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Listing January - 2015
 
  Saturday
Jan-31
Thought For The Week

"Our very life is a gift and it is filled with many gifts or talents. We all seem to get a different share out of God's gifts. I can spend my life wishing I had what someone else was given. I wish I looked like him, could sing like her, or be as wealthy as someone else. I could spend my life wishing I was someone else, and never come to any level of appreciation of what I am, and what gifts I possess." ~Jack McArdle

Last Sunday (Jan 25th) was the feast of the conversion of St Paul and is always a reminder that each day can be full of surprise, possibility and positivity. There have been many significant turnaround stories throughout history and Paul stands high in the list. He was a bully, a dictator and a persecutor. He was mean, hard, cruel and ruthless particularly to the early Christians. But significantly he put his past behind, did a massive u turn and became famous for his missionary work and the spread of the Gospel. We may not do such a dramatic turnaround in our lives but we can certainly leave some of our past behind.

The RTE programme 'Operation Transformation', is a huge success every year during the weeks of January and February. It is built on change. The programme instils confidence in thousands of people to get out exercising. The programme also encourages us to begin to eat better and healthier. The key to its success is not that we have to make massive sweeping changes in our lifestyle but to make small and significant changes. It is these changes that make the biggest impact.

When it comes to spiritual matters we don't have to do something as spectacular as St Paul. But one key change we could make is to begin to treasure what we have and particularly our own special gifts. So often we search for happiness elsewhere, wishing we had what others have. So instead of frantically searching everywhere and elsewhere, why not make the small change of starting to appreciate and treasure what we have.
 
 
 
  Friday
Jan-30
Thought For The Week

"Our very life is a gift and it is filled with many gifts or talents. We all seem to get a different share out of God's gifts. I can spend my life wishing I had what someone else was given. I wish I looked like him, could sing like her, or be as wealthy as someone else. I could spend my life wishing I was someone else, and never come to any level of appreciation of what I am, and what gifts I possess." ~Jack McArdle

Last Sunday (Jan 25th) was the feast of the conversion of St Paul and is always a reminder that each day can be full of surprise, possibility and positivity. There have been many significant turnaround stories throughout history and Paul stands high in the list. He was a bully, a dictator and a persecutor. He was mean, hard, cruel and ruthless particularly to the early Christians. But significantly he put his past behind, did a massive u turn and became famous for his missionary work and the spread of the Gospel. We may not do such a dramatic turnaround in our lives but we can certainly leave some of our past behind.

The RTE programme 'Operation Transformation', is a huge success every year during the weeks of January and February. It is built on change. The programme instils confidence in thousands of people to get out exercising. The programme also encourages us to begin to eat better and healthier. The key to its success is not that we have to make massive sweeping changes in our lifestyle but to make small and significant changes. It is these changes that make the biggest impact.

When it comes to spiritual matters we don't have to do something as spectacular as St Paul. But one key change we could make is to begin to treasure what we have and particularly our own special gifts. So often we search for happiness elsewhere, wishing we had what others have. So instead of frantically searching everywhere and elsewhere, why not make the small change of starting to appreciate and treasure what we have.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Jan-29
Thought For The Week

"Our very life is a gift and it is filled with many gifts or talents. We all seem to get a different share out of God's gifts. I can spend my life wishing I had what someone else was given. I wish I looked like him, could sing like her, or be as wealthy as someone else. I could spend my life wishing I was someone else, and never come to any level of appreciation of what I am, and what gifts I possess." ~Jack McArdle

Last Sunday (Jan 25th) was the feast of the conversion of St Paul and is always a reminder that each day can be full of surprise, possibility and positivity. There have been many significant turnaround stories throughout history and Paul stands high in the list. He was a bully, a dictator and a persecutor. He was mean, hard, cruel and ruthless particularly to the early Christians. But significantly he put his past behind, did a massive u turn and became famous for his missionary work and the spread of the Gospel. We may not do such a dramatic turnaround in our lives but we can certainly leave some of our past behind.

The RTE programme 'Operation Transformation', is a huge success every year during the weeks of January and February. It is built on change. The programme instils confidence in thousands of people to get out exercising. The programme also encourages us to begin to eat better and healthier. The key to its success is not that we have to make massive sweeping changes in our lifestyle but to make small and significant changes. It is these changes that make the biggest impact.

When it comes to spiritual matters we don't have to do something as spectacular as St Paul. But one key change we could make is to begin to treasure what we have and particularly our own special gifts. So often we search for happiness elsewhere, wishing we had what others have. So instead of frantically searching everywhere and elsewhere, why not make the small change of starting to appreciate and treasure what we have.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Jan-28
Thought For The Week

"Our very life is a gift and it is filled with many gifts or talents. We all seem to get a different share out of God's gifts. I can spend my life wishing I had what someone else was given. I wish I looked like him, could sing like her, or be as wealthy as someone else. I could spend my life wishing I was someone else, and never come to any level of appreciation of what I am, and what gifts I possess." ~Jack McArdle

Last Sunday (Jan 25th) was the feast of the conversion of St Paul and is always a reminder that each day can be full of surprise, possibility and positivity. There have been many significant turnaround stories throughout history and Paul stands high in the list. He was a bully, a dictator and a persecutor. He was mean, hard, cruel and ruthless particularly to the early Christians. But significantly he put his past behind, did a massive u turn and became famous for his missionary work and the spread of the Gospel. We may not do such a dramatic turnaround in our lives but we can certainly leave some of our past behind.

The RTE programme 'Operation Transformation', is a huge success every year during the weeks of January and February. It is built on change. The programme instils confidence in thousands of people to get out exercising. The programme also encourages us to begin to eat better and healthier. The key to its success is not that we have to make massive sweeping changes in our lifestyle but to make small and significant changes. It is these changes that make the biggest impact.

When it comes to spiritual matters we don't have to do something as spectacular as St Paul. But one key change we could make is to begin to treasure what we have and particularly our own special gifts. So often we search for happiness elsewhere, wishing we had what others have. So instead of frantically searching everywhere and elsewhere, why not make the small change of starting to appreciate and treasure what we have.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Jan-27
Thought For The Week

"Our very life is a gift and it is filled with many gifts or talents. We all seem to get a different share out of God's gifts. I can spend my life wishing I had what someone else was given. I wish I looked like him, could sing like her, or be as wealthy as someone else. I could spend my life wishing I was someone else, and never come to any level of appreciation of what I am, and what gifts I possess." ~Jack McArdle

Last Sunday (Jan 25th) was the feast of the conversion of St Paul and is always a reminder that each day can be full of surprise, possibility and positivity. There have been many significant turnaround stories throughout history and Paul stands high in the list. He was a bully, a dictator and a persecutor. He was mean, hard, cruel and ruthless particularly to the early Christians. But significantly he put his past behind, did a massive u turn and became famous for his missionary work and the spread of the Gospel. We may not do such a dramatic turnaround in our lives but we can certainly leave some of our past behind.

The RTE programme 'Operation Transformation', is a huge success every year during the weeks of January and February. It is built on change. The programme instils confidence in thousands of people to get out exercising. The programme also encourages us to begin to eat better and healthier. The key to its success is not that we have to make massive sweeping changes in our lifestyle but to make small and significant changes. It is these changes that make the biggest impact.

When it comes to spiritual matters we don't have to do something as spectacular as St Paul. But one key change we could make is to begin to treasure what we have and particularly our own special gifts. So often we search for happiness elsewhere, wishing we had what others have. So instead of frantically searching everywhere and elsewhere, why not make the small change of starting to appreciate and treasure what we have.
 
 
 
  Monday
Jan-26
Thought For The Week

"Our very life is a gift and it is filled with many gifts or talents. We all seem to get a different share out of God's gifts. I can spend my life wishing I had what someone else was given. I wish I looked like him, could sing like her, or be as wealthy as someone else. I could spend my life wishing I was someone else, and never come to any level of appreciation of what I am, and what gifts I possess." ~Jack McArdle

Yesterday (Jan 25th) was the feast of the conversion of St Paul and is always a reminder that each day can be full of surprise, possibility and positivity. There have been many significant turnaround stories throughout history and Paul stands high in the list. He was a bully, a dictator and a persecutor. He was mean, hard, cruel and ruthless particularly to the early Christians. But significantly he put his past behind, did a massive u turn and became famous for his missionary work and the spread of the Gospel. We may not do such a dramatic turnaround in our lives but we can certainly leave some of our past behind.

The RTE programme 'Operation Transformation', is a huge success every year during the weeks of January and February. It is built on change. The programme instils confidence in thousands of people to get out exercising. The programme also encourages us to begin to eat better and healthier. The key to its success is not that we have to make massive sweeping changes in our lifestyle but to make small and significant changes. It is these changes that make the biggest impact.

When it comes to spiritual matters we don't have to do something as spectacular as St Paul. But one key change we could make is to begin to treasure what we have and particularly our own special gifts. So often we search for happiness elsewhere, wishing we had what others have. So instead of frantically searching everywhere and elsewhere, why not make the small change of starting to appreciate and treasure what we have.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Jan-25
Our Thought today is by Triona Doherty called 'Now Is The Time'

'And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back.' ~ Martin Luther King Jr

Over fifty years ago, in his famous 'I have a dream' speech, Martin Luther King Jr talked about 'the fierce urgency of now'. 'This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilising drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges,' he said. That same sense of 'fierce urgency' seems to grab the disciples in today's Gospel. The time has come, says Jesus - and Simon, Andrew, James and John are certainly ready. So ready, in fact, that they are prepared to leave behind their livelihoods, and even their families, to attend to the urgent task of spreading the Good News.

We can all be experts at procrastination at times. We put off making positive changes in our lives or taking steps to help others, convinced we will get around to it another day. Sometimes the sacrifices can seem like too much. But Jesus calls us, and he calls us urgently.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Jan-24
Thought For The Week

'A high recommendation is frequent, daily retirement into the solitude of one's heart, where separate from all people, you can lay open your soul and speak face to face with your God.' ~Francis De Sales

There are 1,440 minutes in any given day. Between 400 to 500 are given over to sleep. That still leaves a sizeable 1000 minutes to use positively and creatively. Many of these will be used for essential jobs and tasks that need to get done. Some will be used for relaxation and leisure purposes. How many will use a few minutes from the initial bundle for quiet time, silence and prayer? The benefits of taking some few minutes for essential quiet time each day are many and substantial. It is quality time and a time to recharge our inner selves. It is quality time that can be used to pray and to speak to God quietly. Prayer may or may not be on your agenda but there are few genuine arguments to counter the benefits of quiet time each day. The following short prayer may be a good starting point for some time out.

Lord, as we journey through this month of January it is a time of new beginnings and looking forward. Help me to be open and creative each day. Help me to be open to new ways and new methods of expressing my faith. Help me to know that there is no absolute right way and that my way is as good as any. I ask you to continue to be my inspiration, my strength, my hope and my light each day. Amen

Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Thursday
Jan-22
Thought For The Week

'A high recommendation is frequent, daily retirement into the solitude of one's heart, where separate from all people, you can lay open your soul and speak face to face with your God.' ~Francis De Sales

There are 1,440 minutes in any given day. Between 400 to 500 are given over to sleep. That still leaves a sizeable 1000 minutes to use positively and creatively. Many of these will be used for essential jobs and tasks that need to get done. Some will be used for relaxation and leisure purposes. How many will use a few minutes from the initial bundle for quiet time, silence and prayer? The benefits of taking some few minutes for essential quiet time each day are many and substantial. It is quality time and a time to recharge our inner selves. It is quality time that can be used to pray and to speak to God quietly. Prayer may or may not be on your agenda but there are few genuine arguments to counter the benefits of quiet time each day. The following short prayer may be a good starting point for some time out.

Lord, as we journey through this month of January it is a time of new beginnings and looking forward. Help me to be open and creative each day. Help me to be open to new ways and new methods of expressing my faith. Help me to know that there is no absolute right way and that my way is as good as any. I ask you to continue to be my inspiration, my strength, my hope and my light each day. Amen

Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Jan-20
Thought For The Week

'A high recommendation is frequent, daily retirement into the solitude of one's heart, where separate from all people, you can lay open your soul and speak face to face with your God.' ~Francis De Sales

There are 1,440 minutes in any given day. Between 400 to 500 are given over to sleep. That still leaves a sizeable 1000 minutes to use positively and creatively. Many of these will be used for essential jobs and tasks that need to get done. Some will be used for relaxation and leisure purposes. How many will use a few minutes from the initial bundle for quiet time, silence and prayer? The benefits of taking some few minutes for essential quiet time each day are many and substantial. It is quality time and a time to recharge our inner selves. It is quality time that can be used to pray and to speak to God quietly. Prayer may or may not be on your agenda but there are few genuine arguments to counter the benefits of quiet time each day. The following short prayer may be a good starting point for some time out.

Lord, as we journey through this month of January it is a time of new beginnings and looking forward. Help me to be open and creative each day. Help me to be open to new ways and new methods of expressing my faith. Help me to know that there is no absolute right way and that my way is as good as any. I ask you to continue to be my inspiration, my strength, my hope and my light each day. Amen

Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Monday
Jan-19
Thought For The Week

'A high recommendation is frequent, daily retirement into the solitude of one's heart, where separate from all people, you can lay open your soul and speak face to face with your God.' ~Francis De Sales

There are 1,440 minutes in any given day. Between 400 to 500 are given over to sleep. That still leaves a sizeable 1000 minutes to use positively and creatively. Many of these will be used for essential jobs and tasks that need to get done. Some will be used for relaxation and leisure purposes. How many will use a few minutes from the initial bundle for quiet time, silence and prayer? The benefits of taking some few minutes for essential quiet time each day are many and substantial. It is quality time and a time to recharge our inner selves. It is quality time that can be used to pray and to speak to God quietly. Prayer may or may not be on your agenda but there are few genuine arguments to counter the benefits of quiet time each day. The following short prayer may be a good starting point for some time out.

Lord, as we journey through this month of January it is a time of new beginnings and looking forward. Help me to be open and creative each day. Help me to be open to new ways and new methods of expressing my faith. Help me to know that there is no absolute right way and that my way is as good as any. I ask you to continue to be my inspiration, my strength, my hope and my light each day. Amen
 
 
 
  Sunday
Jan-18
'The Lord is my strength, my song, he became my saviour. Give thanks to the Lord, give praise to his name. Make his mighty deeds known to the peoples. Declare the greatness of his name.' ~Isaiah 12:2-4

Last Sunday was the feast of the Baptism of Jesus. The above piece from Isaiah was part of the psalm that was used to mark the day. It is full of confidence, positivity, praise and a great sense of gratefulness. Such a feast day is an opportunity for us to reflect on our own baptism and its significance. For many of us its not high on our list of priorities and something that happened somewhere in the past with little impact on our everyday lives. But our Baptism was probably the most significant spiritual moment of our lives. The fingerprint of God touched our soul/spirit. There are no words to fully describe the significance of this sacred moment. But it does mean that we can say with confidence that we are cherished and loved by God every single moment of our lives. Nothing can or will ever change this truth. It is like our DNA. It defines who we are. It gives our lives meaning, hope and direction. It helps us to maximise and make the most of today.

Our Baptism means every day is a fresh start. It is the small bits and pieces of our everyday lives that matter the most. When we're looking for little and small we will find plenty. Our Baptism can be the inspiration to help us become the person God created us to be. Our Baptism is not a historical event. It is all about today. It is about you and how precious and special you are in God's eyes.
 
 
 
  Friday
Jan-16
'The Lord is my strength, my song, he became my saviour. Give thanks to the Lord, give praise to his name. Make his mighty deeds known to the peoples. Declare the greatness of his name.' ~Isaiah 12:2-4

Last Sunday was the feast of the Baptism of Jesus. The above piece from Isaiah was part of the psalm that was used to mark the day. It is full of confidence, positivity, praise and a great sense of gratefulness. Such a feast day is an opportunity for us to reflect on our own baptism and its significance. For many of us its not high on our list of priorities and something that happened somewhere in the past with little impact on our everyday lives. But our Baptism was probably the most significant spiritual moment of our lives. The fingerprint of God touched our soul/spirit. There are no words to fully describe the significance of this sacred moment. But it does mean that we can say with confidence that we are cherished and loved by God every single moment of our lives. Nothing can or will ever change this truth. It is like our DNA. It defines who we are. It gives our lives meaning, hope and direction. It helps us to maximise and make the most of today.

Our Baptism means every day is a fresh start. It is the small bits and pieces of our everyday lives that matter the most. When we're looking for little and small we will find plenty. Our Baptism can be the inspiration to help us become the person God created us to be. Our Baptism is not a historical event. It is all about today. It is about you and how precious and special you are in God's eyes.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Jan-15
'The Lord is my strength, my song, he became my saviour. Give thanks to the Lord, give praise to his name. Make his mighty deeds known to the peoples. Declare the greatness of his name.' ~Isaiah 12:2-4

Last Sunday was the feast of the Baptism of Jesus. The above piece from Isaiah was part of the psalm that was used to mark the day. It is full of confidence, positivity, praise and a great sense of gratefulness. Such a feast day is an opportunity for us to reflect on our own baptism and its significance. For many of us its not high on our list of priorities and something that happened somewhere in the past with little impact on our everyday lives. But our Baptism was probably the most significant spiritual moment of our lives. The fingerprint of God touched our soul/spirit. There are no words to fully describe the significance of this sacred moment. But it does mean that we can say with confidence that we are cherished and loved by God every single moment of our lives. Nothing can or will ever change this truth. It is like our DNA. It defines who we are. It gives our lives meaning, hope and direction. It helps us to maximise and make the most of today.

Our Baptism means every day is a fresh start. It is the small bits and pieces of our everyday lives that matter the most. When we're looking for little and small we will find plenty. Our Baptism can be the inspiration to help us become the person God created us to be. Our Baptism is not a historical event. It is all about today. It is about you and how precious and special you are in God's eyes.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Jan-14
'The Lord is my strength, my song, he became my saviour. Give thanks to the Lord, give praise to his name. Make his mighty deeds known to the peoples. Declare the greatness of his name.' ~Isaiah 12:2-4

Last Sunday was the feast of the Baptism of Jesus. The above piece from Isaiah was part of the psalm that was used to mark the day. It is full of confidence, positivity, praise and a great sense of gratefulness. Such a feast day is an opportunity for us to reflect on our own baptism and its significance. For many of us its not high on our list of priorities and something that happened somewhere in the past with little impact on our everyday lives. But our Baptism was probably the most significant spiritual moment of our lives. The fingerprint of God touched our soul/spirit. There are no words to fully describe the significance of this sacred moment. But it does mean that we can say with confidence that we are cherished and loved by God every single moment of our lives. Nothing can or will ever change this truth. It is like our DNA. It defines who we are. It gives our lives meaning, hope and direction. It helps us to maximise and make the most of today.

Our Baptism means every day is a fresh start. It is the small bits and pieces of our everyday lives that matter the most. When we're looking for little and small we will find plenty. Our Baptism can be the inspiration to help us become the person God created us to be. Our Baptism is not a historical event. It is all about today. It is about you and how precious and special you are in God's eyes.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Jan-13
'The Lord is my strength, my song, he became my saviour. Give thanks to the Lord, give praise to his name. Make his mighty deeds known to the peoples. Declare the greatness of his name.' ~Isaiah 12:2-4

Last Sunday was the feast of the Baptism of Jesus. The above piece from Isaiah was part of the psalm that was used to mark the day. It is full of confidence, positivity, praise and a great sense of gratefulness. Such a feast day is an opportunity for us to reflect on our own baptism and its significance. For many of us its not high on our list of priorities and something that happened somewhere in the past with little impact on our everyday lives. But our Baptism was probably the most significant spiritual moment of our lives. The fingerprint of God touched our soul/spirit. There are no words to fully describe the significance of this sacred moment. But it does mean that we can say with confidence that we are cherished and loved by God every single moment of our lives. Nothing can or will ever change this truth. It is like our DNA. It defines who we are. It gives our lives meaning, hope and direction. It helps us to maximise and make the most of today.

Our Baptism means every day is a fresh start. It is the small bits and pieces of our everyday lives that matter the most. When we're looking for little and small we will find plenty. Our Baptism can be the inspiration to help us become the person God created us to be. Our Baptism is not a historical event. It is all about today. It is about you and how precious and special you are in God's eyes.
 
 
 
  Monday
Jan-12
'The Lord is my strength, my song, he became my saviour. Give thanks to the Lord, give praise to his name. Make his mighty deeds known to the peoples. Declare the greatness of his name.' ~Isaiah 12:2-4

Yesterday was the feast of the Baptism of Jesus. The above piece from Isaiah was part of the psalm that was used to mark the day. It is full of confidence, positivity, praise and a great sense of gratefulness. Such a feast day is an opportunity for us to reflect on our own baptism and its significance. For many of us its not high on our list of priorities and something that happened somewhere in the past with little impact on our everyday lives. But our Baptism was probably the most significant spiritual moment of our lives. The fingerprint of God touched our soul/spirit. There are no words to fully describe the significance of this sacred moment. But it does mean that we can say with confidence that we are cherished and loved by God every single moment of our lives. Nothing can or will ever change this truth. It is like our DNA. It defines who we are. It gives our lives meaning, hope and direction. It helps us to maximise and make the most of today.

Our Baptism means every day is a fresh start. It is the small bits and pieces of our everyday lives that matter the most. When we're looking for little and small we will find plenty. Our Baptism can be the inspiration to help us become the person God created us to be. Our Baptism is not a historical event. It is all about today. It is about you and how precious and special you are in God's eyes.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Jan-11
Sisters and brothers, your lives are already full of God. You do not need to go anywhere special to find God. God is at your fingertips when you do the work you are called to do - in the office or at home, when you feed and dress your children, forgive them and read them to sleep. Wherever you go, whatever you do, whether you know it or not, God is always already there.' ~Daniel O'Leary

We live in a complex world. It is not easy at times and can often be so challenging. All our stories are different but the one thing we all have in common is our need for support, love, companionship, friendship, hope and light to guide us on our daily journey

The Christmas story reminds us that all of these are at our finger tips. The Christmas story reminds us that we don't have to anywhere special to find God. Wherever we go, whatever we do, God is with us and so near to us.

The invitation this Christmas is to experience God's love and light. The good news is that there is so much of this around. It can sometimes be hidden or get hidden. What a pity. Be open to God's light and love in your life and be that light and love to someone else. This is the heart of the message of Christmas and one we will always hold close to our hearts. Happy Christmas!!
 
 
 
  Friday
Jan-02
Thought For The Week

'Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.' ~Desmond Tutu

Yesterday (Feb 1st) was the feast of St Brigid. In the Irish spiritual calendar it is a hugely significant day. Going back a few generations it was a day that was widely celebrated. The generations before us were much more in touch with the seasons and the cycles of nature. There is one more hour of daylight today compared to what we had at Christmas. Already nature feels this extra surge in light and is responding. Already daffodil shoots are pushing through and in some gardens snowdrops stand proudly, making their bold statement that the grip of winter is nearly over.

There are many stories told about Brigid and some of them greatly exaggerated. But at the heart of all the stories is a woman of hope, of great courage and conviction. She is probably most famous for her cross which she wove together using rushes. The many strands that make up a St Brigid's cross represent the different strands of our own lives. They pick up on our joys and blessings but also on our struggles, problems and difficulties. For Brigid the cross was not an end in itself but pointed to a firm and sure hope in a loving God. For Brigid this loving God helps us to make sense of everything that's going on in our lives. Significantly St Brigid's day is a day for renewed hope and most certainly a day to celebrate.
 
 

 

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