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Listing September - 2020
 
  Thursday
Sep-24
Thought For The Week

'The Holy Spirit will always point people to continue the work of Jesus.' ~John Paul Warren

It is great that the Confirmation ceremonies are taking place in many parishes after their postponement earlier in the year due to the Covid 19 pandemic. The ceremonies will be much simpler this time round, with much smaller numbers but at the same time full of meaning and symbolism. The following is a version of a reflection that is quite popular and is one that I am using to help the young people prepare for their Sacrament of Confirmation. It's a reflection that can have meaning for us too.

You Are Special: In the entire world there is nobody just like you. Since the beginning of time there has never been another person like you. Nobody has your smile, your hands, your eyes, your hair. No one owns your handwriting or your voice; nobody can paint your brushstrokes on the canvas of life. You are the only one in the whole universe who sees things as you do. Throughout all eternity no one will ever think or do exactly as you do. What makes you laugh or cry is unique to you. You are the only one who has your particular set of abilities.

There is always someone who is better at one thing or another. This is the way life is and if we were all exactly at the same level, life could be boring! But no one else can match the combination of your talents, your feelings and your special gifts. This unique combination which you have, when used in harmony, is such a beautiful symphony.

You are rare. Like all things rare your value is beyond price. Therefore, because of your great value you don't need to imitate anyone else. You are special and it is no accident that you are. You should realise that God made you special at this time in history, and in your particular circumstances, for a special purpose.

There is something to be done in God's world now that only you can do. God dreams in you. You are incredibly special and always will be. We need to believe this each day, even during the days when we struggle to believe it. You are special each day and especially special today.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Sep-23
Thought For The Week

'The Holy Spirit will always point people to continue the work of Jesus.' ~John Paul Warren

It is great that the Confirmation ceremonies are taking place in many parishes after their postponement earlier in the year due to the Covid 19 pandemic. The ceremonies will be much simpler this time round, with much smaller numbers but at the same time full of meaning and symbolism. The following is a version of a reflection that is quite popular and is one that I am using to help the young people prepare for their Sacrament of Confirmation. It's a reflection that can have meaning for us too.

You Are Special: In the entire world there is nobody just like you. Since the beginning of time there has never been another person like you. Nobody has your smile, your hands, your eyes, your hair. No one owns your handwriting or your voice; nobody can paint your brushstrokes on the canvas of life. You are the only one in the whole universe who sees things as you do. Throughout all eternity no one will ever think or do exactly as you do. What makes you laugh or cry is unique to you. You are the only one who has your particular set of abilities.

There is always someone who is better at one thing or another. This is the way life is and if we were all exactly at the same level, life could be boring! But no one else can match the combination of your talents, your feelings and your special gifts. This unique combination which you have, when used in harmony, is such a beautiful symphony.

You are rare. Like all things rare your value is beyond price. Therefore, because of your great value you don't need to imitate anyone else. You are special and it is no accident that you are. You should realise that God made you special at this time in history, and in your particular circumstances, for a special purpose.

There is something to be done in God's world now that only you can do. God dreams in you. You are incredibly special and always will be. We need to believe this each day, even during the days when we struggle to believe it. You are special each day and especially special today.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Sep-22
Thought For The Week

'The Holy Spirit will always point people to continue the work of Jesus.' ~John Paul Warren

It is great that the Confirmation ceremonies are taking place in many parishes after their postponement earlier in the year due to the Covid 19 pandemic. The ceremonies will be much simpler this time round, with much smaller numbers but at the same time full of meaning and symbolism. The following is a version of a reflection that is quite popular and is one that I am using to help the young people prepare for their Sacrament of Confirmation. It's a reflection that can have meaning for us too.

You Are Special: In the entire world there is nobody just like you. Since the beginning of time there has never been another person like you. Nobody has your smile, your hands, your eyes, your hair. No one owns your handwriting or your voice; nobody can paint your brushstrokes on the canvas of life. You are the only one in the whole universe who sees things as you do. Throughout all eternity no one will ever think or do exactly as you do. What makes you laugh or cry is unique to you. You are the only one who has your particular set of abilities.

There is always someone who is better at one thing or another. This is the way life is and if we were all exactly at the same level, life could be boring! But no one else can match the combination of your talents, your feelings and your special gifts. This unique combination which you have, when used in harmony, is such a beautiful symphony.

You are rare. Like all things rare your value is beyond price. Therefore, because of your great value you don't need to imitate anyone else. You are special and it is no accident that you are. You should realise that God made you special at this time in history, and in your particular circumstances, for a special purpose.

There is something to be done in God's world now that only you can do. God dreams in you. You are incredibly special and always will be. We need to believe this each day, even during the days when we struggle to believe it. You are special each day and especially special today.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Sep-20
'When criticism seems unfair, I believe it helps to remember the hawk. When attacked by crows, it does not counterattack. Instead, the hawk soars higher and higher in ever widening circles until the pests leave it alone.' ~Steve Goodier

We often take criticism personally. Some criticism is unfair and can be a put down. But some criticism can also be for our own good. When someone is critical they often forget to mention the positive and good points as well! What a difference it would make if they did.

Like the hawk we too sometimes need to circle wide of personal attacks when they become bitter and nasty. When we circle wide we are not sucked into a counterattack that drains our energy and confidence. Jesus himself sometimes moved away to a quiet spot. It was not running away but simply put him in a better position on his return to deal with opposition, friction and criticism.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Sep-19
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 keeping us safe during the Covid 19 pandemic.

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.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Sep-17
Thought For The Week

'Buried deep within each of us is a spark of greatness, a spark that can be fanned into flames of passion and achievement. That spark is not outside of you it is born deep within you.' ~James Ray

Fire is something essential and comforting but it can also be destructive. It seems to be a regular news story of forest fires in different parts of the world. Some of these fires can be devastating, with people fleeing their homes and wildlife destroyed. In April 2017 there was a big fire that swept through the hills in Gougane Barra in West Cork causing lots of damage.

Every fire begins as a spark. If there is no spark there will be no fire. The image of a spark is full of meaning and is so symbolic. When we say we have lost our spark for life we are in a very difficult situation, there is no energy flowing in us, we feel surrounded by darkness and find no motivation to do anything.

There are so many sparks we could talk about, a spark of kindness, of love, of support, of understanding, of comfort, of light, of hope, of meaning and so much more. During the past few months of the Covid 19 pandemic we have all experienced these essential sparks and we have also been the source of them too. These sparks will continue to be generated as we go forward.

The Divine spark within each of us is the ignition for every other spark. This Divine spark is unique and is not outside of us. It has been born deep within us. It is special; it is always there and can help rekindle the spark of life within us. We pray today asking God to be our spark, to be the spark that fills us with hope, to help us get restarted and to know that God is the one who gives us meaning and purpose as we journey through life.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Sep-15
Thought For The Week

'Buried deep within each of us is a spark of greatness, a spark that can be fanned into flames of passion and achievement. That spark is not outside of you it is born deep within you.' ~James Ray

Fire is something essential and comforting but it can also be destructive. It seems to be a regular news story of forest fires in different parts of the world. Some of these fires can be devastating, with people fleeing their homes and wildlife destroyed. In April 2017 there was a big fire that swept through the hills in Gougane Barra in West Cork causing lots of damage.

Every fire begins as a spark. If there is no spark there will be no fire. The image of a spark is full of meaning and is so symbolic. When we say we have lost our spark for life we are in a very difficult situation, there is no energy flowing in us, we feel surrounded by darkness and find no motivation to do anything.

There are so many sparks we could talk about, a spark of kindness, of love, of support, of understanding, of comfort, of light, of hope, of meaning and so much more. During the past few months of the Covid 19 pandemic we have all experienced these essential sparks and we have also been the source of them too. These sparks will continue to be generated as we go forward.

The Divine spark within each of us is the ignition for every other spark. This Divine spark is unique and is not outside of us. It has been born deep within us. It is special; it is always there and can help rekindle the spark of life within us. We pray today asking God to be our spark, to be the spark that fills us with hope, to help us get restarted and to know that God is the one who gives us meaning and purpose as we journey through life.
 
 
 
  Monday
Sep-14
Thought For The Week

'Buried deep within each of us is a spark of greatness, a spark that can be fanned into flames of passion and achievement. That spark is not outside of you it is born deep within you.' ~James Ray

Fire is something essential and comforting but it can also be destructive. It seems to be a regular news story of forest fires in different parts of the world. Some of these fires can be devastating, with people fleeing their homes and wildlife destroyed. In April 2017 there was a big fire that swept through the hills in Gougane Barra in West Cork causing lots of damage.

Every fire begins as a spark. If there is no spark there will be no fire. The image of a spark is full of meaning and is so symbolic. When we say we have lost our spark for life we are in a very difficult situation, there is no energy flowing in us, we feel surrounded by darkness and find no motivation to do anything.

There are so many sparks we could talk about, a spark of kindness, of love, of support, of understanding, of comfort, of light, of hope, of meaning and so much more. During the past few months of the Covid 19 pandemic we have all experienced these essential sparks and we have also been the source of them too. These sparks will continue to be generated as we go forward.

The Divine spark within each of us is the ignition for every other spark. This Divine spark is unique and is not outside of us. It has been born deep within us. It is special; it is always there and can help rekindle the spark of life within us. We pray today asking God to be our spark, to be the spark that fills us with hope, to help us get restarted and to know that God is the one who gives us meaning and purpose as we journey through life.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Sep-13
Thought For The Week

'The amazing thing about prayer is that it equally helps the pray-er and the pray-ee. Maybe if we were charged a fee to pray we would have a better sense of its value. Of course, no one could afford it, for the value of prayer is priceless' ~Vickie Girard

There has been much written and said about prayer. The one common link with anyone sharing their thoughts on prayer is its great benefits. There is no denying the difficulties either. We expect immediate results. It's easy to go into a shop, buy what you want and see the results for what you buy. If only the same could be said of prayer.

Prayer is so much different. Results as we know are not immediate and obvious. But this perhaps is where the real blessing of prayer is. Prayer is never a waste of time and every attempt to connect with God does bring a blessing.

Each prayer firmly grounds us in the present moment. When we pray we bring whatever is going on in our lives. Sometimes it's good and upbeat. Sometimes it's ugly, desperate and dark. But God never judges any prayer but accepts us as we are. Most importantly we are also loved as we are.

The simplest and best prayer is to take a quiet moment. We live in a noisy and busy world, so we have to make this quiet moment happen. Use the quiet moment to be still, to gather your thoughts, to reflect, to give thanks, to ask for something, to pray for someone. Such a quiet moment needs honesty and even if this quiet moment is only a minute or two, it is time so well spent. No money can buy the blessings of such a moment in prayer.


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

'The amazing thing about prayer is that it equally helps the pray-er and the pray-ee. Maybe if we were charged a fee to pray we would have a better sense of its value. Of course, no one could afford it, for the value of prayer is priceless' ~Vickie Girard

There has been much written and said about prayer. The one common link with anyone sharing their thoughts on prayer is its great benefits. There is no denying the difficulties either. We expect immediate results. It's easy to go into a shop, buy what you want and see the results for what you buy. If only the same could be said of prayer.

Prayer is so much different. Results as we know are not immediate and obvious. But this perhaps is where the real blessing of prayer is. Prayer is never a waste of time and every attempt to connect with God does bring a blessing.

Each prayer firmly grounds us in the present moment. When we pray we bring whatever is going on in our lives. Sometimes it's good and upbeat. Sometimes it's ugly, desperate and dark. But God never judges any prayer but accepts us as we are. Most importantly we are also loved as we are.

The simplest and best prayer is to take a quiet moment. We live in a noisy and busy world, so we have to make this quiet moment happen. Use the quiet moment to be still, to gather your thoughts, to reflect, to give thanks, to ask for something, to pray for someone. Such a quiet moment needs honesty and even if this quiet moment is only a minute or two, it is time so well spent. No money can buy the blessings of such a moment in prayer.


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

'The amazing thing about prayer is that it equally helps the pray-er and the pray-ee. Maybe if we were charged a fee to pray we would have a better sense of its value. Of course, no one could afford it, for the value of prayer is priceless' ~Vickie Girard

There has been much written and said about prayer. The one common link with anyone sharing their thoughts on prayer is its great benefits. There is no denying the difficulties either. We expect immediate results. It's easy to go into a shop, buy what you want and see the results for what you buy. If only the same could be said of prayer.

Prayer is so much different. Results as we know are not immediate and obvious. But this perhaps is where the real blessing of prayer is. Prayer is never a waste of time and every attempt to connect with God does bring a blessing.

Each prayer firmly grounds us in the present moment. When we pray we bring whatever is going on in our lives. Sometimes it's good and upbeat. Sometimes it's ugly, desperate and dark. But God never judges any prayer but accepts us as we are. Most importantly we are also loved as we are.

The simplest and best prayer is to take a quiet moment. We live in a noisy and busy world, so we have to make this quiet moment happen. Use the quiet moment to be still, to gather your thoughts, to reflect, to give thanks, to ask for something, to pray for someone. Such a quiet moment needs honesty and even if this quiet moment is only a minute or two, it is time so well spent. No money can buy the blessings of such a moment in prayer.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Sep-08
Thought For The Week

'The amazing thing about prayer is that it equally helps the pray-er and the pray-ee. Maybe if we were charged a fee to pray we would have a better sense of its value. Of course, no one could afford it, for the value of prayer is priceless' ~Vickie Girard

There has been much written and said about prayer. The one common link with anyone sharing their thoughts on prayer is its great benefits. There is no denying the difficulties either. We expect immediate results. It's easy to go into a shop, buy what you want and see the results for what you buy. If only the same could be said of prayer.

Prayer is so much different. Results as we know are not immediate and obvious. But this perhaps is where the real blessing of prayer is. Prayer is never a waste of time and every attempt to connect with God does bring a blessing.

Each prayer firmly grounds us in the present moment. When we pray we bring whatever is going on in our lives. Sometimes it's good and upbeat. Sometimes it's ugly, desperate and dark. But God never judges any prayer but accepts us as we are. Most importantly we are also loved as we are.

The simplest and best prayer is to take a quiet moment. We live in a noisy and busy world, so we have to make this quiet moment happen. Use the quiet moment to be still, to gather your thoughts, to reflect, to give thanks, to ask for something, to pray for someone. Such a quiet moment needs honesty and even if this quiet moment is only a minute or two, it is time so well spent. No money can buy the blessings of such a moment in prayer.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Sep-06
'Belief has not after all been banished from the public square. The idea that God is dead is already yesterday's news, overtaken by the idea that the human heart still seeks after the ultimate answer to its own implicit question.' ~John Waters

The Nobel Peace prize winner Albert Camus once famously said he would rather live his life as if there were a God and die to find out there isn't, rather than live his life as if there wasn't and die to find out there is. So much has been written about belief, faith and the difference it can make to our lives. Our human heart pumps and beats life giving blood around our body. Our human heart also beats with key questions, who are we? why are we here? and what does it all mean? It would be a brave person to try and answer these questions in a few minutes.

Deep within ourselves we know it is God who can answer all our questions. It is God who in some way directs us through the complexities and fragility of this world. On our own it would be impossible and frustrating. But with a sense of God in our lives we are always in a much better position to cope and adapt to whatever life may throw at us. Having a sense of God in our lives doesn't mean having it all worked out, but is so much better than having nothing at all.
 
 
 
  Friday
Sep-04
Thought For The Week
'God is the source of life. Life without God is hopeless. But life with God gives us hope that never ends.' Lailah Akita

At the moment there seems to be a lot of wasps around. They hang around rubbish bins, around the kitchen door and can be very annoying as they fly around you in circles. It looks like we will have to put up with them for another few weeks. It would be a pity though to put the honeybee into the same category.

The honeybee will not be found near rubbish bins or around our kitchen doors. Instead it will be busy gathering nectar from flowers and even at this time of year they are busy working heather and fuchsia flowers. It is easy to see where the saying "Busy as a bee" comes from. For every jar of honey that is collected, millions of flowers will have been visited. There are no results without effort and the honeybee knows this only too well.

In the Gospel that was used over the weekend Jesus also talks about no results without the effort. He reminds us that to be a follower of his we will have to take up a cross. But great care must be taken in understanding what this means. Jesus knew only too well that every single one of us will be exposed to difficulties, sadness, setbacks, knocks, hurt and disappointments. We can't avoid these. They are part and parcel of life. No person is shielded or protected from them. Jesus calls them a cross.

Life as we know can be fragile and unpredictable at the best of times. The important point here is that God never deliberately sends a cross our way. A cross is never sent our way to test us, to punish us or to keep us in our place. That would be such a cruel and horrible God.

Why would we even bother if we thought that this was the way with God? It isn't or never will be. Jesus assures us that whatever our cross, we will find hope, light, courage and strength to help us through.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Thursday
Sep-03
Thought For The Week
'God is the source of life. Life without God is hopeless. But life with God gives us hope that never ends.' Lailah Akita

At the moment there seems to be a lot of wasps around. They hang around rubbish bins, around the kitchen door and can be very annoying as they fly around you in circles. It looks like we will have to put up with them for another few weeks. It would be a pity though to put the honeybee into the same category.

The honeybee will not be found near rubbish bins or around our kitchen doors. Instead it will be busy gathering nectar from flowers and even at this time of year they are busy working heather and fuchsia flowers. It is easy to see where the saying "Busy as a bee" comes from. For every jar of honey that is collected, millions of flowers will have been visited. There are no results without effort and the honeybee knows this only too well.

In the Gospel that was used over the weekend Jesus also talks about no results without the effort. He reminds us that to be a follower of his we will have to take up a cross. But great care must be taken in understanding what this means. Jesus knew only too well that every single one of us will be exposed to difficulties, sadness, setbacks, knocks, hurt and disappointments. We can't avoid these. They are part and parcel of life. No person is shielded or protected from them. Jesus calls them a cross.

Life as we know can be fragile and unpredictable at the best of times. The important point here is that God never deliberately sends a cross our way. A cross is never sent our way to test us, to punish us or to keep us in our place. That would be such a cruel and horrible God.

Why would we even bother if we thought that this was the way with God? It isn't or never will be. Jesus assures us that whatever our cross, we will find hope, light, courage and strength to help us through.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Sep-01
Thought For The Week
'God is the source of life. Life without God is hopeless. But life with God gives us hope that never ends.' Lailah Akita

At the moment there seems to be a lot of wasps around. They hang around rubbish bins, around the kitchen door and can be very annoying as they fly around you in circles. It looks like we will have to put up with them for another few weeks. It would be a pity though to put the honeybee into the same category.

The honeybee will not be found near rubbish bins or around our kitchen doors. Instead it will be busy gathering nectar from flowers and even at this time of year they are busy working heather and fuchsia flowers. It is easy to see where the saying "Busy as a bee" comes from. For every jar of honey that is collected, millions of flowers will have been visited. There are no results without effort and the honeybee knows this only too well.

In the Gospel that was used over the weekend Jesus also talks about no results without the effort. He reminds us that to be a follower of his we will have to take up a cross. But great care must be taken in understanding what this means. Jesus knew only too well that every single one of us will be exposed to difficulties, sadness, setbacks, knocks, hurt and disappointments. We can't avoid these. They are part and parcel of life. No person is shielded or protected from them. Jesus calls them a cross.

Life as we know can be fragile and unpredictable at the best of times. The important point here is that God never deliberately sends a cross our way. A cross is never sent our way to test us, to punish us or to keep us in our place. That would be such a cruel and horrible God.

Why would we even bother if we thought that this was the way with God? It isn't or never will be. Jesus assures us that whatever our cross, we will find hope, light, courage and strength to help us through.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 

 

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