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Listing April - 2016
 
  Saturday
Apr-30
Thought For The Week

'Reaching the inner person is one of the intrinsic strengths of all organised religions. Reaching in to reach out is a worthy mission and one that in terms of enduring values can appeal to the spirit of the age. It is a mission for which the Church as people of God is especially well placed.' ~Pat Cox

We are comfortable living on the externals. We often go through the motions, do what needs to be done, tick all the boxes and just go with the flow of life. Sometimes we drift with the flow and take everything as it comes. We don't always look within us, to our own inner feelings, thoughts, hopes and dreams. Our inner voice sometimes screams to be heard. Every healthy and good religion allows us to connect with our inner selves. We do this through prayer, quiet time, reflection, meditation, silence or taking time out to just be.

Last Thursday we had Brother Kevin Crowley visit our school in Coláiste Pobail Bheanntraí (Bantry Community College). He came as guest speaker during the annual awards night for the school. He is originally from Enniskeane, so the long journey from Dublin was really a trip home for him. Brother Kevin founded the Capuchin Day Centre in Dublin back in 1969, to help relieve the hardship endured by homeless people and to help those in need. Since then they have helped thousands of people and their work today is flourishing. At the heart of the Day Centre, is the Capuchin - St Francis ethos of an "open door" policy where people are welcomed and treated with dignity, privacy and respect. Each day they have 300 for breakfast and over 600 for lunch. Everyone is welcomed and treated equally. In his speech to the young people of our school he thanked them for their openness, enthusiasm and energy. He encouraged them to continue doing their best and to continue to bring light and hope where ever they go and whatever they do. Like Brother Kevin once we are willing to turn within, the well never runs dry.

Once we give ourselves a chance to reach within, we are in fact reaching to God and doing our best to understand that God is often our stepping stone in life. When we race through life, jumping from one moment to the next, we can often forget the stepping stones. We can only find them or use them, if we slow down and take it one step at a time. When was the last time you reached within yourself? Every time we reach in, we slow ourselves down enough, to give us a genuine chance of connecting with the energy or presence of God in our life.
 
 
 
  Friday
Apr-29
Thought For The Week

'Reaching the inner person is one of the intrinsic strengths of all organised religions. Reaching in to reach out is a worthy mission and one that in terms of enduring values can appeal to the spirit of the age. It is a mission for which the Church as people of God is especially well placed.' ~Pat Cox

We are comfortable living on the externals. We often go through the motions, do what needs to be done, tick all the boxes and just go with the flow of life. Sometimes we drift with the flow and take everything as it comes. We don't always look within us, to our own inner feelings, thoughts, hopes and dreams. Our inner voice sometimes screams to be heard. Every healthy and good religion allows us to connect with our inner selves. We do this through prayer, quiet time, reflection, meditation, silence or taking time out to just be.

Last Thursday we had Brother Kevin Crowley visit our school in Coláiste Pobail Bheanntraí (Bantry Community College). He came as guest speaker during the annual awards night for the school. He is originally from Enniskeane, so the long journey from Dublin was really a trip home for him. Brother Kevin founded the Capuchin Day Centre in Dublin back in 1969, to help relieve the hardship endured by homeless people and to help those in need. Since then they have helped thousands of people and their work today is flourishing. At the heart of the Day Centre, is the Capuchin - St Francis ethos of an "open door" policy where people are welcomed and treated with dignity, privacy and respect. Each day they have 300 for breakfast and over 600 for lunch. Everyone is welcomed and treated equally. In his speech to the young people of our school he thanked them for their openness, enthusiasm and energy. He encouraged them to continue doing their best and to continue to bring light and hope where ever they go and whatever they do. Like Brother Kevin once we are willing to turn within, the well never runs dry.

Once we give ourselves a chance to reach within, we are in fact reaching to God and doing our best to understand that God is often our stepping stone in life. When we race through life, jumping from one moment to the next, we can often forget the stepping stones. We can only find them or use them, if we slow down and take it one step at a time. When was the last time you reached within yourself? Every time we reach in, we slow ourselves down enough, to give us a genuine chance of connecting with the energy or presence of God in our life.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Apr-28
Thought For The Week

'Reaching the inner person is one of the intrinsic strengths of all organised religions. Reaching in to reach out is a worthy mission and one that in terms of enduring values can appeal to the spirit of the age. It is a mission for which the Church as people of God is especially well placed.' ~Pat Cox

We are comfortable living on the externals. We often go through the motions, do what needs to be done, tick all the boxes and just go with the flow of life. Sometimes we drift with the flow and take everything as it comes. We don't always look within us, to our own inner feelings, thoughts, hopes and dreams. Our inner voice sometimes screams to be heard. Every healthy and good religion allows us to connect with our inner selves. We do this through prayer, quiet time, reflection, meditation, silence or taking time out to just be.

Last Thursday we had Brother Kevin Crowley visit our school in Col"iste Pobail Bheanntra" (Bantry Community College). He came as guest speaker during the annual awards night for the school. He is originally from Enniskeane, so the long journey from Dublin was really a trip home for him. Brother Kevin founded the Capuchin Day Centre in Dublin back in 1969, to help relieve the hardship endured by homeless people and to help those in need. Since then they have helped thousands of people and their work today is flourishing. At the heart of the Day Centre, is the Capuchin - St Francis ethos of an "open door" policy where people are welcomed and treated with dignity, privacy and respect. Each day they have 300 for breakfast and over 600 for lunch. Everyone is welcomed and treated equally. In his speech to the young people of our school he thanked them for their openness, enthusiasm and energy. He encouraged them to continue doing their best and to continue to bring light and hope where ever they go and whatever they do. Like Brother Kevin once we are willing to turn within, the well never runs dry.

Once we give ourselves a chance to reach within, we are in fact reaching to God and doing our best to understand that God is often our stepping stone in life. When we race through life, jumping from one moment to the next, we can often forget the stepping stones. We can only find them or use them, if we slow down and take it one step at a time. When was the last time you reached within yourself? Every time we reach in, we slow ourselves down enough, to give us a genuine chance of connecting with the energy or presence of God in our life.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Apr-26
Thought For The Week

'Reaching the inner person is one of the intrinsic strengths of all organised religions. Reaching in to reach out is a worthy mission and one that in terms of enduring values can appeal to the spirit of the age. It is a mission for which the Church as people of God is especially well placed.' ~Pat Cox

We are comfortable living on the externals. We often go through the motions, do what needs to be done, tick all the boxes and just go with the flow of life. Sometimes we drift with the flow and take everything as it comes. We don't always look within us, to our own inner feelings, thoughts, hopes and dreams. Our inner voice sometimes screams to be heard. Every healthy and good religion allows us to connect with our inner selves. We do this through prayer, quiet time, reflection, meditation, silence or taking time out to just be.

Last Thursday we had Brother Kevin Crowley visit our school in Col"iste Pobail Bheanntra" (Bantry Community College). He came as guest speaker during the annual awards night for the school. He is originally from Enniskeane, so the long journey from Dublin was really a trip home for him. Brother Kevin founded the Capuchin Day Centre in Dublin back in 1969, to help relieve the hardship endured by homeless people and to help those in need. Since then they have helped thousands of people and their work today is flourishing. At the heart of the Day Centre, is the Capuchin - St Francis ethos of an "open door" policy where people are welcomed and treated with dignity, privacy and respect. Each day they have 300 for breakfast and over 600 for lunch. Everyone is welcomed and treated equally. In his speech to the young people of our school he thanked them for their openness, enthusiasm and energy. He encouraged them to continue doing their best and to continue to bring light and hope where ever they go and whatever they do. Like Brother Kevin once we are willing to turn within, the well never runs dry.

Once we give ourselves a chance to reach within, we are in fact reaching to God and doing our best to understand that God is often our stepping stone in life. When we race through life, jumping from one moment to the next, we can often forget the stepping stones. We can only find them or use them, if we slow down and take it one step at a time. When was the last time you reached within yourself? Every time we reach in, we slow ourselves down enough, to give us a genuine chance of connecting with the energy or presence of God in our life.
 
 
 
  Monday
Apr-25
Thought For The Week

'Reaching the inner person is one of the intrinsic strengths of all organised religions. Reaching in to reach out is a worthy mission and one that in terms of enduring values can appeal to the spirit of the age. It is a mission for which the Church as people of God is especially well placed.' ~Pat Cox

We are comfortable living on the externals. We often go through the motions, do what needs to be done, tick all the boxes and just go with the flow of life. Sometimes we drift with the flow and take everything as it comes. We don't always look within us, to our own inner feelings, thoughts, hopes and dreams. Our inner voice sometimes screams to be heard. Every healthy and good religion allows us to connect with our inner selves. We do this through prayer, quiet time, reflection, meditation, silence or taking time out to just be.

Last Thursday we had Brother Kevin Crowley visit our school in Coláiste Pobail Bheanntraí (Bantry Community College). He came as guest speaker during the annual awards night for the school. He is originally from Enniskeane, so the long journey from Dublin was really a trip home for him. Brother Kevin founded the Capuchin Day Centre in Dublin back in 1969, to help relieve the hardship endured by homeless people and to help those in need. Since then they have helped thousands of people and their work today is flourishing. At the heart of the Day Centre, is the Capuchin - St Francis ethos of an "open door" policy where people are welcomed and treated with dignity, privacy and respect. Each day they have 300 for breakfast and over 600 for lunch. Everyone is welcomed and treated equally. In his speech to the young people of our school he thanked them for their openness, enthusiasm and energy. He encouraged them to continue doing their best and to continue to bring light and hope where ever they go and whatever they do. Like Brother Kevin once we are willing to turn within, the well never runs dry.

Once we give ourselves a chance to reach within, we are in fact reaching to God and doing our best to understand that God is often our stepping stone in life. When we race through life, jumping from one moment to the next, we can often forget the stepping stones. We can only find them or use them, if we slow down and take it one step at a time. When was the last time you reached within yourself? Every time we reach in, we slow ourselves down enough, to give us a genuine chance of connecting with the energy or presence of God in our life.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Apr-24
Thought For Today is by Jane Mellett

A New Commandment In today's Gospel Jesus gives the disciples a new commandment - to love one another. When we truly love one another, we are experiencing something of the divine as love comes from God, love is God and God is love. Surely Jesus's command to love one another was nothing new for the disciples and those of their time; the commandment is well known in the Old Testament. But the love Jesus asks of the disciples here (and of us) is to love as he has loved, and that is a controversial love for some.

It is controversial because Jesus's love is without restrictions and without exclusion. It is a love of those we may not like, a love of those it is hard to love. This love was too radical for some of the religious leaders of Jesus's time and ultimately led to his death. This radically inclusive love is sometimes too much for Christians today also, to love the sinner, to love those on the extreme margins of our society, to love those who have hurt us, to welcome back those who have done wrong, to include all at the table. Let us hear those words of the Gospel more clearly today: 'love one another, just as I have loved you, you must also love one another.' We can dream and work towards a world where this is a reality.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Apr-23
Thought For The Week

'When you are in love you find all sorts of ways of showing it, some ways will be structured and others will be spontaneous. The important thing is that they should be alive rather than burdensome. God doesn't mind if you fall asleep while saying your prayers!' ~Brian Grogan

We say where love is, God is. It is at the core of everything we believe. True and genuine love will find us bubbling with energy and feeling very much alive. The reality though is that few experience this consistently. Why do we at times struggle to find energy and find it difficult at times to feel enthusiastic in what we do? Why is our spiritual journey a struggle sometimes? Maybe we are expecting too much from our relationship with God? Perhaps we feel we simply can't keep up or match what is expected from us. Easter is all about new beginnings and the start of a new journey.

On this journey we are promised that the Risen Jesus, is with us every step of the way. We are promised light, direction, energy, hope, courage, strength, meaning and fulfillment on this journey. The only expectation is to simply be open to these blessings. Nothing else is needed. It is only we who may have much bigger expectations. So if our expectations are way too high it is often best to lower them so that they match to our story, our circumstances and our pace of life. God's expectations of us are incredibly reasonable and wonderfully generous. To say that God doesn't mind if we fall asleep while saying our prayers is brilliant. There is a freedom here to just be and to simply do our best. Even if we fall short, God is still with us and nothing will ever change this. It is called the Good News of Easter. There is no need to be fearful, guilty or down hearted. We are invited to start where we are, to do our best and whatever that best may be, God is delighted with us.
 
 
 
  Friday
Apr-22
Thought For The Week

'When you are in love you find all sorts of ways of showing it, some ways will be structured and others will be spontaneous. The important thing is that they should be alive rather than burdensome. God doesn't mind if you fall asleep while saying your prayers!' ~Brian Grogan

We say where love is, God is. It is at the core of everything we believe. True and genuine love will find us bubbling with energy and feeling very much alive. The reality though is that few experience this consistently. Why do we at times struggle to find energy and find it difficult at times to feel enthusiastic in what we do? Why is our spiritual journey a struggle sometimes? Maybe we are expecting too much from our relationship with God? Perhaps we feel we simply can't keep up or match what is expected from us. Easter is all about new beginnings and the start of a new journey.

On this journey we are promised that the Risen Jesus, is with us every step of the way. We are promised light, direction, energy, hope, courage, strength, meaning and fulfillment on this journey. The only expectation is to simply be open to these blessings. Nothing else is needed. It is only we who may have much bigger expectations. So if our expectations are way too high it is often best to lower them so that they match to our story, our circumstances and our pace of life. God's expectations of us are incredibly reasonable and wonderfully generous. To say that God doesn't mind if we fall asleep while saying our prayers is brilliant. There is a freedom here to just be and to simply do our best. Even if we fall short, God is still with us and nothing will ever change this. It is called the Good News of Easter. There is no need to be fearful, guilty or down hearted. We are invited to start where we are, to do our best and whatever that best may be, God is delighted with us.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Apr-21
Thought For The Week

'When you are in love you find all sorts of ways of showing it, some ways will be structured and others will be spontaneous. The important thing is that they should be alive rather than burdensome. God doesn't mind if you fall asleep while saying your prayers!' ~Brian Grogan

We say where love is, God is. It is at the core of everything we believe. True and genuine love will find us bubbling with energy and feeling very much alive. The reality though is that few experience this consistently. Why do we at times struggle to find energy and find it difficult at times to feel enthusiastic in what we do? Why is our spiritual journey a struggle sometimes? Maybe we are expecting too much from our relationship with God? Perhaps we feel we simply can't keep up or match what is expected from us. Easter is all about new beginnings and the start of a new journey.

On this journey we are promised that the Risen Jesus, is with us every step of the way. We are promised light, direction, energy, hope, courage, strength, meaning and fulfillment on this journey. The only expectation is to simply be open to these blessings. Nothing else is needed. It is only we who may have much bigger expectations. So if our expectations are way too high it is often best to lower them so that they match to our story, our circumstances and our pace of life. God's expectations of us are incredibly reasonable and wonderfully generous. To say that God doesn't mind if we fall asleep while saying our prayers is brilliant. There is a freedom here to just be and to simply do our best. Even if we fall short, God is still with us and nothing will ever change this. It is called the Good News of Easter. There is no need to be fearful, guilty or down hearted. We are invited to start where we are, to do our best and whatever that best may be, God is delighted with us.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Apr-20
Thought For The Week

'When you are in love you find all sorts of ways of showing it, some ways will be structured and others will be spontaneous. The important thing is that they should be alive rather than burdensome. God doesn't mind if you fall asleep while saying your prayers!' ~Brian Grogan

We say where love is, God is. It is at the core of everything we believe. True and genuine love will find us bubbling with energy and feeling very much alive. The reality though is that few experience this consistently. Why do we at times struggle to find energy and find it difficult at times to feel enthusiastic in what we do? Why is our spiritual journey a struggle sometimes? Maybe we are expecting too much from our relationship with God? Perhaps we feel we simply can't keep up or match what is expected from us. Easter is all about new beginnings and the start of a new journey.

On this journey we are promised that the Risen Jesus, is with us every step of the way. We are promised light, direction, energy, hope, courage, strength, meaning and fulfillment on this journey. The only expectation is to simply be open to these blessings. Nothing else is needed. It is only we who may have much bigger expectations. So if our expectations are way too high it is often best to lower them so that they match to our story, our circumstances and our pace of life. God's expectations of us are incredibly reasonable and wonderfully generous. To say that God doesn't mind if we fall asleep while saying our prayers is brilliant. There is a freedom here to just be and to simply do our best. Even if we fall short, God is still with us and nothing will ever change this. It is called the Good News of Easter. There is no need to be fearful, guilty or down hearted. We are invited to start where we are, to do our best and whatever that best may be, God is delighted with us.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Apr-19
Thought For The Week

'When you are in love you find all sorts of ways of showing it, some ways will be structured and others will be spontaneous. The important thing is that they should be alive rather than burdensome. God doesn't mind if you fall asleep while saying your prayers!' ~Brian Grogan

We say where love is, God is. It is at the core of everything we believe. True and genuine love will find us bubbling with energy and feeling very much alive. The reality though is that few experience this consistently. Why do we at times struggle to find energy and find it difficult at times to feel enthusiastic in what we do? Why is our spiritual journey a struggle sometimes? Maybe we are expecting too much from our relationship with God? Perhaps we feel we simply can't keep up or match what is expected from us. Easter is all about new beginnings and the start of a new journey.

On this journey we are promised that the Risen Jesus, is with us every step of the way. We are promised light, direction, energy, hope, courage, strength, meaning and fulfillment on this journey. The only expectation is to simply be open to these blessings. Nothing else is needed. It is only we who may have much bigger expectations. So if our expectations are way too high it is often best to lower them so that they match to our story, our circumstances and our pace of life. God's expectations of us are incredibly reasonable and wonderfully generous. To say that God doesn't mind if we fall asleep while saying our prayers is brilliant. There is a freedom here to just be and to simply do our best. Even if we fall short, God is still with us and nothing will ever change this. It is called the Good News of Easter. There is no need to be fearful, guilty or down hearted. We are invited to start where we are, to do our best and whatever that best may be, God is delighted with us.
 
 
 
  Monday
Apr-18
Thought For The Week

'When you are in love you find all sorts of ways of showing it, some ways will be structured and others will be spontaneous. The important thing is that they should be alive rather than burdensome. God doesn't mind if you fall asleep while saying your prayers!' ~Brian Grogan

We say where love is, God is. It is at the core of everything we believe. True and genuine love will find us bubbling with energy and feeling very much alive. The reality though is that few experience this consistently. Why do we at times struggle to find energy and find it difficult at times to feel enthusiastic in what we do? Why is our spiritual journey a struggle sometimes? Maybe we are expecting too much from our relationship with God? Perhaps we feel we simply can't keep up or match what is expected from us. Easter is all about new beginnings and the start of a new journey.

On this journey we are promised that the Risen Jesus, is with us every step of the way. We are promised light, direction, energy, hope, courage, strength, meaning and fulfillment on this journey. The only expectation is to simply be open to these blessings. Nothing else is needed. It is only we who may have much bigger expectations. So if our expectations are way too high it is often best to lower them so that they match to our story, our circumstances and our pace of life. God's expectations of us are incredibly reasonable and wonderfully generous. To say that God doesn't mind if we fall asleep while saying our prayers is brilliant. There is a freedom here to just be and to simply do our best. Even if we fall short, God is still with us and nothing will ever change this. It is called the Good News of Easter. There is no need to be fearful, guilty or down hearted. We are invited to start where we are, to do our best and whatever that best may be, God is delighted with us.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Apr-17
Thought For Today by Jane Mellett called 'I know them and they Follow Me'

During this Easter season we are celebrating the presence of the Risen Jesus in our lives and in our world. Jesus tells us that he knows his flock and because of this 'knowing', they follow him. As Christians, we are called towards 'knowing' God more intimately and more deeply. Each of us, on our own journeys and paths, vocations and ministries, are part of this 'flock' because of the deep desire to know God more deeply. It is a very special thing. No matter what our role is in our community, parish, church and so on, it is important to remember what it is that brings us together, the desire to know God, to know God's love and to share that love and knowledge with others, especially those who are lost and at the margins.

Very often, those most 'lost' in our communities do not experience the presence of the Christian community as they should, they can be cast aside and excluded. Jesus tells us here, no one can snatch them out of His hand. This week can you try to recognise that deep desire within you to know God more fully? What does that mean for you? What does that mean for those you meet in your day to day life?
 
 
 
  Saturday
Apr-16
Thought For The Week

'Hope is not some kind of delusional optimism to be resorted to because we simply cannot face the hard facts that threaten to swamp our hearts. People do die and leave us. Friends do desert us. Businesses do crumble and destroy us financially. Love does dry up and disappear. Careers do come to ruin. Disease does debilitate us. Evil does exist. But through it all, hope remains.' ~Niall Ahern


Life can be so unpredictable and uncertain. Like a gentle tide that lifts our boat it can also turn into a raging storm threatening to swamp us. Yet in the middle of every uncertainty, storm and darkness, there remains a sense of hope and optimism. That is why Easter is so important in the Christian calendar. It runs for 50 days and not just for a few days as many think it is. The long stretch of Easter is a reminder that despite everything, we are people of hope and optimism. This year Easter will end on Pentecost Sunday, May 15th.

But what do we mean by hope and optimism? They are empty and shallow if left on their own but in the context of a loving God, they are powerful and liberating. When all else seems to be gone, God will always be there and will never abandon or desert us. This is real hope and it is life giving. But in the world we live in today there is a loss of connection to faith matters, spirituality and religion. This loss is particularly felt when there is a crisis, emergency or a major stress in ones personal life. Our faith can help us through these difficult times, helping us to find courage and strength. We feel a flicker of light and hope present. It doesn't have to be dazzling bright, but once it is there it can make all the difference. When there is no faith present, it can be much harder to deal with the challenges that life can throw at us. We pray to God today and during the coming days of Easter to help us through all the challenges of life. We pray that we will always remain hopeful, knowing that God is always on our side even when all seems lost.
 
 
 
  Friday
Apr-15
Thought For The Week

'Hope is not some kind of delusional optimism to be resorted to because we simply cannot face the hard facts that threaten to swamp our hearts. People do die and leave us. Friends do desert us. Businesses do crumble and destroy us financially. Love does dry up and disappear. Careers do come to ruin. Disease does debilitate us. Evil does exist. But through it all, hope remains.' ~Niall Ahern


Life can be so unpredictable and uncertain. Like a gentle tide that lifts our boat it can also turn into a raging storm threatening to swamp us. Yet in the middle of every uncertainty, storm and darkness, there remains a sense of hope and optimism. That is why Easter is so important in the Christian calendar. It runs for 50 days and not just for a few days as many think it is. The long stretch of Easter is a reminder that despite everything, we are people of hope and optimism. This year Easter will end on Pentecost Sunday, May 15th.

But what do we mean by hope and optimism? They are empty and shallow if left on their own but in the context of a loving God, they are powerful and liberating. When all else seems to be gone, God will always be there and will never abandon or desert us. This is real hope and it is life giving. But in the world we live in today there is a loss of connection to faith matters, spirituality and religion. This loss is particularly felt when there is a crisis, emergency or a major stress in ones personal life. Our faith can help us through these difficult times, helping us to find courage and strength. We feel a flicker of light and hope present. It doesn't have to be dazzling bright, but once it is there it can make all the difference. When there is no faith present, it can be much harder to deal with the challenges that life can throw at us. We pray to God today and during the coming days of Easter to help us through all the challenges of life. We pray that we will always remain hopeful, knowing that God is always on our side even when all seems lost.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Apr-14
Thought For The Week

'Hope is not some kind of delusional optimism to be resorted to because we simply cannot face the hard facts that threaten to swamp our hearts. People do die and leave us. Friends do desert us. Businesses do crumble and destroy us financially. Love does dry up and disappear. Careers do come to ruin. Disease does debilitate us. Evil does exist. But through it all, hope remains.' ~Niall Ahern


Life can be so unpredictable and uncertain. Like a gentle tide that lifts our boat it can also turn into a raging storm threatening to swamp us. Yet in the middle of every uncertainty, storm and darkness, there remains a sense of hope and optimism. That is why Easter is so important in the Christian calendar. It runs for 50 days and not just for a few days as many think it is. The long stretch of Easter is a reminder that despite everything, we are people of hope and optimism. This year Easter will end on Pentecost Sunday, May 15th.

But what do we mean by hope and optimism? They are empty and shallow if left on their own but in the context of a loving God, they are powerful and liberating. When all else seems to be gone, God will always be there and will never abandon or desert us. This is real hope and it is life giving. But in the world we live in today there is a loss of connection to faith matters, spirituality and religion. This loss is particularly felt when there is a crisis, emergency or a major stress in ones personal life. Our faith can help us through these difficult times, helping us to find courage and strength. We feel a flicker of light and hope present. It doesn't have to be dazzling bright, but once it is there it can make all the difference. When there is no faith present, it can be much harder to deal with the challenges that life can throw at us. We pray to God today and during the coming days of Easter to help us through all the challenges of life. We pray that we will always remain hopeful, knowing that God is always on our side even when all seems lost.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Apr-12
Thought For The Week

'Hope is not some kind of delusional optimism to be resorted to because we simply cannot face the hard facts that threaten to swamp our hearts. People do die and leave us. Friends do desert us. Businesses do crumble and destroy us financially. Love does dry up and disappear. Careers do come to ruin. Disease does debilitate us. Evil does exist. But through it all, hope remains.' ~Niall Ahern


Life can be so unpredictable and uncertain. Like a gentle tide that lifts our boat it can also turn into a raging storm threatening to swamp us. Yet in the middle of every uncertainty, storm and darkness, there remains a sense of hope and optimism. That is why Easter is so important in the Christian calendar. It runs for 50 days and not just for a few days as many think it is. The long stretch of Easter is a reminder that despite everything, we are people of hope and optimism. This year Easter will end on Pentecost Sunday, May 15th.

But what do we mean by hope and optimism? They are empty and shallow if left on their own but in the context of a loving God, they are powerful and liberating. When all else seems to be gone, God will always be there and will never abandon or desert us. This is real hope and it is life giving. But in the world we live in today there is a loss of connection to faith matters, spirituality and religion. This loss is particularly felt when there is a crisis, emergency or a major stress in ones personal life. Our faith can help us through these difficult times, helping us to find courage and strength. We feel a flicker of light and hope present. It doesn't have to be dazzling bright, but once it is there it can make all the difference. When there is no faith present, it can be much harder to deal with the challenges that life can throw at us. We pray to God today and during the coming days of Easter to help us through all the challenges of life. We pray that we will always remain hopeful, knowing that God is always on our side even when all seems lost.
 
 
 
  Monday
Apr-11
Thought For The Week

'Hope is not some kind of delusional optimism to be resorted to because we simply cannot face the hard facts that threaten to swamp our hearts. People do die and leave us. Friends do desert us. Businesses do crumble and destroy us financially. Love does dry up and disappear. Careers do come to ruin. Disease does debilitate us. Evil does exist. But through it all, hope remains.' ~Niall Ahern


Life can be so unpredictable and uncertain. Like a gentle tide that lifts our boat it can also turn into a raging storm threatening to swamp us. Yet in the middle of every uncertainty, storm and darkness, there remains a sense of hope and optimism. That is why Easter is so important in the Christian calendar. It runs for 50 days and not just for a few days as many think it is. The long stretch of Easter is a reminder that despite everything, we are people of hope and optimism. This year Easter will end on Pentecost Sunday, May 15th.

But what do we mean by hope and optimism? They are empty and shallow if left on their own but in the context of a loving God, they are powerful and liberating. When all else seems to be gone, God will always be there and will never abandon or desert us. This is real hope and it is life giving. But in the world we live in today there is a loss of connection to faith matters, spirituality and religion. This loss is particularly felt when there is a crisis, emergency or a major stress in ones personal life. Our faith can help us through these difficult times, helping us to find courage and strength. We feel a flicker of light and hope present. It doesn't have to be dazzling bright, but once it is there it can make all the difference. When there is no faith present, it can be much harder to deal with the challenges that life can throw at us. We pray to God today and during the coming days of Easter to help us through all the challenges of life. We pray that we will always remain hopeful, knowing that God is always on our side even when all seems lost.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Apr-10
Our Thought For Today is by Jane Mellett called 'Come and have Breakfast'

During these Easter weeks we read from St John's Gospel. The passages are very deep and in today's text there are many things going on. Perhaps we might focus on Peter and the journey he has made. We all have experience of friendships and relationships that break down. When that happens it feels like a death - we grieve, we get angry, we have regrets, we wonder 'what if?' Three times Peter denied Jesus and today we hear Peter express his love for Jesus three times. Jesus welcomes Peter back into community with him. Peter experiences Resurrection; he is given new life. There is no situation, no matter how terrible, that Jesus cannot transform, forgive, welcome back, restore. Peter says to Jesus - 'Lord you know everything' and we too must remember that Jesus knows our hearts, as He knew Peter's heart. The questioning here is perhaps so that Peter can hear it for himself. The relationship is restored and we, like Peter, are once more invited in to 'Follow me!'

Lord, we thank you for people who have forgiven us, not a mean, calculating forgiveness, not harping on the ways in which we wronged them, but forgiving with the forgiveness of Jesus, so that it was like coming back from a hard night's work, and seeing some bread there and a charcoal fire with fish cooking on it and the very person we had hurt saying, 'Come and have breakfast.' And we not having to ask any questions because we knew that everything was forgiven.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Apr-09
Thought For The Week

'We must practice Resurrection and this is an everyday practice. We become alive in the here and now. Joy, peace and happiness are possible. You have an appointment with life, an appointment that is in the here and now.' ~Thich Nhat Hanh

With schools having reopened after the Easter holidays last Monday, there is a sense that Easter is all over. But on reflection it is only beginning. Easter will extend out for a full six weeks and then after that the spirit of Easter is lived out each day. For some people it is tempting to stay in Good Friday and not to move onto Easter. Why is Easter so important to us? Why embrace it with any enthusiasm? Easter reminds us that in the midst of darkness, pain, upset, anger, depression, disappointment, uncertainty and difficulties, that there is light and hope. If we stay in Good Friday we will never give ourselves permission to move on. Easter is not saying that life will be trouble free, pain free or that life will be just perfect. But it most definitely says with great conviction and certainty that life does have meaning and purpose. It also reminds us that we have a reason to keep going and that our faith energies us on our own daily journey, particularly during difficult days.

We also begin our journey through this month of April. Unlike other months it is not named to commemorate anybody or anything special. It gets its name from a Latin word, 'Aprillis' which means 'to open'. This is a very appropriate name because nature is indeed opening up to new life all around. We too are invited to open up to new life in our daily lives. Our journey through April and Easter are very much coinciding. Our prayer today is that we will be open to the blessings and energy that Easter is bringing and will continue to bring.
 
 
 
  Friday
Apr-08
Thought For The Week

'We must practice Resurrection and this is an everyday practice. We become alive in the here and now. Joy, peace and happiness are possible. You have an appointment with life, an appointment that is in the here and now.' ~Thich Nhat Hanh

With schools having reopened after the Easter holidays last Monday, there is a sense that Easter is all over. But on reflection it is only beginning. Easter will extend out for a full six weeks and then after that the spirit of Easter is lived out each day. For some people it is tempting to stay in Good Friday and not to move onto Easter. Why is Easter so important to us? Why embrace it with any enthusiasm? Easter reminds us that in the midst of darkness, pain, upset, anger, depression, disappointment, uncertainty and difficulties, that there is light and hope. If we stay in Good Friday we will never give ourselves permission to move on. Easter is not saying that life will be trouble free, pain free or that life will be just perfect. But it most definitely says with great conviction and certainty that life does have meaning and purpose. It also reminds us that we have a reason to keep going and that our faith energies us on our own daily journey, particularly during difficult days.

We also begin our journey through this month of April. Unlike other months it is not named to commemorate anybody or anything special. It gets its name from a Latin word, 'Aprillis' which means 'to open'. This is a very appropriate name because nature is indeed opening up to new life all around. We too are invited to open up to new life in our daily lives. Our journey through April and Easter are very much coinciding. Our prayer today is that we will be open to the blessings and energy that Easter is bringing and will continue to bring.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Apr-07
Thought For The Week

'We must practice Resurrection and this is an everyday practice. We become alive in the here and now. Joy, peace and happiness are possible. You have an appointment with life, an appointment that is in the here and now.' ~Thich Nhat Hanh

With schools having reopened after the Easter holidays last Monday, there is a sense that Easter is all over. But on reflection it is only beginning. Easter will extend out for a full six weeks and then after that the spirit of Easter is lived out each day. For some people it is tempting to stay in Good Friday and not to move onto Easter. Why is Easter so important to us? Why embrace it with any enthusiasm? Easter reminds us that in the midst of darkness, pain, upset, anger, depression, disappointment, uncertainty and difficulties, that there is light and hope. If we stay in Good Friday we will never give ourselves permission to move on. Easter is not saying that life will be trouble free, pain free or that life will be just perfect. But it most definitely says with great conviction and certainty that life does have meaning and purpose. It also reminds us that we have a reason to keep going and that our faith energies us on our own daily journey, particularly during difficult days.

We also begin our journey through this month of April. Unlike other months it is not named to commemorate anybody or anything special. It gets its name from a Latin word, 'Aprillis' which means 'to open'. This is a very appropriate name because nature is indeed opening up to new life all around. We too are invited to open up to new life in our daily lives. Our journey through April and Easter are very much coinciding. Our prayer today is that we will be open to the blessings and energy that Easter is bringing and will continue to bring.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Apr-06
Thought For The Week

'We must practice Resurrection and this is an everyday practice. We become alive in the here and now. Joy, peace and happiness are possible. You have an appointment with life, an appointment that is in the here and now.' ~Thich Nhat Hanh

With schools having reopened after the Easter holidays last Monday, there is a sense that Easter is all over. But on reflection it is only beginning. Easter will extend out for a full six weeks and then after that the spirit of Easter is lived out each day. For some people it is tempting to stay in Good Friday and not to move onto Easter. Why is Easter so important to us? Why embrace it with any enthusiasm? Easter reminds us that in the midst of darkness, pain, upset, anger, depression, disappointment, uncertainty and difficulties, that there is light and hope. If we stay in Good Friday we will never give ourselves permission to move on. Easter is not saying that life will be trouble free, pain free or that life will be just perfect. But it most definitely says with great conviction and certainty that life does have meaning and purpose. It also reminds us that we have a reason to keep going and that our faith energies us on our own daily journey, particularly during difficult days.

We also begin our journey through this month of April. Unlike other months it is not named to commemorate anybody or anything special. It gets its name from a Latin word, 'Aprillis' which means 'to open'. This is a very appropriate name because nature is indeed opening up to new life all around. We too are invited to open up to new life in our daily lives. Our journey through April and Easter are very much coinciding. Our prayer today is that we will be open to the blessings and energy that Easter is bringing and will continue to bring.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Apr-05
Thought For The Week

'We must practice Resurrection and this is an everyday practice. We become alive in the here and now. Joy, peace and happiness are possible. You have an appointment with life, an appointment that is in the here and now.' ~Thich Nhat Hanh

With schools having reopened after the Easter holidays yesterday, there is a sense that Easter is all over. But on reflection it is only beginning. Easter will extend out for a full six weeks and then after that the spirit of Easter is lived out each day. For some people it is tempting to stay in Good Friday and not to move onto Easter. Why is Easter so important to us? Why embrace it with any enthusiasm? Easter reminds us that in the midst of darkness, pain, upset, anger, depression, disappointment, uncertainty and difficulties, that there is light and hope. If we stay in Good Friday we will never give ourselves permission to move on. Easter is not saying that life will be trouble free, pain free or that life will be just perfect. But it most definitely says with great conviction and certainty that life does have meaning and purpose. It also reminds us that we have a reason to keep going and that our faith energies us on our own daily journey, particularly during difficult days.

We also begin our journey through this month of April. Unlike other months it is not named to commemorate anybody or anything special. It gets its name from a Latin word, 'Aprillis' which means 'to open'. This is a very appropriate name because nature is indeed opening up to new life all around. We too are invited to open up to new life in our daily lives. Our journey through April and Easter are very much coinciding. Our prayer today is that we will be open to the blessings and energy that Easter is bringing and will continue to bring.
 
 
 
  Monday
Apr-04
Thought For The Week

'We must practice Resurrection and this is an everyday practice. We become alive in the here and now. Joy, peace and happiness are possible. You have an appointment with life, an appointment that is in the here and now.' ~Thich Nhat Hanh

With schools reopening after the Easter holidays on Monday, there is a sense that Easter is all over. But on reflection it is only beginning. Easter will extend out for a full six weeks and then after that the spirit of Easter is lived out each day. For some people it is tempting to stay in Good Friday and not to move onto Easter. Why is Easter so important to us? Why embrace it with any enthusiasm? Easter reminds us that in the midst of darkness, pain, upset, anger, depression, disappointment, uncertainty and difficulties, that there is light and hope. If we stay in Good Friday we will never give ourselves permission to move on. Easter is not saying that life will be trouble free, pain free or that life will be just perfect. But it most definitely says with great conviction and certainty that life does have meaning and purpose. It also reminds us that we have a reason to keep going and that our faith energies us on our own daily journey, particularly during difficult days.

We also begin our journey through this month of April. Unlike other months it is not named to commemorate anybody or anything special. It gets its name from a Latin word, 'Aprillis' which means 'to open'. This is a very appropriate name because nature is indeed opening up to new life all around. We too are invited to open up to new life in our daily lives. Our journey through April and Easter are very much coinciding. Our prayer today is that we will be open to the blessings and energy that Easter is bringing and will continue to bring.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Apr-03
Thought For Today is by Jane Mellett

In today's Gospel we hear that the disciples are locked away, afraid, closed off from the world. It is a dark situation to be in and they are most likely quite frightened. When Jesus is present with them, their hearts are opened again, they rejoice. 'Peace' (Shalom) is more than a wish for a good evening or peaceful day. It expresses the desire that the person receiving the blessing might be whole in body, mind and spirit. The Risen Jesus brings a peace that is life-giving.

They must have been so excited to tell Thomas this news: 'We have seen the Lord'. Sometimes, when we try to share something of our faith experience with others, we can meet similar responses - doubting, cynicism - we can even be made fun of. In today's world, none of this is easy. Then why do it? The Risen Jesus in today's Gospel moves the disciples from total fear and despair to 'rejoicing'. The same Risen Jesus is active in all our lives and in the world around us, but we must be careful not to close ourselves off or let fear take over.

John tells us that he writes these things so that we may come to believe and have life; reminding us of the importance of the Word of God for our lives. Through the Word we come to know Jesus more deeply. Even in the darkest of times and the most hopeless of situations, this Risen Jesus can bring peace and wholeness if we unlock the doors of our hearts.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Apr-02
Thought For The Week returns next Monday April 4th
 
 
 
  Friday
Apr-01
Thought For The Week returns after the Easter holidays next Monday April 4th
 
 

 

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