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Listing February - 2016
 
  Monday
Feb-29
 
 
 
  Sunday
Feb-28
Thought For Today is by Jane Mellett called 'Bear Fruit'

The people in the Gospel today are wondering if the Galileans who were killed by Pilate had died because they deserved to. We can empathise with them as we know too well of accidents and tragedies of all kinds where we might ask the same question. Jesus insists that they have not done anything wrong. Their sudden death challenges those still alive to live to the full and to bear much fruit because life can end suddenly, life is fragile, no one is indestructible.

Climate Change affects us all. Climate injustice occurs when people who have done little or nothing to cause climate change are suffering the most from its effects. It is the greatest injustice of our time as it is the world's poorest countries who suffer the most from the changes in our weather systems. In Ireland we recall the devastating storms of 2013 which caused so much destruction along our West Coast. We have the resources to cope, for now. In countries like Kenya and Malawi, these resources are simply not there and the effects of storms and droughts are catastrophic. Let us pray today that we hear the call of the Gospel to bear fruit, not to be inactive, not to be complacent when it comes to reducing our carbon footprint. The Galileans died because of Pilate, but the greater 'sin' here becomes inactivity.

'Common destiny beckons us to seek a new beginning. Let ours be a time remembered for the awakening of a new reverence for life, the firm resolve to achieve sustainability, the quickening of the struggle for justice and peace'. ~Pope Francis, Laudato Si, 207)
 
 
 
  Saturday
Feb-27
Thought For The Week

'Faith is not about feeling good and having complete security. Faith is about trusting God in both the good and the not so good times. When life becomes difficult, I need to wait with patient faith and enduring hope, trusting the One who never leaves me alone in my times of troubles.' ~Joyce Rupp

This second week of Lent can often be a challenging one. Ash Wednesday is now a distant memory. The enthusiasm we had during the first few days may well be gone at this stage. Doing extra things we don't normally do or giving up things is never easy. So if we have found our Lenten journey has ground to a halt or moving slowly, don't give up just yet. You most certainly are not on your own and maybe today is a good day to restart again.

The reason we make an effort at Lent is to somehow show that the God we believe in matters to us and makes a difference in our lives. It is an acknowledgment that we don't have all the answers, that life can sometimes be tough and that sometimes we are in a difficult place. It is also an acknowledgement that there is and that there must be something more to life. Our own faith journey is an expression of this. We put our trust and hope in a God who loves us uniquely. This same God is with us through everything. This is not just the good and happy moments of our lives but the difficult days too. This means that God is with us in "the shit moments" too. God never ever leaves us alone. There is always some stepping stone at our side even when we think none is there. Lent is all about taking a step onto one of these. Perhaps tomorrow we can try another step. But the step we take today is the most important one and we do so with patient faith and enduring hope.
 
 
 
  Friday
Feb-26
Thought For The Week

'Faith is not about feeling good and having complete security. Faith is about trusting God in both the good and the not so good times. When life becomes difficult, I need to wait with patient faith and enduring hope, trusting the One who never leaves me alone in my times of troubles.' ~Joyce Rupp

This second week of Lent can often be a challenging one. Ash Wednesday is now a distant memory. The enthusiasm we had during the first few days may well be gone at this stage. Doing extra things we don't normally do or giving up things is never easy. So if we have found our Lenten journey has ground to a halt or moving slowly, don't give up just yet. You most certainly are not on your own and maybe today is a good day to restart again.

The reason we make an effort at Lent is to somehow show that the God we believe in matters to us and makes a difference in our lives. It is an acknowledgment that we don't have all the answers, that life can sometimes be tough and that sometimes we are in a difficult place. It is also an acknowledgement that there is and that there must be something more to life. Our own faith journey is an expression of this. We put our trust and hope in a God who loves us uniquely. This same God is with us through everything. This is not just the good and happy moments of our lives but the difficult days too. This means that God is with us in "the shit moments" too. God never ever leaves us alone. There is always some stepping stone at our side even when we think none is there. Lent is all about taking a step onto one of these. Perhaps tomorrow we can try another step. But the step we take today is the most important one and we do so with patient faith and enduring hope.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Feb-25
Thought For The Week

'Faith is not about feeling good and having complete security. Faith is about trusting God in both the good and the not so good times. When life becomes difficult, I need to wait with patient faith and enduring hope, trusting the One who never leaves me alone in my times of troubles.' ~Joyce Rupp

This second week of Lent can often be a challenging one. Ash Wednesday is now a distant memory. The enthusiasm we had during the first few days may well be gone at this stage. Doing extra things we don't normally do or giving up things is never easy. So if we have found our Lenten journey has ground to a halt or moving slowly, don't give up just yet. You most certainly are not on your own and maybe today is a good day to restart again.

The reason we make an effort at Lent is to somehow show that the God we believe in matters to us and makes a difference in our lives. It is an acknowledgment that we don't have all the answers, that life can sometimes be tough and that sometimes we are in a difficult place. It is also an acknowledgement that there is and that there must be something more to life. Our own faith journey is an expression of this. We put our trust and hope in a God who loves us uniquely. This same God is with us through everything. This is not just the good and happy moments of our lives but the difficult days too. This means that God is with us in "the shit moments" too. God never ever leaves us alone. There is always some stepping stone at our side even when we think none is there. Lent is all about taking a step onto one of these. Perhaps tomorrow we can try another step. But the step we take today is the most important one and we do so with patient faith and enduring hope.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Feb-24
Thought For The Week

'Faith is not about feeling good and having complete security. Faith is about trusting God in both the good and the not so good times. When life becomes difficult, I need to wait with patient faith and enduring hope, trusting the One who never leaves me alone in my times of troubles.' ~Joyce Rupp

This second week of Lent can often be a challenging one. Ash Wednesday is now a distant memory. The enthusiasm we had during the first few days may well be gone at this stage. Doing extra things we don't normally do or giving up things is never easy. So if we have found our Lenten journey has ground to a halt or moving slowly, don't give up just yet. You most certainly are not on your own and maybe today is a good day to restart again.

The reason we make an effort at Lent is to somehow show that the God we believe in matters to us and makes a difference in our lives. It is an acknowledgment that we don't have all the answers, that life can sometimes be tough and that sometimes we are in a difficult place. It is also an acknowledgement that there is and that there must be something more to life. Our own faith journey is an expression of this. We put our trust and hope in a God who loves us uniquely. This same God is with us through everything. This is not just the good and happy moments of our lives but the difficult days too. This means that God is with us in "the shit moments" too. God never ever leaves us alone. There is always some stepping stone at our side even when we think none is there. Lent is all about taking a step onto one of these. Perhaps tomorrow we can try another step. But the step we take today is the most important one and we do so with patient faith and enduring hope.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Feb-23
Thought For The Week

'Faith is not about feeling good and having complete security. Faith is about trusting God in both the good and the not so good times. When life becomes difficult, I need to wait with patient faith and enduring hope, trusting the One who never leaves me alone in my times of troubles.' ~Joyce Rupp

This second week of Lent can often be a challenging one. Ash Wednesday is now a distant memory. The enthusiasm we had during the first few days may well be gone at this stage. Doing extra things we don't normally do or giving up things is never easy. So if we have found our Lenten journey has ground to a halt or moving slowly, don't give up just yet. You most certainly are not on your own and maybe today is a good day to restart again.

The reason we make an effort at Lent is to somehow show that the God we believe in matters to us and makes a difference in our lives. It is an acknowledgment that we don't have all the answers, that life can sometimes be tough and that sometimes we are in a difficult place. It is also an acknowledgement that there is and that there must be something more to life. Our own faith journey is an expression of this. We put our trust and hope in a God who loves us uniquely. This same God is with us through everything. This is not just the good and happy moments of our lives but the difficult days too. This means that God is with us in "the shit moments" too. God never ever leaves us alone. There is always some stepping stone at our side even when we think none is there. Lent is all about taking a step onto one of these. Perhaps tomorrow we can try another step. But the step we take today is the most important one and we do so with patient faith and enduring hope.
 
 
 
  Monday
Feb-22
'Faith is not about feeling good and having complete security. Faith is about trusting God in both the good and the not so good times. When life becomes difficult, I need to wait with patient faith and enduring hope, trusting the One who never leaves me alone in my times of troubles.' ~Joyce Rupp

This second week of Lent can often be a challenging one. Ash Wednesday is now a distant memory. The enthusiasm we had during the first few days may well be gone at this stage. Doing extra things we don't normally do or giving up things is never easy. So if we have found our Lenten journey has ground to a halt or moving slowly, don't give up just yet. You most certainly are not on your own and maybe today is a good day to restart again.

The reason we make an effort at Lent is to somehow show that the God we believe in matters to us and makes a difference in our lives. It is an acknowledgment that we don't have all the answers, that life can sometimes be tough and that sometimes we are in a difficult place. It is also an acknowledgement that there is and that there must be something more to life. Our own faith journey is an expression of this. We put our trust and hope in a God who loves us uniquely. This same God is with us through everything. This is not just the good and happy moments of our lives but the difficult days too. This means that God is with us in "the shit moments" too. God never ever leaves us alone. There is always some stepping stone at our side even when we think none is there. Lent is all about taking a step onto one of these. Perhaps tomorrow we can try another step. But the step we take today is the most important one and we do so with patient faith and enduring hope.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Feb-21
Thought For Today is by Jane Mellett..'Called to transformation'

Jesus takes the disciples up to the mountain top in today's Gospel. In that space, they have a profound experience and are invited to see Jesus for who He really is. One can empathise with the disciples in this story as they do not want to leave that space. We all have had experiences that we want to last forever and are hugely disappointed when they are over. However, commitment to any cause very often involves a long and painful journey. Like the disciples in the Gospel today, there is a 'hook' moment, when Jesus or any leader shows us something different, a vision, a dream, something that is so wonderful and hope-filled that we commit there and then to making it happen. Then we realise that there is much work to be done and the path will not be so easy. Obstacles will arise, people will fall away, enthusiasm will waver, there will be set backs and disappointments. We are being called to commitment today, to the more difficult path. We are being called to open our ears and eyes to the Gospel message of transfiguration, of transformation.

Per capita, Ireland is one of the highest polluters in Europe. This is not a statistic to be proud of. We know we can do better. Coming down from the mountain, like the disciples, means making changes in our lifestyles that lower each of our carbon footprints. We start with ourselves.
'We require a new and universal solidarity. All of us can cooperate as instruments of God for the care of creation, each according to his or her own cultures, experience, involvements and talents.' ~Pope Francis, Laudato Si, 14
 
 
 
  Saturday
Feb-20
'Anyone can catch your eye, but it takes someone special to catch your heart.' ~Author Unknown

Last Sunday (Feb 14th) was St Valentine's Day. Some may say it's a whole load of hype but if you take away all the trimmings, you are left with that precious gift called love. Valentine's Day is not just limited to romantic love. It's a day that celebrates every moment of love. If we say God is love then every moment of love brings with it an energy and uniqueness that can't be found anywhere else. It is we ourselves who do our best to limit the effects of love. Life knocks us and hurts us from time to time and we retreat into our hiding places. But love invites us back out of our darkness and uncertainties. Like many gifts that are given to us each day we tend to take love for granted. But Valentine's day at least is one day when we realize just how lucky we are to have love in our lives. It takes a while to build up love but only a second to lose it.

Today or indeed any day during the coming weeks of Lent will be an opportunity to show someone how much they really mean to us. We thank God for that someone special in our lives. We all fall well short in living up to be a good husband, wife, partner, friend, carer or whatever word best sums up our situation. But we make an honest effort in bringing the best out of the person who means the world to us. Today we say thank you for the great blessings that genuine love can bring. For some today can be a sad day too because their someone special may have died. We remember them too today. We also remember most importantly how true love always has its roots in God. We celebrate on St Valentine's Day God's unique love for us. We are valuable because God loves us and nothing or no person can ever take that from any of us.
 
 
 
  Friday
Feb-19
'Anyone can catch your eye, but it takes someone special to catch your heart.' ~Author Unknown

Last Sunday (Feb 14th) was St Valentine's Day. Some may say it's a whole load of hype but if you take away all the trimmings, you are left with that precious gift called love. Valentine's Day is not just limited to romantic love. It's a day that celebrates every moment of love. If we say God is love then every moment of love brings with it an energy and uniqueness that can't be found anywhere else. It is we ourselves who do our best to limit the effects of love. Life knocks us and hurts us from time to time and we retreat into our hiding places. But love invites us back out of our darkness and uncertainties. Like many gifts that are given to us each day we tend to take love for granted. But Valentine's day at least is one day when we realize just how lucky we are to have love in our lives. It takes a while to build up love but only a second to lose it.

Today or indeed any day during the coming weeks of Lent will be an opportunity to show someone how much they really mean to us. We thank God for that someone special in our lives. We all fall well short in living up to be a good husband, wife, partner, friend, carer or whatever word best sums up our situation. But we make an honest effort in bringing the best out of the person who means the world to us. Today we say thank you for the great blessings that genuine love can bring. For some today can be a sad day too because their someone special may have died. We remember them too today. We also remember most importantly how true love always has its roots in God. We celebrate on St Valentine's Day God's unique love for us. We are valuable because God loves us and nothing or no person can ever take that from any of us.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Feb-18
'Anyone can catch your eye, but it takes someone special to catch your heart.' ~Author Unknown

Last Sunday (Feb 14th) was St Valentine's Day. Some may say it's a whole load of hype but if you take away all the trimmings, you are left with that precious gift called love. Valentine's Day is not just limited to romantic love. It's a day that celebrates every moment of love. If we say God is love then every moment of love brings with it an energy and uniqueness that can't be found anywhere else. It is we ourselves who do our best to limit the effects of love. Life knocks us and hurts us from time to time and we retreat into our hiding places. But love invites us back out of our darkness and uncertainties. Like many gifts that are given to us each day we tend to take love for granted. But Valentine's day at least is one day when we realize just how lucky we are to have love in our lives. It takes a while to build up love but only a second to lose it.

Today or indeed any day during the coming weeks of Lent will be an opportunity to show someone how much they really mean to us. We thank God for that someone special in our lives. We all fall well short in living up to be a good husband, wife, partner, friend, carer or whatever word best sums up our situation. But we make an honest effort in bringing the best out of the person who means the world to us. Today we say thank you for the great blessings that genuine love can bring. For some today can be a sad day too because their someone special may have died. We remember them too today. We also remember most importantly how true love always has its roots in God. We celebrate on St Valentine's Day God's unique love for us. We are valuable because God loves us and nothing or no person can ever take that from any of us.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Feb-17
'Anyone can catch your eye, but it takes someone special to catch your heart.' ~Author Unknown

Last Sunday (Feb 14th) was St Valentine's Day. Some may say it's a whole load of hype but if you take away all the trimmings, you are left with that precious gift called love. Valentine's Day is not just limited to romantic love. It's a day that celebrates every moment of love. If we say God is love then every moment of love brings with it an energy and uniqueness that can't be found anywhere else. It is we ourselves who do our best to limit the effects of love. Life knocks us and hurts us from time to time and we retreat into our hiding places. But love invites us back out of our darkness and uncertainties. Like many gifts that are given to us each day we tend to take love for granted. But Valentine's day at least is one day when we realize just how lucky we are to have love in our lives. It takes a while to build up love but only a second to lose it.

Today or indeed any day during the coming weeks of Lent will be an opportunity to show someone how much they really mean to us. We thank God for that someone special in our lives. We all fall well short in living up to be a good husband, wife, partner, friend, carer or whatever word best sums up our situation. But we make an honest effort in bringing the best out of the person who means the world to us. Today we say thank you for the great blessings that genuine love can bring. For some today can be a sad day too because their someone special may have died. We remember them too today. We also remember most importantly how true love always has its roots in God. We celebrate on St Valentine's Day God's unique love for us. We are valuable because God loves us and nothing or no person can ever take that from any of us.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Feb-16
'Anyone can catch your eye, but it takes someone special to catch your heart.' ~Author Unknown

Last Sunday (Feb 14th) was St Valentine's Day. Some may say it's a whole load of hype but if you take away all the trimmings, you are left with that precious gift called love. Valentine's Day is not just limited to romantic love. It's a day that celebrates every moment of love. If we say God is love then every moment of love brings with it an energy and uniqueness that can't be found anywhere else. It is we ourselves who do our best to limit the effects of love. Life knocks us and hurts us from time to time and we retreat into our hiding places. But love invites us back out of our darkness and uncertainties. Like many gifts that are given to us each day we tend to take love for granted. But Valentine's day at least is one day when we realize just how lucky we are to have love in our lives. It takes a while to build up love but only a second to lose it.

Today or indeed any day during the coming weeks of Lent will be an opportunity to show someone how much they really mean to us. We thank God for that someone special in our lives. We all fall well short in living up to be a good husband, wife, partner, friend, carer or whatever word best sums up our situation. But we make an honest effort in bringing the best out of the person who means the world to us. Today we say thank you for the great blessings that genuine love can bring. For some today can be a sad day too because their someone special may have died. We remember them too today. We also remember most importantly how true love always has its roots in God. We celebrate on St Valentine's Day God's unique love for us. We are valuable because God loves us and nothing or no person can ever take that from any of us.
 
 
 
  Monday
Feb-15
'Anyone can catch your eye, but it takes someone special to catch your heart.' ~Author Unknown

Yesterday (Feb 14th) was St Valentine's Day. Some may say it's a whole load of hype but if you take away all the trimmings, you are left with that precious gift called love. Valentine's Day is not just limited to romantic love. It's a day that celebrates every moment of love. If we say God is love then every moment of love brings with it an energy and uniqueness that can't be found anywhere else. It is we ourselves who do our best to limit the effects of love. Life knocks us and hurts us from time to time and we retreat into our hiding places. But love invites us back out of our darkness and uncertainties. Like many gifts that are given to us each day we tend to take love for granted. But Valentine's day at least is one day when we realize just how lucky we are to have love in our lives. It takes a while to build up love but only a second to lose it.

Today or indeed any day during the coming weeks of Lent will be an opportunity to show someone how much they really mean to us. We thank God for that someone special in our lives. We all fall well short in living up to be a good husband, wife, partner, friend, carer or whatever word best sums up our situation. But we make an honest effort in bringing the best out of the person who means the world to us. Today we say thank you for the great blessings that genuine love can bring. For some today can be a sad day too because their someone special may have died. We remember them too today. We also remember most importantly how true love always has its roots in God. We celebrate on St Valentine's Day God's unique love for us. We are valuable because God loves us and nothing or no person can ever take that from any of us.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Feb-14
Thought For Today by Jane Mellett called 'Trust the wilderness'

The temptations are not just an embarrassing episode in the life of Jesus but are an integral part of his mission. Jesus is tempted to eat when he is not supposed to eat, to take the easy route of power through exploitation, when that is not His way. Ultimately, God is in control here; this wilderness is 'Spirit' led. And so it is for us. When it comes down to it, each of the temptations are about the same thing, our ability to trust in God. This should not direct us towards complacency but to listening.

We listen to God's Word and this year's Tr"caire campaign is urging us to listen to what God is saying through the Book of Creation; to trust in those signals and signs. Listening to the story of Teresina this year, we hear of an effect of climate change that is often overlooked: a family forced apart because of dry land. This past year we have seen large movements of refugees around the world. We know that the next generation of refugees will be climate refugees. It does not have to be this way. As we enter the 'wilderness' of Lent, let us spend time with the temptations in the Gospel today and hear the call to 'trust'. Trust what God is trying to tell us through the Book of Creation. It is in the wasteland that we find the signs of God's renewal.

'I urgently appeal for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all'.
Pope Francis, Laudato Si', 1, 14.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Feb-13
'Lent comes providentially to reawaken us, to shake us from our lethargy' ~Pope Francis

Ash Wednesday began yesterday and marks the beginning of our journey through Lent. The start of Lent is always set by whatever date Easter Sunday is. Easter falls on the first Sunday following the first full moon after March 21st. Easter Sunday this year is March 27th and this explains our early start to Lent this year. Interestingly the earliest Easter can be is on March 22nd and the last time this happened was back in 1818 and won't happen again until 2285. The latest date Easter can be is April 25th. It happened back in 1943 and this won't happen again until 2038. Hopefully your Lent this year will be good for you and a time for quiet reflection and a time for one manageable positive change in your life. The following little reflection is a good starting point for our journey through Lent.

Remember that your presence is a present to the world.
Remember that you are a unique and unrepeatable creation.
Remember that your life can be what you want it to be.
Remember to take the days just one at a time.
Remember to count your blessings, not your troubles.
Remember that you will make it through whatever comes along.
Remember that most of the answers you need are within you.
Remember those dreams waiting to be realized.
Remember that decisions are too important to leave to chance.
Remember to always reach for the best that is within you.
Remember that nothing wastes more energy than worry.
Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
Remember that the longer you carry a grudge, the heavier it gets.
Remember not to take things too seriously.
Remember to laugh.
Remember that a little love goes a long way.
Remember that a lot of it goes forever!
Remember that happiness is more often found in giving than getting.
Remember that life's treasures are people, not things.
Remember that miracles can still happen.
Remember you are you and always celebrate you!
 
 
 
  Friday
Feb-12
'Lent comes providentially to reawaken us, to shake us from our lethargy' ~Pope Francis

Ash Wednesday began yesterday and marks the beginning of our journey through Lent. The start of Lent is always set by whatever date Easter Sunday is. Easter falls on the first Sunday following the first full moon after March 21st. Easter Sunday this year is March 27th and this explains our early start to Lent this year. Interestingly the earliest Easter can be is on March 22nd and the last time this happened was back in 1818 and won't happen again until 2285. The latest date Easter can be is April 25th. It happened back in 1943 and this won't happen again until 2038. Hopefully your Lent this year will be good for you and a time for quiet reflection and a time for one manageable positive change in your life. The following little reflection is a good starting point for our journey through Lent.

Remember that your presence is a present to the world.
Remember that you are a unique and unrepeatable creation.
Remember that your life can be what you want it to be.
Remember to take the days just one at a time.
Remember to count your blessings, not your troubles.
Remember that you will make it through whatever comes along.
Remember that most of the answers you need are within you.
Remember those dreams waiting to be realized.
Remember that decisions are too important to leave to chance.
Remember to always reach for the best that is within you.
Remember that nothing wastes more energy than worry.
Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
Remember that the longer you carry a grudge, the heavier it gets.
Remember not to take things too seriously.
Remember to laugh.
Remember that a little love goes a long way.
Remember that a lot of it goes forever!
Remember that happiness is more often found in giving than getting.
Remember that life's treasures are people, not things.
Remember that miracles can still happen.
Remember you are you and always celebrate you!
 
 
 
  Thursday
Feb-11
'Lent comes providentially to reawaken us, to shake us from our lethargy' ~Pope Francis

Ash Wednesday began yesterday and marks the beginning of our journey through Lent. The start of Lent is always set by whatever date Easter Sunday is. Easter falls on the first Sunday following the first full moon after March 21st. Easter Sunday this year is March 27th and this explains our early start to Lent this year. Interestingly the earliest Easter can be is on March 22nd and the last time this happened was back in 1818 and won't happen again until 2285. The latest date Easter can be is April 25th. It happened back in 1943 and this won't happen again until 2038. Hopefully your Lent this year will be good for you and a time for quiet reflection and a time for one manageable positive change in your life. The following little reflection is a good starting point for our journey through Lent.

Remember that your presence is a present to the world.
Remember that you are a unique and unrepeatable creation.
Remember that your life can be what you want it to be.
Remember to take the days just one at a time.
Remember to count your blessings, not your troubles.
Remember that you will make it through whatever comes along.
Remember that most of the answers you need are within you.
Remember those dreams waiting to be realized.
Remember that decisions are too important to leave to chance.
Remember to always reach for the best that is within you.
Remember that nothing wastes more energy than worry.
Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
Remember that the longer you carry a grudge, the heavier it gets.
Remember not to take things too seriously.
Remember to laugh.
Remember that a little love goes a long way.
Remember that a lot of it goes forever!
Remember that happiness is more often found in giving than getting.
Remember that life's treasures are people, not things.
Remember that miracles can still happen.
Remember you are you and always celebrate you!
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Feb-10
'Lent comes providentially to reawaken us, to shake us from our lethargy' ~Pope Francis

Ash Wednesday begins today and marks the beginning of our journey through Lent. The start of Lent is always set by whatever date Easter Sunday is. Easter falls on the first Sunday following the first full moon after March 21st. Easter Sunday this year is March 27th and this explains our early start to Lent this year. Interestingly the earliest Easter can be is on March 22nd and the last time this happened was back in 1818 and won't happen again until 2285. The latest date Easter can be is April 25th. It happened back in 1943 and this won't happen again until 2038. Hopefully your Lent this year will be good for you and a time for quiet reflection and a time for one manageable positive change in your life. The following little reflection is a good starting point for our journey through Lent.

Remember that your presence is a present to the world.
Remember that you are a unique and unrepeatable creation.
Remember that your life can be what you want it to be.
Remember to take the days just one at a time.
Remember to count your blessings, not your troubles.
Remember that you will make it through whatever comes along.
Remember that most of the answers you need are within you.
Remember those dreams waiting to be realized.
Remember that decisions are too important to leave to chance.
Remember to always reach for the best that is within you.
Remember that nothing wastes more energy than worry.
Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
Remember that the longer you carry a grudge, the heavier it gets.
Remember not to take things too seriously.
Remember to laugh.
Remember that a little love goes a long way.
Remember that a lot of it goes forever!
Remember that happiness is more often found in giving than getting.
Remember that life's treasures are people, not things.
Remember that miracles can still happen.
Remember you are you and always celebrate you!
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Feb-09
'Lent comes providentially to reawaken us, to shake us from our lethargy' ~Pope Francis

Ash Wednesday begins tomorrow and marks the beginning of our journey through Lent. The start of Lent is always set by whatever date Easter Sunday is. Easter falls on the first Sunday following the first full moon after March 21st. Easter Sunday this year is March 27th and this explains our early start to Lent this year. Interestingly the earliest Easter can be is on March 22nd and the last time this happened was back in 1818 and won't happen again until 2285. The latest date Easter can be is April 25th. It happened back in 1943 and this won't happen again until 2038. Hopefully your Lent this year will be good for you and a time for quiet reflection and a time for one manageable positive change in your life. The following little reflection is a good starting point for our journey through Lent.

Remember that your presence is a present to the world.
Remember that you are a unique and unrepeatable creation.
Remember that your life can be what you want it to be.
Remember to take the days just one at a time.
Remember to count your blessings, not your troubles.
Remember that you will make it through whatever comes along.
Remember that most of the answers you need are within you.
Remember those dreams waiting to be realized.
Remember that decisions are too important to leave to chance.
Remember to always reach for the best that is within you.
Remember that nothing wastes more energy than worry.
Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
Remember that the longer you carry a grudge, the heavier it gets.
Remember not to take things too seriously.
Remember to laugh.
Remember that a little love goes a long way.
Remember that a lot of it goes forever!
Remember that happiness is more often found in giving than getting.
Remember that life's treasures are people, not things.
Remember that miracles can still happen.
Remember you are you and always celebrate you!
 
 
 
  Monday
Feb-08
'Lent comes providentially to reawaken us, to shake us from our lethargy' ~Pope Francis

Ash Wednesday begins this week and marks the beginning of our journey through Lent. The start of Lent is always set by whatever date Easter Sunday is. Easter falls on the first Sunday following the first full moon after March 21st. Easter Sunday this year is March 27th and this explains our early start to Lent this year. Interestingly the earliest Easter can be is on March 22nd and the last time this happened was back in 1818 and won't happen again until 2285. The latest date Easter can be is April 25th. It happened back in 1943 and this won't happen again until 2038. Hopefully your Lent this year will be good for you and a time for quiet reflection and a time for one manageable positive change in your life. The following little reflection is a good starting point for our journey through Lent.

Remember that your presence is a present to the world.
Remember that you are a unique and unrepeatable creation.
Remember that your life can be what you want it to be.
Remember to take the days just one at a time.
Remember to count your blessings, not your troubles.
Remember that you will make it through whatever comes along.
Remember that most of the answers you need are within you.
Remember those dreams waiting to be realized.
Remember that decisions are too important to leave to chance.
Remember to always reach for the best that is within you.
Remember that nothing wastes more energy than worry.
Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
Remember that the longer you carry a grudge, the heavier it gets.
Remember not to take things too seriously.
Remember to laugh.
Remember that a little love goes a long way.
Remember that a lot of it goes forever!
Remember that happiness is more often found in giving than getting.
Remember that life's treasures are people, not things.
Remember that miracles can still happen.
Remember you are you and always celebrate you!
 
 
 
  Sunday
Feb-07
Gospel Reading for Today Luke 5:1-11

Jesus was standing one day by the Lake of Gennesaret, with the crowd pressing round him listening to the word of God, when he caught sight of two boats close to the bank. The fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets.
He got into one of the boats - it was Simon's and asked him to put out a little from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat.
When he had finished speaking he said to Simon, 'Put out into deep water and pay out your nets for a catch'. 'Master,' Simon replied 'we worked hard all night long and caught nothing, but if you say so, I will pay out the nets for a catch.' And when they had done this they netted such a huge number of fish that their nets began to tear, so they signalled to their companions in the other boat to come and help them; when these came, they filled the two boats to sinking point.
When Simon Peter saw this he fell at the knees of Jesus saying, 'Leave me, Lord; I am a sinful man.' For he and all his companions were completely overcome by the catch they had made; so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were Simon's partners. But Jesus said to Simon, 'Do not be afraid; from now on it is people you will catch'. Then, bringing their boats back to land, they left everything and followed him.


Our Thought For Today is by Jane Mellett called 'Put out into the deep'

Jesus is preaching at Lake Gennesaret (the Sea of Galilee) in today's Gospel. This is Luke's account of the calling of the First Disciples which takes place in the context of a miraculous catch of fish. Jesus is using Simon's boat as a sort of platform from which to address the crowds who had gathered around him. Already Jesus is gaining popularity and the crowds are 'pressing' near to him. Clearly they see something in Jesus that is attractive and fulfilling.

Simon is most likely being polite when he agrees to try again for a catch, possibly thinking that Jesus should leave the fishing to the professionals. Simon obeys, takes the risk, lets go of his pride, and the result is an overwhelming catch of fish. It can be hard to trust others at times; it can be difficult to let go of what is familiar to us. We are constantly being challenged to do this. The big challenge is to trust that God knows what God is doing and is constantly urging us to pull away from the shore.

'A boat is safe in the harbour; but this is not the purpose of a boat'. ~ Paulo Coelho
 
 
 
  Saturday
Feb-06
'A great resurgence of interest in all aspects of our Celtic heritage is leading many individuals and groups to rediscover and draw inspiration from the lives of the early Irish saints. St Brigid, the patroness of Ireland, is emerging as one whose life has relevance and inspiration for us as we try to face the issues that confront our country and our world at this time.' ~Rita Minehan

The feast of St Brigid was celebrated last Monday (Feb 1st). Traditionally it marks the arrival of spring. Lots of winter storms have hit Ireland during the month of January, so any break from these will be welcomed by many. The feast of St Brigid is a day to reflect on all our present blessings and all the good around us. She had time for everyone including the poor but above all she inspired people to be themselves. She encouraged them to be proud of who they were, to be proud of their roots, to be proud of their gifts and talents and to be proud of their faith.

Using rushes she wove them all into a cross, to remind us that all the different strands of our lives are connected. They are connected not by chance but by the gentle presence of God in our lives. Brigid gathers our rushes of sorrow and blessings, of happiness and pain, tears and laughter, kindness and caring, of voluntary groups and organisations, of families, relations and friends, of schools and hospitals, of work, sport and recreation and all the little things we do with faith, hope and love. Brigid weaves them all with loving hands into something richer and more beautiful. For her God is always at the centre of everything we do, not just the good parts but simply everything. We ask her many blessings on us during this first week of February.
 
 
 
  Friday
Feb-05
'A great resurgence of interest in all aspects of our Celtic heritage is leading many individuals and groups to rediscover and draw inspiration from the lives of the early Irish saints. St Brigid, the patroness of Ireland, is emerging as one whose life has relevance and inspiration for us as we try to face the issues that confront our country and our world at this time.' ~Rita Minehan

The feast of St Brigid was celebrated last Monday (Feb 1st). Traditionally it marks the arrival of spring. Lots of winter storms have hit Ireland during the month of January, so any break from these will be welcomed by many. The feast of St Brigid is a day to reflect on all our present blessings and all the good around us. She had time for everyone including the poor but above all she inspired people to be themselves. She encouraged them to be proud of who they were, to be proud of their roots, to be proud of their gifts and talents and to be proud of their faith.

Using rushes she wove them all into a cross, to remind us that all the different strands of our lives are connected. They are connected not by chance but by the gentle presence of God in our lives. Brigid gathers our rushes of sorrow and blessings, of happiness and pain, tears and laughter, kindness and caring, of voluntary groups and organisations, of families, relations and friends, of schools and hospitals, of work, sport and recreation and all the little things we do with faith, hope and love. Brigid weaves them all with loving hands into something richer and more beautiful. For her God is always at the centre of everything we do, not just the good parts but simply everything. We ask her many blessings on us during this first week of February.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Feb-04
'A great resurgence of interest in all aspects of our Celtic heritage is leading many individuals and groups to rediscover and draw inspiration from the lives of the early Irish saints. St Brigid, the patroness of Ireland, is emerging as one whose life has relevance and inspiration for us as we try to face the issues that confront our country and our world at this time.' ~Rita Minehan

The feast of St Brigid was celebrated last Monday (Feb 1st). Traditionally it marks the arrival of spring. Lots of winter storms have hit Ireland during the month of January, so any break from these will be welcomed by many. The feast of St Brigid is a day to reflect on all our present blessings and all the good around us. She had time for everyone including the poor but above all she inspired people to be themselves. She encouraged them to be proud of who they were, to be proud of their roots, to be proud of their gifts and talents and to be proud of their faith.

Using rushes she wove them all into a cross, to remind us that all the different strands of our lives are connected. They are connected not by chance but by the gentle presence of God in our lives. Brigid gathers our rushes of sorrow and blessings, of happiness and pain, tears and laughter, kindness and caring, of voluntary groups and organisations, of families, relations and friends, of schools and hospitals, of work, sport and recreation and all the little things we do with faith, hope and love. Brigid weaves them all with loving hands into something richer and more beautiful. For her God is always at the centre of everything we do, not just the good parts but simply everything. We ask her many blessings on us during this first week of February.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Feb-03
'A great resurgence of interest in all aspects of our Celtic heritage is leading many individuals and groups to rediscover and draw inspiration from the lives of the early Irish saints. St Brigid, the patroness of Ireland, is emerging as one whose life has relevance and inspiration for us as we try to face the issues that confront our country and our world at this time.' ~Rita Minehan

The feast of St Brigid was celebrated yesterday (Feb 1st). Traditionally it marks the arrival of spring. Lots of winter storms have hit Ireland during the month of January, so any break from these will be welcomed by many. The feast of St Brigid is a day to reflect on all our present blessings and all the good around us. She had time for everyone including the poor but above all she inspired people to be themselves. She encouraged them to be proud of who they were, to be proud of their roots, to be proud of their gifts and talents and to be proud of their faith.

Using rushes she wove them all into a cross, to remind us that all the different strands of our lives are connected. They are connected not by chance but by the gentle presence of God in our lives. Brigid gathers our rushes of sorrow and blessings, of happiness and pain, tears and laughter, kindness and caring, of voluntary groups and organisations, of families, relations and friends, of schools and hospitals, of work, sport and recreation and all the little things we do with faith, hope and love. Brigid weaves them all with loving hands into something richer and more beautiful. For her God is always at the centre of everything we do, not just the good parts but simply everything. We ask her many blessings on us during this first week of February.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Feb-02
'A great resurgence of interest in all aspects of our Celtic heritage is leading many individuals and groups to rediscover and draw inspiration from the lives of the early Irish saints. St Brigid, the patroness of Ireland, is emerging as one whose life has relevance and inspiration for us as we try to face the issues that confront our country and our world at this time.' ~Rita Minehan

The feast of St Brigid was celebrated yesterday (Feb 1st). Traditionally it marks the arrival of spring. Lots of winter storms have hit Ireland during the month of January, so any break from these will be welcomed by many. The feast of St Brigid is a day to reflect on all our present blessings and all the good around us. She had time for everyone including the poor but above all she inspired people to be themselves. She encouraged them to be proud of who they were, to be proud of their roots, to be proud of their gifts and talents and to be proud of their faith.

Using rushes she wove them all into a cross, to remind us that all the different strands of our lives are connected. They are connected not by chance but by the gentle presence of God in our lives. Brigid gathers our rushes of sorrow and blessings, of happiness and pain, tears and laughter, kindness and caring, of voluntary groups and organisations, of families, relations and friends, of schools and hospitals, of work, sport and recreation and all the little things we do with faith, hope and love. Brigid weaves them all with loving hands into something richer and more beautiful. For her God is always at the centre of everything we do, not just the good parts but simply everything. We ask her many blessings on us during this first week of February.
 
 
 
  Monday
Feb-01
'A great resurgence of interest in all aspects of our Celtic heritage is leading many individuals and groups to rediscover and draw inspiration from the lives of the early Irish saints. St Brigid, the patroness of Ireland, is emerging as one whose life has relevance and inspiration for us as we try to face the issues that confront our country and our world at this time.' ~Rita Minehan

The feast of St Brigid is celebrated today Monday (Feb 1st). Traditionally it marks the arrival of spring. Lots of winter storms have hit Ireland during the month of January, so any break from these will be welcomed by many. The feast of St Brigid is a day to reflect on all our present blessings and all the good around us. She had time for everyone including the poor but above all she inspired people to be themselves. She encouraged them to be proud of who they were, to be proud of their roots, to be proud of their gifts and talents and to be proud of their faith.

Using rushes she wove them all into a cross, to remind us that all the different strands of our lives are connected. They are connected not by chance but by the gentle presence of God in our lives. Brigid gathers our rushes of sorrow and blessings, of happiness and pain, tears and laughter, kindness and caring, of voluntary groups and organisations, of families, relations and friends, of schools and hospitals, of work, sport and recreation and all the little things we do with faith, hope and love. Brigid weaves them all with loving hands into something richer and more beautiful. For her God is always at the centre of everything we do, not just the good parts but simply everything. We ask her many blessings on us today.

More on St Brigid if you click on Saint For Today on the very top of this page
 
 

 

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