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(Archived on Saturday - February - 07/02/2009 )

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  Photo was taken at Altamount, Millstreet, Co.Cork (Irl)  
The recent freezing cold snap continues to affect western Europe including Ireland. It is the coldest Jan/Feb for nearly 20 years. In our photo today a branch that was beginning to push little greeen leaves forth may be realising that it did so a little too early as the heavy frosts and snow maintain their icy grip.


Thought on Saturday - February - 07/02/2009

‘The old attitudes and the old answers have been shown not to suffice in this restless new world. At least one and possibly two generations have in large part been lost to the Church’. ~Oliver Maloney

We can respond to change in various ways. We can hide and deny it or we can be open, welcome it and be energised. The Church has been slowest of all to adapt to change. The sweeping changes of Vatican II should have pushed the Church into the forefront of adapting to the needs of a restless new world. Sadly it stuck to old methods, attitudes and answers that were stale, outdated and often irrelevant. A lack of openness meant it was out of touch with a new generation of people. Many of these have been lost. But it’s not all bad news. Reasons for hope have not been extinguished. There is a now a slow shift towards a much more open and inclusive Church. This has to be welcomed. We pray this weekend that more people will continue to feel included and involved. We have come a long way but there is such a long way to go yet.

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