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  Tuesday
Mar-31
Thought For The Week

'You'll learn more about a road by travelling it than by consulting all the maps in the world.' ~Author Unknown

Maps have been around for hundreds of years since the first explorers started discovering different parts of our world. Today maps have been replaced more by satellite navigation systems. We're told they're more reliable and accurate in getting us to our destination. But modern technology and different maps can never tell us the feel of a road and its character. The only way to find out is by travelling along it.

We have begun our journey through Holy Week. As we travel the road of Holy Week we are invited to allow it to touch and be part of our lives. We might be tempted to say, I know that story, I have been there before and I don't really need it any more. But there are many parts of it that can meaningfully touch our lives. In our school in Coláiste Choilm we had a big wooden cross on display during the weeks of Lent. The invitation was to write down your name on the cross if you had a worry, a problem or something difficult happening in your life. All the names would then be prayed for each week. As the days went on this cross became a tapestry of names and colour. At this stage there are layers of names on this cross with every possible space full. The cross is something we all can clearly relate to. But most important is how the cross became a sign of hope thanks to the Resurrection. We are invited to walk the road of Holy Week at our own pace. Our own story is very much in there.
 
 
 
  Monday
Mar-30
Thought For The Week

'You'll learn more about a road by travelling it than by consulting all the maps in the world.' ~Author Unknown

Maps have been around for hundreds of years since the first explorers started discovering different parts of our world. Today maps have been replaced more by satellite navigation systems. We're told they're more reliable and accurate in getting us to our destination. But modern technology and different maps can never tell us the feel of a road and its character. The only way to find out is by travelling along it.

We have begun our journey through Holy Week. As we travel the road of Holy Week we are invited to allow it to touch and be part of our lives. We might be tempted to say, I know that story, I have been there before and I don't really need it any more. But there are many parts of it that can meaningfully touch our lives. In our school in Coláiste Choilm we had a big wooden cross on display during the weeks of Lent. The invitation was to write down your name on the cross if you had a worry, a problem or something difficult happening in your life. All the names would then be prayed for each week. As the days went on this cross became a tapestry of names and colour. At this stage there are layers of names on this cross with every possible space full. The cross is something we all can clearly relate to. But most important is how the cross became a sign of hope thanks to the Resurrection. We are invited to walk the road of Holy Week at our own pace. Our own story is very much in there.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Mar-29
Thought For The Week

'There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in.' ~Leonard Cohen

The eclipse of the sun last Friday morning was a beautiful rare moment. In Cork we were lucky as the clouds parted just at the start of the eclipse. It grew noticeably darker and cooler from 9 a.m as the moon passed between the sun and the earth, blocking much of the sun out. The last time it happened was way back in 1999. There are a few spiritual angles we can connect with the eclipse.

First of all it rarely happens and anyone who sees it agrees how special it is. We too are special, unique and precious. The biggest difference between ourselves and an eclipse is that we are precious and special every single day. Secondly there are things and people in all our lives that block out the light. It might be a difficult situation we are in, it might be some person who drains us with their negativity or a failure on our part when we are the one who blocks the light. Can we remove one block and allow the light in?

Thirdly the image of light is at the heart of what we believe. We say God is light and that this light is always there. Even during the times in our lives when we find there is no light or the times when we are struggling to find the light, it is good to know that someone is holding the light for us. An eclipse may block out the light, but the light is still there, just hidden. God may at times seem lost and hidden in our lives but even during our most difficult moments God is in there, helping us to find the light and to be the light to someone else.
 
 
 
  Friday
Mar-27
Thought For The Week

'There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in.' ~Leonard Cohen

The eclipse of the sun last Friday morning was a beautiful rare moment. In Cork we were lucky as the clouds parted just at the start of the eclipse. It grew noticeably darker and cooler from 9 a.m as the moon passed between the sun and the earth, blocking much of the sun out. The last time it happened was way back in 1999. There are a few spiritual angles we can connect with the eclipse.

First of all it rarely happens and anyone who sees it agrees how special it is. We too are special, unique and precious. The biggest difference between ourselves and an eclipse is that we are precious and special every single day. Secondly there are things and people in all our lives that block out the light. It might be a difficult situation we are in, it might be some person who drains us with their negativity or a failure on our part when we are the one who blocks the light. Can we remove one block and allow the light in?

Thirdly the image of light is at the heart of what we believe. We say God is light and that this light is always there. Even during the times in our lives when we find there is no light or the times when we are struggling to find the light, it is good to know that someone is holding the light for us. An eclipse may block out the light, but the light is still there, just hidden. God may at times seem lost and hidden in our lives but even during our most difficult moments God is in there, helping us to find the light and to be the light to someone else.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Mar-25
Thought For The Week

'There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in.' ~Leonard Cohen

The eclipse of the sun last Friday morning was a beautiful rare moment. In Cork we were lucky as the clouds parted just at the start of the eclipse. It grew noticeably darker and cooler from 9 a.m as the moon passed between the sun and the earth, blocking much of the sun out. The last time it happened was way back in 1999. There are a few spiritual angles we can connect with the eclipse.

First of all it rarely happens and anyone who sees it agrees how special it is. We too are special, unique and precious. The biggest difference between ourselves and an eclipse is that we are precious and special every single day. Secondly there are things and people in all our lives that block out the light. It might be a difficult situation we are in, it might be some person who drains us with their negativity or a failure on our part when we are the one who blocks the light. Can we remove one block and allow the light in?

Thirdly the image of light is at the heart of what we believe. We say God is light and that this light is always there. Even during the times in our lives when we find there is no light or the times when we are struggling to find the light, it is good to know that someone is holding the light for us. An eclipse may block out the light, but the light is still there, just hidden. God may at times seem lost and hidden in our lives but even during our most difficult moments God is in there, helping us to find the light and to be the light to someone else.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Mar-24
Thought For The Week

'There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in.' ~Leonard Cohen

The eclipse of the sun last Friday morning was a beautiful rare moment. In Cork we were lucky as the clouds parted just at the start of the eclipse. It grew noticeably darker and cooler from 9 a.m as the moon passed between the sun and the earth, blocking much of the sun out. The last time it happened was way back in 1999. There are a few spiritual angles we can connect with the eclipse.

First of all it rarely happens and anyone who sees it agrees how special it is. We too are special, unique and precious. The biggest difference between ourselves and an eclipse is that we are precious and special every single day. Secondly there are things and people in all our lives that block out the light. It might be a difficult situation we are in, it might be some person who drains us with their negativity or a failure on our part when we are the one who blocks the light. Can we remove one block and allow the light in?

Thirdly the image of light is at the heart of what we believe. We say God is light and that this light is always there. Even during the times in our lives when we find there is no light or the times when we are struggling to find the light, it is good to know that someone is holding the light for us. An eclipse may block out the light, but the light is still there, just hidden. God may at times seem lost and hidden in our lives but even during our most difficult moments God is in there, helping us to find the light and to be the light to someone else.
 
 
 
  Monday
Mar-23
Thought For The Week

'There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in.' ~Leonard Cohen

The eclipse of the sun last Friday morning was a beautiful rare moment. In Cork we were lucky as the clouds parted just at the start of the eclipse. It grew noticeably darker and cooler from 9 a.m as the moon passed between the sun and the earth, blocking much of the sun out. The last time it happened was way back in 1999. There are a few spiritual angles we can connect with the eclipse.

First of all it rarely happens and anyone who sees it agrees how special it is. We too are special, unique and precious. The biggest difference between ourselves and an eclipse is that we are precious and special every single day. Secondly there are things and people in all our lives that block out the light. It might be a difficult situation we are in, it might be some person who drains us with their negativity or a failure on our part when we are the one who blocks the light. Can we remove one block and allow the light in?

Thirdly the image of light is at the heart of what we believe. We say God is light and that this light is always there. Even during the times in our lives when we find there is no light or the times when we are struggling to find the light, it is good to know that someone is holding the light for us. An eclipse may block out the light, but the light is still there, just hidden. God may at times seem lost and hidden in our lives but even during our most difficult moments God is in there, helping us to find the light and to be the light to someone else.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Mar-22
Thought For Today by Jane Mellett

There is a very short parable in today's Gospel describing a seed which has fallen on the ground and eventually dies. It may remain a single seed or it may yield a rich harvest. This concept of losing what one has to give way to something new and life giving is frightening for some. We get so attached and lifestyle changes are tough. In this passage Jesus knows that his hour has come; this is his crisis moment. But Jesus' time of anguish moves from a cry of 'save me' to one of glorifying God 'let it be as You not I would have it'. We are at an 'hour' in terms of climate justice. This is the time where big decisions and commitments must be made and there is no other option but to opt for life; to listen to God's will, not ours. The priorities of wealthy nations must change, must turn outward and take risks if we are all to experience peace and security.

We remember the horrendous storms which battered Ireland last year and which will continue to do so as our climates change. We are called to be stewards of the earth and this means making different choices:
'I would like to ask all those who have positions of responsibility in economic, political and social life, and all men and women of goodwill: Let us be protectors of creation, protectors of God's plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment.' ~ Pope Francis
 
 
 
  Saturday
Mar-21
Thought For The Week

'Maybe we can only recognise the beauty surrounding us when we welcome the beauty that lies deep within us. The sadness is that we become so busy and bothered about the trials and difficulties that beset us, that we seldom give time to welcome this gift' ~Far East Magazine

One of the great spiritual writers St Paul wrote a lovely letter to the Philippians and asked them to think about things around them that were true, lovely and gracious (Phil 4:8). At the time of writing this letter life was tough and difficult for many of them including Paul. But he saw the importance of looking at the bigger picture and particularly the great beauty that lies within each person. There is much darkness, sadness and negativity in the world we live in but it should never cloud or block out all the good and positive within each person.

Sometimes to appreciate this precious gift we need to concentrate on something that is life giving for us. Maybe it's a spring flower in your garden, maybe a painting, a poem or a pet. Maybe it is a favourite piece of music or a favourite album. Maybe it is someone we are hoping to meet this week or tomorrow St Patrick's Day. The poet Patrick Kavanagh said he encountered his beautiful God every time he went to the bog. It was a sacred place for him and it was life giving. What place for me is life giving? What do I like doing that is also life giving? What person energises and brings me life? God is at the heart of all that is life giving.
 
 
 
  Friday
Mar-20
Thought For The Week

'Maybe we can only recognise the beauty surrounding us when we welcome the beauty that lies deep within us. The sadness is that we become so busy and bothered about the trials and difficulties that beset us, that we seldom give time to welcome this gift' ~Far East Magazine

One of the great spiritual writers St Paul wrote a lovely letter to the Philippians and asked them to think about things around them that were true, lovely and gracious (Phil 4:8). At the time of writing this letter life was tough and difficult for many of them including Paul. But he saw the importance of looking at the bigger picture and particularly the great beauty that lies within each person. There is much darkness, sadness and negativity in the world we live in but it should never cloud or block out all the good and positive within each person.

Sometimes to appreciate this precious gift we need to concentrate on something that is life giving for us. Maybe it's a spring flower in your garden, maybe a painting, a poem or a pet. Maybe it is a favourite piece of music or a favourite album. Maybe it is someone we are hoping to meet this week or tomorrow St Patrick's Day. The poet Patrick Kavanagh said he encountered his beautiful God every time he went to the bog. It was a sacred place for him and it was life giving. What place for me is life giving? What do I like doing that is also life giving? What person energises and brings me life? God is at the heart of all that is life giving.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Mar-19
Thought For The Week

'Maybe we can only recognise the beauty surrounding us when we welcome the beauty that lies deep within us. The sadness is that we become so busy and bothered about the trials and difficulties that beset us, that we seldom give time to welcome this gift' ~Far East Magazine

One of the great spiritual writers St Paul wrote a lovely letter to the Philippians and asked them to think about things around them that were true, lovely and gracious (Phil 4:8). At the time of writing this letter life was tough and difficult for many of them including Paul. But he saw the importance of looking at the bigger picture and particularly the great beauty that lies within each person. There is much darkness, sadness and negativity in the world we live in but it should never cloud or block out all the good and positive within each person.

Sometimes to appreciate this precious gift we need to concentrate on something that is life giving for us. Maybe it's a spring flower in your garden, maybe a painting, a poem or a pet. Maybe it is a favourite piece of music or a favourite album. Maybe it is someone we are hoping to meet this week or tomorrow St Patrick's Day. The poet Patrick Kavanagh said he encountered his beautiful God every time he went to the bog. It was a sacred place for him and it was life giving. What place for me is life giving? What do I like doing that is also life giving? What person energises and brings me life? God is at the heart of all that is life giving.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Mar-18
Thought For The Week

'Maybe we can only recognise the beauty surrounding us when we welcome the beauty that lies deep within us. The sadness is that we become so busy and bothered about the trials and difficulties that beset us, that we seldom give time to welcome this gift' ~Far East Magazine

One of the great spiritual writers St Paul wrote a lovely letter to the Philippians and asked them to think about things around them that were true, lovely and gracious (Phil 4:8). At the time of writing this letter life was tough and difficult for many of them including Paul. But he saw the importance of looking at the bigger picture and particularly the great beauty that lies within each person. There is much darkness, sadness and negativity in the world we live in but it should never cloud or block out all the good and positive within each person.

Sometimes to appreciate this precious gift we need to concentrate on something that is life giving for us. Maybe it's a spring flower in your garden, maybe a painting, a poem or a pet. Maybe it is a favourite piece of music or a favourite album. Maybe it is someone we are hoping to meet this week or tomorrow St Patrick's Day. The poet Patrick Kavanagh said he encountered his beautiful God every time he went to the bog. It was a sacred place for him and it was life giving. What place for me is life giving? What do I like doing that is also life giving? What person energises and brings me life? God is at the heart of all that is life giving.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Mar-17
'God's strength to direct me, God's might to uphold me, God's wisdom to guide me, God's eye to look before me, God's ear to hear me, God's word to speak to me, God's hand to guard me, God's way to lie before me, God's shield to protect and save me.' ~St.Patrick

It is simply amazing the extent and the amount of St Patrick's Day celebrations taking place all over the world today. St.Patrick had great devotion to God and was always sensitive to God's presence all around him. In today's world where many people drift aimlessly in life, Patrick is a voice of hope. He took great confidence from God's presence in his life.

In his own personal writings he explains how prayer helped him with his own struggles. He talks about how he overcame seemingly impossible difficulties through prayer. Today the feast of St.Patrick is a day to celebrate all that is good in our lives and all around us. It's a day to acknowledge God's gentle presence in our lives. It's a day to pause for a moment in prayer and like Patrick not to be afraid to ask God for guidance, direction and an abundance of blessings.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Mar-15
Thought For The Week

'The first person who has to believe in you is you.' ~Author Unknown

It is always important to believe in ourselves and in what we have to offer and give. Surprisingly many people are slow to believe in themselves. A child or adult whose gifts and talents are not nurtured will believe over time that they are simply no good. That is why words of encouragement are crucial and vital whatever our age. I'm not sure if surveys have been done in this area. But in my own experience I think we fall well short in the whole area of encouraging, saying thanks and offering a word of praise. What often happens is we simply take for granted this beautiful gift that we can share with those who matter most in our lives. The transformation, particularly within, often goes beyond words. To share a word of encouragement, to say thanks or offer a word of praise can be such an important stepping stone for those who receive it.

As we hit the midpoint on our journey through Lent there is still plenty of time to make these weeks meaningful. Even if we can begin to believe in ourselves we will have much to celebrate when we come to Easter. We are often told that God loves us no matter what. But unless we first believe in ourselves how can we believe that even God loves us? Whatever your circumstances, whatever your current situation, you have got to believe in what you can do. None of us can change the world at large, but my little bit can make the world of a difference. Our prayer is very short and simple for today: Lord, help me to believe in myself.

Thought For The Week is updated each Monday and the Photograph is updated daily
 
 
 
  Friday
Mar-13
Thought For The Week

'The first person who has to believe in you is you.' ~Author Unknown

It is always important to believe in ourselves and in what we have to offer and give. Surprisingly many people are slow to believe in themselves. A child or adult whose gifts and talents are not nurtured will believe over time that they are simply no good. That is why words of encouragement are crucial and vital whatever our age. I'm not sure if surveys have been done in this area. But in my own experience I think we fall well short in the whole area of encouraging, saying thanks and offering a word of praise. What often happens is we simply take for granted this beautiful gift that we can share with those who matter most in our lives. The transformation, particularly within, often goes beyond words. To share a word of encouragement, to say thanks or offer a word of praise can be such an important stepping stone for those who receive it.

As we hit the midpoint on our journey through Lent there is still plenty of time to make these weeks meaningful. Even if we can begin to believe in ourselves we will have much to celebrate when we come to Easter. We are often told that God loves us no matter what. But unless we first believe in ourselves how can we believe that even God loves us? Whatever your circumstances, whatever your current situation, you have got to believe in what you can do. None of us can change the world at large, but my little bit can make the world of a difference. Our prayer is very short and simple for today: Lord, help me to believe in myself.

Thought For The Week is updated each Monday and the Photograph is updated daily
 
 
 
  Thursday
Mar-12
Thought For The Week

'The first person who has to believe in you is you.' ~Author Unknown

It is always important to believe in ourselves and in what we have to offer and give. Surprisingly many people are slow to believe in themselves. A child or adult whose gifts and talents are not nurtured will believe over time that they are simply no good. That is why words of encouragement are crucial and vital whatever our age. I'm not sure if surveys have been done in this area. But in my own experience I think we fall well short in the whole area of encouraging, saying thanks and offering a word of praise. What often happens is we simply take for granted this beautiful gift that we can share with those who matter most in our lives. The transformation, particularly within, often goes beyond words. To share a word of encouragement, to say thanks or offer a word of praise can be such an important stepping stone for those who receive it.

As we hit the midpoint on our journey through Lent there is still plenty of time to make these weeks meaningful. Even if we can begin to believe in ourselves we will have much to celebrate when we come to Easter. We are often told that God loves us no matter what. But unless we first believe in ourselves how can we believe that even God loves us? Whatever your circumstances, whatever your current situation, you have got to believe in what you can do. None of us can change the world at large, but my little bit can make the world of a difference. Our prayer is very short and simple for today: Lord, help me to believe in myself.

Thought For The Week is updated each Monday and the Photograph is updated daily
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Mar-11
Thought For The Week

'The first person who has to believe in you is you.' ~Author Unknown

It is always important to believe in ourselves and in what we have to offer and give. Surprisingly many people are slow to believe in themselves. A child or adult whose gifts and talents are not nurtured will believe over time that they are simply no good. That is why words of encouragement are crucial and vital whatever our age. I'm not sure if surveys have been done in this area. But in my own experience I think we fall well short in the whole area of encouraging, saying thanks and offering a word of praise. What often happens is we simply take for granted this beautiful gift that we can share with those who matter most in our lives. The transformation, particularly within, often goes beyond words. To share a word of encouragement, to say thanks or offer a word of praise can be such an important stepping stone for those who receive it.

As we hit the midpoint on our journey through Lent there is still plenty of time to make these weeks meaningful. Even if we can begin to believe in ourselves we will have much to celebrate when we come to Easter. We are often told that God loves us no matter what. But unless we first believe in ourselves how can we believe that even God loves us? Whatever your circumstances, whatever your current situation, you have got to believe in what you can do. None of us can change the world at large, but my little bit can make the world of a difference. Our prayer is very short and simple for today: Lord, help me to believe in myself.

Thought For The Week is updated each Monday and the Photograph is updated daily
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Mar-10
Thought For The Week

'The first person who has to believe in you is you.' ~Author Unknown

It is always important to believe in ourselves and in what we have to offer and give. Surprisingly many people are slow to believe in themselves. A child or adult whose gifts and talents are not nurtured will believe over time that they are simply no good. That is why words of encouragement are crucial and vital whatever our age. I'm not sure if surveys have been done in this area. But in my own experience I think we fall well short in the whole area of encouraging, saying thanks and offering a word of praise. What often happens is we simply take for granted this beautiful gift that we can share with those who matter most in our lives. The transformation, particularly within, often goes beyond words. To share a word of encouragement, to say thanks or offer a word of praise can be such an important stepping stone for those who receive it.

As we hit the midpoint on our journey through Lent there is still plenty of time to make these weeks meaningful. Even if we can begin to believe in ourselves we will have much to celebrate when we come to Easter. We are often told that God loves us no matter what. But unless we first believe in ourselves how can we believe that even God loves us? Whatever your circumstances, whatever your current situation, you have got to believe in what you can do. None of us can change the world at large, but my little bit can make the world of a difference. Our prayer is very short and simple for today: Lord, help me to believe in myself.

Thought For The Week is updated each Monday and the Photograph is updated daily
 
 
 
  Monday
Mar-09
Thought For The Week

'The first person who has to believe in you is you.' ~Author Unknown

It is always important to believe in ourselves and in what we have to offer and give. Surprisingly many people are slow to believe in themselves. A child or adult whose gifts and talents are not nurtured will believe over time that they are simply no good. That is why words of encouragement are crucial and vital whatever our age. I'm not sure if surveys have been done in this area. But in my own experience I think we fall well short in the whole area of encouraging, saying thanks and offering a word of praise. What often happens is we simply take for granted this beautiful gift that we can share with those who matter most in our lives. The transformation, particularly within, often goes beyond words. To share a word of encouragement, to say thanks or offer a word of praise can be such an important stepping stone for those who receive it.

As we hit the midpoint on our journey through Lent there is still plenty of time to make these weeks meaningful. Even if we can begin to believe in ourselves we will have much to celebrate when we come to Easter. We are often told that God loves us no matter what. But unless we first believe in ourselves how can we believe that even God loves us? Whatever your circumstances, whatever your current situation, you have got to believe in what you can do. None of us can change the world at large, but my little bit can make the world of a difference. Our prayer is very short and simple for today: Lord, help me to believe in myself.

Thought For The Week is updated each Monday and the Photograph is updated daily
 
 
 
  Sunday
Mar-08
Thought For The Week

'God lit a candle of hope for each of us. It's not waiting in a window somewhere or around a bend. God lit it right inside us so that we need not ever live one moment without it.' ~Vickie Girard

Hope is a word we sometimes throw around a lot. We often say that we live in hope or that we hope for the best. When the word hope is used to mean everything and anything, it can lose some of its impact. It never loses impact when used in a faith context. Hope is the voice that God uses to speak to our hearts. Hope is God's parachute in life and it is always God's smile. It is not a product, you can't buy it and it is always a part of a journey. In many ways hope is prayer. Without it you have nothing and with it you have so many possibilities. During these days of Lent we must have hope. We put our trust and hope in God to guide us through these weeks of Lent. We pray that Lent will be a journey that will point us to healthy new beginnings. We pray for the courage to let go of what is stale and whatever needs to be let go of. Most important we pray that hope will be the energy and inspiration to guide us safely through each day.
 
 
 
  Friday
Mar-06
Thought For The Week

'God lit a candle of hope for each of us. It's not waiting in a window somewhere or around a bend. God lit it right inside us so that we need not ever live one moment without it.' ~Vickie Girard

Hope is a word we sometimes throw around a lot. We often say that we live in hope or that we hope for the best. When the word hope is used to mean everything and anything, it can lose some of its impact. It never loses impact when used in a faith context. Hope is the voice that God uses to speak to our hearts. Hope is God's parachute in life and it is always God's smile. It is not a product, you can't buy it and it is always a part of a journey. In many ways hope is prayer. Without it you have nothing and with it you have so many possibilities. During these days of Lent we must have hope. We put our trust and hope in God to guide us through these weeks of Lent. We pray that Lent will be a journey that will point us to healthy new beginnings. We pray for the courage to let go of what is stale and whatever needs to be let go of. Most important we pray that hope will be the energy and inspiration to guide us safely through each day.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Mar-05
Thought For The Week

'God lit a candle of hope for each of us. It's not waiting in a window somewhere or around a bend. God lit it right inside us so that we need not ever live one moment without it.' ~Vickie Girard

Hope is a word we sometimes throw around a lot. We often say that we live in hope or that we hope for the best. When the word hope is used to mean everything and anything, it can lose some of its impact. It never loses impact when used in a faith context. Hope is the voice that God uses to speak to our hearts. Hope is God's parachute in life and it is always God's smile. It is not a product, you can't buy it and it is always a part of a journey. In many ways hope is prayer. Without it you have nothing and with it you have so many possibilities. During these days of Lent we must have hope. We put our trust and hope in God to guide us through these weeks of Lent. We pray that Lent will be a journey that will point us to healthy new beginnings. We pray for the courage to let go of what is stale and whatever needs to be let go of. Most important we pray that hope will be the energy and inspiration to guide us safely through each day.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Mar-04
Thought For The Week

'God lit a candle of hope for each of us. It's not waiting in a window somewhere or around a bend. God lit it right inside us so that we need not ever live one moment without it.' ~Vickie Girard

Hope is a word we sometimes throw around a lot. We often say that we live in hope or that we hope for the best. When the word hope is used to mean everything and anything, it can lose some of its impact. It never loses impact when used in a faith context. Hope is the voice that God uses to speak to our hearts. Hope is God's parachute in life and it is always God's smile. It is not a product, you can't buy it and it is always a part of a journey. In many ways hope is prayer. Without it you have nothing and with it you have so many possibilities. During these days of Lent we must have hope. We put our trust and hope in God to guide us through these weeks of Lent. We pray that Lent will be a journey that will point us to healthy new beginnings. We pray for the courage to let go of what is stale and whatever needs to be let go of. Most important we pray that hope will be the energy and inspiration to guide us safely through each day.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Mar-03
Thought For The Week

'God lit a candle of hope for each of us. It's not waiting in a window somewhere or around a bend. God lit it right inside us so that we need not ever live one moment without it.' ~Vickie Girard

Hope is a word we sometimes throw around a lot. We often say that we live in hope or that we hope for the best. When the word hope is used to mean everything and anything, it can lose some of its impact. It never loses impact when used in a faith context. Hope is the voice that God uses to speak to our hearts. Hope is God's parachute in life and it is always God's smile. It is not a product, you can't buy it and it is always a part of a journey. In many ways hope is prayer. Without it you have nothing and with it you have so many possibilities. During these days of Lent we must have hope. We put our trust and hope in God to guide us through these weeks of Lent. We pray that Lent will be a journey that will point us to healthy new beginnings. We pray for the courage to let go of what is stale and whatever needs to be let go of. Most important we pray that hope will be the energy and inspiration to guide us safely through each day.
 
 
 
  Monday
Mar-02
New Thought For The Week will be updated tomorrow

'Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.' ~Betty Friedan

The following reflection called 'A Golden Prayer' is to be found on a wall in Teach Altra Nursing Home Newmarket
Blessed are they who bring back memories of yesterday.
Blessed are they who understand my faltering steps and shaky hand.
Blessed are they who know that my ears today must strain to catch the things they say.
Blessed are they who seem to know that my eyes are dim and wits are slow.
Blessed are they who helped when the cup spilled at my table today.
Blessed are they with a cheery smile who stop to chat for a little while.
Blessed are they who never say: "You've told the story twice today".
Blessed are they who make it known that I am loved, respected and not alone.
Blessed are they who know I am at a loss to find the strength to carry my cross.
Blessed are they who in loving ways ease the days on my journey home.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Mar-01
Thought For Today is by Triona Doherty called 'Coming Down The Mountain'

The people of Sebeya in Ethiopia once lived in a region where mountain tops were green and covered in vegetation. Today, the people of Sebeya are confused as to why their rains have stopped; why a land once full of vegetation is now dry. Having lived a simple life and played no part in causing their weather systems to change, these people are now experiencing the effects of climate change, the causes of which lie with the lifestyles of rich nations thousands of miles away. This is a great injustice.

When we read today's Gospel we can see Peter who is desperate to stay on the mountain in that blissful moment with Jesus. But Jesus' way is different to what Peter may have had in mind at the time. Jesus' way involves coming down from the mountain and walking a very different path. We hear the call to act on climate justice everywhere but now we need to really listen and to take urgent action. This involves making changes to our lifestyles and campaigning governments who are slow to act. We start with ourselves, with small acts in the hope that the Kings and Presidents of the world will follow.

'Creation is not a property, which we can rule over at will; or, even less, is the property of only a few: Creation is a gift, it is a wonderful gift that God has given us, so that we care for it and we use it for the benefit of all.' Pope Francis
 
 

 

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