Chittister

Today is the feast of St. Finbarr. He is the patron saint of Cork and has very close ties with Gougane Barra in West Cork. The world that Finbarr lived in was radically different to the one we live in now. The world back then was much less complicated, life was lived simply with fewer distractions. But they too had their challenges and difficulties. Finbarr believed strongly that God was the one who gave us hope and strength to get us through everything. This was the message that he brought from Gougane Barra to the people of Cork and beyond. His message is still so relevant today.

Psalm 86 echoes a very similar expression of God. It puts before us an alternative to hopelessness. The psalm reminds us that God is kind and full of compassion. We are told that the God we follow, 'Abounds in love'. If you translate the word 'abound', the dictionary says, 'full of', 'overflowing with', 'teeming with' or 'alive with'. The writer of this psalm adds the word 'love'. This then translates beautifully in the Psalm as 'full of love', overflowing with love', 'teeming with love', 'alive with love'. To say that God is 'alive with love' is such a beautiful description of God.

It means that God is with us right now and with us through everything that is going on in our lives - not last week or next week, but alive in the moment that is now. This is the God St Finbarr believed in, that God is the one who gives us hope and strength to get us through everything and that God is alive with love. It is not some old outdated notion of God but is still so relevant for the world we live in today. It is also very relevant for our own personal lives too.
 
 
 
  Monday
Sep-24
A constant theme with spirituality is how our need for quietness and stillness gets squeezed, squashed and lost in the world we live in today. One of the bestselling books in recent times is 'Calm the Soul' by the Poor Clare Sisters in Galway. It is a book of simple wisdom and prayer. The following is an extract from the introduction with plenty food for thought:

There have been phenomenal changes in the past decade and we now live in a very different world, an extremely busy world. The reality is that today, people are trying to juggle more and more activities in their day to day lives. Advances in technology and the way we communicate have brought with them incessant demands for our attention. We seek serenity of heart but find that there is no space given for our souls. Silence is all but gone and yet silence itself can be healing. Allied to this is the reality that for many people, the pace of life has increased greatly. A rushed quality pervades our world and can rob us of peace.

Living constantly on a treadmill, it is hard to appreciate how much energy can be depleted through constant rushing. The result is that there is a high level of unease. God wants us to live in peace, to have serenity and harmony in our hearts but today these things can be difficult to find. Sometimes the importance of the spiritual aspect of life is not appreciated and from what people have told us, by post or when they visit the monastery, there's a real hunger for some tranquility and silence. Despite the great changes that have occurred in our world, human nature is still the same, with the same needs. The need to nurture, look after, nourish and give time to our spiritual selves is one of those very important needs.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Sep-23
Thought For The Week

'When today becomes exactly like yesterday, then I may have lost the plot' ~Jack McArdle

It is only natural that we compare today with other days and with events in the past. Those who keep diaries or journals are often fascinated by things they did a few years ago or even what they did this day last year. Keeping a journal is recommended as a very good and healthy thing to do. Getting words down on paper can help clear your head of thoughts and ideas that are creating a confusion. While there is some overlap in what we do from year to year, there can never be close comparisons because today is so much different to yesterday, the day before and every day in the past.

If today is exactly like yesterday in our own lives, then maybe it's time to take a look at why this may be so. Sometimes we need to nudge ourselves out of falling into a routine that is set in concrete. No matter what our age, our mind needs stimulation, variety and the chance to do other things outside of routine. It is good an healthy to have some interest, some hobby or anything that we enjoy doing no matter how small or insignificant it may seem.

Today is also God's precious gift to us. It's the only day we can do something that will make a real and lasting difference. While today will not be perfect, with challenges and distractions, it is up to us to make this day our own and leave our mark on it. God asks nothing more from any of us only to do our best. How am I going to leave my mark on this day? Can I do anything to ensure today is not exactly like yesterday?
 
 
 
  Thursday
Sep-20


'When today becomes exactly like yesterday, then I may have lost the plot' ~Jack McArdle


It is only natural that we compare today with other days and with events in the past. Those who keep diaries or journals are often fascinated by things they did a few years ago or even what they did this day last year. Keeping a journal is recommended as a very good and healthy thing to do. Getting words down on paper can help clear your head of thoughts and ideas that are creating a confusion. While there is some overlap in what we do from year to year, there can never be close comparisons because today is so much different to yesterday, the day before and every day in the past.

If today is exactly like yesterday in our own lives, then maybe it's time to take a look at why this may be so. Today is God's precious gift to us. It's the only day we can do something that will make a real and lasting difference. While today will not be perfect, with challenges and distractions, it is up to us to make this day our own and leave our mark on it. God asks nothing more from any of us only to do our best. How am I going to leave my mark on this day.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Sep-19


'When today becomes exactly like yesterday, then I may have lost the plot' ~Jack McArdle


It is only natural that we compare today with other days and with events in the past. Those who keep diaries or journals are often fascinated by things they did a few years ago or even what they did this day last year. Keeping a journal is recommended as a very good and healthy thing to do. Getting words down on paper can help clear your head of thoughts and ideas that are creating a confusion. While there is some overlap in what we do from year to year, there can never be close comparisons because today is so much different to yesterday, the day before and every day in the past.

If today is exactly like yesterday in our own lives, then maybe it's time to take a look at why this may be so. Today is God's precious gift to us. It's the only day we can do something that will make a real and lasting difference. While today will not be perfect, with challenges and distractions, it is up to us to make this day our own and leave our mark on it. God asks nothing more from any of us only to do our best. How am I going to leave my mark on this day.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Sep-18


'When today becomes exactly like yesterday, then I may have lost the plot' ~Jack McArdle


It is only natural that we compare today with other days and with events in the past. Those who keep diaries or journals are often fascinated by things they did a few years ago or even what they did this day last year. Keeping a journal is recommended as a very good and healthy thing to do. Getting words down on paper can help clear your head of thoughts and ideas that are creating a confusion. While there is some overlap in what we do from year to year, there can never be close comparisons because today is so much different to yesterday, the day before and every day in the past.

If today is exactly like yesterday in our own lives, then maybe it's time to take a look at why this may be so. Today is God's precious gift to us. It's the only day we can do something that will make a real and lasting difference. While today will not be perfect, with challenges and distractions, it is up to us to make this day our own and leave our mark on it. God asks nothing more from any of us only to do our best. How am I going to leave my mark on this day.
 
 
 
  Monday
Sep-17


'When today becomes exactly like yesterday, then I may have lost the plot' ~Jack McArdle


It is only natural that we compare today with other days and with events in the past. Those who keep diaries or journals are often fascinated by things they did a few years ago or even what they did this day last year. Keeping a journal is recommended as a very good and healthy thing to do. Getting words down on paper can help clear your head of thoughts and ideas that are creating a confusion. While there is some overlap in what we do from year to year, there can never be close comparisons because today is so much different to yesterday, the day before and every day in the past.

If today is exactly like yesterday in our own lives, then maybe it's time to take a look at why this may be so. Today is God's precious gift to us. It's the only day we can do something that will make a real and lasting difference. While today will not be perfect, with challenges and distractions, it is up to us to make this day our own and leave our mark on it. God asks nothing more from any of us only to do our best. How am I going to leave my mark on this day.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Sep-16
Thought For Today is by Jane Mellett from the Intercom magazine

'What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works?' These are the words of St James in the second reading today, and in the gospel Jesus speaks quite sternly to Peter: 'The way you think is not God's way but man's.'

This is a reminder for us all to check what path we are walking. Jesus' path was radically different to what people of his time expected of a Messiah. It was a path that would lead to much sacrifice. Being a Christian today means being counter-cultural and making sacrifices for a greater good.

As we walk together through this Season of Creation can we as parish lead by example and show our commitment to caring for the earth? The future of our environment depends on the action we take now as a society. We can be proud that in July Ireland became the first country in the world to divest from fossil fuels. This is a good news story. As parishes can we join with the eco-groups in our community to rejoice in the good gift of creation, to share eco-stories and hear other good news of what is already happening. Perhaps you can explore becoming an 'eco-parish'?

(www.ecocongregationireland.com) This is an issue that the Church can link with the wider community and offer a space to dialogue and pray. The gospel today urges us to walk God's ways not man's.

'I wish to address every person living on this planet - to enter into dialogue with all people about our common home. The climate is a common good, belonging to all and meant for all. At the global level, it is a complex system linked to many of the essential conditions for human life.' ~Pope Francis
 
 
 
  Saturday
Sep-15
Thought For The Week

'There is a beauty in everything and we must have our eyes open wide enough to see it. My favourite word is a Japanese word, Meraki, which means doing something with total love and pure soul, leaving a little piece of yourself in your creative work. By putting the whole of yourself into something, you gain more from it; other people in turn are inspired by this approach and take a similar path.' ~Bernie O'Sullivan

It is true that we often miss so much. The many beautiful and special moments that can make up any day can often get lost in our busy world. They don't actually get lost as such but it is we who lose them. We are often simply too busy to notice them. September is a month that gets busy for everyone. Schools and colleges are in full swing again. The daily routines are busy and active. Many of them are enjoyable and important.

But we also know that if the pace becomes so hectic, to the point that we are chasing, stressed and exhausted, then we are guaranteed to lose out on other significant and special moments that will pass us by. Getting the balance right as we know is always the challenge.

In our Gospels the message of Jesus could also be closely linked to the Japanese word 'Meraki'. From a spiritual point of view it means doing something each day with total love and pure soul. This means doing our best, it means being open to the many beautiful and special moments that each day can bring and it means cherishing the love and goodness to be found within each person. Doing the simple things well will always be the inspiration for others. We are not called to be superstars or celebrities or someone we are not. We are called to be ourselves, to be true to who we are and to do our best even if it seems our best is not appreciated sometimes. Today and during the coming week, the invitation is to open our eyes to the really important and special moments that can so often pass us by.
 
 
 
  Friday
Sep-14
Thought For The Week

'There is a beauty in everything and we must have our eyes open wide enough to see it. My favourite word is a Japanese word, Meraki, which means doing something with total love and pure soul, leaving a little piece of yourself in your creative work. By putting the whole of yourself into something, you gain more from it; other people in turn are inspired by this approach and take a similar path.' ~Bernie O'Sullivan

It is true that we often miss so much. The many beautiful and special moments that can make up any day can often get lost in our busy world. They don't actually get lost as such but it is we who lose them. We are often simply too busy to notice them. September is a month that gets busy for everyone. Schools and colleges are in full swing again. The daily routines are busy and active. Many of them are enjoyable and important.

But we also know that if the pace becomes so hectic, to the point that we are chasing, stressed and exhausted, then we are guaranteed to lose out on other significant and special moments that will pass us by. Getting the balance right as we know is always the challenge.

In our Gospels the message of Jesus could also be closely linked to the Japanese word 'Meraki'. From a spiritual point of view it means doing something each day with total love and pure soul. This means doing our best, it means being open to the many beautiful and special moments that each day can bring and it means cherishing the love and goodness to be found within each person. Doing the simple things well will always be the inspiration for others. We are not called to be superstars or celebrities or someone we are not. We are called to be ourselves, to be true to who we are and to do our best even if it seems our best is not appreciated sometimes. Today and during the coming week, the invitation is to open our eyes to the really important and special moments that can so often pass us by.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Sep-13
Thought For The Week

'There is a beauty in everything and we must have our eyes open wide enough to see it. My favourite word is a Japanese word, Meraki, which means doing something with total love and pure soul, leaving a little piece of yourself in your creative work. By putting the whole of yourself into something, you gain more from it; other people in turn are inspired by this approach and take a similar path.' ~Bernie O'Sullivan

It is true that we often miss so much. The many beautiful and special moments that can make up any day can often get lost in our busy world. They don't actually get lost as such but it is we who lose them. We are often simply too busy to notice them. September is a month that gets busy for everyone. Schools and colleges are in full swing again. The daily routines are busy and active. Many of them are enjoyable and important.

But we also know that if the pace becomes so hectic, to the point that we are chasing, stressed and exhausted, then we are guaranteed to lose out on other significant and special moments that will pass us by. Getting the balance right as we know is always the challenge.

In our Gospels the message of Jesus could also be closely linked to the Japanese word 'Meraki'. From a spiritual point of view it means doing something each day with total love and pure soul. This means doing our best, it means being open to the many beautiful and special moments that each day can bring and it means cherishing the love and goodness to be found within each person. Doing the simple things well will always be the inspiration for others. We are not called to be superstars or celebrities or someone we are not. We are called to be ourselves, to be true to who we are and to do our best even if it seems our best is not appreciated sometimes. Today and during the coming week, the invitation is to open our eyes to the really important and special moments that can so often pass us by.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Sep-12
Thought For The Week

'There is a beauty in everything and we must have our eyes open wide enough to see it. My favourite word is a Japanese word, Meraki, which means doing something with total love and pure soul, leaving a little piece of yourself in your creative work. By putting the whole of yourself into something, you gain more from it; other people in turn are inspired by this approach and take a similar path.' ~Bernie O'Sullivan

It is true that we often miss so much. The many beautiful and special moments that can make up any day can often get lost in our busy world. They don't actually get lost as such but it is we who lose them. We are often simply too busy to notice them. September is a month that gets busy for everyone. Schools and colleges are in full swing again. The daily routines are busy and active. Many of them are enjoyable and important.

But we also know that if the pace becomes so hectic, to the point that we are chasing, stressed and exhausted, then we are guaranteed to lose out on other significant and special moments that will pass us by. Getting the balance right as we know is always the challenge.

In our Gospels the message of Jesus could also be closely linked to the Japanese word 'Meraki'. From a spiritual point of view it means doing something each day with total love and pure soul. This means doing our best, it means being open to the many beautiful and special moments that each day can bring and it means cherishing the love and goodness to be found within each person. Doing the simple things well will always be the inspiration for others. We are not called to be superstars or celebrities or someone we are not. We are called to be ourselves, to be true to who we are and to do our best even if it seems our best is not appreciated sometimes. Today and during the coming week, the invitation is to open our eyes to the really important and special moments that can so often pass us by.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Sep-11
Thought For The Week

'There is a beauty in everything and we must have our eyes open wide enough to see it. My favourite word is a Japanese word, Meraki, which means doing something with total love and pure soul, leaving a little piece of yourself in your creative work. By putting the whole of yourself into something, you gain more from it; other people in turn are inspired by this approach and take a similar path.' ~Bernie O'Sullivan

It is true that we often miss so much. The many beautiful and special moments that can make up any day can often get lost in our busy world. They don't actually get lost as such but it is we who lose them. We are often simply too busy to notice them. September is a month that gets busy for everyone. Schools and colleges are in full swing again. The daily routines are busy and active. Many of them are enjoyable and important.

But we also know that if the pace becomes so hectic, to the point that we are chasing, stressed and exhausted, then we are guaranteed to lose out on other significant and special moments that will pass us by. Getting the balance right as we know is always the challenge.

In our Gospels the message of Jesus could also be closely linked to the Japanese word 'Meraki'. From a spiritual point of view it means doing something each day with total love and pure soul. This means doing our best, it means being open to the many beautiful and special moments that each day can bring and it means cherishing the love and goodness to be found within each person. Doing the simple things well will always be the inspiration for others. We are not called to be superstars or celebrities or someone we are not. We are called to be ourselves, to be true to who we are and to do our best even if it seems our best is not appreciated sometimes. Today and during the coming week, the invitation is to open our eyes to the really important and special moments that can so often pass us by.
 
 
 
  Monday
Sep-10
Thought For The Week

'There is a beauty in everything and we must have our eyes open wide enough to see it. My favourite word is a Japanese word, Meraki, which means doing something with total love and pure soul, leaving a little piece of yourself in your creative work. By putting the whole of yourself into something, you gain more from it; other people in turn are inspired by this approach and take a similar path.' ~Bernie O'Sullivan

It is true that we often miss so much. The many beautiful and special moments that can make up any day can often get lost in our busy world. They don't actually get lost as such but it is we who lose them. We are often simply too busy to notice them. September is a month that gets busy for everyone. Schools and colleges are in full swing again. The daily routines are busy and active. Many of them are enjoyable and important.

But we also know that if the pace becomes so hectic, to the point that we are chasing, stressed and exhausted, then we are guaranteed to lose out on other significant and special moments that will pass us by. Getting the balance right as we know is always the challenge.

In our Gospels the message of Jesus could also be closely linked to the Japanese word 'Meraki'. From a spiritual point of view it means doing something each day with total love and pure soul. This means doing our best, it means being open to the many beautiful and special moments that each day can bring and it means cherishing the love and goodness to be found within each person. Doing the simple things well will always be the inspiration for others. We are not called to be superstars or celebrities or someone we are not. We are called to be ourselves, to be true to who we are and to do our best even if it seems our best is not appreciated sometimes. Today and during the coming week, the invitation is to open our eyes to the really important and special moments that can so often pass us by.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Sep-09
Our Thought For Today is by Jane Mellett from Intercom Magazine. It is is called 'Ephphatha'

In today's gospel Jesus heals a man who was deaf and who had a speech impediment, unable to hear or speak God's word of truth. Jesus says ephphatha, which means 'be opened!' Immediately this man was healed.

During this Season of Creation we are all urged to listen to the cry of the earth. Scientists are now telling us that unless drastic action is taken we will lose the battle against the environmental destruction which this world is faced with. The worldwide heatwave and drought which we experienced this summer is one example of how our planet is under pressure. Yet change is possible. All it takes is one good person to restore hope. As followers of Christ we have a duty to lead the way in caring for God's beautiful creation. What prevents us from hearing these messages? We can be cynical and say that the issue is too big, that it is up to governments to sort out. Ephphatha!

We start where we are and do what we can. This week can you encourage your family to make small changes in the home such as ensuring all waste is correctly recycled, composting, encouraging one another to use public transport or walk/cycle when possible? A very simple action is to reduce the use of plastic by buying a reusable water bottle or coffee cup which removes so much waste from landfills and sends a powerful message. We begin with the small actions and encourage others to do the same. Ephphatha! Let us all be open to this call to care for our common home.

(You can find out more at www.seasonofcreation.org)
 
 
 
  Saturday
Sep-08
Thought For The Week

Many schools reopened after the summer holidays during the past few days. All schools will reopen today Monday. Everyone is returning to school relaxed, refreshed, recharged and ready to go. Lots of stories were swapped and shared during the week about the summer break. The big talking point of course was the fabulous weather. The following is one of the prayers we are using in school. The prayer may not apply to you but an appropriate prayer at this time might be one to include someone you know who is going to school or someone returning to College at this time.

A back to school prayer for start of new school year
Loving God, our creator, our friend, our companion, bless the journey of our new school year that we undertake today. Bless our teachers and friends as we make our way back to the classrooms for another year. Help everyone to feel the excitement and joy in the promise of a new start. Give us everything we need to start our classes.

Give us imagination and creativity to make wonders out of what we do have. We ask you to refresh our souls and renew our spirits. We welcome those who are new to our school community and may they settle in well during the coming days and weeks. Strengthen all of us to share the wonderful gifts you have given to each of us. We ask you to gently guide and direct everyone each day in your loving care. We ask this in your name. Amen
 
 
 
  Friday
Sep-07
Thought For The Week

Many schools reopened after the summer holidays during the past few days. All schools will reopen today Monday. Everyone is returning to school relaxed, refreshed, recharged and ready to go. Lots of stories were swapped and shared during the week about the summer break. The big talking point of course was the fabulous weather. The following is one of the prayers we are using in school. The prayer may not apply to you but an appropriate prayer at this time might be one to include someone you know who is going to school or someone returning to College at this time.

A back to school prayer for start of new school year
Loving God, our creator, our friend, our companion, bless the journey of our new school year that we undertake today. Bless our teachers and friends as we make our way back to the classrooms for another year. Help everyone to feel the excitement and joy in the promise of a new start. Give us everything we need to start our classes.

Give us imagination and creativity to make wonders out of what we do have. We ask you to refresh our souls and renew our spirits. We welcome those who are new to our school community and may they settle in well during the coming days and weeks. Strengthen all of us to share the wonderful gifts you have given to each of us. We ask you to gently guide and direct everyone each day in your loving care. We ask this in your name. Amen
 
 
 
  Thursday
Sep-06
Thought For The Week

Many schools reopened after the summer holidays during the past few days. All schools will reopen today Monday. Everyone is returning to school relaxed, refreshed, recharged and ready to go. Lots of stories were swapped and shared during the week about the summer break. The big talking point of course was the fabulous weather. The following is one of the prayers we are using in school. The prayer may not apply to you but an appropriate prayer at this time might be one to include someone you know who is going to school or someone returning to College at this time.

A back to school prayer for start of new school year
Loving God, our creator, our friend, our companion, bless the journey of our new school year that we undertake today. Bless our teachers and friends as we make our way back to the classrooms for another year. Help everyone to feel the excitement and joy in the promise of a new start. Give us everything we need to start our classes.

Give us imagination and creativity to make wonders out of what we do have. We ask you to refresh our souls and renew our spirits. We welcome those who are new to our school community and may they settle in well during the coming days and weeks. Strengthen all of us to share the wonderful gifts you have given to each of us. We ask you to gently guide and direct everyone each day in your loving care. We ask this in your name. Amen
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Sep-05
Thought For The Week

Many schools reopened after the summer holidays during the past few days. All schools will reopen today Monday. Everyone is returning to school relaxed, refreshed, recharged and ready to go. Lots of stories were swapped and shared during the week about the summer break. The big talking point of course was the fabulous weather. The following is one of the prayers we are using in school. The prayer may not apply to you but an appropriate prayer at this time might be one to include someone you know who is going to school or someone returning to College at this time.

A back to school prayer for start of new school year
Loving God, our creator, our friend, our companion, bless the journey of our new school year that we undertake today. Bless our teachers and friends as we make our way back to the classrooms for another year. Help everyone to feel the excitement and joy in the promise of a new start. Give us everything we need to start our classes.

Give us imagination and creativity to make wonders out of what we do have. We ask you to refresh our souls and renew our spirits. We welcome those who are new to our school community and may they settle in well during the coming days and weeks. Strengthen all of us to share the wonderful gifts you have given to each of us. We ask you to gently guide and direct everyone each day in your loving care. We ask this in your name. Amen
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Sep-04
Thought For The Week

Many schools reopened after the summer holidays during the past few days. All schools will reopen today Monday. Everyone is returning to school relaxed, refreshed, recharged and ready to go. Lots of stories were swapped and shared during the week about the summer break. The big talking point of course was the fabulous weather. The following is one of the prayers we are using in school. The prayer may not apply to you but an appropriate prayer at this time might be one to include someone you know who is going to school or someone returning to College at this time.

A back to school prayer for start of new school year
Loving God, our creator, our friend, our companion, bless the journey of our new school year that we undertake today. Bless our teachers and friends as we make our way back to the classrooms for another year. Help everyone to feel the excitement and joy in the promise of a new start. Give us everything we need to start our classes.

Give us imagination and creativity to make wonders out of what we do have. We ask you to refresh our souls and renew our spirits. We welcome those who are new to our school community and may they settle in well during the coming days and weeks. Strengthen all of us to share the wonderful gifts you have given to each of us. We ask you to gently guide and direct everyone each day in your loving care. We ask this in your name. Amen
 
 
 
  Monday
Sep-03
Thought For The Week

Many schools reopened after the summer holidays during the past few days. All schools will reopen today Monday. Everyone is returning to school relaxed, refreshed, recharged and ready to go. Lots of stories were swapped and shared during the week about the summer break. The big talking point of course was the fabulous weather. The following is one of the prayers we are using in school. The prayer may not apply to you but an appropriate prayer at this time might be one to include someone you know who is going to school or someone returning to College at this time.

A back to school prayer for start of new school year
Loving God, our creator, our friend, our companion, bless the journey of our new school year that we undertake today. Bless our teachers and friends as we make our way back to the classrooms for another year. Help everyone to feel the excitement and joy in the promise of a new start. Give us everything we need to start our classes.

Give us imagination and creativity to make wonders out of what we do have. We ask you to refresh our souls and renew our spirits. We welcome those who are new to our school community and may they settle in well during the coming days and weeks. Strengthen all of us to share the wonderful gifts you have given to each of us. We ask you to gently guide and direct everyone each day in your loving care. We ask this in your name. Amen
 
 
 
  Sunday
Sep-02
%u2018God is like a mirror. The mirror never changes but everybody who looks at it sees something different.'~Harold Kushner

No one can attempt to say what God looks like or describe what God is all about. God is so much bigger and wider than our limited horizons. The image of a mirror is always helpful in explaining God in our lives. Everybody who looks into the mirror is going to see something completely different and so all our experiences of God are different. These vary from positive to negative, from no experience to a very moving experience. Our faith journey is a collection of all these different experiences. Each one is valued and respected. When all put together they point to someone who is special, important and who brings meaning and direction to our lives. It doesn't mean we have all the answers but it does mean we have infinitely more than nothing at all.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Sep-01
"We are gripped by a powerful spiritual resurgence. Across the entire spectrum from mainstream religions to Eastern philosophies to New Age movements, people in an increasingly driven and fragmented culture are searching for authentic spirituality and the sacred." ~Melissa Gayle West

The only story in Ireland at the weekend was the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland as part of the world meeting of families. There was a a genuine warm welcome for him by many people. Since his appointment as Pope, he has done things very different from his predecessors. There is much more openness, honesty, renewal, searching, listening, discernment and a willingness to work together to bring our faith alive.

The visit by Pope Francis was definitely an outstanding success. He had a hectic schedule and took it in his stride. He has a lovely smile and genuinely engages with people with sincerity and honesty. He also set time aside to meet and speak to abuse survivors. There was time set aside in his speeches too to talk about this incredibly dark cloud that seems to continually hover over the Irish church and across the world.

Was this visit of Pope Francis a good thing? Most definitely yes is my honest answer. While not attending the event due to parish commitments, I was watching events unfold on television and to be fair to RTE the coverage was top class. I genuinely believe that many people are searching, especially our young people. There is a genuine search and a deep hunger today for authentic spirituality and the sacred. The message of Jesus is as relevant, alive and as fresh as it ever was but the way of connecting this to our everyday lives in a modern world is the big challenge. Some of the old roads travelled by the church have completely worn out. Some of them are no longer fit for purpose and need to be closed. If the visit of Pope Francis encourages us to try new roads, while still respecting the old ones that work well; this will be a very good thing. His visit will be a boost for many people. His genuine honesty, simplicity, openness and closeness to God will leave its mark.
 
 

 

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