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Listing September - 2019
 
  Monday
Sep-16
Thought For The Week

During the past few weeks I have shared the following little Prayer Guide at Masses and I have been asked to share it further so here is the guide for you.

Prayer can at times be challenging and often the hardest thing to do is to get started. So if you take the five fingers on your hand, your thumb is the finger that is always the nearest to you. This is the finger to remind you to pray for those who are nearest and dearest to you and this normally includes the members of our own family and our closest friends.

The next finger is called the pointing finger. This is the finger to remind you to pray for those who point us in the right direction. This especially includes those who are in the caring profession, doctors, nurses, carers, teachers, priests, sisters, counsellors and healers. We ask God's blessings on them and on all those in the caring profession.

The next finger is called middle finger and this is our tallest finger. This is the finger to remind you to pray for our leaders. This includes those who run our government at national and local level. It includes our President and it includes all those who are currently trying to negotiate the very delicate Brexit situation.

The next finger is our fourth finger, often called the ring finger. This also happens to be our weakest finger. Just ask any piano teacher and they will tell you so. This is the finger to remind you to pray for those who are weak and vulnerable. It includes our sick and anyone who is in hospital. It includes anyone who is sad or lonely, anyone who is feeling down or depressed, our bereaved, our homeless and anyone going through a very difficult or stressful time in their lives.

Finally this leaves us with our small finger and this finger is all about you. This is the finger to remind you to pray for yourself. We all have our own story that is unique to us. We all have different things going on for us. We bring them all to God in our own quiet prayer. We ask God to gently guide us, direct us, keep us safe, energise us and to help us get through each day as best we can.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Sep-15
Our Thought For Today is by Jane Mellett and it is called 'Come to our senses' from the Intercom Magazine

The three parables of things lost and found emphasise the unending forgiveness of God, and God's rejoicing for those who return. In each of the situations there is a frantic search for that which is lost and a huge celebration when the lost is found. In the parable of the Lost Son there is much to reflect on. We hear that the younger brother eventually 'came to his senses.' We might pray today that God show us the aspects of our lives in which we also need to come to our senses.

In this Season of Creation, we lament the destruction of God's creation, we reflect on the loss of bio-diversity and the loss of human life caused by climate change. We pray that as a global community we might, like the lost son, 'come to our senses' and take the actions that are necessary to change course. It all seems so huge and perhaps we feel there is nothing significant we can do. That is not the case. As parishes, we can lead by example and show our commitment to care for the earth. The future of our environment depends on the action we take now as a society. As with all significant change, it begins with the grassroots.

'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.' (Laudato Si' 3,23) ~Pope Francis

Suggestion for the 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? We start with ourselves.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Sep-14
Thought For The Week

Stumbling Block or Stepping Stone?

You are a stumbling block when you are unkind or unjust in the way you treat others. But you are a stepping stone when you support me and others in moments of weakness and doubt.

You are a stumbling block when you keep me down, hold me back or make me inferior. But you are a stepping stone when you help me to believe in myself and boost my self confidence.

You are a stumbling block when you exclude me or ignore me. But you are a stepping stone when you help me to grow and develop my potential.

You are a stumbling block when you criticise me, sour me with cynicism and destroy my dreams. But you are a stepping stone when you understand and listen to me and accept me as I am.

In our Gospels Jesus was very much aware of the many stumbling blocks that we all face. But when ever he found them he always made sure to put stepping stones as well. What stepping stones do I need today and during the week? Can I be a stepping stone for someone?


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

Stumbling Block or Stepping Stone?

You are a stumbling block when you are unkind or unjust in the way you treat others. But you are a stepping stone when you support me and others in moments of weakness and doubt.

You are a stumbling block when you keep me down, hold me back or make me inferior. But you are a stepping stone when you help me to believe in myself and boost my self confidence.

You are a stumbling block when you exclude me or ignore me. But you are a stepping stone when you help me to grow and develop my potential.

You are a stumbling block when you criticise me, sour me with cynicism and destroy my dreams. But you are a stepping stone when you understand and listen to me and accept me as I am.

In our Gospels Jesus was very much aware of the many stumbling blocks that we all face. But when ever he found them he always made sure to put stepping stones as well. What stepping stones do I need today and during the week? Can I be a stepping stone for someone?


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

Stumbling Block or Stepping Stone?

You are a stumbling block when you are unkind or unjust in the way you treat others. But you are a stepping stone when you support me and others in moments of weakness and doubt.

You are a stumbling block when you keep me down, hold me back or make me inferior. But you are a stepping stone when you help me to believe in myself and boost my self confidence.

You are a stumbling block when you exclude me or ignore me. But you are a stepping stone when you help me to grow and develop my potential.

You are a stumbling block when you criticise me, sour me with cynicism and destroy my dreams. But you are a stepping stone when you understand and listen to me and accept me as I am.

In our Gospels Jesus was very much aware of the many stumbling blocks that we all face. But when ever he found them he always made sure to put stepping stones as well. What stepping stones do I need today and during the week? Can I be a stepping stone for someone?


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

Stumbling Block or Stepping Stone?

You are a stumbling block when you are unkind or unjust in the way you treat others. But you are a stepping stone when you support me and others in moments of weakness and doubt.

You are a stumbling block when you keep me down, hold me back or make me inferior. But you are a stepping stone when you help me to believe in myself and boost my self confidence.

You are a stumbling block when you exclude me or ignore me. But you are a stepping stone when you help me to grow and develop my potential.

You are a stumbling block when you criticise me, sour me with cynicism and destroy my dreams. But you are a stepping stone when you understand and listen to me and accept me as I am.

In our Gospels Jesus was very much aware of the many stumbling blocks that we all face. But when ever he found them he always made sure to put stepping stones as well. What stepping stones do I need today and during the week? Can I be a stepping stone for someone?


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

Stumbling Block or Stepping Stone?

You are a stumbling block when you are unkind or unjust in the way you treat others. But you are a stepping stone when you support me and others in moments of weakness and doubt.

You are a stumbling block when you keep me down, hold me back or make me inferior. But you are a stepping stone when you help me to believe in myself and boost my self confidence.

You are a stumbling block when you exclude me or ignore me. But you are a stepping stone when you help me to grow and develop my potential.

You are a stumbling block when you criticise me, sour me with cynicism and destroy my dreams. But you are a stepping stone when you understand and listen to me and accept me as I am.

In our Gospels Jesus was very much aware of the many stumbling blocks that we all face. But when ever he found them he always made sure to put stepping stones as well. What stepping stones do I need today and during the week? Can I be a stepping stone for someone?


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

Stumbling Block or Stepping Stone?

You are a stumbling block when you are unkind or unjust in the way you treat others. But you are a stepping stone when you support me and others in moments of weakness and doubt.

You are a stumbling block when you keep me down, hold me back or make me inferior. But you are a stepping stone when you help me to believe in myself and boost my self confidence.

You are a stumbling block when you exclude me or ignore me. But you are a stepping stone when you help me to grow and develop my potential.

You are a stumbling block when you criticise me, sour me with cynicism and destroy my dreams. But you are a stepping stone when you understand and listen to me and accept me as I am.

In our Gospels Jesus was very much aware of the many stumbling blocks that we all face. But when ever he found them he always made sure to put stepping stones as well. What stepping stones do I need today and during the week? Can I be a stepping stone for someone?
 
 
 
  Sunday
Sep-08
 
 

 

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