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Listing June - 2021
 
  Wednesday
Jun-30
'Yesterday was the feast of Peter and Paul. Both are very important figures in Church history. One might ask why they didn't get a separate feast day each such is their importance!

Peter was given the title 'rock'. He was full of enthusiasm, vibrant, colourful and often did things on the spur of the moment. Was he rock solid in all he did? Not at all. Like any of us he was human, weak and vulnerable. Yes he made mistakes and the biggest of all was when he denied his best friend Jesus during his moment of greatest need.

But he always had a big heart and he made a great recovery. His mistake turned out to be a blessing in disguise. He put renewed heart and vigour into everything he did, he became a great leader with a rock solid belief in a God whom he loved dearly.

Paul as we know was someone who had a deep hatred of the early Church. His hate was so deep that he took great pleasure in persecuting anything to do with faith matters. But God had other ideas and Paul did a conversion. What a u turn in life, from persecution and hate to preaching a message of love and forgiveness. Paul's enthusiasm rubbed off on many people and he was the first missionary to travel with the Good News of Jesus.

Both Peter and Paul remind us that when we are weak is the moment when we are strongest. God never ever gives up on us when we have done wrong. As Paul puts it so well nothing can ever come between us and the love that God has for each of us.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Jun-29
'Today is the feast of Peter and Paul. Both are very important figures in Church history. One might ask why they didn't get a separate feast day each such is their importance!

Peter was given the title 'rock'. He was full of enthusiasm, vibrant, colourful and often did things on the spur of the moment. Was he rock solid in all he did? Not at all. Like any of us he was human, weak and vulnerable. Yes he made mistakes and the biggest of all was when he denied his best friend Jesus during his moment of greatest need.

But he always had a big heart and he made a great recovery. His mistake turned out to be a blessing in disguise. He put renewed heart and vigour into everything he did, he became a great leader with a rock solid belief in a God whom he loved dearly.

Paul as we know was someone who had a deep hatred of the early Church. His hate was so deep that he took great pleasure in persecuting anything to do with faith matters. But God had other ideas and Paul did a conversion. What a u turn in life, from persecution and hate to preaching a message of love and forgiveness. Paul's enthusiasm rubbed off on many people and he was the first missionary to travel with the Good News of Jesus.

Both Peter and Paul remind us that when we are weak is the moment when we are strongest. God never ever gives up on us when we have done wrong. As Paul puts it so well nothing can ever come between us and the love that God has for each of us.
 
 
 
  Monday
Jun-28
Thought For The Week

'Now I am revealing new things to you, things hidden and unknown to you, created just now. This very moment you have heard nothing of these things until now, so that you cannot say, 'Oh yes, I knew all this'. ~Isaiah 48:6

We sometimes think of God, religion and spirituality as just static. Some see it as created in the past which has been passed onto us to preserve and in turn we pass it on to someone else. This is very limiting. Everything about spirituality and what we know about God is fresh, moving and changing. Nothing stays still. We had the longest day of the year during the week and it looks like the coming week will see lots of sunshine and warm temperatures. Everything in nature right now is bursting with life, change, colour and energy.

The same goes with God who is never static. We can never say we know God fully or that we know what God's plans for us might be. The only thing we can say with absolute certainty is that God is love and there is a lot of love all around us.

Each day we can learn something new about ourselves, about God, about life, about the difference love makes in our lives, about the world we live in, about our family, our friends and so on. All of them are never in isolation but are connected in a mysterious and wonderful way that make up today.

If we believe that today is God's gift to us then we are open to possibility, freshness and a sense of freedom in our lives. Nothing is static and no day is ever the same. That's why today is always precious and a day to make the most of, as best we can.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Jun-27
'You only get to keep what you give away' from the Pioneer Magazine

It's a universal law: You have to give before you get. You must plant your seeds before you reap the harvest. The more you sow, the more you'll reap. In giving to others, you'll find yourself blessed. The law works to give you back more than you have sown. The giver's harvest is always full. Those that obtain have little. Those who scatter have much. Nature does not give to those who will not spend.
 
 
 
  Friday
Jun-25
Feast Day of St John the Baptist

Yesterday (June 24th) we celebrated the feast of John the Baptist. He was a celebrity in his own way. Thousands flocked to hear him and be baptised by him. But John was not interested in fame. He never wanted to draw attention to himself. For John there was always more than one way. For him this way was the person of Jesus.

John's mission was to prepare the way for Jesus. He was a bit like a grounds man before an important game. He lined the pitch, mowed the grass just right and got everything ready as it should be. Then when the game started he stepped back knowing his job was done.

John wanted to draw attention to Jesus. He had no reservations and no inhibitions in proclaiming that he was proud to be a follower of Jesus. Sometimes we drop our heads and often we're not proud of what we believe in. It's almost as if it is a bit embarrassing to say we believe.

The feast day of St John calls us to hold our heads up. We are called to be proud of what we believe in. This includes our good news and our special story that is unique to us.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Jun-24
Feast Day of St John the Baptist

Today (June 24th) we celebrate the feast of John the Baptist. He was a celebrity in his own way. Thousands flocked to hear him and be baptised by him. But John was not interested in fame. He never wanted to draw attention to himself. For John there was always more than one way. For him this way was the person of Jesus.

John's mission was to prepare the way for Jesus. He was a bit like a grounds man before an important game. He lined the pitch, mowed the grass just right and got everything ready as it should be. Then when the game started he stepped back knowing his job was done.

John wanted to draw attention to Jesus. He had no reservations and no inhibitions in proclaiming that he was proud to be a follower of Jesus. Sometimes we drop our heads and often we're not proud of what we believe in. It's almost as if it is a bit embarrassing to say we believe.

The feast day of St John calls us to hold our heads up. We are called to be proud of what we believe in. This includes our good news and our special story that is unique to us.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Jun-23
Tilting Towards God:

We had the longest day of the year on Monday. The biggest tilt towards the sun is at this time of year and it is possible to get 17 hours of sunshine any day this week.

From a spiritual point of view we are always invited to tilt towards God and 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.

The invitation on the longest days of the year is to tilt even a little, to something good and worthwhile in our lives. We remember the words of Jesus: "Come to me all who are weary and overburdened and I will give you rest."
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Jun-22
Tilting Towards God:

We had the longest day of the year yesterday. The biggest tilt towards the sun is at this time of year and it is possible to get 17 hours of sunshine in Cork today.

From a spiritual point of view we are always invited to tilt towards God and 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.

The invitation on the longest days of the year is to tilt even a little, to something good and worthwhile in our lives. We remember the words of Jesus: "Come to me all who are weary and overburdened and I will give you rest."
 
 
 
  Monday
Jun-21
The Gift Of Prayer

If you were to sum up all the great writings on prayer, all would say that every prayer is answered in some way. It may not be in the way we expected, it may not be straight away but every prayer has some benefit and is never wasted.

That's why prayer can be such a precious gift, not just to you but to so many others as well. Every time we pray for someone, we extend our love, concern and support to them. We may not fully understand why or how but it's enough to know that God is doing far more than we realise.

During the Covid pandemic there have been so many prayers said and shared. Most of them have been said quietly and without fuss. The feedback from every parish is the constant trickle of people visiting their local church. Some just sit in silence, others light a candle, while others just walk quietly around the sacred space.

Just to say that if you find prayer difficult or just don't know where to start, don't be despondent. There are so many praying for you today. Most of this is done quietly and without fusss. Whom would you like to pray for today?
 
 
 
  Sunday
Jun-20
A Fable of Aesop called 'The Mice in Council'

A cat was chasing all the mice and killing those she caught. The mice called a great meeting to try to think of some way of making themselves safe from the cat. The meeting lasted quite a while. Many ideas were put forward by the mice at the council but none of them seemed any good. Finally one bright young mouse stepped forward. "I've got it!" he said excitedly. "The reason why the cat catches so many of us is that we don't hear her coming. What we need is something to warn us of the cat's approach. I know what to do. We must tie a bell around the cat's neck. That way, every time the cat comes near us, we will hear the bell tinkling and have time to hide." "What a good idea", squeaked the other mice. "Well done! You have solved all our problems. All we have to do is find a bell and tie it round the cat's neck."

The other mice started to cheer and squeal excitedly, but then an old and very wise mouse who had taken no part in the meeting so far spoke up from a corner. "Just a minute", he said. "It may be a good idea, but tell me this. Is anyone here willing to risk their life by going up to the cat and putting the bell around her neck?" No one answered. In a moment all the mice had left the meeting and the room was empty. No one was prepared to put the bell on the cat. It's no point having bright ideas unless we are willing to put them into practice!
 
 
 
  Friday
Jun-18
A Fable of Aesop called 'The Mice in Council'

A cat was chasing all the mice and killing those she caught. The mice called a great meeting to try to think of some way of making themselves safe from the cat. The meeting lasted quite a while. Many ideas were put forward by the mice at the council but none of them seemed any good. Finally one bright young mouse stepped forward. "I've got it!" he said excitedly. "The reason why the cat catches so many of us is that we don't hear her coming. What we need is something to warn us of the cat's approach. I know what to do. We must tie a bell around the cat's neck. That way, every time the cat comes near us, we will hear the bell tinkling and have time to hide." "What a good idea", squeaked the other mice. "Well done! You have solved all our problems. All we have to do is find a bell and tie it round the cat's neck."

The other mice started to cheer and squeal excitedly, but then an old and very wise mouse who had taken no part in the meeting so far spoke up from a corner. "Just a minute", he said. "It may be a good idea, but tell me this. Is anyone here willing to risk their life by going up to the cat and putting the bell around her neck?" No one answered. In a moment all the mice had left the meeting and the room was empty. No one was prepared to put the bell on the cat. It's no point having bright ideas unless we are willing to put them into practice!
 
 
 
  Thursday
Jun-17
A Fable of Aesop called 'The Mice in Council'

A cat was chasing all the mice and killing those she caught. The mice called a great meeting to try to think of some way of making themselves safe from the cat. The meeting lasted quite a while. Many ideas were put forward by the mice at the council but none of them seemed any good. Finally one bright young mouse stepped forward. "I've got it!" he said excitedly. "The reason why the cat catches so many of us is that we don't hear her coming. What we need is something to warn us of the cat's approach. I know what to do. We must tie a bell around the cat's neck. That way, every time the cat comes near us, we will hear the bell tinkling and have time to hide." "What a good idea", squeaked the other mice. "Well done! You have solved all our problems. All we have to do is find a bell and tie it round the cat's neck."

The other mice started to cheer and squeal excitedly, but then an old and very wise mouse who had taken no part in the meeting so far spoke up from a corner. "Just a minute", he said. "It may be a good idea, but tell me this. Is anyone here willing to risk their life by going up to the cat and putting the bell around her neck?" No one answered. In a moment all the mice had left the meeting and the room was empty. No one was prepared to put the bell on the cat. It's no point having bright ideas unless we are willing to put them into practice!
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Jun-16
A Prayer from the book 'Praying Each Day Of The Year'

Lord our God, open us to your Spirit living within us, that we may live fully each day of our lives, particularly during this month of June. Touch us that we may become more aware of all that is around us, growing in a sense of wonder and awe. Help us to appreciate all that we see, hear, touch, taste and smell. May we live in such a way, that we never take anything for granted. May we always be appreciative and express our thanks to those who are part of our lives. Amen
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Jun-15
A Prayer from the book 'Praying Each Day Of The Year'

Lord our God, open us to your Spirit living within us, that we may live fully each day of our lives, particularly during this month of June. Touch us that we may become more aware of all that is around us, growing in a sense of wonder and awe. Help us to appreciate all that we see, hear, touch, taste and smell. May we live in such a way, that we never take anything for granted. May we always be appreciative and express our thanks to those who are part of our lives. Amen
 
 
 
  Monday
Jun-14
A prayer during the month of June from the book 'Praying Each Day Of The Year'

Lord our God, open us to your Spirit living within us, that we may live fully each day of our lives, particularly during this month of June. Touch us that we may become more aware of all that is around us, growing in a sense of wonder and awe. Help us to appreciate all that we see, hear, touch, taste and smell. May we live in such a way, that we never take anything for granted. May we always be appreciative and express our thanks to those who are part of our lives. Amen
 
 
 
  Sunday
Jun-13
The importance of a smile!

One of the essays in Wednesday's Leaving Cert English Paper was: "Write a personal essay in which you reflect on the role of humour, fun and laughter in life."
It was was well received by students. Given all the sadness and stress that has been a part of Covid 19, it was good to write about fun, smiles and laughter too.

A smile may seem small and almost insignificant and yet its impact can last a lifetime. We all know a genuine smile when we see it, radiating the inner beauty of the person within. We certainly need to smile more. We need to allow the simplicity and beauty of a smile, to express the Divine within. We need to allow it to touch others and never to underestimate its beauty. Even when we're stuck for words in the great mystery of life, from joy to great sadness, a smile can often be better than a thousand words.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Jun-12
The importance of a smile!

One of the essays in Wednesday's Leaving Cert English Paper was: "Write a personal essay in which you reflect on the role of humour, fun and laughter in life."
It was was well received by students. Given all the sadness and stress that has been a part of Covid 19, it was good to write about fun, smiles and laughter too.

A smile may seem small and almost insignificant and yet its impact can last a lifetime. We all know a genuine smile when we see it, radiating the inner beauty of the person within. We certainly need to smile more. We need to allow the simplicity and beauty of a smile, to express the Divine within. We need to allow it to touch others and never to underestimate its beauty. Even when we're stuck for words in the great mystery of life, from joy to great sadness, a smile can often be better than a thousand words.
 
 
 
  Friday
Jun-11
The importance of a smile!

One of the essays in Wednesday's Leaving Cert English Paper was: "Write a personal essay in which you reflect on the role of humour, fun and laughter in life."
It was was well received by students. Given all the sadness and stress that has been a part of Covid 19, it was good to write about fun, smiles and laughter too.

A smile may seem small and almost insignificant and yet its impact can last a lifetime. We all know a genuine smile when we see it, radiating the inner beauty of the person within. We certainly need to smile more. We need to allow the simplicity and beauty of a smile, to express the Divine within. We need to allow it to touch others and never to underestimate its beauty. Even when we're stuck for words in the great mystery of life, from joy to great sadness, a smile can often be better than a thousand words.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Jun-10
The importance of a smile!

One of the essays in yesterdays Leaving Cert English Paper was: "Write a personal essay in which you reflect on the role of humour, fun and laughter in life."
It was was well received by students. Given all the sadness and stress that has been a part of Covid 19, it was good to write about fun, smiles and laughter too.

A smile may seem small and almost insignificant and yet its impact can last a lifetime. We all know a genuine smile when we see it, radiating the inner beauty of the person within. We certainly need to smile more. We need to allow the simplicity and beauty of a smile, to express the Divine within. We need to allow it to touch others and never to underestimate its beauty. Even when we're stuck for words in the great mystery of life, from joy to great sadness, a smile can often be better than a thousand words.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Jun-09
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. Amen
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Jun-08
It's great that our Leaving Cert exams start this coming Wednesday. So much uncertainty has been around for the past two years with Covid. Thankfully the Department of Education have come up with a really good solution this year with the combination of predicted grades and the written exams themselves. It has eased the stress levels considerably.

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 few weeks.

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 next Wednesday.

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. Amen
 
 
 
  Monday
Jun-07
It's great that our Leaving Cert exams start this coming Wednesday. So much uncertainty has been around for the past two years with Covid. Thankfully the Department of Education have come up with a really good solution this year with the combination of predicted grades and the written exams themselves. It has eased the stress levels considerably.

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 few weeks.

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 next Wednesday.

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. --
 
 
 
  Sunday
Jun-06
"If anybody ever tells you that your problems are too big, or your challenges are too great, that we can't do something, that we shouldn't even try - think about all that we've done together. Remember that whatever hardships the winter may bring, springtime is always just around the corner. And if they keep on arguing with you, just respond with a simple creed: 'Is feidir linn. Yes, we can. Yes, we can. Is féidir linn." ~President Barack Obama speaking in Dublin as part of his official visit to Ireland in June 2011.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Jun-05
A Weekend Prayer

Lord, I ask you to surround me with your love. Just as a flower can radiate its precious beauty and cast its fragrance everywhere. So I ask you to cast the sweet fragrance of your presence over me.
Fill me with your healing love. Enfold me with your peace. Comfort me with your presence. May your fragrance linger in the stillness of my soul. May your healing love renew my very being. Help me to make the most of this day. Be with those nearest and dearest to me. Be with anyone who needs a special prayer today. Amen
 
 
 
  Thursday
Jun-03
A Midweek Prayer

Lord, I ask you to surround me with your love. Just as a flower can radiate its precious beauty and cast its fragrance everywhere. So I ask you to cast the sweet fragrance of your presence over me.
Fill me with your healing love. Enfold me with your peace. Comfort me with your presence. May your fragrance linger in the stillness of my soul. May your healing love renew my very being. Help me to make the most of this day. Be with those nearest and dearest to me. Be with anyone who needs a special prayer today. Amen
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Jun-02
As Leaving Certs finish up in our schools this week the following reflection gives us food for thought:

May you find sincerity and tranquillity in a world that you may not always understand. May the difficulties you have known and the challenges you have experienced give you the strength to walk through life facing each new situation with optimism and courage.

Always know that there are those whose love and understanding will surround you. May a kind word, a reassuring touch, a warm smile, be yours every day of your life and may you give these gifts, as well as receive them. May you remember the sunshine, when a storm seems never ending. Teach love to those who hate and let love embrace you as you go into the world.

Remember those whose lives you have touched and those who have touched yours, they are always a part of you. May you not become too concerned with material matters but instead place immeasurable value on the goodness in your heart. Find time in each day to see the beauty and love in the world around you. Realise that each person has limitless abilities but each of us is different in our own way. May you see your future as one filled with promise and possibility. Learn to view everything as a worthwhile experience and may you always feel loved on your journey throughout life.

May you always have a strong conviction about the beauty of life, a vision of hope that endures in the face of challenge. May the Holy Spirit guide and direct you through each and every day. May you be blessed with wisdom and discernment, determination and patience, kindness and compassion, gifts you bring with you as you make your journey into the new horizon.
 
 

 

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