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  Monday
Jun-30
Thought For The Week

'Have you ever considered just being yourself? There is no need for you to be some kind of super being in order to measure up to everyone else. Who you are is really quite enough!' ~Iyanla Vanzant

What a different world we would have if everyone believed this. It really does make sense to just be ourselves, not to be measuring up to all those around us and to be happy with ourselves. The big problem of course is actually making it happen. We are almost programmed to not being happy with who we are and what we have. Hugely clever marketing strategies and advertising subtly create the need to have more. But the more always leads to yet more and it becomes a viscous circle.

The constant link or message throughout the Gospel stories; is the invitation to step out of whatever holds us back or prevents us from being who we are. In many of the stories Jesus allowed people to pull down the masks that disguised who they were. He unburdened them, energised them and encouraged them to live life as it happens. We pray for the confidence to be more comfortable with who we are. We acknowledge our limitations, our weaknesses and our faults. But we also recognise that there is a wealth of good things too and much of it waiting to be discovered. As we begin the month of July tomorrow we have lots to look forward to. Let the discovery begin!

Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Sunday
Jun-29
The following reflection is by Triona Doherty called 'Places you would rather not go'

Today we celebrate the two founders of the Christian church, Peter and Paul, in some ways not ideal disciples. Peter, originally Simon, was the fisherman who made many mistakes along the way including denying Jesus, but became the rock upon which Jesus built his church. Paul, formerly Saul, turned from persecuting Christians into the greatest missionary and theologian in the early Church. The Gospel we hear today tells us something about this discipleship to which Peter and Paul were called. It is not easy, and it is not always what we would expect.

Jesus tells Peter: 'When you grow old you will stretch out your hands, and somebody else will put a belt round you and take you where you would rather not go.' We are told that Jesus is indicating how Peter is to die. Yet his next words are still an invitation: 'Follow me.' Peter is left in no doubt that discipleship will not be a bed of roses. He will not be able to 'walk where he likes' and do his own thing. Following Jesus is going to take him to places he would rather not go.

If Simon or Saul had known what was ahead, would they have taken the path they did? So it is with our lives. We never know what is around the next corner and what we may have to deal with, whether illness, loss or the many other obstacles that can come our way. The twists and turns of life may indeed bring us where we would rather not go. But we are called to follow Jesus, and trust that he has a plan for us.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Jun-28
Thought For The Week

'There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights.' ~Bram Stoker

This weekend we have marked the the longest day of the year. We have been truly blessed for the past two weeks with beautiful weather across Ireland. The farming community have had a great chance to cut silage and make hay. Our gardens are looking their best with up to sixteen hours of sunshine each day. For those living in the northern hemisphere, the earth has been tilting towards the sun for the past six months and for the next six months it will begin to tilt away. The biggest tilt towards the sun are these few days and hence such long hours of sunshine.

From a spiritual point of view we are always invited to tilt towards everything that is good and life giving. We are equally invited to tilt away from negativity, bitterness and darkness. Nature has worked out that balance over millions of years. We are often unsure and unsteady about where to find balance in our lives. The invitation on the longest day of the year is to tilt even a little, to something good and worthwhile in our lives. The Gospel stories are all about people who tilted towards Jesus. For each one who made that tilt, their lives were overwhelmingly changed and for the better. Which way are you going to tilt today?

Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Friday
Jun-27
Thought For The Week

'There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights.' ~Bram Stoker

This weekend we have marked the the longest day of the year. We have been truly blessed for the past two weeks with beautiful weather across Ireland. The farming community have had a great chance to cut silage and make hay. Our gardens are looking their best with up to sixteen hours of sunshine each day. For those living in the northern hemisphere, the earth has been tilting towards the sun for the past six months and for the next six months it will begin to tilt away. The biggest tilt towards the sun are these few days and hence such long hours of sunshine.

From a spiritual point of view we are always invited to tilt towards everything that is good and life giving. We are equally invited to tilt away from negativity, bitterness and darkness. Nature has worked out that balance over millions of years. We are often unsure and unsteady about where to find balance in our lives. The invitation on the longest day of the year is to tilt even a little, to something good and worthwhile in our lives. The Gospel stories are all about people who tilted towards Jesus. For each one who made that tilt, their lives were overwhelmingly changed and for the better. Which way are you going to tilt today?

Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Thursday
Jun-26
Thought For The Week

'There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights.' ~Bram Stoker

This weekend we have marked the the longest day of the year. We have been truly blessed for the past two weeks with beautiful weather across Ireland. The farming community have had a great chance to cut silage and make hay. Our gardens are looking their best with up to sixteen hours of sunshine each day. For those living in the northern hemisphere, the earth has been tilting towards the sun for the past six months and for the next six months it will begin to tilt away. The biggest tilt towards the sun are these few days and hence such long hours of sunshine.

From a spiritual point of view we are always invited to tilt towards everything that is good and life giving. We are equally invited to tilt away from negativity, bitterness and darkness. Nature has worked out that balance over millions of years. We are often unsure and unsteady about where to find balance in our lives. The invitation on the longest day of the year is to tilt even a little, to something good and worthwhile in our lives. The Gospel stories are all about people who tilted towards Jesus. For each one who made that tilt, their lives were overwhelmingly changed and for the better. Which way are you going to tilt today?

Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Jun-25
Thought For The Week

'There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights.' ~Bram Stoker

This weekend we have marked the the longest day of the year. We have been truly blessed for the past two weeks with beautiful weather across Ireland. The farming community have had a great chance to cut silage and make hay. Our gardens are looking their best with up to sixteen hours of sunshine each day. For those living in the northern hemisphere, the earth has been tilting towards the sun for the past six months and for the next six months it will begin to tilt away. The biggest tilt towards the sun are these few days and hence such long hours of sunshine.

From a spiritual point of view we are always invited to tilt towards everything that is good and life giving. We are equally invited to tilt away from negativity, bitterness and darkness. Nature has worked out that balance over millions of years. We are often unsure and unsteady about where to find balance in our lives. The invitation on the longest day of the year is to tilt even a little, to something good and worthwhile in our lives. The Gospel stories are all about people who tilted towards Jesus. For each one who made that tilt, their lives were overwhelmingly changed and for the better. Which way are you going to tilt today?

Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Jun-24
Thought For The Week

'There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights.' ~Bram Stoker

This weekend we have marked the the longest day of the year. We have been truly blessed for the past two weeks with beautiful weather across Ireland. The farming community have had a great chance to cut silage and make hay. Our gardens are looking their best with up to sixteen hours of sunshine each day. For those living in the northern hemisphere, the earth has been tilting towards the sun for the past six months and for the next six months it will begin to tilt away. The biggest tilt towards the sun are these few days and hence such long hours of sunshine.

From a spiritual point of view we are always invited to tilt towards everything that is good and life giving. We are equally invited to tilt away from negativity, bitterness and darkness. Nature has worked out that balance over millions of years. We are often unsure and unsteady about where to find balance in our lives. The invitation on the longest day of the year is to tilt even a little, to something good and worthwhile in our lives. The Gospel stories are all about people who tilted towards Jesus. For each one who made that tilt, their lives were overwhelmingly changed and for the better. Which way are you going to tilt today?

Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Monday
Jun-23
Thought For The Week

'There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights.' ~Bram Stoker

This weekend we have marked the the longest day of the year. We have been truly blessed for the past two weeks with beautiful weather across Ireland. The farming community have had a great chance to cut silage and make hay. Our gardens are looking their best with up to sixteen hours of sunshine each day. For those living in the northern hemisphere, the earth has been tilting towards the sun for the past six months and for the next six months it will begin to tilt away. The biggest tilt towards the sun are these few days and hence such long hours of sunshine.

From a spiritual point of view we are always invited to tilt towards everything that is good and life giving. We are equally invited to tilt away from negativity, bitterness and darkness. Nature has worked out that balance over millions of years. We are often unsure and unsteady about where to find balance in our lives. The invitation on the longest day of the year is to tilt even a little, to something good and worthwhile in our lives. The Gospel stories are all about people who tilted towards Jesus. For each one who made that tilt, their lives were overwhelmingly changed and for the better. Which way are you going to tilt today?
 
 
 
  Sunday
Jun-22
The following reflection is by Triona Doherty called 'Presence'

Some videos doing the rounds of social media recently showed young people who had emigrated abroad returning home for a surprise visit to family members and friends. Their sudden, unexpected presence reduced their loved ones to tears, laughter, and the odd bout of swearing! There is no substitute for the presence of a loved one, in spite of how easy it is to stay in touch these days with the help of email, instant messaging and video chats. 'It's like you're in the next room' is just not the same as a hug and some real live company.

We recognise the importance of the presence of our loved ones. But when this same word, 'presence', is used to talk about Christ in the Eucharist, we are not so sure what it means. We know of course that Jesus was present with his followers during his earthly life, and that he was present with them again after he rose from the dead. But it didn't all end after he ascended into heaven. We, too, have the gift of Christ's presence. We are not getting by on memories and stories. He is really present to us in the Eucharist.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Jun-21
'Listen to the urgings of God. Anticipate God's light. Listen for answers you don't expect and be open to solutions you don't see coming.' ~Richard Kautz

We have just celebrated Trinity Sunday and it is a reminder that much about God and life is mystery. A mystery is not something you can't know anything about, but is something that you can't know everything about. This is so true when it comes to knowing God and talking about God. We are only scratching the surface. Trinity Sunday acknowledges and rejoices in the fact that our God is wrapped in mystery. It means that each day is pure gift, a day to find something new and exciting about God that we didn't know before.

The Trinity is about the relationship of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We have heard the saying that two is company but three is a crowd. So where does this leave the Trinity? Three is a number that occurs regularly in the Gospels: three wise men, Jesus tempted three times in the desert, Peter denied Jesus three times, Jesus fell three times on the road to Calvary, three days in the tomb and so on. While we may not fully be able to explain the mystery of the Trinity, it is good to acknowledge that much of life is indeed mystery. Life can be unpredictable, uncertain and at times cruel. In the mystery of life we believe that God is somewhere in the middle, helping us to cope and adapt. Somewhere in the middle of it all are three forces working together as one and hopefully making a difference to all our lives. The invitation this weekend is to be open to the mystery of God in our lives, to listen for answers we may not expect and to be open to solutions we hadn't seen before.

Thought For The Week is updated every Monday
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Jun-18
'Listen to the urgings of God. Anticipate God's light. Listen for answers you don't expect and be open to solutions you don't see coming.' ~Richard Kautz

We have just celebrated Trinity Sunday and it is a reminder that much about God and life is mystery. A mystery is not something you can't know anything about, but is something that you can't know everything about. This is so true when it comes to knowing God and talking about God. We are only scratching the surface. Trinity Sunday acknowledges and rejoices in the fact that our God is wrapped in mystery. It means that each day is pure gift, a day to find something new and exciting about God that we didn't know before.

The Trinity is about the relationship of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We have heard the saying that two is company but three is a crowd. So where does this leave the Trinity? Three is a number that occurs regularly in the Gospels: three wise men, Jesus tempted three times in the desert, Peter denied Jesus three times, Jesus fell three times on the road to Calvary, three days in the tomb and so on. While we may not fully be able to explain the mystery of the Trinity, it is good to acknowledge that much of life is indeed mystery. Life can be unpredictable, uncertain and at times cruel. In the mystery of life we believe that God is somewhere in the middle, helping us to cope and adapt. Somewhere in the middle of it all are three forces working together as one and hopefully making a difference to all our lives. The invitation this weekend is to be open to the mystery of God in our lives, to listen for answers we may not expect and to be open to solutions we hadn't seen before.

Thought For The Week is updated every Monday
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Jun-17
'Listen to the urgings of God. Anticipate God's light. Listen for answers you don't expect and be open to solutions you don't see coming.' ~Richard Kautz

We have just celebrated Trinity Sunday and it is a reminder that much about God and life is mystery. A mystery is not something you can't know anything about, but is something that you can't know everything about. This is so true when it comes to knowing God and talking about God. We are only scratching the surface. Trinity Sunday acknowledges and rejoices in the fact that our God is wrapped in mystery. It means that each day is pure gift, a day to find something new and exciting about God that we didn't know before.

The Trinity is about the relationship of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We have heard the saying that two is company but three is a crowd. So where does this leave the Trinity? Three is a number that occurs regularly in the Gospels: three wise men, Jesus tempted three times in the desert, Peter denied Jesus three times, Jesus fell three times on the road to Calvary, three days in the tomb and so on. While we may not fully be able to explain the mystery of the Trinity, it is good to acknowledge that much of life is indeed mystery. Life can be unpredictable, uncertain and at times cruel. In the mystery of life we believe that God is somewhere in the middle, helping us to cope and adapt. Somewhere in the middle of it all are three forces working together as one and hopefully making a difference to all our lives. The invitation this weekend is to be open to the mystery of God in our lives, to listen for answers we may not expect and to be open to solutions we hadn't seen before.

Thought For The Week is updated every Monday
 
 
 
  Monday
Jun-16
'Listen to the urgings of God. Anticipate God's light. Listen for answers you don't expect and be open to solutions you don't see coming.' ~Richard Kautz

We have just celebrated Trinity Sunday and it is a reminder that much about God and life is mystery. A mystery is not something you can't know anything about, but is something that you can't know everything about. This is so true when it comes to knowing God and talking about God. We are only scratching the surface. Trinity Sunday acknowledges and rejoices in the fact that our God is wrapped in mystery. It means that each day is pure gift, a day to find something new and exciting about God that we didn't know before.

The Trinity is about the relationship of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We have heard the saying that two is company but three is a crowd. So where does this leave the Trinity? Three is a number that occurs regularly in the Gospels: three wise men, Jesus tempted three times in the desert, Peter denied Jesus three times, Jesus fell three times on the road to Calvary, three days in the tomb and so on. While we may not fully be able to explain the mystery of the Trinity, it is good to acknowledge that much of life is indeed mystery. Life can be unpredictable, uncertain and at times cruel. In the mystery of life we believe that God is somewhere in the middle, helping us to cope and adapt. Somewhere in the middle of it all are three forces working together as one and hopefully making a difference to all our lives. The invitation this weekend is to be open to the mystery of God in our lives, to listen for answers we may not expect and to be open to solutions we hadn't seen before.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Jun-15
Our Thought Today is by Triona Doherty and it is called 'The Divine Dance'

The Greek term perichoresis is used to describe the relationship between the three persons of the Trinity. 'Peri' means around, while 'chorein' has many layers of meaning including 'to make room for' or to 'give way'. I mention this not to get bogged down in language, but to hint at the magnitude of the depth contained in this great mystery of our faith. Over the centuries artists have made many attempts to illustrate the mystery of the Trinity, while theologians and mystics have tried to put it into words. Saint Patrick famously used the shamrock to illustrate the three persons of the Trinity. In the 12th century, St Bernard of Clairvaux described the Holy Spirit as the kiss of God, and spoke of the 'unshakeable bond' and 'indivisible unity' of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Others describe the Trinity as a sort of divine dance of love. When the new translation of the liturgy came into use, one of the terms people struggled with was 'consubstantial with the Father', which replaced 'of one being with the Father' in the Creed. In today's Gospel Jesus describes this relationship as one of love - God loved the world so much he sent his only son. The language is simple but the concept goes much deeper. Today's Second Reading ends with a blessing we often hear at the end of Mass: 'The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all'. What a beautiful blessing and description of the triune God. The unity and harmony of the Trinity provides us with the blueprint for our Christian lives.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Jun-14
Thought For The Week

'The wind blows where it pleases; you can hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit' ~ John 3:8

We have just celebrated the feast of Pentecost and it marks the end of the season of Easter. Pentecost Sunday is a celebration of the presence of the Spirit of God in our world and in our lives. It is sometimes hard to put words on what this actually means for us. We know from Confirmation ceremonies that much colour, life and energy flows. It is a wonderful occasion but too often there is no carry over or to move it beyond a one day event. The Spirit of God is alive and active in our lives on an ongoing way. Many comment on the good feeling that Pope Francis has brought to so many. This is not something random, but an example of the Holy Spirit working actively in our world today

But who is the Holy Spirit for each of us? Very simply the Holy Spirit is our friend and is the breath of God in our daily lives. A good image to hold is that of a yacht. As soon as a yacht lifts up its sails to catch a breeze it becomes alive and moves through water full with purpose, energy and delight. If the sail is taken down and put away the yacht is almost lifeless and just drifts along. With regard to the Holy Spirit we have sometimes forgotten to put up our sails to catch and harness a unique presence in our world today. It doesn't matter when you made your Confirmation, all we have to do is put up the sails today. We will not be disappointed!

Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Friday
Jun-13
Thought For The Week

'The wind blows where it pleases; you can hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit' ~ John 3:8

We have just celebrated the feast of Pentecost and it marks the end of the season of Easter. Pentecost Sunday is a celebration of the presence of the Spirit of God in our world and in our lives. It is sometimes hard to put words on what this actually means for us. We know from Confirmation ceremonies that much colour, life and energy flows. It is a wonderful occasion but too often there is no carry over or to move it beyond a one day event. The Spirit of God is alive and active in our lives on an ongoing way. Many comment on the good feeling that Pope Francis has brought to so many. This is not something random, but an example of the Holy Spirit working actively in our world today

But who is the Holy Spirit for each of us? Very simply the Holy Spirit is our friend and is the breath of God in our daily lives. A good image to hold is that of a yacht. As soon as a yacht lifts up its sails to catch a breeze it becomes alive and moves through water full with purpose, energy and delight. If the sail is taken down and put away the yacht is almost lifeless and just drifts along. With regard to the Holy Spirit we have sometimes forgotten to put up our sails to catch and harness a unique presence in our world today. It doesn't matter when you made your Confirmation, all we have to do is put up the sails today. We will not be disappointed!

Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Jun-11
Thought For The Week

'The wind blows where it pleases; you can hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit' ~ John 3:8

We have just celebrated the feast of Pentecost and it marks the end of the season of Easter. Pentecost Sunday is a celebration of the presence of the Spirit of God in our world and in our lives. It is sometimes hard to put words on what this actually means for us. We know from Confirmation ceremonies that much colour, life and energy flows. It is a wonderful occasion but too often there is no carry over or to move it beyond a one day event. The Spirit of God is alive and active in our lives on an ongoing way. Many comment on the good feeling that Pope Francis has brought to so many. This is not something random, but an example of the Holy Spirit working actively in our world today

But who is the Holy Spirit for each of us? Very simply the Holy Spirit is our friend and is the breath of God in our daily lives. A good image to hold is that of a yacht. As soon as a yacht lifts up its sails to catch a breeze it becomes alive and moves through water full with purpose, energy and delight. If the sail is taken down and put away the yacht is almost lifeless and just drifts along. With regard to the Holy Spirit we have sometimes forgotten to put up our sails to catch and harness a unique presence in our world today. It doesn't matter when you made your Confirmation, all we have to do is put up the sails today. We will not be disappointed!

Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Jun-10
Thought For The Week

'The wind blows where it pleases; you can hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit' ~ John 3:8

We have just celebrated the feast of Pentecost and it marks the end of the season of Easter. Pentecost Sunday is a celebration of the presence of the Spirit of God in our world and in our lives. It is sometimes hard to put words on what this actually means for us. We know from Confirmation ceremonies that much colour, life and energy flows. It is a wonderful occasion but too often there is no carry over or to move it beyond a one day event. The Spirit of God is alive and active in our lives on an ongoing way. Many comment on the good feeling that Pope Francis has brought to so many. This is not something random, but an example of the Holy Spirit working actively in our world today

But who is the Holy Spirit for each of us? Very simply the Holy Spirit is our friend and is the breath of God in our daily lives. A good image to hold is that of a yacht. As soon as a yacht lifts up its sails to catch a breeze it becomes alive and moves through water full with purpose, energy and delight. If the sail is taken down and put away the yacht is almost lifeless and just drifts along. With regard to the Holy Spirit we have sometimes forgotten to put up our sails to catch and harness a unique presence in our world today. It doesn't matter when you made your Confirmation, all we have to do is put up the sails today. We will not be disappointed!

Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Monday
Jun-09
Thought For The Week

'The wind blows where it pleases; you can hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit' ~ John 3:8

We have just celebrated the feast of Pentecost and it marks the end of the season of Easter. Pentecost Sunday is a celebration of the presence of the Spirit of God in our world and in our lives. It is sometimes hard to put words on what this actually means for us. We know from Confirmation ceremonies that much colour, life and energy flows. It is a wonderful occasion but too often there is no carry over or to move it beyond a one day event. The Spirit of God is alive and active in our lives on an ongoing way. Many comment on the good feeling that Pope Francis has brought to so many. This is not something random, but an example of the Holy Spirit working actively in our world today

But who is the Holy Spirit for each of us? Very simply the Holy Spirit is our friend and is the breath of God in our daily lives. A good image to hold is that of a yacht. As soon as a yacht lifts up its sails to catch a breeze it becomes alive and moves through water full with purpose, energy and delight. If the sail is taken down and put away the yacht is almost lifeless and just drifts along. With regard to the Holy Spirit we have sometimes forgotten to put up our sails to catch and harness a unique presence in our world today. It doesn't matter when you made your Confirmation, all we have to do is put up the sails today. We will not be disappointed!

Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Sunday
Jun-08
The following Thought is by Triona Doherty called 'Wind and Fire'

Last winter offered us a taste of how powerful the wind can be. The west coast of Ireland bore the brunt of weeks of storm force winds that decimated beaches, uprooted trees and tore up coastal walls and roads. Many other countries have suffered a great deal more at the hands of hurricanes, tornados and severe winds. Fire, when it burns out of control, can destroy homes and belongings, and can injure and kill. Forest or bush fires can cause widespread damage. Yet these powerful elements can be benevolent forces too. A breeze can soothe on a hot day, a gentle wind can aid an athlete, while more powerful gusts can even generate electricity. In this country we certainly appreciate the value of a day when there's 'good drying out'! And fire is a great source of heat and comfort.

Why does the Holy Spirit manifest as these elements? Wind and fire are signs of both the power of God and of strength for the task ahead. The well-known Irish blessing goes: 'May the wind be always at your back'. I like to think of the Holy Spirit as both the wind at our backs, and the fire within us - the love within, and the impetus to love others. Is your heart on fire with the love of God? What is the force that spurs you on?
 
 
 
  Saturday
Jun-07
Thought For The Week

In Asia they say that life is a great river and it will flow, no matter what you do or don't do. We can decide to flow with the river or to battle it. The river doesn't care. Life doesn't care.' ~Vincent Travers

Every river starts as a spring. A spring trickles and flows at a gentle pace. It explores the easiest and most accessible route forward. It trusts that the route it is travelling has been well tested and tried, by the force and energy of the stream that has already flowed that way. A spring is full of life, with purpose and free of pollution that is normally part of a river further up. As we journey through life there is a part of us that longs to be like a stream. We long for gentleness, we long for a sense of purpose, we long for a relaxed pace to life and an openness to life. From a spiritual point of view this longing can be reached. Our faith in a loving God offers us a definite sense of purpose and meaning to life. Often we appreciate this when we can slow our pace in life down to that of a stream.

But often we are flowing in full force as a river. So much can be said about rivers. We are only too aware of the great power of a river in flood and in contrast the beauty of a gentle flowing river in the height of summer. Every river has an energy and flow that nothing can stop. Even a dam has its limits. Comparing life to a river is also a good image. The many meandering twists and turns of a river reflect life and its unpredictability. Every day brings us some measure of how uncertain life can be. Life can be so uplifting and rewarding but just as quick it can be cruel and unforgiving. We have no option but to go with the flow. Where does God come into the whole picture? I like the image of the banks on either side of the river that somehow guide the flow of the river. God is there to guide us along through the unpredictable nature of life. It may seem sometimes that God is not around because rivers do flood but even in a flood the banks on either side are still doing a job. So whether we journey at the pace of a stream or a fast flowing river God is always near.

Thought for the week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Friday
Jun-06
Thought For The Week

In Asia they say that life is a great river and it will flow, no matter what you do or don't do. We can decide to flow with the river or to battle it. The river doesn't care. Life doesn't care.' ~Vincent Travers

Every river starts as a spring. A spring trickles and flows at a gentle pace. It explores the easiest and most accessible route forward. It trusts that the route it is travelling has been well tested and tried, by the force and energy of the stream that has already flowed that way. A spring is full of life, with purpose and free of pollution that is normally part of a river further up. As we journey through life there is a part of us that longs to be like a stream. We long for gentleness, we long for a sense of purpose, we long for a relaxed pace to life and an openness to life. From a spiritual point of view this longing can be reached. Our faith in a loving God offers us a definite sense of purpose and meaning to life. Often we appreciate this when we can slow our pace in life down to that of a stream.

But often we are flowing in full force as a river. So much can be said about rivers. We are only too aware of the great power of a river in flood and in contrast the beauty of a gentle flowing river in the height of summer. Every river has an energy and flow that nothing can stop. Even a dam has its limits. Comparing life to a river is also a good image. The many meandering twists and turns of a river reflect life and its unpredictability. Every day brings us some measure of how uncertain life can be. Life can be so uplifting and rewarding but just as quick it can be cruel and unforgiving. We have no option but to go with the flow. Where does God come into the whole picture? I like the image of the banks on either side of the river that somehow guide the flow of the river. God is there to guide us along through the unpredictable nature of life. It may seem sometimes that God is not around because rivers do flood but even in a flood the banks on either side are still doing a job. So whether we journey at the pace of a stream or a fast flowing river God is always near.

Thought for the week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Thursday
Jun-05
Thought For The Week

In Asia they say that life is a great river and it will flow, no matter what you do or don't do. We can decide to flow with the river or to battle it. The river doesn't care. Life doesn't care.' ~Vincent Travers

Every river starts as a spring. A spring trickles and flows at a gentle pace. It explores the easiest and most accessible route forward. It trusts that the route it is travelling has been well tested and tried, by the force and energy of the stream that has already flowed that way. A spring is full of life, with purpose and free of pollution that is normally part of a river further up. As we journey through life there is a part of us that longs to be like a stream. We long for gentleness, we long for a sense of purpose, we long for a relaxed pace to life and an openness to life. From a spiritual point of view this longing can be reached. Our faith in a loving God offers us a definite sense of purpose and meaning to life. Often we appreciate this when we can slow our pace in life down to that of a stream.

But often we are flowing in full force as a river. So much can be said about rivers. We are only too aware of the great power of a river in flood and in contrast the beauty of a gentle flowing river in the height of summer. Every river has an energy and flow that nothing can stop. Even a dam has its limits. Comparing life to a river is also a good image. The many meandering twists and turns of a river reflect life and its unpredictability. Every day brings us some measure of how uncertain life can be. Life can be so uplifting and rewarding but just as quick it can be cruel and unforgiving. We have no option but to go with the flow. Where does God come into the whole picture? I like the image of the banks on either side of the river that somehow guide the flow of the river. God is there to guide us along through the unpredictable nature of life. It may seem sometimes that God is not around because rivers do flood but even in a flood the banks on either side are still doing a job. So whether we journey at the pace of a stream or a fast flowing river God is always near.

Thought for the week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Jun-04
Thought For The Week

In Asia they say that life is a great river and it will flow, no matter what you do or don't do. We can decide to flow with the river or to battle it. The river doesn't care. Life doesn't care.' ~Vincent Travers

Every river starts as a spring. A spring trickles and flows at a gentle pace. It explores the easiest and most accessible route forward. It trusts that the route it is travelling has been well tested and tried, by the force and energy of the stream that has already flowed that way. A spring is full of life, with purpose and free of pollution that is normally part of a river further up. As we journey through life there is a part of us that longs to be like a stream. We long for gentleness, we long for a sense of purpose, we long for a relaxed pace to life and an openness to life. From a spiritual point of view this longing can be reached. Our faith in a loving God offers us a definite sense of purpose and meaning to life. Often we appreciate this when we can slow our pace in life down to that of a stream.

But often we are flowing in full force as a river. So much can be said about rivers. We are only too aware of the great power of a river in flood and in contrast the beauty of a gentle flowing river in the height of summer. Every river has an energy and flow that nothing can stop. Even a dam has its limits. Comparing life to a river is also a good image. The many meandering twists and turns of a river reflect life and its unpredictability. Every day brings us some measure of how uncertain life can be. Life can be so uplifting and rewarding but just as quick it can be cruel and unforgiving. We have no option but to go with the flow. Where does God come into the whole picture? I like the image of the banks on either side of the river that somehow guide the flow of the river. God is there to guide us along through the unpredictable nature of life. It may seem sometimes that God is not around because rivers do flood but even in a flood the banks on either side are still doing a job. So whether we journey at the pace of a stream or a fast flowing river God is always near.

Thought for the week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Jun-03
Thought For The Week

In Asia they say that life is a great river and it will flow, no matter what you do or don't do. We can decide to flow with the river or to battle it. The river doesn't care. Life doesn't care.' ~Vincent Travers

Every river starts as a spring. A spring trickles and flows at a gentle pace. It explores the easiest and most accessible route forward. It trusts that the route it is travelling has been well tested and tried, by the force and energy of the stream that has already flowed that way. A spring is full of life, with purpose and free of pollution that is normally part of a river further up. As we journey through life there is a part of us that longs to be like a stream. We long for gentleness, we long for a sense of purpose, we long for a relaxed pace to life and an openness to life. From a spiritual point of view this longing can be reached. Our faith in a loving God offers us a definite sense of purpose and meaning to life. Often we appreciate this when we can slow our pace in life down to that of a stream.

But often we are flowing in full force as a river. So much can be said about rivers. We are only too aware of the great power of a river in flood and in contrast the beauty of a gentle flowing river in the height of summer. Every river has an energy and flow that nothing can stop. Even a dam has its limits. Comparing life to a river is also a good image. The many meandering twists and turns of a river reflect life and its unpredictability. Every day brings us some measure of how uncertain life can be. Life can be so uplifting and rewarding but just as quick it can be cruel and unforgiving. We have no option but to go with the flow. Where does God come into the whole picture? I like the image of the banks on either side of the river that somehow guide the flow of the river. God is there to guide us along through the unpredictable nature of life. It may seem sometimes that God is not around because rivers do flood but even in a flood the banks on either side are still doing a job. So whether we journey at the pace of a stream or a fast flowing river God is always near.

Thought for the week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Monday
Jun-02
Thought For The Week

In Asia they say that life is a great river and it will flow, no matter what you do or don't do. We can decide to flow with the river or to battle it. The river doesn't care. Life doesn't care.' ~Vincent Travers

Every river starts as a spring. A spring trickles and flows at a gentle pace. It explores the easiest and most accessible route forward. It trusts that the route it is travelling has been well tested and tried, by the force and energy of the stream that has already flowed that way. A spring is full of life, with purpose and free of pollution that is normally part of a river further up. As we journey through life there is a part of us that longs to be like a stream. We long for gentleness, we long for a sense of purpose, we long for a relaxed pace to life and an openness to life. From a spiritual point of view this longing can be reached. Our faith in a loving God offers us a definite sense of purpose and meaning to life. Often we appreciate this when we can slow our pace in life down to that of a stream.

But often we are flowing in full force as a river. So much can be said about rivers. We are only too aware of the great power of a river in flood and in contrast the beauty of a gentle flowing river in the height of summer. Every river has an energy and flow that nothing can stop. Even a dam has its limits. Comparing life to a river is also a good image. The many meandering twists and turns of a river reflect life and its unpredictability. Every day brings us some measure of how uncertain life can be. Life can be so uplifting and rewarding but just as quick it can be cruel and unforgiving. We have no option but to go with the flow. Where does God come into the whole picture? I like the image of the banks on either side of the river that somehow guide the flow of the river. God is there to guide us along through the unpredictable nature of life. It may seem sometimes that God is not around because rivers do flood but even in a flood the banks on either side are still doing a job. So whether we journey at the pace of a stream or a fast flowing river God is always near.

Thought for the week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Sunday
Jun-01
Thought For The Week

'When we live from ego there is fear, scarcity, competition, division, struggle and defensive communication. When we live from the spirit, there is creativity, peace, service, connection and success in the real sense of the word' ~Martina Lehane Sheehan

The world of ego means that we just think exclusively about ourselves. Lots of ego says that everything should, must and has to evolve around us. If we have a lot of ego we like others to think we are important and that without us the world will crumble. We all have some ego inbuilt, some a lot more than others and thankfully the world hasn't crumbled in yet! Ego is much less noticeable when we are open to the spirit within us and around us. You can call this spirit, God, Higher Power, The Holy Spirit, The Source, Jesus or whatever word is good for you. But once we are open to the spirit great things can and always happen. We realise we are connected to something that gives meaning. We are not just a random number or living in a vacuum or living in the world of ego. There is a reason why?

In this week's Irish Catholic newspaper, there is a very interesting article about John McAreavy. He is an example of someone who is very much open to the spirit within and around him. His story is particularly poignant, when his wife Michaela was murdered while they were on honeymoon in Mauritius 3 years ago. His faith helped him cope through this extremely traumatic time and enabled him to somehow get his life back on track again. He said: "I think when we isolate ourselves from God and try to work out everything on our own, we inevitably struggle with the weight of that. I don't think we should bear those things on our own. If we give up our issues to God and ask God for support we can really lighten our burdens but we must really believe in that process."

It is good to know there is a reason why. God is the one who enables us to make this connection. We don't have to work everything out on our own. As we journey through this week, we hand over our biggest concerns and worries to God. We pray for strength and courage to face each day of the coming week as best we can.

Thought for the week is updated each Monday
 
 

 

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