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Listing December - 2016
 
  Friday
Dec-30
'I am not alone as I thought I was. I am never alone at all. And that of course is the message of Christmas. We are never alone. Not when the night is darkest, the wind coldest, the world seemingly most indifferent. For this is still the time God chooses.' ~Taylor Caldwell

We have all experienced those dark nights, the cold winds and a world that seems far removed from our own personal story. It is easy to feel alone, down hearted and struggling. Christmas though reminds us that we are not on our own. God is very much on our side and with us every step of the way. God chooses to be a part of our lives when we least expect it.

Christmas reminds us that the God we celebrate and follow is a God of love. This has incredible and powerful implications even when we don't fully understand them. God as love means we have a reason to keep going, we are encouraged and we have a sense of hope to keep walking the journey. Those who came to the first crib were made welcome. The same goes with us this Christmas. No matter what our story, background or situation, we are all welcome at God's crib. There are no barriers and no exceptions. Everyone is welcome and we are never alone. Wishing you a happy, holy and peaceful Christmas. Wishing you God's many blessings throughout 2017.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Dec-29
'I am not alone as I thought I was. I am never alone at all. And that of course is the message of Christmas. We are never alone. Not when the night is darkest, the wind coldest, the world seemingly most indifferent. For this is still the time God chooses.' ~Taylor Caldwell

We have all experienced those dark nights, the cold winds and a world that seems far removed from our own personal story. It is easy to feel alone, down hearted and struggling. Christmas though reminds us that we are not on our own. God is very much on our side and with us every step of the way. God chooses to be a part of our lives when we least expect it.

Christmas reminds us that the God we celebrate and follow is a God of love. This has incredible and powerful implications even when we don't fully understand them. God as love means we have a reason to keep going, we are encouraged and we have a sense of hope to keep walking the journey. Those who came to the first crib were made welcome. The same goes with us this Christmas. No matter what our story, background or situation, we are all welcome at God's crib. There are no barriers and no exceptions. Everyone is welcome and we are never alone. Wishing you a happy, holy and peaceful Christmas. Wishing you God's many blessings throughout 2017.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Dec-27
'I am not alone as I thought I was. I am never alone at all. And that of course is the message of Christmas. We are never alone. Not when the night is darkest, the wind coldest, the world seemingly most indifferent. For this is still the time God chooses.' ~Taylor Caldwell

We have all experienced those dark nights, the cold winds and a world that seems far removed from our own personal story. It is easy to feel alone, down hearted and struggling. Christmas though reminds us that we are not on our own. God is very much on our side and with us every step of the way. God chooses to be a part of our lives when we least expect it.

Christmas reminds us that the God we celebrate and follow is a God of love. This has incredible and powerful implications even when we don't fully understand them. God as love means we have a reason to keep going, we are encouraged and we have a sense of hope to keep walking the journey. Those who came to the first crib were made welcome. The same goes with us this Christmas. No matter what our story, background or situation, we are all welcome at God's crib. There are no barriers and no exceptions. Everyone is welcome and we are never alone. Wishing you a happy, holy and peaceful Christmas. Wishing you God's many blessings throughout 2017.
 
 
 
  Friday
Dec-23
Thought For The Week

'We need to stay grounded now in these final days before Christmas - never giving up on the ordinary, unglamorous slog that constitutes our daily lives.' ~Michael Magill

Every person is a complex mixture of strengths and weaknesses, toughness and gentleness, good points and not so good. We are delicate and fragile. Yet we are also capable of showing remarkable resilience. Everyone's personal story, beliefs and viewpoints are so varied and different. All have a place and as life is complex so are we.

At the heart of the message of Christmas, is that God is present in the middle of our own personal story. Our story is unique, different and special. God isn't present on the outskirts but right in the middle of whatever is going on for us. It may not be pretty at times, it may not be exciting, it may even be a huge struggle but that's where God wants to be. God isn't the cause of complexities but is most definitely the cause of a sense of purpose, hope, light and a guiding force through these complexities.

Christmas opens the door to so many blessings and strengths that we all need. The door remains open right into 2017 too.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Dec-22
Thought For The Week

'We need to stay grounded now in these final days before Christmas - never giving up on the ordinary, unglamorous slog that constitutes our daily lives.' ~Michael Magill

Every person is a complex mixture of strengths and weaknesses, toughness and gentleness, good points and not so good. We are delicate and fragile. Yet we are also capable of showing remarkable resilience. Everyone's personal story, beliefs and viewpoints are so varied and different. All have a place and as life is complex so are we.

At the heart of the message of Christmas, is that God is present in the middle of our own personal story. Our story is unique, different and special. God isn't present on the outskirts but right in the middle of whatever is going on for us. It may not be pretty at times, it may not be exciting, it may even be a huge struggle but that's where God wants to be. God isn't the cause of complexities but is most definitely the cause of a sense of purpose, hope, light and a guiding force through these complexities.

Christmas opens the door to so many blessings and strengths that we all need. The door remains open right into 2017 too.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Dec-21
Thought For The Week

'We need to stay grounded now in these final days before Christmas - never giving up on the ordinary, unglamorous slog that constitutes our daily lives.' ~Michael Magill

Every person is a complex mixture of strengths and weaknesses, toughness and gentleness, good points and not so good. We are delicate and fragile. Yet we are also capable of showing remarkable resilience. Everyone's personal story, beliefs and viewpoints are so varied and different. All have a place and as life is complex so are we.

At the heart of the message of Christmas, is that God is present in the middle of our own personal story. Our story is unique, different and special. God isn't present on the outskirts but right in the middle of whatever is going on for us. It may not be pretty at times, it may not be exciting, it may even be a huge struggle but that's where God wants to be. God isn't the cause of complexities but is most definitely the cause of a sense of purpose, hope, light and a guiding force through these complexities.

Christmas opens the door to so many blessings and strengths that we all need. The door remains open right into 2017 too.
 
 
 
  Monday
Dec-19
Thought For The Week

'We need to stay grounded now in these final days before Christmas - never giving up on the ordinary, unglamorous slog that constitutes our daily lives.' ~Michael Magill

Every person is a complex mixture of strengths and weaknesses, toughness and gentleness, good points and not so good. We are delicate and fragile. Yet we are also capable of showing remarkable resilience. Everyone's personal story, beliefs and viewpoints are so varied and different. All have a place and as life is complex so are we.

At the heart of the message of Christmas, is that God is present in the middle of our own personal story. Our story is unique, different and special. God isn't present on the outskirts but right in the middle of whatever is going on for us. It may not be pretty at times, it may not be exciting, it may even be a huge struggle but that's where God wants to be. God isn't the cause of complexities but is most definitely the cause of a sense of purpose, hope, light and a guiding force through these complexities.

Christmas opens the door to so many blessings and strengths that we all need. The door remains open right into 2017 too.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Dec-18
Thought For Today by Fr Iomar Daniels

"When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him." (Mt 1:24)

Joseph is the central character in today's Gospel. Through his quiet heroics, unselfish spirit and generous and fearless action, Jesus came to be born. Joseph's action means Emmanuel; God-is-with-us. Throughout Advent we've sung 'Come, O Christ, our Lord.' We've exclaimed: 'Stir up your power O Lord and come to save us. Let your face shine on us and we shall be saved.' But if Christ is to be born for us we must look beyond the melting candles of the Advent wreath and see deeper than the clay moulded figures of the crib.

We have to seek the face of our new-born Saviour in the melting hearts of troubled and discontented people, in the brittle bodies of the sick and the poor and fickle light of innocent children needing our guidance and care. We must become the central actors in the Christian drama of life. The name Joseph in Hebrew means 'let him add'. We too can add to the saving plan of God. As Pope Benedict put it: 'Do not be afraid of Christ! He takes nothing away, and he gives you everything. When we give ourselves to him, we receive a hundredfold in return.'
 
 
 
  Saturday
Dec-17
Thought For The Week

'Bad news isn't wine. It doesn't improve with age.' ~Colin Powell

It's hard not to avoid bad, negative or sad news these days. It's everywhere and at times we're saturated with it. It's like a cold damp miserable fog that just won't blow away. Last Sunday we celebrated the 3rd Sunday of Advent better known as 'Joyful Sunday' or 'Gaudette Sunday'. This is a wise and well thought through day and it puts the spotlight back onto the good and positive. On the Advent wreath the pink candle is lit and it always stands out. We mark, acknowledge and thank God for all the blessings in our own lives. No matter how small or insignificant this blessing may seem we mark and celebrate it. What's the point you may say?

It is absolutely essential that we do not let waves of negative news smother the many small stories of good news in every community and in every person. It's not a denial of what's going on in our world. It's not a denial of many sad stories in every community. But it is all about acknowledging that good news always does inspire. It gives us the momentum to keep going and keep us in touch with the heartbeat of life itself. In the midst of every cold damp and miserable fog, it is good to know that warmth and sunshine will always break through. Putting the spotlight on our good news this week puts important balance back into our lives. Why let bad news tilt us off balance? Celebrate your good news, celebrate something good in your life, welcome good news when you see it, encourage good news when you can and be good news whenever it is possible.
 
 
 
  Friday
Dec-16
Thought For The Week

'Bad news isn't wine. It doesn't improve with age.' ~Colin Powell

It's hard not to avoid bad, negative or sad news these days. It's everywhere and at times we're saturated with it. It's like a cold damp miserable fog that just won't blow away. Last Sunday we celebrated the 3rd Sunday of Advent better known as 'Joyful Sunday' or 'Gaudette Sunday'. This is a wise and well thought through day and it puts the spotlight back onto the good and positive. On the Advent wreath the pink candle is lit and it always stands out. We mark, acknowledge and thank God for all the blessings in our own lives. No matter how small or insignificant this blessing may seem we mark and celebrate it. What's the point you may say?

It is absolutely essential that we do not let waves of negative news smother the many small stories of good news in every community and in every person. It's not a denial of what's going on in our world. It's not a denial of many sad stories in every community. But it is all about acknowledging that good news always does inspire. It gives us the momentum to keep going and keep us in touch with the heartbeat of life itself. In the midst of every cold damp and miserable fog, it is good to know that warmth and sunshine will always break through. Putting the spotlight on our good news this week puts important balance back into our lives. Why let bad news tilt us off balance? Celebrate your good news, celebrate something good in your life, welcome good news when you see it, encourage good news when you can and be good news whenever it is possible.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Dec-15
Thought For The Week

'Bad news isn't wine. It doesn't improve with age.' ~Colin Powell

It's hard not to avoid bad, negative or sad news these days. It's everywhere and at times we're saturated with it. It's like a cold damp miserable fog that just won't blow away. Last Sunday we celebrated the 3rd Sunday of Advent better known as 'Joyful Sunday' or 'Gaudette Sunday'. This is a wise and well thought through day and it puts the spotlight back onto the good and positive. On the Advent wreath the pink candle is lit and it always stands out. We mark, acknowledge and thank God for all the blessings in our own lives. No matter how small or insignificant this blessing may seem we mark and celebrate it. What's the point you may say?

It is absolutely essential that we do not let waves of negative news smother the many small stories of good news in every community and in every person. It's not a denial of what's going on in our world. It's not a denial of many sad stories in every community. But it is all about acknowledging that good news always does inspire. It gives us the momentum to keep going and keep us in touch with the heartbeat of life itself. In the midst of every cold damp and miserable fog, it is good to know that warmth and sunshine will always break through. Putting the spotlight on our good news this week puts important balance back into our lives. Why let bad news tilt us off balance? Celebrate your good news, celebrate something good in your life, welcome good news when you see it, encourage good news when you can and be good news whenever it is possible.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Dec-14
Thought For The Week

'Bad news isn't wine. It doesn't improve with age.' ~Colin Powell

It's hard not to avoid bad, negative or sad news these days. It's everywhere and at times we're saturated with it. It's like a cold damp miserable fog that just won't blow away. Last Sunday we celebrated the 3rd Sunday of Advent better known as 'Joyful Sunday' or 'Gaudette Sunday'. This is a wise and well thought through day and it puts the spotlight back onto the good and positive. On the Advent wreath the pink candle is lit and it always stands out. We mark, acknowledge and thank God for all the blessings in our own lives. No matter how small or insignificant this blessing may seem we mark and celebrate it. What's the point you may say?

It is absolutely essential that we do not let waves of negative news smother the many small stories of good news in every community and in every person. It's not a denial of what's going on in our world. It's not a denial of many sad stories in every community. But it is all about acknowledging that good news always does inspire. It gives us the momentum to keep going and keep us in touch with the heartbeat of life itself. In the midst of every cold damp and miserable fog, it is good to know that warmth and sunshine will always break through. Putting the spotlight on our good news this week puts important balance back into our lives. Why let bad news tilt us off balance? Celebrate your good news, celebrate something good in your life, welcome good news when you see it, encourage good news when you can and be good news whenever it is possible.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Dec-13
Thought For The Week

'Bad news isn't wine. It doesn't improve with age.' ~Colin Powell

It's hard not to avoid bad, negative or sad news these days. It's everywhere and at times we're saturated with it. It's like a cold damp miserable fog that just won't blow away. Last Sunday we celebrated the 3rd Sunday of Advent better known as 'Joyful Sunday' or 'Gaudette Sunday'. This is a wise and well thought through day and it puts the spotlight back onto the good and positive. On the Advent wreath the pink candle is lit and it always stands out. We mark, acknowledge and thank God for all the blessings in our own lives. No matter how small or insignificant this blessing may seem we mark and celebrate it. What's the point you may say?

It is absolutely essential that we do not let waves of negative news smother the many small stories of good news in every community and in every person. It's not a denial of what's going on in our world. It's not a denial of many sad stories in every community. But it is all about acknowledging that good news always does inspire. It gives us the momentum to keep going and keep us in touch with the heartbeat of life itself. In the midst of every cold damp and miserable fog, it is good to know that warmth and sunshine will always break through. Putting the spotlight on our good news this week puts important balance back into our lives. Why let bad news tilt us off balance? Celebrate your good news, celebrate something good in your life, welcome good news when you see it, encourage good news when you can and be good news whenever it is possible.
 
 
 
  Monday
Dec-12
Thought For The Week

'Bad news isn't wine. It doesn't improve with age.' ~Colin Powell

It's hard not to avoid bad, negative or sad news these days. It's everywhere and at times we're saturated with it. It's like a cold damp miserable fog that just won't blow away. Yesterday we celebrated the 3rd Sunday of Advent better known as 'Joyful Sunday' or 'Gaudette Sunday'. This is a wise and well thought through day and it puts the spotlight back onto the good and positive. On the Advent wreath the pink candle is lit and it always stands out. We mark, acknowledge and thank God for all the blessings in our own lives. No matter how small or insignificant this blessing may seem we mark and celebrate it. What's the point you may say?

It is absolutely essential that we do not let waves of negative news smother the many small stories of good news in every community and in every person. It's not a denial of what's going on in our world. It's not a denial of many sad stories in every community. But it is all about acknowledging that good news always does inspire. It gives us the momentum to keep going and keep us in touch with the heartbeat of life itself. In the midst of every cold damp and miserable fog, it is good to know that warmth and sunshine will always break through. Putting the spotlight on our good news this week puts important balance back into our lives. Why let bad news tilt us off balance? Celebrate your good news, celebrate something good in your life, welcome good news when you see it, encourage good news when you can and be good news whenever it is possible.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Dec-11
Thought For Today by Fr Iomar Daniels

There is much waiting time in prison. Waiting for sentence, for release, waiting with patience to discover one's fate. This is where John the Baptist finds himself after confronting Herod. . John had prophesised revolutionary change but couldn't see it in Jesus. Therefore, the question: 'Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?' Jesus knew his cousin had a depth of spirituality to sustain him and his response is simple but effective: 'Go back and report to John what you hear and see.'

We've seen it too in others who were confined. St Paul, Nelson Mandela and Viktor Frankl never lost hope. They were not self-preoccupied in waiting but focused on their mission of establishing God's kingdom, ending apartheid or not allowing evil to win the day. 'He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how' (Nietzsche). Advent is our time for developing a spirituality that teaches patience; to wait with patience and hope despite the darkness of our time. In the depths of winter we learn to wait for the light. And the light will come just as the days begin to lengthen. We must wait.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Dec-10
'It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving' ~Mother Teresa

There are two significant feast days this week, which may pass us by quietly and perhaps with little fuss made of them. The first is the feast of St Nicholas which took place last Tuesday (Dec 6th). Because of the many miracles attributed to his intercession, he is also known as Nicholas the wonder-worker. 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 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 interwoven with the Christmas story and the birth of Jesus. 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.

The other feast day is the feast of Mary (Immaculate Conception) which took place yesterday (Dec 8th). This used to be the official start of Christmas for many people but in the last few years it has been replaced dramatically by Black Friday! Dec 8th may have lost its appeal as a big shopping day but the significance of Mary has still great appeal. If St Nicholas became interwoven with the Christmas story, Mary is at its very core. Dec 8th 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. Life could so easy have crushed her spirit, 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 only, independent of others and of God? As we approach Christmas it is good to remember that it's not the amount of giving that counts, but how much love we put into the giving.
 
 
 
  Friday
Dec-09
'It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving' ~Mother Teresa

There are two significant feast days this week, which may pass us by quietly and perhaps with little fuss made of them. The first is the feast of St Nicholas which took place last Tuesday (Dec 6th). Because of the many miracles attributed to his intercession, he is also known as Nicholas the wonder-worker. 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 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 interwoven with the Christmas story and the birth of Jesus. 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.

The other feast day is the feast of Mary (Immaculate Conception) which took place yesterday (Dec 8th). This used to be the official start of Christmas for many people but in the last few years it has been replaced dramatically by Black Friday! Dec 8th may have lost its appeal as a big shopping day but the significance of Mary has still great appeal. If St Nicholas became interwoven with the Christmas story, Mary is at its very core. Dec 8th 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. Life could so easy have crushed her spirit, 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 only, independent of others and of God? As we approach Christmas it is good to remember that it's not the amount of giving that counts, but how much love we put into the giving.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Dec-08
'It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving' ~Mother Teresa

There are two significant feast days this week, which may pass us by quietly and perhaps with little fuss made of them. The first is the feast of St Nicholas which took place last Tuesday (Dec 6th). Because of the many miracles attributed to his intercession, he is also known as Nicholas the wonder-worker. 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 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 interwoven with the Christmas story and the birth of Jesus. 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.

The other feast day is the feast of Mary (Immaculate Conception) which takes place today Thursday (Dec 8th). This used to be the official start of Christmas for many people but in the last few years it has been replaced dramatically by Black Friday! Dec 8th may have lost its appeal as a big shopping day but the significance of Mary has still great appeal. If St Nicholas became interwoven with the Christmas story, Mary is at its very core. Dec 8th 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. Life could so easy have crushed her spirit, 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 only, independent of others and of God? As we approach Christmas it is good to remember that it's not the amount of giving that counts, but how much love we put into the giving.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Dec-07
'It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving' ~Mother Teresa

There are two significant feast days this week, which may pass us by quietly and perhaps with little fuss made of them. The first is the feast of St Nicholas which took place yesterday, Tuesday (Dec 6th). Because of the many miracles attributed to his intercession, he is also known as Nicholas the wonder-worker. 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 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 interwoven with the Christmas story and the birth of Jesus. 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.

The other feast day is the feast of Mary (Immaculate Conception) on Thursday (Dec 8th). This used to be the official start of Christmas for many people but in the last few years it has been replaced dramatically by Black Friday! Dec 8th may have lost its appeal as a big shopping day but the significance of Mary has still great appeal. If St Nicholas became interwoven with the Christmas story, Mary is at its very core. Dec 8th 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. Life could so easy have crushed her spirit, 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 only, independent of others and of God? As we approach Christmas it is good to remember that it's not the amount of giving that counts, but how much love we put into the giving.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Dec-06
'It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving' ~Mother Teresa

There are two feast days coming up during the week which may pass us by quietly and perhaps little fuss made of them. The first is the feast of St Nicholas which takes place today Tuesday (Dec 6th). Because of the many miracles attributed to his intercession, he is also known as Nicholas the wonder-worker. 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 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 interwoven with the Christmas story and the birth of Jesus. 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.

The other feast day is the feast of Mary (Immaculate Conception) on Thursday (Dec 8th). This used to be the official start of Christmas for many people but in the last few years it has been replaced dramatically by Black Friday! Dec 8th may have lost its appeal as a big shopping day but the significance of Mary has still great appeal. If St Nicholas became interwoven with the Christmas story, Mary is at its very core. Dec 8th 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. Life could so easy have crushed her spirit, 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 only, independent of others and of God? As we approach Christmas it is good to remember that it's not the amount of giving that counts, but how much love we put into the giving.
 
 
 
  Monday
Dec-05
'It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving' ~Mother Teresa

There are two feast days coming up during the week which may pass us by quietly and perhaps little fuss made of them. The first is the feast of St. Nicholas which takes place tomorrow Tuesday (Dec 6th). Because of the many miracles attributed to his intercession, he is also known as Nicholas the wonder-worker. 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 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 interwoven with the Christmas story and the birth of Jesus. 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.

The other feast day is the feast of Mary (Immaculate Conception) on Thursday (Dec 8th). This used to be the official start of Christmas for many people but in the last few years it has been replaced dramatically by Black Friday! Dec 8th may have lost its appeal as a big shopping day but the significance of Mary has still great appeal. If St Nicholas became interwoven with the Christmas story, Mary is at its very core. Dec 8th 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. Life could so easy have crushed her spirit, 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 only, independent of others and of God? As we approach Christmas it is good to remember that it's not the amount of giving that counts, but how much love we put into the giving.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Dec-04
Thought For Today is by Jane Mellett

This second Sunday of Advent we are called to make straight paths for the coming of our Lord. How we prepare is important. We are waiting, and yes waiting can be frustrating. But waiting can also be a time of growth, of inspiration, of dreaming big dreams and imagining the endless possibilities that might come. We should try not to let go of that hope and inspiration.

John appeals to the community who have gathered to open their eyes, to take the opportunity that is at hand and deal with the spiritual crisis which surrounds them. John is calling for a radical change of heart. The decisive moment is coming where people must take a new path. What can we do to help build communities where leaders produce good fruit? What can we do to respectfully challenge those who do not? Today we pray that God's Spirit enlivens our heart, our work and our world. Jane Mellet
 
 
 
  Saturday
Dec-03
Thought For The Week

"Be thankful for what you have and you'll end up having more. If you only concentrate on what you don't have you will never have enough." ~Oprah Winfrey

We have just begun our journey through Advent at the weekend. Advent is from the Latin word 'Adventus' meaning arrival. It is a time of waiting for the arrival of Christmas. Advent is a time to celebrate light in the midst of darkness. It is a beautiful season but often gets pushed to the side lines because we have more pressing priorities. As life causes us to rush and race we know that there is another part of life that is waiting to be discovered.

This other part often comes in small packages like quiet time, prayer, counting our blessings, listing our priorities and finding hope in the midst of darkness and doubts. These small packages are beyond price. We crave for stillness, quiet time and quality time for ourselves but seldom find it. Advent allows us to be grateful for the good things in our life. If we just concentrate only on what we don't have this Christmas or only on the things we must have, then we will be left with that empty feeling.

That is why Advent is never forced but always invites. We are invited to personalise the coming weeks. It is one of the best ways to avoid that empty feeling. It is also a time of reflection. What is the biggest darkness in my life at the moment? Who or what might bring me a sense of light and hope in my life? Advent allows us to hold deeper questions and to find the beginning of some answers as we journey towards Christmas.
 
 
 
  Friday
Dec-02
Thought For The Week

"Be thankful for what you have and you'll end up having more. If you only concentrate on what you don't have you will never have enough." ~Oprah Winfrey

We have just begun our journey through Advent at the weekend. Advent is from the Latin word 'Adventus' meaning arrival. It is a time of waiting for the arrival of Christmas. Advent is a time to celebrate light in the midst of darkness. It is a beautiful season but often gets pushed to the side lines because we have more pressing priorities. As life causes us to rush and race we know that there is another part of life that is waiting to be discovered.

This other part often comes in small packages like quiet time, prayer, counting our blessings, listing our priorities and finding hope in the midst of darkness and doubts. These small packages are beyond price. We crave for stillness, quiet time and quality time for ourselves but seldom find it. Advent allows us to be grateful for the good things in our life. If we just concentrate only on what we don't have this Christmas or only on the things we must have, then we will be left with that empty feeling.

That is why Advent is never forced but always invites. We are invited to personalise the coming weeks. It is one of the best ways to avoid that empty feeling. It is also a time of reflection. What is the biggest darkness in my life at the moment? Who or what might bring me a sense of light and hope in my life? Advent allows us to hold deeper questions and to find the beginning of some answers as we journey towards Christmas.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Dec-01
Thought For The Week

"Be thankful for what you have and you'll end up having more. If you only concentrate on what you don't have you will never have enough." ~Oprah Winfrey

We have just begun our journey through Advent at the weekend. Advent is from the Latin word 'Adventus' meaning arrival. It is a time of waiting for the arrival of Christmas. Advent is a time to celebrate light in the midst of darkness. It is a beautiful season but often gets pushed to the side lines because we have more pressing priorities. As life causes us to rush and race we know that there is another part of life that is waiting to be discovered.

This other part often comes in small packages like quiet time, prayer, counting our blessings, listing our priorities and finding hope in the midst of darkness and doubts. These small packages are beyond price. We crave for stillness, quiet time and quality time for ourselves but seldom find it. Advent allows us to be grateful for the good things in our life. If we just concentrate only on what we don't have this Christmas or only on the things we must have, then we will be left with that empty feeling.

That is why Advent is never forced but always invites. We are invited to personalise the coming weeks. It is one of the best ways to avoid that empty feeling. It is also a time of reflection. What is the biggest darkness in my life at the moment? Who or what might bring me a sense of light and hope in my life? Advent allows us to hold deeper questions and to find the beginning of some answers as we journey towards Christmas.
 
 

 

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