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Listing December - 2015
 
  Thursday
Dec-31
 
 
 
  Friday
Dec-25
 
 
 
  Thursday
Dec-24
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Dec-23
'There is light in the world, and it is us!' ~Eliezer Yudkowsky

Yesterday (Dec 21st) was the winter solstice. Those lucky enough to get inside Newgrange, Co. Meath would have seen an incredible sight but only if the sun shines at sunrise. Unfortunately rain and cloud spoiled the viewing yesterday. It is a world historic site and the passage grave was constructed five thousand years ago. Above the entrance to the passage there is a small opening through which the sun shines at 8.54a.m on Dec 21st. Its rays penetrate some 50 feet into the inner chamber where the ashes of the dead were kept. It is an extraordinary construction that required painstaking and precise work. The people feared the darkest of days and thought the world was going to end. Building Newgrange instilled in them a great sense of hope and a reminder that in the darkest of corners light will always shine.

The same is so true of Christmas. Jesus is born into our world as a wonderful and inspiring light. The invitation is to allow Jesus to be born into those parts of our lives that need him the most. We all have dark corners in our lives. On our own the darkness could overwhelm us. Christmas is a reminder that we can't journey through life on our own. We need support, love, companionship, friendship, light, hope and so much more. That's why we make a special effort to reach out and include everyone at Christmas. The spirit of Christmas is meant to be alive every day of the year, not just on Christmas Day. Newgrange is an awesome spectacle. Christmas is equally an awesome event. We thank God for coming into our world to shatter all forms of darkness. We invite God's light to touch every aspect of our lives this Christmas.
 
 
 
  Monday
Dec-21
'There is light in the world, and it is us!' ~Eliezer Yudkowsky

Today (Dec 21st) is the winter solstice. Those lucky enough to get inside Newgrange, Co. Meath this morning will see an incredible sight but only if the sun shines at sunrise. It is a world historic site and the passage grave was constructed five thousand years ago. Above the entrance to the passage there is a small opening through which the sun shines at 8.54a.m on Dec 21st. Its rays penetrate some 50 feet into the inner chamber where the ashes of the dead were kept. It is an extraordinary construction that required painstaking and precise work. The people feared the darkest of days and thought the world was going to end. Building Newgrange instilled in them a great sense of hope and a reminder that in the darkest of corners light will always shine.

The same is so true of Christmas. Jesus is born into our world as a wonderful and inspiring light. The invitation is to allow Jesus to be born into those parts of our lives that need him the most. We all have dark corners in our lives. On our own the darkness could overwhelm us. Christmas is a reminder that we can't journey through life on our own. We need support, love, companionship, friendship, light, hope and so much more. That's why we make a special effort to reach out and include everyone at Christmas. The spirit of Christmas is meant to be alive every day of the year, not just on Christmas Day. Newgrange is an awesome spectacle. Christmas is equally an awesome event. We thank God for coming into our world to shatter all forms of darkness. We invite God's light to touch every aspect of our lives this Christmas.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Dec-20
Thought For Today by Triona Doherty

Let us be hushed. In all the madness of the festive season, we need some peace and quiet and time to reflect. Mary was caught up in the excitement of being pregnant, and wonderment at what the angel had told her. She went as quickly as she could to visit Elizabeth. Perhaps she needed a bit of 'head space' to reflect on everything that was happening. And then we have this precious moment when Elizabeth greets her, and describes how the child in her womb leapt for joy. Like Elizabeth, we await the arrival of Jesus with joy. Like Mary, we are filled with wonder.

As we count down to Christmas, we may need a little time out. Make a little space to pray and reflect today. Wrap up warm and head out for a walk, visit your local church in the quiet of the afternoon, or take a few moments to yourself at home to get away from the noise.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Dec-19
Thought For The Week

'A woman celebrating her 104th birthday was being interviewed by a reporter. "What's the best thing about being 104?" the reporter asked. "For one thing there's very little peer pressure!" the woman replied. ~From the Capuchin

We're all aware of peer pressure. It's a force that can be subtle to very powerful. With young people there is pressure to be 'cool' but it's not just confined to young people. We all are under its influence. Subtle advertising and glossy magazines put us under pressure to buy stuff we don't want. This is at its strongest coming up to Christmas. On a spiritual level we can safely say that peer pressure is a much lesser force than it was in the past. For many years there was a pressure and an expectation to go with the flow when it came to all things spiritual. If you didn't go with this expectation you were made feel guilty. Today there is great freedom in choosing what works for us and there is also great freedom in avoiding what doesn't work for us too. Thankfully we can choose from a wealth of tradition that has been handed on to us. The season of Advent is steeped in tradition and provides a lovely opportunity to prepare, reflect and give thanks as we approach Christmas.

Last Sunday we marked the 3rd Sunday of Advent and it is called 'Joyful Sunday'. In many churches it is represented on the Advent wreath by the lighting of a pink candle. We have a natural tendency to lean towards negative and sad stories. As a result we take for granted the many good things happening in our lives. There is much to celebrate but we often don't bother or think it is not worth the effort. Sometimes and sadly there are times we think we are not worth it. The message of 'Joyful Sunday' is of course you are worth it and of course you are worth celebrating. If we can't do that, then there is no point having Christmas. Christmas celebrates you. Christmas is all about God celebrating you. We put the spotlight on all our good news stories today.
 
 
 
  Friday
Dec-18
Thought For The Week

'A woman celebrating her 104th birthday was being interviewed by a reporter. "What's the best thing about being 104?" the reporter asked. "For one thing there's very little peer pressure!" the woman replied. ~From the Capuchin

We're all aware of peer pressure. It's a force that can be subtle to very powerful. With young people there is pressure to be 'cool' but it's not just confined to young people. We all are under its influence. Subtle advertising and glossy magazines put us under pressure to buy stuff we don't want. This is at its strongest coming up to Christmas. On a spiritual level we can safely say that peer pressure is a much lesser force than it was in the past. For many years there was a pressure and an expectation to go with the flow when it came to all things spiritual. If you didn't go with this expectation you were made feel guilty. Today there is great freedom in choosing what works for us and there is also great freedom in avoiding what doesn't work for us too. Thankfully we can choose from a wealth of tradition that has been handed on to us. The season of Advent is steeped in tradition and provides a lovely opportunity to prepare, reflect and give thanks as we approach Christmas.

Last Sunday we marked the 3rd Sunday of Advent and it is called 'Joyful Sunday'. In many churches it is represented on the Advent wreath by the lighting of a pink candle. We have a natural tendency to lean towards negative and sad stories. As a result we take for granted the many good things happening in our lives. There is much to celebrate but we often don't bother or think it is not worth the effort. Sometimes and sadly there are times we think we are not worth it. The message of 'Joyful Sunday' is of course you are worth it and of course you are worth celebrating. If we can't do that, then there is no point having Christmas. Christmas celebrates you. Christmas is all about God celebrating you. We put the spotlight on all our good news stories today.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Dec-17
Thought For The Week

'A woman celebrating her 104th birthday was being interviewed by a reporter. "What's the best thing about being 104?" the reporter asked. "For one thing there's very little peer pressure!" the woman replied. ~From the Capuchin

We're all aware of peer pressure. It's a force that can be subtle to very powerful. With young people there is pressure to be 'cool' but it's not just confined to young people. We all are under its influence. Subtle advertising and glossy magazines put us under pressure to buy stuff we don't want. This is at its strongest coming up to Christmas. On a spiritual level we can safely say that peer pressure is a much lesser force than it was in the past. For many years there was a pressure and an expectation to go with the flow when it came to all things spiritual. If you didn't go with this expectation you were made feel guilty. Today there is great freedom in choosing what works for us and there is also great freedom in avoiding what doesn't work for us too. Thankfully we can choose from a wealth of tradition that has been handed on to us. The season of Advent is steeped in tradition and provides a lovely opportunity to prepare, reflect and give thanks as we approach Christmas.

Last Sunday we marked the 3rd Sunday of Advent and it is called 'Joyful Sunday'. In many churches it is represented on the Advent wreath by the lighting of a pink candle. We have a natural tendency to lean towards negative and sad stories. As a result we take for granted the many good things happening in our lives. There is much to celebrate but we often don't bother or think it is not worth the effort. Sometimes and sadly there are times we think we are not worth it. The message of 'Joyful Sunday' is of course you are worth it and of course you are worth celebrating. If we can't do that, then there is no point having Christmas. Christmas celebrates you. Christmas is all about God celebrating you. We put the spotlight on all our good news stories today.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Dec-16
Thought For The Week

'A woman celebrating her 104th birthday was being interviewed by a reporter. "What's the best thing about being 104?" the reporter asked. "For one thing there's very little peer pressure!" the woman replied. ~From the Capuchin

We're all aware of peer pressure. It's a force that can be subtle to very powerful. With young people there is pressure to be 'cool' but it's not just confined to young people. We all are under its influence. Subtle advertising and glossy magazines put us under pressure to buy stuff we don't want. This is at its strongest coming up to Christmas. On a spiritual level we can safely say that peer pressure is a much lesser force than it was in the past. For many years there was a pressure and an expectation to go with the flow when it came to all things spiritual. If you didn't go with this expectation you were made feel guilty. Today there is great freedom in choosing what works for us and there is also great freedom in avoiding what doesn't work for us too. Thankfully we can choose from a wealth of tradition that has been handed on to us. The season of Advent is steeped in tradition and provides a lovely opportunity to prepare, reflect and give thanks as we approach Christmas.

Last Sunday we marked the 3rd Sunday of Advent and it is called 'Joyful Sunday'. In many churches it is represented on the Advent wreath by the lighting of a pink candle. We have a natural tendency to lean towards negative and sad stories. As a result we take for granted the many good things happening in our lives. There is much to celebrate but we often don't bother or think it is not worth the effort. Sometimes and sadly there are times we think we are not worth it. The message of 'Joyful Sunday' is of course you are worth it and of course you are worth celebrating. If we can't do that, then there is no point having Christmas. Christmas celebrates you. Christmas is all about God celebrating you. We put the spotlight on all our good news stories today.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Dec-15
Thought For The Week

'A woman celebrating her 104th birthday was being interviewed by a reporter. "What's the best thing about being 104?" the reporter asked. "For one thing there's very little peer pressure!" the woman replied. ~From the Capuchin

We're all aware of peer pressure. It's a force that can be subtle to very powerful. With young people there is pressure to be 'cool' but it's not just confined to young people. We all are under its influence. Subtle advertising and glossy magazines put us under pressure to buy stuff we don't want. This is at its strongest coming up to Christmas. On a spiritual level we can safely say that peer pressure is a much lesser force than it was in the past. For many years there was a pressure and an expectation to go with the flow when it came to all things spiritual. If you didn't go with this expectation you were made feel guilty. Today there is great freedom in choosing what works for us and there is also great freedom in avoiding what doesn't work for us too. Thankfully we can choose from a wealth of tradition that has been handed on to us. The season of Advent is steeped in tradition and provides a lovely opportunity to prepare, reflect and give thanks as we approach Christmas.

Last Sunday we marked the 3rd Sunday of Advent and it is called 'Joyful Sunday'. In many churches it is represented on the Advent wreath by the lighting of a pink candle. We have a natural tendency to lean towards negative and sad stories. As a result we take for granted the many good things happening in our lives. There is much to celebrate but we often don't bother or think it is not worth the effort. Sometimes and sadly there are times we think we are not worth it. The message of 'Joyful Sunday' is of course you are worth it and of course you are worth celebrating. If we can't do that, then there is no point having Christmas. Christmas celebrates you. Christmas is all about God celebrating you. We put the spotlight on all our good news stories today.
 
 
 
  Monday
Dec-14
Thought For The Week

'A woman celebrating her 104th birthday was being interviewed by a reporter. "What's the best thing about being 104?" the reporter asked. "For one thing there's very little peer pressure!" the woman replied. ~From the Capuchin

We're all aware of peer pressure. It's a force that can be subtle to very powerful. With young people there is pressure to be 'cool' but it's not just confined to young people. We all are under its influence. Subtle advertising and glossy magazines put us under pressure to buy stuff we don't want. This is at its strongest coming up to Christmas. On a spiritual level we can safely say that peer pressure is a much lesser force than it was in the past. For many years there was a pressure and an expectation to go with the flow when it came to all things spiritual. If you didn't go with this expectation you were made feel guilty. Today there is great freedom in choosing what works for us and there is also great freedom in avoiding what doesn't work for us too. Thankfully we can choose from a wealth of tradition that has been handed on to us. The season of Advent is steeped in tradition and provides a lovely opportunity to prepare, reflect and give thanks as we approach Christmas.

Yesterday we marked the 3rd Sunday of Advent and it is called 'Joyful Sunday'. In many churches it is represented on the Advent wreath by the lighting of a pink candle. We have a natural tendency to lean towards negative and sad stories. As a result we take for granted the many good things happening in our lives. There is much to celebrate but we often don't bother or think it is not worth the effort. Sometimes and sadly there are times we think we are not worth it. The message of 'Joyful Sunday' is of course you are worth it and of course you are worth celebrating. If we can't do that, then there is no point having Christmas. Christmas celebrates you. Christmas is all about God celebrating you. We put the spotlight on all our good news stories today.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Dec-13
'A woman celebrating her 104th birthday was being interviewed by a reporter. "What's the best thing about being 104?" the reporter asked. "For one thing there's very little peer pressure!" the woman replied. ~From the Capuchin

We're all aware of peer pressure. It's a force that can be subtle to very powerful. With young people there is pressure to be 'cool' but it's not just confined to young people. We all are under its influence. Subtle advertising and glossy magazines put us under pressure to buy stuff we don't want. This is at its strongest coming up to Christmas. On a spiritual level we can safely say that peer pressure is a much lesser force than it was in the past. For many years there was a pressure and an expectation to go with the flow when it came to all things spiritual. If you didn't go with this expectation you were made feel guilty. Today there is great freedom in choosing what works for us and there is also great freedom in avoiding what doesn't work for us too. Thankfully we can choose from a wealth of tradition that has been handed on to us. The season of Advent is steeped in tradition and provides a lovely opportunity to prepare, reflect and give thanks as we approach Christmas.

This weekend we mark the 3rd Sunday of Advent and it is called 'Joyful Sunday'. In many churches it is represented on the Advent wreath by the lighting of a pink candle. We have a natural tendency to lean towards negative and sad stories. As a result we take for granted the many good things happening in our lives. There is much to celebrate but we often don't bother or think it is not worth the effort. Sometimes and sadly there are times we think we are not worth it. The message of 'Joyful Sunday' is of course you are worth it and of course you are worth celebrating. If we can't do that, then there is no point having Christmas. Christmas celebrates you. Christmas is all about God celebrating you. We put the spotlight on all our good news stories today.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Dec-12
"Believe in love. Believe in magic. Believe in Santa. Believe in others. Believe in yourself. Believe in your dreams. If you don't, who will?" ~Jon Bon Jovi

When you hear the first Christmas song on the radio you really know Christmas is getting close! To be fair to radio stations, they may run with early Christmas advertising but they do hold off on the Christmas songs until early December. The build up to Christmas is something we really like and look forward to or something we struggle through. Last Sunday (Dec 6th) was the feast of St Nicholas. I am surprised at how this day comes and goes and little is made of it. Because of the many miracles attributed to his intercession, he is also known as Nicholas the wonderworker. He came from a wealthy family and decided to share all his money with the poor. He always did so quietly and without fuss. He would drop some gold coins down the chimney of those who were really poor. People wondered who the generous donor was. One day someone found out it was Nicholas. His name and fame began to spread to many countries and so Santa Claus as we know him today came into being.

We give gifts at Christmas because we know deep within that it's good to express our love for those who are special and important to us. Thanks to Nicholas, Santa is alive and well. Our world would be such a darker place without his inspiring presence. There is already enough darkness, hatred, bitterness, and division across our world today. It craves for light, hope and stability. There is no greater joy than that which comes with giving and sharing. St Nicholas led the way by example. Little did he know how popular he would become or how he would get completely wrapped around the Christmas story and the birth of Jesus. Today we ask his special blessings on each of us. We pray too that the spirit of Christmas and the gift of sharing will make a real difference in the coming weeks.
 
 
 
  Friday
Dec-11
"Believe in love. Believe in magic. Believe in Santa. Believe in others. Believe in yourself. Believe in your dreams. If you don't, who will?" ~Jon Bon Jovi

When you hear the first Christmas song on the radio you really know Christmas is getting close! To be fair to radio stations, they may run with early Christmas advertising but they do hold off on the Christmas songs until early December. The build up to Christmas is something we really like and look forward to or something we struggle through. Last Sunday (Dec 6th) was the feast of St Nicholas. I am surprised at how this day comes and goes and little is made of it. Because of the many miracles attributed to his intercession, he is also known as Nicholas the wonderworker. He came from a wealthy family and decided to share all his money with the poor. He always did so quietly and without fuss. He would drop some gold coins down the chimney of those who were really poor. People wondered who the generous donor was. One day someone found out it was Nicholas. His name and fame began to spread to many countries and so Santa Claus as we know him today came into being.

We give gifts at Christmas because we know deep within that it's good to express our love for those who are special and important to us. Thanks to Nicholas, Santa is alive and well. Our world would be such a darker place without his inspiring presence. There is already enough darkness, hatred, bitterness, and division across our world today. It craves for light, hope and stability. There is no greater joy than that which comes with giving and sharing. St Nicholas led the way by example. Little did he know how popular he would become or how he would get completely wrapped around the Christmas story and the birth of Jesus. Today we ask his special blessings on each of us. We pray too that the spirit of Christmas and the gift of sharing will make a real difference in the coming weeks.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Dec-10
"Believe in love. Believe in magic. Believe in Santa. Believe in others. Believe in yourself. Believe in your dreams. If you don't, who will?" ~Jon Bon Jovi

When you hear the first Christmas song on the radio you really know Christmas is getting close! To be fair to radio stations, they may run with early Christmas advertising but they do hold off on the Christmas songs until early December. The build up to Christmas is something we really like and look forward to or something we struggle through. Last Sunday (Dec 6th) was the feast of St Nicholas. I am surprised at how this day comes and goes and little is made of it. Because of the many miracles attributed to his intercession, he is also known as Nicholas the wonderworker. He came from a wealthy family and decided to share all his money with the poor. He always did so quietly and without fuss. He would drop some gold coins down the chimney of those who were really poor. People wondered who the generous donor was. One day someone found out it was Nicholas. His name and fame began to spread to many countries and so Santa Claus as we know him today came into being.

We give gifts at Christmas because we know deep within that it's good to express our love for those who are special and important to us. Thanks to Nicholas, Santa is alive and well. Our world would be such a darker place without his inspiring presence. There is already enough darkness, hatred, bitterness, and division across our world today. It craves for light, hope and stability. There is no greater joy than that which comes with giving and sharing. St Nicholas led the way by example. Little did he know how popular he would become or how he would get completely wrapped around the Christmas story and the birth of Jesus. Today we ask his special blessings on each of us. We pray too that the spirit of Christmas and the gift of sharing will make a real difference in the coming weeks.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Dec-09
"Believe in love. Believe in magic. Believe in Santa. Believe in others. Believe in yourself. Believe in your dreams. If you don't, who will?" ~Jon Bon Jovi

When you hear the first Christmas song on the radio you really know Christmas is getting close! To be fair to radio stations, they may run with early Christmas advertising but they do hold off on the Christmas songs until early December. The build up to Christmas is something we really like and look forward to or something we struggle through. Last Sunday (Dec 6th) was the feast of St Nicholas. I am surprised at how this day comes and goes and little is made of it. Because of the many miracles attributed to his intercession, he is also known as Nicholas the wonderworker. He came from a wealthy family and decided to share all his money with the poor. He always did so quietly and without fuss. He would drop some gold coins down the chimney of those who were really poor. People wondered who the generous donor was. One day someone found out it was Nicholas. His name and fame began to spread to many countries and so Santa Claus as we know him today came into being.

We give gifts at Christmas because we know deep within that it's good to express our love for those who are special and important to us. Thanks to Nicholas, Santa is alive and well. Our world would be such a darker place without his inspiring presence. There is already enough darkness, hatred, bitterness, and division across our world today. It craves for light, hope and stability. There is no greater joy than that which comes with giving and sharing. St Nicholas led the way by example. Little did he know how popular he would become or how he would get completely wrapped around the Christmas story and the birth of Jesus. Today we ask his special blessings on each of us. We pray too that the spirit of Christmas and the gift of sharing will make a real difference in the coming weeks.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Dec-08
'Mary is not alive in statues and pictures but in the real and powerful change that can be brought in the world when God's preferences and God's choices are taken seriously.' ~Denis McBride

Someone once said that whenever you point the finger of blame or the finger finding fault, that there are always three fingers pointing back at you. We are good at finding fault with others and often much slower in accepting our own. Today's feast day of the Immaculate Conception (Dec 8th) is a recognition of Mary's lack of flaws and weaknesses. In fact she had none.

It marks Mary out as someone special as the mother of Jesus but it doesn't mark her out as removed or distant from us. Like us she experienced the fragility of life and experienced many unexpected and difficult moments in her life. But at all times she put her trust in God. This is the challenge for us. Where would the world be if everyone just thought of themselves independent of others and of God? Today's feast day traditionally marks the countdown to Christmas but it's also a day to ask Mary's many blessings on each of us
 
 
 
  Monday
Dec-07
"Believe in love. Believe in magic. Believe in Santa. Believe in others. Believe in yourself. Believe in your dreams. If you don't, who will?" ~Jon Bon Jovi

When you hear the first Christmas song on the radio you really know Christmas is getting close! To be fair to radio stations, they may run with early Christmas advertising but they do hold off on the Christmas songs until early December. The build up to Christmas is something we really like and look forward to or something we struggle through. Yesterday (Dec 6th) was the feast of St Nicholas. I am surprised at how this day comes and goes and little is made of it. Because of the many miracles attributed to his intercession, he is also known as Nicholas the wonderworker. He came from a wealthy family and decided to share all his money with the poor. He always did so quietly and without fuss. He would drop some gold coins down the chimney of those who were really poor. People wondered who the generous donor was. One day someone found out it was Nicholas. His name and fame began to spread to many countries and so Santa Claus as we know him today came into being.

We give gifts at Christmas because we know deep within that it's good to express our love for those who are special and important to us. Thanks to Nicholas, Santa is alive and well. Our world would be such a darker place without his inspiring presence. There is already enough darkness, hatred, bitterness, and division across our world today. It craves for light, hope and stability. There is no greater joy than that which comes with giving and sharing. St Nicholas led the way by example. Little did he know how popular he would become or how he would get completely wrapped around the Christmas story and the birth of Jesus. Today we ask his special blessings on each of us. We pray too that the spirit of Christmas and the gift of sharing will make a real difference in the coming weeks.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Dec-05
"Believe in love. Believe in magic. Believe in Santa. Believe in others. Believe in yourself. Believe in your dreams. If you don't, who will?" ~Jon Bon Jovi

When you hear the first Christmas song on the radio you really know Christmas is getting close! To be fair to radio stations, they may run with early Christmas advertising but they do hold off on the Christmas songs until early December. The build up to Christmas is something we really like and look forward to or something we struggle through. Tomorrow (Dec 6th) is the feast of St Nicholas. I am surprised at how this day comes and goes and little is made of it. Because of the many miracles attributed to his intercession, he is also known as Nicholas the wonderworker. He came from a wealthy family and decided to share all his money with the poor. He always did so quietly and without fuss. He would drop some gold coins down the chimney of those who were really poor. People wondered who the generous donor was. One day someone found out it was Nicholas. His name and fame began to spread to many countries and so Santa Claus as we know him today came into being.

We give gifts at Christmas because we know deep within that it's good to express our love for those who are special and important to us. Thanks to Nicholas, Santa is alive and well. Our world would be such a darker place without his inspiring presence. There is already enough darkness, hatred, bitterness, and division across our world today. It craves for light, hope and stability. There is no greater joy than that which comes with giving and sharing. St Nicholas led the way by example. Little did he know how popular he would become or how he would get completely wrapped around the Christmas story and the birth of Jesus. Today and this weekend we ask his special blessings on each of us. We pray too that the spirit of Christmas and the gift of sharing will make a real difference in the coming weeks.
 
 
 
  Friday
Dec-04
Thought For The Week

"The season of Advent means there is something on the horizon the likes of which we have never seen before. What is possible - is to not see it, to miss it, to turn just as it brushes past you. So stay. Sit. Linger. Ponder. Wait. Behold. Wonder. There will be time enough for running, for rushing, for worrying, for pushing. For now stay, because something is on the horizon." ~Jan L. Richardson

The Toy Show which was a huge success last Friday night on RTE is always the first indicator that Christmas is fast approaching. It also coincides with the beginning of our journey through Advent. It's not a word that you will find in many shopping catalogues. Few will get excited about Advent but that does not mean it's not of any significance. Perhaps it is a misunderstood word. The word Advent comes from the Latin 'Adventus', which can mean 'coming' or 'journey'. I prefer the word journey because Advent leads us on a particular journey. It need not be a spectacular one but it is a journey that prioritises time for ourselves and gives us time to ask what the message of Christmas can mean for us. Where would we like Jesus to be born in our lives this Christmas? What part of our journey at the moment needs healing and priority? If we rush through the next few weeks it won't happen. Advent puts the brakes gently on, allowing us to slow down enough to make it happen.

If you take into account the events of the last few weeks and in particular Paris, you can feel a sense of a world feeling fragile and vulnerable. Feeling safe, secure and peaceful is no longer fully guaranteed. Advent 2015 has a powerful message that no matter how dark things may get there will always be light and hope. The prayers of Advent touch in on each person walking in some darkness and yet awaiting and anticipating a great light. The prayers also include prayers for peace. These prayers are not wishful thinking but genuine heartfelt prayers that can and will find results. Even if these results come in whispers we will gladly embrace them. Advent is a time for us to hear those other quiet whispers in our lives of a God gently calling us from darkness into light. Advent is a reminder of how we need this light more than ever in our own lives. This light is not for a select few but for everyone. Advent is a time to make sure we give this light as much priority as we can.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Dec-03
Thought For The Week

"The season of Advent means there is something on the horizon the likes of which we have never seen before. What is possible - is to not see it, to miss it, to turn just as it brushes past you. So stay. Sit. Linger. Ponder. Wait. Behold. Wonder. There will be time enough for running, for rushing, for worrying, for pushing. For now stay, because something is on the horizon." ~Jan L. Richardson

The Toy Show which was a huge success last Friday night on RTE is always the first indicator that Christmas is fast approaching. It also coincides with the beginning of our journey through Advent. It's not a word that you will find in many shopping catalogues. Few will get excited about Advent but that does not mean it's not of any significance. Perhaps it is a misunderstood word. The word Advent comes from the Latin 'Adventus', which can mean 'coming' or 'journey'. I prefer the word journey because Advent leads us on a particular journey. It need not be a spectacular one but it is a journey that prioritises time for ourselves and gives us time to ask what the message of Christmas can mean for us. Where would we like Jesus to be born in our lives this Christmas? What part of our journey at the moment needs healing and priority? If we rush through the next few weeks it won't happen. Advent puts the brakes gently on, allowing us to slow down enough to make it happen.

If you take into account the events of the last few weeks and in particular Paris, you can feel a sense of a world feeling fragile and vulnerable. Feeling safe, secure and peaceful is no longer fully guaranteed. Advent 2015 has a powerful message that no matter how dark things may get there will always be light and hope. The prayers of Advent touch in on each person walking in some darkness and yet awaiting and anticipating a great light. The prayers also include prayers for peace. These prayers are not wishful thinking but genuine heartfelt prayers that can and will find results. Even if these results come in whispers we will gladly embrace them. Advent is a time for us to hear those other quiet whispers in our lives of a God gently calling us from darkness into light. Advent is a reminder of how we need this light more than ever in our own lives. This light is not for a select few but for everyone. Advent is a time to make sure we give this light as much priority as we can.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Dec-02
Thought For The Week

"The season of Advent means there is something on the horizon the likes of which we have never seen before. What is possible - is to not see it, to miss it, to turn just as it brushes past you. So stay. Sit. Linger. Ponder. Wait. Behold. Wonder. There will be time enough for running, for rushing, for worrying, for pushing. For now stay, because something is on the horizon." ~Jan L. Richardson

The Toy Show which was a huge success last Friday night on RTE is always the first indicator that Christmas is fast approaching. It also coincides with the beginning of our journey through Advent. It's not a word that you will find in many shopping catalogues. Few will get excited about Advent but that does not mean it's not of any significance. Perhaps it is a misunderstood word. The word Advent comes from the Latin 'Adventus', which can mean 'coming' or 'journey'. I prefer the word journey because Advent leads us on a particular journey. It need not be a spectacular one but it is a journey that prioritises time for ourselves and gives us time to ask what the message of Christmas can mean for us. Where would we like Jesus to be born in our lives this Christmas? What part of our journey at the moment needs healing and priority? If we rush through the next few weeks it won't happen. Advent puts the brakes gently on, allowing us to slow down enough to make it happen.

If you take into account the events of the last few weeks and in particular Paris, you can feel a sense of a world feeling fragile and vulnerable. Feeling safe, secure and peaceful is no longer fully guaranteed. Advent 2015 has a powerful message that no matter how dark things may get there will always be light and hope. The prayers of Advent touch in on each person walking in some darkness and yet awaiting and anticipating a great light. The prayers also include prayers for peace. These prayers are not wishful thinking but genuine heartfelt prayers that can and will find results. Even if these results come in whispers we will gladly embrace them. Advent is a time for us to hear those other quiet whispers in our lives of a God gently calling us from darkness into light. Advent is a reminder of how we need this light more than ever in our own lives. This light is not for a select few but for everyone. Advent is a time to make sure we give this light as much priority as we can.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Dec-01
Thought For The Week

"The season of Advent means there is something on the horizon the likes of which we have never seen before. What is possible - is to not see it, to miss it, to turn just as it brushes past you. So stay. Sit. Linger. Ponder. Wait. Behold. Wonder. There will be time enough for running, for rushing, for worrying, for pushing. For now stay, because something is on the horizon." ~Jan L. Richardson

The Toy Show which was a huge success last Friday night on RTE is always the first indicator that Christmas is fast approaching. It also coincides with the beginning of our journey through Advent. It's not a word that you will find in many shopping catalogues. Few will get excited about Advent but that does not mean it's not of any significance. Perhaps it is a misunderstood word. The word Advent comes from the Latin 'Adventus', which can mean 'coming' or 'journey'. I prefer the word journey because Advent leads us on a particular journey. It need not be a spectacular one but it is a journey that prioritises time for ourselves and gives us time to ask what the message of Christmas can mean for us. Where would we like Jesus to be born in our lives this Christmas? What part of our journey at the moment needs healing and priority? If we rush through the next few weeks it won't happen. Advent puts the brakes gently on, allowing us to slow down enough to make it happen.

If you take into account the events of the last few weeks and in particular Paris, you can feel a sense of a world feeling fragile and vulnerable. Feeling safe, secure and peaceful is no longer fully guaranteed. Advent 2015 has a powerful message that no matter how dark things may get there will always be light and hope. The prayers of Advent touch in on each person walking in some darkness and yet awaiting and anticipating a great light. The prayers also include prayers for peace. These prayers are not wishful thinking but genuine heartfelt prayers that can and will find results. Even if these results come in whispers we will gladly embrace them. Advent is a time for us to hear those other quiet whispers in our lives of a God gently calling us from darkness into light. Advent is a reminder of how we need this light more than ever in our own lives. This light is not for a select few but for everyone. Advent is a time to make sure we give this light as much priority as we can.
 
 

 

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