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  Thursday
Jun-30
Thought For Week

"Paris has been morose since the attacks. It does us good to see such happy Irish people." ~A Parisian Bar Owner

The Irish football team may have been beaten by France last Sunday but they most certainly have done us proud. Throughout the tournament they brought us lots of excitement, colour, celebrations, goals and the mighty energy will be remembered for a long time. It was the turn of Iceland on Monday night beating England 2-1, followed by huge celebrations. The Irish fans as we know have been winning hearts across France and the world with their adorable antics and good humour. Whether it's a bunch of supporters helping an elderly couple to change their tyre, cleaning up litter on the streets, singing 'Our Father' to a nun on a train, to friendly dance offs on the streets, the Irish fans have charmed so many. Such genuine positivity and good will always go such a long way in life.

The Euros have been a great success so far, with many exciting games played and hopefully the best is yet to come. The timing coming so soon after the Paris terrorist attacks is hugely significant. Sport and particularly the Euros show that there is a better way. The Euros brings together and unites people from so many countries. Despite different languages, cultures and traditions, the Euros stand for peace and unity. Sport is allowed to unite and celebrate the gifts that each team and country can bring. Spiritually the Euros also remind us that we are very much part of God's family. We are always called to respect and honour difference and yet we all follow the same journey, looking for deeper meaning and fulfillment in life.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Jun-28
Thought For Week

"Paris has been morose since the attacks. It does us good to see such happy Irish people." ~A Parisian Bar Owner

The Irish football team may have been beaten by France last Sunday but they most certainly have done us proud. Throughout the tournament they brought us lots of excitement, colour, celebrations, goals and the mighty energy will be remembered for a long time. It was the turn of Iceland last night beating England 2-1, followed by huge celebrations. The Irish fans as we know have been winning hearts across France and the world with their adorable antics and good humour. Whether it's a bunch of supporters helping an elderly couple to change their tyre, cleaning up litter on the streets, singing 'Our Father' to a nun on a train, to friendly dance offs on the streets, the Irish fans have charmed so many. Such genuine positivity and good will always go such a long way in life.

The Euros have been a great success so far, with many exciting games played and hopefully the best is yet to come. The timing coming so soon after the Paris terrorist attacks is hugely significant. Sport and particularly the Euros show that there is a better way. The Euros brings together and unites people from so many countries. Despite different languages, cultures and traditions, the Euros stand for peace and unity. Sport is allowed to unite and celebrate the gifts that each team and country can bring. Spiritually the Euros also remind us that we are very much part of God's family. We are always called to respect and honour difference and yet we all follow the same journey, looking for deeper meaning and fulfillment in life.
 
 
 
  Monday
Jun-27
Thought For Week

"Paris has been morose since the attacks. It does us good to see such happy Irish people." ~A Parisian Bar Owner

The Irish football team may have been beaten by France yesterday but they most certainly have done us proud. Throughout the tournament they brought us lots of excitement, colour, celebrations, goals and the mighty energy will be remembered for a long time. The Irish fans as we know have been winning hearts across France and the world with their adorable antics and good humour. Whether it's a bunch of supporters helping an elderly couple to change their tyre, cleaning up litter on the streets, singing 'Our Father' to a nun on a train, to friendly dance offs on the streets, the Irish fans have charmed so many. Such genuine positivity and good will always go such a long way in life.

The Euros have been a great success so far, with many exciting games played and hopefully the best is yet to come. The timing coming so soon after the Paris terrorist attacks is hugely significant. Sport and particularly the Euros show that there is a better way. The Euros brings together and unites people from so many countries. Despite different languages, cultures and traditions, the Euros stand for peace and unity. Sport is allowed to unite and celebrate the gifts that each team and country can bring. Spiritually the Euros also remind us that we are very much part of God's family. We are always called to respect and honour difference and yet we all follow the same journey, looking for deeper meaning and fulfillment in life.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Jun-26
Our Thought Today is by Jane Mellett called 'Not a straight path'

As the time drew near for him to be taken up to heaven, he resolutely took the road for Jerusalem and sent messengers ahead of him. These set out, and they went into a Samaritan village to make preparations for him, but the people would not receive him because he was making for Jerusalem. Seeing this, the disciples James and John said, 'Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to burn them up?' But he turned and rebuked them, and they went off to another village. ~Luke 9:51-52

The Gospel text today begins a new section of Luke's Gospel, one where there are many ups and downs for Jesus and the disciples as he 'set his face towards Jerusalem'. This journey to Jerusalem will not be a straight path for them. It will be filled with many banquets and opportunities for teaching but also filled with moments of rejection and struggle; and so it is for the Christian journey, it is not a straight path.

Why do the Samaritans reject him? There was no love lost between Jews and Samaritans and the disciples want to punish them. But perhaps the Samaritans were fearful of the consequences of associating with 'heretics' who were on their way to Jerusalem to challenge a particular system that held power over them. It is interesting how Jesus deals with the disciples who want to rain down fire on the Samaritans, he rebukes them and not long after this he will tell the parable of the Good Samaritan in which the Samaritan becomes the hero of the story. This has much to say to Christians today about the right kind of attitude towards those we consider to be 'heretics' or who differ in opinion from ourselves. Jesus respects their position and moves on to the next village.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Jun-25
'Whoever wants to enjoy the brightness of sunshine, must quit the coolness of the shade.' ~Samuel Johnson

Last Tuesday (June 21st) was the longest day of the year. If the weather conditions were right, we could actually have got 17 hours, 1 minute and 26 seconds of sunshine! Nature and the planet earth's time clock are accurate and reliable. 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 will be today and hence such long hours of sunshine. Just as Christmas coincides with the winter solstice, the feast of St John this coming Friday (June 24th) coincides with the summer solstice. In Cork we know there is a strong tradition of lighting bonfires on the eve of St John.

From a spiritual point of view the summer solstice has a message too. In life 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.
 
 
 
  Friday
Jun-24
'Whoever wants to enjoy the brightness of sunshine, must quit the coolness of the shade.' ~Samuel Johnson

Last Tuesday (June 21st) was the longest day of the year. If the weather conditions were right, we could actually have got 17 hours, 1 minute and 26 seconds of sunshine! Nature and the planet earth's time clock are accurate and reliable. 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 will be today and hence such long hours of sunshine. Just as Christmas coincides with the winter solstice, the feast of St John this coming Friday (June 24th) coincides with the summer solstice. In Cork we know there is a strong tradition of lighting bonfires on the eve of St John.

From a spiritual point of view the summer solstice has a message too. In life 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.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Jun-23
'Whoever wants to enjoy the brightness of sunshine, must quit the coolness of the shade.' ~Samuel Johnson

Last Tuesday (June 21st) was the longest day of the year. If the weather conditions were right, we could actually have got 17 hours, 1 minute and 26 seconds of sunshine! Nature and the planet earth's time clock are accurate and reliable. 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 will be today and hence such long hours of sunshine. Just as Christmas coincides with the winter solstice, the feast of St John this coming Friday (June 24th) coincides with the summer solstice. In Cork we know there is a strong tradition of lighting bonfires on the eve of St John.

From a spiritual point of view the summer solstice has a message too. In life 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.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Jun-22
'Whoever wants to enjoy the brightness of sunshine, must quit the coolness of the shade.' ~Samuel Johnson

Yesterday (June 21st) was the longest day of the year. If the weather conditions were right, we could actually have got 17 hours, 1 minute and 26 seconds of sunshine! Nature and the planet earth's time clock are accurate and reliable. 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 will be today and hence such long hours of sunshine. Just as Christmas coincides with the winter solstice, the feast of St John this coming Friday (June 24th) coincides with the summer solstice. In Cork we know there is a strong tradition of lighting bonfires on the eve of St John.

From a spiritual point of view the summer solstice has a message too. In life 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.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Jun-21
'Whoever wants to enjoy the brightness of sunshine, must quit the coolness of the shade.' ~Samuel Johnson

Today (June 21st) is the longest day of the year. If the weather conditions are right, we could actually get 17 hours, 1 minute and 26 seconds of sunshine! Nature and the planet earth's time clock are accurate and reliable. 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 will be today and hence such long hours of sunshine. Just as Christmas coincides with the winter solstice, the feast of St John this coming Friday (June 24th) coincides with the summer solstice. In Cork we know there is a strong tradition of lighting bonfires on the eve of St John.

From a spiritual point of view the summer solstice has a message too. In life 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.
 
 
 
  Monday
Jun-20
Thought For Today by Fr. Iomar Daniels

'But who do you say that I am?' (Lk 9:20)

'Like' and 'don't like' is the language of Facebook. We post all kinds of things in the hope of a reaction. Unfortunately, some people find that their identity is wedded to this 'virtual reality'. 'Like' and 'don't like' dictate how a vulnerable person may feel about themselves on any given day. The number of 'likes' received may give a person an instant injection of the feel-good factor or even a sense of self-worth. The opposite, deflating their ego. Now, Jesus appears to be having an identity crisis of his own in this Gospel. It may seem he is fishing for 'likes' to boost his ego. Nothing could be further from the truth.

After time on his own, and some personal reflection, he wanted to know did anyone discover who he really was. He wanted to know had he made any difference. He had come to the realisation that what was before him was not going to be pleasant. For anyone following him the challenge wouldn't be easy either. To blindly follow Jesus would be foolhardy. That is why the intellectual pursuit of Jesus alone is not sufficient. We must, like Peter, get to know Jesus personally.

'The Truth which faith discloses is a Truth centred on an encounter with Christ, on the contemplation of His life and on the awareness of His presence.' (Lumen Fidei).
 
 
 
  Saturday
Jun-18
'We need to find God, and God cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence. We need silence to be able to touch souls.' ~Mother Teresa

In the Old Testament there is a story told in the Book of Kings about Elijah (1 Kings 19:11-16). He was a man in trouble and was running for his life. He was gripped by fear and terror and he was hiding in a mountain cave. Elijah is directed to step outside the cave where God promises to pass by. Elijah thinks God will definitely be found in the thunder or lightning but that wasn't to be. He didn't find God either in the earthquake or fire that followed. Interesting and significantly Elijah found God in the gentle breeze. God was found in a tiny whispering sound. There are lots of interpretations to the story but the simple message is that Elijah found God in silence.

The world we live in today is busy and noisy, from television, radio, computers, traffic, machinery and the general hum of busyness. Today if we find ourselves in silence we are uncomfortable with it. We try and fill that silence with noise. So if God is to be found in the quieter moments of life, then finding God today is a real challenge in an often noisy world. Finding God is quieter moments is not something new. In the Psalms we have the beautiful words: "Be still and know that I am God." In silence we can hear the whisper of God. As chaplain to Col"iste Pobail Bheanntra" (Bantry Community College), I am aware how young people yearn for silence. In our Prayer Room we create the space so that they can quieten down and be still. When the time is up the usual response is: "When can we do this again." So no matter what our age silence is important and we need it.

Spiritually it is a beautiful gift but unless we make the time and space for silence, it simply won't happen. Long periods of silence can be frightening. The best place to start is by sitting quietly for one minute and then this can be stretched to a few when we get comfortable with it. A little each day can make such a difference, providing us the best chance to connect with God. You can call it quiet time, prayer, mindfulness, reflection, meditation or sitting quietly, it doesn't matter. It is the benefits of doing it, that make it so worthwhile.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Jun-16
'We need to find God, and God cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence. We need silence to be able to touch souls.' ~Mother Teresa

In the Old Testament there is a story told in the Book of Kings about Elijah (1 Kings 19:11-16). He was a man in trouble and was running for his life. He was gripped by fear and terror and he was hiding in a mountain cave. Elijah is directed to step outside the cave where God promises to pass by. Elijah thinks God will definitely be found in the thunder or lightning but that wasn't to be. He didn't find God either in the earthquake or fire that followed. Interesting and significantly Elijah found God in the gentle breeze. God was found in a tiny whispering sound. There are lots of interpretations to the story but the simple message is that Elijah found God in silence.

The world we live in today is busy and noisy, from television, radio, computers, traffic, machinery and the general hum of busyness. Today if we find ourselves in silence we are uncomfortable with it. We try and fill that silence with noise. So if God is to be found in the quieter moments of life, then finding God today is a real challenge in an often noisy world. Finding God is quieter moments is not something new. In the Psalms we have the beautiful words: "Be still and know that I am God." In silence we can hear the whisper of God. As chaplain to Coláiste Pobail Bheanntraí (Bantry Community College), I am aware how young people yearn for silence. In our Prayer Room we create the space so that they can quieten down and be still. When the time is up the usual response is: "When can we do this again." So no matter what our age silence is important and we need it.

Spiritually it is a beautiful gift but unless we make the time and space for silence, it simply won't happen. Long periods of silence can be frightening. The best place to start is by sitting quietly for one minute and then this can be stretched to a few when we get comfortable with it. A little each day can make such a difference, providing us the best chance to connect with God. You can call it quiet time, prayer, mindfulness, reflection, meditation or sitting quietly, it doesn't matter. It is the benefits of doing it, that make it so worthwhile.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Jun-15
'We need to find God, and God cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence. We need silence to be able to touch souls.' ~Mother Teresa

In the Old Testament there is a story told in the Book of Kings about Elijah (1 Kings 19:11-16). He was a man in trouble and was running for his life. He was gripped by fear and terror and he was hiding in a mountain cave. Elijah is directed to step outside the cave where God promises to pass by. Elijah thinks God will definitely be found in the thunder or lightning but that wasn't to be. He didn't find God either in the earthquake or fire that followed. Interesting and significantly Elijah found God in the gentle breeze. God was found in a tiny whispering sound. There are lots of interpretations to the story but the simple message is that Elijah found God in silence.

The world we live in today is busy and noisy, from television, radio, computers, traffic, machinery and the general hum of busyness. Today if we find ourselves in silence we are uncomfortable with it. We try and fill that silence with noise. So if God is to be found in the quieter moments of life, then finding God today is a real challenge in an often noisy world. Finding God is quieter moments is not something new. In the Psalms we have the beautiful words: "Be still and know that I am God." In silence we can hear the whisper of God. As chaplain to Coláiste Pobail Bheanntraí (Bantry Community College), I am aware how young people yearn for silence. In our Prayer Room we create the space so that they can quieten down and be still. When the time is up the usual response is: "When can we do this again." So no matter what our age silence is important and we need it.

Spiritually it is a beautiful gift but unless we make the time and space for silence, it simply won't happen. Long periods of silence can be frightening. The best place to start is by sitting quietly for one minute and then this can be stretched to a few when we get comfortable with it. A little each day can make such a difference, providing us the best chance to connect with God. You can call it quiet time, prayer, mindfulness, reflection, meditation or sitting quietly, it doesn't matter. It is the benefits of doing it, that make it so worthwhile.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Jun-14
'We need to find God, and God cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence. We need silence to be able to touch souls.' ~Mother Teresa

In the Old Testament there is a story told in the Book of Kings about Elijah (1 Kings 19:11-16). He was a man in trouble and was running for his life. He was gripped by fear and terror and he was hiding in a mountain cave. Elijah is directed to step outside the cave where God promises to pass by. Elijah thinks God will definitely be found in the thunder or lightning but that wasn't to be. He didn't find God either in the earthquake or fire that followed. Interesting and significantly Elijah found God in the gentle breeze. God was found in a tiny whispering sound. There are lots of interpretations to the story but the simple message is that Elijah found God in silence.

The world we live in today is busy and noisy, from television, radio, computers, traffic, machinery and the general hum of busyness. Today if we find ourselves in silence we are uncomfortable with it. We try and fill that silence with noise. So if God is to be found in the quieter moments of life, then finding God today is a real challenge in an often noisy world. Finding God is quieter moments is not something new. In the Psalms we have the beautiful words: "Be still and know that I am God." In silence we can hear the whisper of God. As chaplain to Coláiste Pobail Bheanntraí (Bantry Community College), I am aware how young people yearn for silence. In our Prayer Room we create the space so that they can quieten down and be still. When the time is up the usual response is: "When can we do this again." So no matter what our age silence is important and we need it.

Spiritually it is a beautiful gift but unless we make the time and space for silence, it simply won't happen. Long periods of silence can be frightening. The best place to start is by sitting quietly for one minute and then this can be stretched to a few when we get comfortable with it. A little each day can make such a difference, providing us the best chance to connect with God. You can call it quiet time, prayer, mindfulness, reflection, meditation or sitting quietly, it doesn't matter. It is the benefits of doing it, that make it so worthwhile.
 
 
 
  Monday
Jun-13
'We need to find God, and God cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence. We need silence to be able to touch souls.' ~Mother Teresa

In the Old Testament there is a story told in the Book of Kings about Elijah (1 Kings 19:11-16). He was a man in trouble and was running for his life. He was gripped by fear and terror and he was hiding in a mountain cave. Elijah is directed to step outside the cave where God promises to pass by. Elijah thinks God will definitely be found in the thunder or lightning but that wasn't to be. He didn't find God either in the earthquake or fire that followed. Interesting and significantly Elijah found God in the gentle breeze. God was found in a tiny whispering sound. There are lots of interpretations to the story but the simple message is that Elijah found God in silence.

The world we live in today is busy and noisy, from television, radio, computers, traffic, machinery and the general hum of busyness. Today if we find ourselves in silence we are uncomfortable with it. We try and fill that silence with noise. So if God is to be found in the quieter moments of life, then finding God today is a real challenge in an often noisy world. Finding God is quieter moments is not something new. In the Psalms we have the beautiful words: "Be still and know that I am God." In silence we can hear the whisper of God. As chaplain to Coláiste Pobail Bheanntraí (Bantry Community College), I am aware how young people yearn for silence. In our Prayer Room we create the space so that they can quieten down and be still. When the time is up the usual response is: "When can we do this again." So no matter what our age silence is important and we need it.

Spiritually it is a beautiful gift but unless we make the time and space for silence, it simply won't happen. Long periods of silence can be frightening. The best place to start is by sitting quietly for one minute and then this can be stretched to a few when we get comfortable with it. A little each day can make such a difference, providing us the best chance to connect with God. You can call it quiet time, prayer, mindfulness, reflection, meditation or sitting quietly, it doesn't matter. It is the benefits of doing it, that make it so worthwhile.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Jun-12
Thought For Today by Fr Iomar Daniels

'The one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.' (Lk 7:47)

How come there was a woman at the Pharisee's house? How did a woman of 'ill-repute' get in? It would have been unusual to have a woman at such a gathering. Even more so at the home of this particular Pharisee who seems to be haughty, arrogant. It merits investigation. It would appear that the Pharisee is self-opinionated and liked to rub shoulders with people who were popular or who were seen as celebrities. Jesus was making a name for himself as a teacher and preacher. Hence, the invitation to dinner. The woman must have slipped in with the crowd.

The Pharisee could not humble himself, nor had he the manners to afford Jesus, his guest, the customary etiquette. Visitors were usually greeted with a kiss of peace, had their feet washed and their head anointed with oil or sweet-smelling incense. The Pharisee, who is named as Simon, was so self-preoccupied that he was above showing any kind of welcome or love. The woman, on the other hand, who knew her need of mercy and love, let her love be shown. I suppose we could say that Simon was guilty of the greatest sin of all; no sense of sin! Or, as Pope Francis expresses it in Misericordiae Vultus, he has not recognised yet the grace that he, too, is a sinner.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Jun-11
'There are more than 10,000 ways for life to unfold when one takes that last step out the door of the school and into the great adventure of life. Exams provide one stepping stone on that journey, but they are a means to an end rather than an end in themselves.' ~Maria Byrne

The Junior and Leaving Cert exams started yesterday across Ireland. The weather as we all knows comes really good when the exams start! For so many students the long wait is over. It is an anxious time for so many starting the exams and also an anxious time for parents. Everyone agrees it is an unfair system, that everything seems to rest on the outcome of these exams. Everyone who has done exams knows that there is always life after exams but for those doing the exams this is hard to see sometimes. But there is always a bigger picture. Exams are stepping stones in life. Education is life long and many opportunities will unfold no matter what happens with the exams taking place over the next week or so.

They say exams are not there to catch anyone out but to find out how much a student knows. So let's hope and pray that each exam will give every student an opportunity to show how much they know. Saint Joseph of Cupertino is the patron saint for those doing exams. He struggled big time with study and exams. Somehow he always scraped through. Today he is a friend to everyone doing exams. We pray to him to gently calm, direct and help every student starting their exams today.

Exam Prayer for Students

Lord pour out your Spirit of Wisdom on me
Help me to remain calm
To attend carefully to the questions asked
To think clearly, to remember accurately
and to express myself well.

Grant that I may reflect the best of the work I have done,
and the best of the teaching I have received.
Help me not to become unduly stressed.
Lord I place all my trust in you.
 
 
 
  Friday
Jun-10
'There are more than 10,000 ways for life to unfold when one takes that last step out the door of the school and into the great adventure of life. Exams provide one stepping stone on that journey, but they are a means to an end rather than an end in themselves.' ~Maria Byrne

The Junior and Leaving Cert exams started yesterday across Ireland. The weather as we all knows comes really good when the exams start! For so many students the long wait is over. It is an anxious time for so many starting the exams and also an anxious time for parents. Everyone agrees it is an unfair system, that everything seems to rest on the outcome of these exams. Everyone who has done exams knows that there is always life after exams but for those doing the exams this is hard to see sometimes. But there is always a bigger picture. Exams are stepping stones in life. Education is life long and many opportunities will unfold no matter what happens with the exams taking place over the next week or so.

They say exams are not there to catch anyone out but to find out how much a student knows. So let's hope and pray that each exam will give every student an opportunity to show how much they know. Saint Joseph of Cupertino is the patron saint for those doing exams. He struggled big time with study and exams. Somehow he always scraped through. Today he is a friend to everyone doing exams. We pray to him to gently calm, direct and help every student starting their exams today.

Exam Prayer for Students

Lord pour out your Spirit of Wisdom on me
Help me to remain calm
To attend carefully to the questions asked
To think clearly, to remember accurately
and to express myself well.

Grant that I may reflect the best of the work I have done,
and the best of the teaching I have received.
Help me not to become unduly stressed.
Lord I place all my trust in you.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Jun-09
'There are more than 10,000 ways for life to unfold when one takes that last step out the door of the school and into the great adventure of life. Exams provide one stepping stone on that journey, but they are a means to an end rather than an end in themselves.' ~Maria Byrne

The Junior and Leaving Cert exams started yesterday across Ireland. The weather as we all knows comes really good when the exams start! For so many students the long wait is over. It is an anxious time for so many starting the exams and also an anxious time for parents. Everyone agrees it is an unfair system, that everything seems to rest on the outcome of these exams. Everyone who has done exams knows that there is always life after exams but for those doing the exams this is hard to see sometimes. But there is always a bigger picture. Exams are stepping stones in life. Education is life long and many opportunities will unfold no matter what happens with the exams taking place over the next week or so.

They say exams are not there to catch anyone out but to find out how much a student knows. So let's hope and pray that each exam will give every student an opportunity to show how much they know. Saint Joseph of Cupertino is the patron saint for those doing exams. He struggled big time with study and exams. Somehow he always scraped through. Today he is a friend to everyone doing exams. We pray to him to gently calm, direct and help every student starting their exams today.

Exam Prayer for Students

Lord pour out your Spirit of Wisdom on me
Help me to remain calm
To attend carefully to the questions asked
To think clearly, to remember accurately
and to express myself well.

Grant that I may reflect the best of the work I have done,
and the best of the teaching I have received.
Help me not to become unduly stressed.
Lord I place all my trust in you.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Jun-08
'There are more than 10,000 ways for life to unfold when one takes that last step out the door of the school and into the great adventure of life. Exams provide one stepping stone on that journey, but they are a means to an end rather than an end in themselves.' ~Maria Byrne

The Junior and Leaving Cert exams begin tomorrow across Ireland. The weather as we all knows comes really good when the exams start! For so many students the long wait is over. It is an anxious time for so many starting the exams and also an anxious time for parents. Everyone agrees it is an unfair system, that everything seems to rest on the outcome of these exams. Everyone who has done exams knows that there is always life after exams but for those doing the exams this is hard to see sometimes. But there is always a bigger picture. Exams are stepping stones in life. Education is life long and many opportunities will unfold no matter what happens with the exams taking place over the next week or so.

They say exams are not there to catch anyone out but to find out how much a student knows. So let's hope and pray that each exam will give every student an opportunity to show how much they know. Saint Joseph of Cupertino is the patron saint for those doing exams. He struggled big time with study and exams. Somehow he always scraped through. Today he is a friend to everyone doing exams. We pray to him to gently calm, direct and help every student starting their exams today.

Exam Prayer for Students

Lord pour out your Spirit of Wisdom on me
Help me to remain calm
To attend carefully to the questions asked
To think clearly, to remember accurately
and to express myself well.

Grant that I may reflect the best of the work I have done,
and the best of the teaching I have received.
Help me not to become unduly stressed.
Lord I place all my trust in you.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Jun-07
'There are more than 10,000 ways for life to unfold when one takes that last step out the door of the school and into the great adventure of life. Exams provide one stepping stone on that journey, but they are a means to an end rather than an end in themselves.' ~Maria Byrne

The Junior and Leaving Cert exams begin tomorrow across Ireland. The weather as we all knows comes really good when the exams start! For so many students the long wait is over. It is an anxious time for so many starting the exams and also an anxious time for parents. Everyone agrees it is an unfair system, that everything seems to rest on the outcome of these exams. Everyone who has done exams knows that there is always life after exams but for those doing the exams this is hard to see sometimes. But there is always a bigger picture. Exams are stepping stones in life. Education is life long and many opportunities will unfold no matter what happens with the exams taking place over the next week or so.

They say exams are not there to catch anyone out but to find out how much a student knows. So let's hope and pray that each exam will give every student an opportunity to show how much they know. Saint Joseph of Cupertino is the patron saint for those doing exams. He struggled big time with study and exams. Somehow he always scraped through. Today he is a friend to everyone doing exams. We pray to him to gently calm, direct and help every student starting their exams today.

Exam Prayer for Students

Lord pour out your Spirit of Wisdom on me
Help me to remain calm
To attend carefully to the questions asked
To think clearly, to remember accurately
and to express myself well.

Grant that I may reflect the best of the work I have done,
and the best of the teaching I have received.
Help me not to become unduly stressed.
Lord I place all my trust in you.
 
 
 
  Monday
Jun-06
Thought For Today by Fr Iomar Daniels

'He was moved with pity for her.' ~(Luke 7:13)

There is nothing like an Irish funeral. The solidarity is unmatched. Mourners are prepared to weather all kinds of storms to sympathise with the bereaved. Sympathisers will unselfishly walk any distance along with the coffin bearers to the grave. We have a great empathy with broken hearts and grief. We get sadness. We understand it. We know it. We feel it. Like Virgil, the Roman poet, we grasp the 'tears of things'. We don't need the professional mourners or the keeners anymore! We are stirred, naturally, by the loss of a family member, a friend, a neighbour. We are moved by today's Gospel. We feel the widow's pain and anguish. There is great sorrow at the loss of an only son. Jesus, too, is affected by the scene. We see his compassion. We know how he feels. This is Luke's message for us. Contrary to the Stoical beliefs of that time, God is capable of feeling. God is capable of joy and sadness. God is not remote from our human experience. God is drawn into our world of emotions. God feels what we feel. As Luke articulates it: 'God has visited his people'.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Jun-04
Thought For The Week

The following is food for thought...

The most destructive habit is worry.
The greatest joy is giving.
The greatest loss is that of self respect.
The most satisfying work is helping others.
The most endangered species are dedicated leaders.
Our greatest natural resources are our young people.
The greatest boost we can get is encouragement.
The greatest problem to overcome is fear.
The most effective sleeping pill is peace of mind.
The most crippling parasites to progress are excuses.
The most powerful force in life is love.
The greatest soother and comforter is prayer.
The most dangerous pariah is a gossiper.
The world's most incredible computer is our brain.
The worst thing to be without is hope.
The deadliest weapon is a sharp tongue.
The two most powerful words are 'I can'.
Our greatest asset is faith.
The most worthless emotion is self pity.
The most beautiful attire is a smile.
The most appreciated word is 'Thanks'.
The most contagious spirit is enthusiasm.
To the world you may be one person but to one person you may be the world.
Be yourself, be proud of who you are and let your light shine.
Don't let anyone take away your something special and live life as full as you can today because we have no idea what tomorrow might bring.
 
 
 
  Friday
Jun-03
Thought For The Week

The following is food for thought...

The most destructive habit is worry.
The greatest joy is giving.
The greatest loss is that of self respect.
The most satisfying work is helping others.
The most endangered species are dedicated leaders.
Our greatest natural resources are our young people.
The greatest boost we can get is encouragement.
The greatest problem to overcome is fear.
The most effective sleeping pill is peace of mind.
The most crippling parasites to progress are excuses.
The most powerful force in life is love.
The greatest soother and comforter is prayer.
The most dangerous pariah is a gossiper.
The world's most incredible computer is our brain.
The worst thing to be without is hope.
The deadliest weapon is a sharp tongue.
The two most powerful words are 'I can'.
Our greatest asset is faith.
The most worthless emotion is self pity.
The most beautiful attire is a smile.
The most appreciated word is 'Thanks'.
The most contagious spirit is enthusiasm.
To the world you may be one person but to one person you may be the world.
Be yourself, be proud of who you are and let your light shine.
Don't let anyone take away your something special and live life as full as you can today because we have no idea what tomorrow might bring.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Jun-02
Thought For The Week

The following is food for thought...

The most destructive habit is worry.
The greatest joy is giving.
The greatest loss is that of self respect.
The most satisfying work is helping others.
The most endangered species are dedicated leaders.
Our greatest natural resources are our young people.
The greatest boost we can get is encouragement.
The greatest problem to overcome is fear.
The most effective sleeping pill is peace of mind.
The most crippling parasites to progress are excuses.
The most powerful force in life is love.
The greatest soother and comforter is prayer.
The most dangerous pariah is a gossiper.
The world's most incredible computer is our brain.
The worst thing to be without is hope.
The deadliest weapon is a sharp tongue.
The two most powerful words are 'I can'.
Our greatest asset is faith.
The most worthless emotion is self pity.
The most beautiful attire is a smile.
The most appreciated word is 'Thanks'.
The most contagious spirit is enthusiasm.
To the world you may be one person but to one person you may be the world.
Be yourself, be proud of who you are and let your light shine.
Don't let anyone take away your something special and live life as full as you can today because we have no idea what tomorrow might bring.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Jun-01
Thought For The Week

The following is food for thought...

The most destructive habit is worry.
The greatest joy is giving.
The greatest loss is that of self respect.
The most satisfying work is helping others.
The most endangered species are dedicated leaders.
Our greatest natural resources are our young people.
The greatest boost we can get is encouragement.
The greatest problem to overcome is fear.
The most effective sleeping pill is peace of mind.
The most crippling parasites to progress are excuses.
The most powerful force in life is love.
The greatest soother and comforter is prayer.
The most dangerous pariah is a gossiper.
The world's most incredible computer is our brain.
The worst thing to be without is hope.
The deadliest weapon is a sharp tongue.
The two most powerful words are 'I can'.
Our greatest asset is faith.
The most worthless emotion is self pity.
The most beautiful attire is a smile.
The most appreciated word is 'Thanks'.
The most contagious spirit is enthusiasm.
To the world you may be one person but to one person you may be the world.
Be yourself, be proud of who you are and let your light shine.
Don't let anyone take away your something special and live life as full as you can today because we have no idea what tomorrow might bring.
 
 

 

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