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  Monday
Sep-30
Thought For Week

'When people light candles, it is their prayer without words. Candles flicker in churches and before shrines for as many reasons as there are people in the world. It represents you in silent, wordless prayer in God's presence. It is an invitation to be still.' ~ Fr. John Cullen

As chaplain to a busy secondary school, I can safely say I would be lost without candles. Candles are so important when it comes to moments of prayer. They create the right atmosphere, they are a lovely distraction and the flickering flame is therapeutic. Students are always drawn to holding a candle and feel a spiritual connection. During difficult, stressful and challenging occasions, candles have spoken volumes, when all other words were never enough.

I am a big fan of candles and I always have a lovely collection of them in the prayer and quiet room of our school. The electronic candles that you now find in some churches just don't do it for me. They just aren't the same as the real candle. But health and safety is having nearly a say in everything these days.

From a spiritual point of view, a lighted candle is full of meaning and symbolism. It stands for the light of Christ. It stands for hope in the midst of darkness, it reminds us that we are not on our own, it reminds us that darkness and evil will never get the upper hand and it gently reminds us that everything is going to be ok.

We can also light a candle for someone else too. We are connected to this person in some way and we are asking God to bless them, to journey with them and to be their light with whatever might be difficult in their lives right now.

Our prayer for today and this week is: Loving God you are our light and hope. With you there is no darkness. Bring your light and hope into our lives and especially into our own darkness. May we feel your light, hope and compassion in our lives. Give us faith to say with the psalmist; 'Lord, keep my lamp burning, turn my darkness into light. Amen'
 
 
 
  Sunday
Sep-29
Thought For Today is by Jane Mellett called 'The Rich Man and Lazarus'

The Rich Man and Lazarus is a powerful story reminding us that we are called to live our faith in our daily lives through generosity towards the poor and in working towards justice in our world. We do this in a variety of ways and we can see the goodness around us in those who are living examples of the Christian message. We are now called to listen urgently to the cry of the earth and to reflect on the injustices caused by the climate crisis. Millions of people are suffering worldwide through drought, sea-level rise and a breakdown of the earth's ecological systems.

Joanna Sustento lives in Tacloban city, Philippines. On 8 November 2013 she lost her parents, her brother, her sister-in-law and 3-year-old nephew in the storm surge of Typhoon Haiyan. This storm was the largest to make landfall in recorded history, with wind speeds of over 300km per hour. 10,000 people perished in two hours.

Joanna's story is one of thousands. The strength of Typhoon Haiyan is attributed to climate change. It is an injustice that those who have done the least to cause this problem are on the frontline. The governments of the world must act. They will only do so if the public demand it. We have a responsibility to ensure they do so. We are at a crossroads as a global community and we have the solutions. Let us go forward together to a more sustainable future and listen to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Sep-28
'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 'come to our senses' and take the actions that are necessary to change course.' ~Jane Mellett

An artist watched children sailing a boat at the water's edge, as the sun was setting at the end of a perfect day. There was something about the scene that touched the artist's soul and he wanted to capture the moment on canvas to have for posterity.

But the artist had promised to meet a friend and the last bus was about to leave the seaside resort and he didn't want to be late for his appointment. He met his friend but the haunting beauty of the boat scene stayed with him. He returned the following evening but the sunset wasn't so colourful and no children were playing with their boat.

This little story is a reminder that the best opportunity is always today and now. This was at the heart of the worldwide demonstrations last Friday, calling for action to tackle global warming and climate change. The peaceful demonstrations by so many young people did make a difference. The obvious question is how do you know? The cynic will say it was a complete waste of time. But the real difference is that people do care, so many want action now and there is a genuine belief that we can make a difference.

Pope Francis has added the following; "As stewards of God's creation, we are called to make the earth a beautiful garden for the human family. When we destroy our forests, ravage our soil and pollute our seas, we betray that noble calling." Every person can begin to make a difference. We do our bit to be good stewards of God's creation.
 
 
 
  Friday
Sep-27
'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 'come to our senses' and take the actions that are necessary to change course.' ~Jane Mellett

An artist watched children sailing a boat at the water's edge, as the sun was setting at the end of a perfect day. There was something about the scene that touched the artist's soul and he wanted to capture the moment on canvas to have for posterity.

But the artist had promised to meet a friend and the last bus was about to leave the seaside resort and he didn't want to be late for his appointment. He met his friend but the haunting beauty of the boat scene stayed with him. He returned the following evening but the sunset wasn't so colourful and no children were playing with their boat.

This little story is a reminder that the best opportunity is always today and now. This was at the heart of the worldwide demonstrations last Friday, calling for action to tackle global warming and climate change. The peaceful demonstrations by so many young people did make a difference. The obvious question is how do you know? The cynic will say it was a complete waste of time. But the real difference is that people do care, so many want action now and there is a genuine belief that we can make a difference.

Pope Francis has added the following; "As stewards of God's creation, we are called to make the earth a beautiful garden for the human family. When we destroy our forests, ravage our soil and pollute our seas, we betray that noble calling." Every person can begin to make a difference. We do our bit to be good stewards of God's creation.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Sep-26
'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 'come to our senses' and take the actions that are necessary to change course.' ~Jane Mellett

An artist watched children sailing a boat at the water's edge, as the sun was setting at the end of a perfect day. There was something about the scene that touched the artist's soul and he wanted to capture the moment on canvas to have for posterity.

But the artist had promised to meet a friend and the last bus was about to leave the seaside resort and he didn't want to be late for his appointment. He met his friend but the haunting beauty of the boat scene stayed with him. He returned the following evening but the sunset wasn't so colourful and no children were playing with their boat.

This little story is a reminder that the best opportunity is always today and now. This was at the heart of the worldwide demonstrations last Friday, calling for action to tackle global warming and climate change. The peaceful demonstrations by so many young people did make a difference. The obvious question is how do you know? The cynic will say it was a complete waste of time. But the real difference is that people do care, so many want action now and there is a genuine belief that we can make a difference.

Pope Francis has added the following; "As stewards of God's creation, we are called to make the earth a beautiful garden for the human family. When we destroy our forests, ravage our soil and pollute our seas, we betray that noble calling." Every person can begin to make a difference. We do our bit to be good stewards of God's creation.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Sep-24
'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 'come to our senses' and take the actions that are necessary to change course.' ~Jane Mellett

An artist watched children sailing a boat at the water's edge, as the sun was setting at the end of a perfect day. There was something about the scene that touched the artist's soul and he wanted to capture the moment on canvas to have for posterity.

But the artist had promised to meet a friend and the last bus was about to leave the seaside resort and he didn't want to be late for his appointment. He met his friend but the haunting beauty of the boat scene stayed with him. He returned the following evening but the sunset wasn't so colourful and no children were playing with their boat.

This little story is a reminder that the best opportunity is always today and now. This was at the heart of the worldwide demonstrations last Friday, calling for action to tackle global warming and climate change. The peaceful demonstrations by so many young people did make a difference. The obvious question is how do you know? The cynic will say it was a complete waste of time. But the real difference is that people do care, so many want action now and there is a genuine belief that we can make a difference.

Pope Francis has added the following; "As stewards of God's creation, we are called to make the earth a beautiful garden for the human family. When we destroy our forests, ravage our soil and pollute our seas, we betray that noble calling." Every person can begin to make a difference. We do our bit to be good stewards of God's creation.
 
 
 
  Monday
Sep-23
'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 'come to our senses' and take the actions that are necessary to change course.' ~Jane Mellett

An artist watched children sailing a boat at the water's edge, as the sun was setting at the end of a perfect day. There was something about the scene that touched the artist's soul and he wanted to capture the moment on canvas to have for posterity.

But the artist had promised to meet a friend and the last bus was about to leave the seaside resort and he didn't want to be late for his appointment. He met his friend but the haunting beauty of the boat scene stayed with him. He returned the following evening but the sunset wasn't so colourful and no children were playing with their boat.

This little story is a reminder that the best opportunity is always today and now. This was at the heart of the worldwide demonstrations last Friday, calling for action to tackle global warming and climate change. The peaceful demonstrations by so many young people did make a difference. The obvious question is how do you know? The cynic will say it was a complete waste of time. But the real difference is that people do care, so many want action now and there is a genuine belief that we can make a difference.

Pope Francis has added the following; "As stewards of God's creation, we are called to make the earth a beautiful garden for the human family. When we destroy our forests, ravage our soil and pollute our seas, we betray that noble calling." Every person can begin to make a difference. We do our bit to be good stewards of God's creation.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Sep-22
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.
 
 
 
  Friday
Sep-20
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.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Sep-18
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.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Sep-17
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.
 
 
 
  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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