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Listing March - 2021
 
  Wednesday
Mar-31
Holy Week: A week to help us get unstuck

We have all watched with fascination the story of the ship 'Ever Given' that was stuck in the Suez Canal for almost a week. It made the news all over the world after it got stuck, blocking everything trying to get through. We were all struck by the size of the ship, the length of 4 football pitches, and the height it reached with all the containers stacked on top of it. I think we all wondered how such a ship could even float! And of course it got going again yesterday making further headlines.

There is also a spiritual message here too. Don't we all get stuck in life at some stage? Some event pushes us off course like a bereavement, a sickness, the Covid 19 pandemic, the loss of a job and so on. We want to move on with our life, others want us to move on but we can't because we are stuck.

Everything about Holy Week is helping us to get unstuck. We relive the story of Jesus and what he did for us. We reflect on what this can mean for us in our lives. It is he who re-floats us, it is he who helps us to get unstuck again. This is the Easter message.

During Holy Week we look at everything that keeps us stuck: pain, hurt, disappointments, anger, set backs, darkness, sin, fear and so much more. To get going again we must move on from some of these. As we journey through Holy Week we open ourselves to getting re-floated. Easter is a new journey, the freedom to move again, new beginnings and so much more.
 
 
 
  Monday
Mar-29
'Everybody needs encouragement. None of us achieves anything without help. The great achievers in history became all that they were because of great people in their lives.' ~Bob Gass

It was Mark Twain who once said that a compliment would keep him going for a whole month. What if we got a compliment every day? What a difference it would make to our lives and to our world. Throughout scripture there is a clear pattern of encouragement and compliments. In the book of Proverbs we are told that pleasant words are like a honeycomb, they are sweetness to the soul and health to our bodies.

The impact of a compliment to a child or young person can be life changing. The impact of an encouraging word in a moment of crisis or difficulty can be a huge turning point. We all know the negativity that is part of the current pandemic and restrictions. It is clearly a very challenging time.

We desperately need to support each other, particularly with words of encouragement and getting people to believe in themselves again. Every word of encouragement is priceless and its value and impact go way beyond what we might ever expect. As we begin our journey through Holy Week I include the following prayer of thanks that you may find helpful.

Dear God, today I ask for nothing.
All I want to do is just say thank you.
Thank you for today, thank you for journeying with me, thank you for listening to me and for carrying me through difficulties.
Thank you for healing me, for forgiving me and for giving me a sense of hope.
Thank you for putting up with me, for accepting me as I am and for allowing me to just be.
Thank you for my family, my friends and for the people who care in my life.
Thank you for being my light during the darker days.
Thank you for giving me a reason why.
Thank you for the opportunities that come my way even if I don't see them as opportunities at the start.
Above all thank you for loving me. Your love means the world to me.
All I want to say today is Thank You!
Amen
 
 
 
  Saturday
Mar-27
With all the recent beautiful spring sunshine and fine weather, the following prayer is appropriate as we move into the last few days of March.

A March prayer

Lord of the wind and the waves, calm the storms of our life when we are afraid.
Lord of the loaves and fishes, be our food when we are hungry.
Lord of spring, growth and new life, be our source of new beginnings.
Lord of the lambs and the flocks, seek us out when we are lost.
Lord of signs and wonders, show yourself when we have doubts.
Lord of the blind and lame, take our hand when we falter.
Lord of the fields and flowers, care for us when others seem far away.
Lord of all that lives, be a source of life when we're struggling to be alive and active in our daily activities.
Lord of simplicity, help us to recognise your gentle presence in everything we do each day. Amen
 
 
 
  Friday
Mar-26
 
 
 
  Thursday
Mar-25
With all the recent beautiful spring sunshine and fine weather, the following prayer is appropriate as we move into the last week of March.

A March prayer

Lord of the wind and the waves, calm the storms of our life when we are afraid.
Lord of the loaves and fishes, be our food when we are hungry.
Lord of spring, growth and new life, be our source of new beginnings.
Lord of the lambs and the flocks, seek us out when we are lost.
Lord of signs and wonders, show yourself when we have doubts.
Lord of the blind and lame, take our hand when we falter.
Lord of the fields and flowers, care for us when others seem far away.
Lord of all that lives, be a source of life when we're struggling to be alive and active in our daily activities.
Lord of simplicity, help us to recognise your gentle presence in everything we do each day. Amen
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Mar-24
With all the recent beautiful spring sunshine and fine weather, the following prayer is appropriate as we move into the last week of March.

A March prayer

Lord of the wind and the waves, calm the storms of our life when we are afraid.
Lord of the loaves and fishes, be our food when we are hungry.
Lord of spring, growth and new life, be our source of new beginnings.
Lord of the lambs and the flocks, seek us out when we are lost.
Lord of signs and wonders, show yourself when we have doubts.
Lord of the blind and lame, take our hand when we falter.
Lord of the fields and flowers, care for us when others seem far away.
Lord of all that lives, be a source of life when we're struggling to be alive and active in our daily activities.
Lord of simplicity, help us to recognise your gentle presence in everything we do each day. Amen
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Mar-23
With all the recent beautiful spring sunshine and fine weather, the following prayer is appropriate as we move into the last week of March.

A March prayer

Lord of the wind and the waves, calm the storms of our life when we are afraid.
Lord of the loaves and fishes, be our food when we are hungry.
Lord of spring, growth and new life, be our source of new beginnings.
Lord of the lambs and the flocks, seek us out when we are lost.
Lord of signs and wonders, show yourself when we have doubts.
Lord of the blind and lame, take our hand when we falter.
Lord of the fields and flowers, care for us when others seem far away.
Lord of all that lives, be a source of life when we're struggling to be alive and active in our daily activities.
Lord of simplicity, help us to recognise your gentle presence in everything we do each day. Amen
 
 
 
  Monday
Mar-22
With all the recent beautiful spring sunshine and fine weather, the following prayer is appropriate as we move into the last week of March.

A March prayer

Lord of the wind and the waves, calm the storms of our life when we are afraid.
Lord of the loaves and fishes, be our food when we are hungry.
Lord of spring, growth and new life, be our source of new beginnings.
Lord of the lambs and the flocks, seek us out when we are lost.
Lord of signs and wonders, show yourself when we have doubts.
Lord of the blind and lame, take our hand when we falter.
Lord of the fields and flowers, care for us when others seem far away.
Lord of all that lives, be a source of life when we're struggling to be alive and active in our daily activities.
Lord of simplicity, help us to recognise your gentle presence in everything we do each day. Amen
 
 
 
  Sunday
Mar-21
Spiritually we are always trying to find the balance between light and darkness. It is never an easy task such are the challenges of life, but we always try and do our best. There are over 250 references to light in our scriptures to help us find this balance. One of my favourite pieces of scripture on light comes from Matthew's Gospel. At the heart of this piece is the invitation to let our light shine. It is the inspiration and background to this prayer for light.

A Prayer for Light

Lord Jesus, you encouraged so many people to let their light shine.
But sometimes we are slow to acknowledge our light and we prefer to sometimes hide from the light.
So Lord, help us to appreciate your light.
Help us to be more comfortable with our light.
If darkness is the absence of light, we ask you Lord to be our dawn.
We ask you to slowly fill our lives with your light and hope especially during this Covid 19 pandemic.
With your light Lord we are never alone.
Bless us, mind us and protect us each day.
Be our light and hope, today and everyday
Amen


 
 
 
  Thursday
Mar-18
Spiritually we are always trying to find the balance between light and darkness. It is never an easy task such are the challenges of life, but we always try and do our best. There are over 250 references to light in our scriptures to help us find this balance. One of my favourite pieces of scripture on light comes from Matthew's Gospel. At the heart of this piece is the invitation to let our light shine. It is the inspiration and background to this prayer for light.

A Prayer for Light

Lord Jesus, you encouraged so many people to let their light shine.
But sometimes we are slow to acknowledge our light and we prefer to sometimes hide from the light.
So Lord, help us to appreciate your light.
Help us to be more comfortable with our light.
If darkness is the absence of light, we ask you Lord to be our dawn.
We ask you to slowly fill our lives with your light and hope especially during this Covid 19 pandemic.
With your light Lord we are never alone.
Bless us, mind us and protect us each day.
Be our light and hope, today and everyday
Amen


 
 
 
  Wednesday
Mar-17
As we celebrate St Patrick's Day todaythe following prayer is appropriate

We pray for God's strength to help us,
God's wisdom to guide us,
God's eye to be our vision,
God's ear for our hearing,
God's word for our speech,
God's hand to protect us,
God's pathway before us,
God's shield for our shelter, who is with us every step of life's journey particularly during these tough and challenging days.
We ask God's abundant blessings on each of us today as we celebrate St Patrick's Day
This prayer we make through Christ our Lord.
Amen
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Mar-16
Spiritually we are always trying to find the balance between light and darkness. It is never an easy task such are the challenges of life, but we always try and do our best. There are over 250 references to light in our scriptures to help us find this balance. One of my favourite pieces of scripture on light comes from Matthew's Gospel. At the heart of this piece is the invitation to let our light shine. It is the inspiration and background to this prayer for light.

A Prayer for Light

Lord Jesus, you encouraged so many people to let their light shine.
But sometimes we are slow to acknowledge our light and we prefer to sometimes hide from the light.
So Lord, help us to appreciate your light.
Help us to be more comfortable with our light.
If darkness is the absence of light, we ask you Lord to be our dawn.
We ask you to slowly fill our lives with your light and hope especially during this Covid 19 pandemic.
With your light Lord we are never alone.
Bless us, mind us and protect us each day.
Be our light and hope, today and everyday
Amen


As we celebrate St Patrick's Day tomorrow the following prayer is appropriate

We pray for God's strength to help us,
God's wisdom to guide us,
God's eye to be our vision,
God's ear for our hearing,
God's word for our speech,
God's hand to protect us,
God's pathway before us,
God's shield for our shelter, who is with us every step of life's journey particularly during these tough and challenging days.
We ask God's abundant blessings on each of us tomorrow as we celebrate St Patrick's Day
This prayer we make through Christ our Lord.
Amen
 
 
 
  Monday
Mar-15
Spiritually we are always trying to find the balance between light and darkness. It is never an easy task such are the challenges of life, but we always try and do our best. There are over 250 references to light in our scriptures to help us find this balance. One of my favourite pieces of scripture on light comes from Matthew's Gospel. At the heart of this piece is the invitation to let our light shine. It is the inspiration and background to this prayer for light.

A Prayer for Light

Lord Jesus, you encouraged so many people to let their light shine.
But sometimes we are slow to acknowledge our light and we prefer to sometimes hide from the light.
So Lord, help us to appreciate your light.
Help us to be more comfortable with our light.
If darkness is the absence of light, we ask you Lord to be our dawn.
We ask you to slowly fill our lives with your light and hope especially during this Covid 19 pandemic.
With your light Lord we are never alone.
Bless us, mind us and protect us each day.
Be our light and hope, today and everyday
Amen


As we celebrate St Patrick's Day during the week the following prayer is appropriate

We pray for God's strength to help us,
God's wisdom to guide us,
God's eye to be our vision,
God's ear for our hearing,
God's word for our speech,
God's hand to protect us,
God's pathway before us,
God's shield for our shelter, who is with us every step of life's journey particularly during these tough and challenging days.
We ask God's abundant blessings on each of us across this weekend and during the week as we celebrate St Patrick's Day
This prayer we make through Christ our Lord.
Amen
 
 
 
  Sunday
Mar-14
Thought For Today is by Triona Doherty called Out into the light

Today, the 'middle' Sunday of Lent, is known as 'Laetare Sunday'. Laetare means 'Rejoice!' We tend not to think of Lent as a time to rejoice, but signs of joy are central at Mass today, such as the use of flowers on the altar and rose-coloured vestments for the priest instead of the usual Lenten purple. The shadow of the cross still looms large, but we look forward with hope to Easter, when light will conquer the darkness.

We are offered an opportunity today to pause and reflect on our Lenten journey. In our gospel we hear that 'the [person] who lives by the truth comes out into the light'. On the other hand, Jesus says that those who 'prefer darkness to the light' live in fear that their actions will be exposed.

We hear a lot of talk these days about transparency. We have seen the damage caused by those whose private actions gravely contradict the message they proclaim in the public sphere. Some questions we might ask ourselves this Lent are: Am I living a truthful life 'in the light'? Am I honest in my dealings with others, trying always to choose what is right and just, or are there things I do in secret that are unkind or dishonest? Am I attentive to the needs of others or am I more inclined to think of myself? Lent offers us the opportunity to step out into the light, to allow the light of Jesus to sweep away any darkness or destructive habits and to begin again.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Mar-13
'We buy junk and sell antiques!' ~Sign outside a country shop

Where would we be without a sense of humour. Antiques are a thriving business. What we might see as junk is a beautiful and priceless antique to someone else. Every one of us has junk we could throw out or even recycle! Getting rid of what's old and stale has always been an important part of any spiritual journey. Such junk could be described as hurts, grudges, anger, hatred, jealousy, cynicism, mistakes made, to mention only a few. All of this junk can never become an antique. They are corrosive over time and are simply no use to anyone. God is always gently encouraging us to get rid of such junk. In its place we welcome God's invitation to new beginnings and possibilities no matter how small.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Mar-11
'We buy junk and sell antiques!' ~Sign outside a country shop

Where would we be without a sense of humour. Antiques are a thriving business. What we might see as junk is a beautiful and priceless antique to someone else. Every one of us has junk we could throw out or even recycle! Getting rid of what's old and stale has always been an important part of any spiritual journey. Such junk could be described as hurts, grudges, anger, hatred, jealousy, cynicism, mistakes made, to mention only a few. All of this junk can never become an antique. They are corrosive over time and are simply no use to anyone. God is always gently encouraging us to get rid of such junk. In its place we welcome God's invitation to new beginnings and possibilities no matter how small.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Mar-10
'We buy junk and sell antiques!' ~Sign outside a country shop

Where would we be without a sense of humour. Antiques are a thriving business. What we might see as junk is a beautiful and priceless antique to someone else. Every one of us has junk we could throw out or even recycle! Getting rid of what's old and stale has always been an important part of any spiritual journey. Such junk could be described as hurts, grudges, anger, hatred, jealousy, cynicism, mistakes made, to mention only a few. All of this junk can never become an antique. They are corrosive over time and are simply no use to anyone. God is always gently encouraging us to get rid of such junk. In its place we welcome God's invitation to new beginnings and possibilities no matter how small.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Mar-09
'We buy junk and sell antiques!' ~Sign outside a country shop

Where would we be without a sense of humour. Antiques are a thriving business. What we might see as junk is a beautiful and priceless antique to someone else. Every one of us has junk we could throw out or even recycle! Getting rid of what's old and stale has always been an important part of any spiritual journey. Such junk could be described as hurts, grudges, anger, hatred, jealousy, cynicism, mistakes made, to mention only a few. All of this junk can never become an antique. They are corrosive over time and are simply no use to anyone. God is always gently encouraging us to get rid of such junk. In its place we welcome God's invitation to new beginnings and possibilities no matter how small.
 
 
 
  Monday
Mar-08
'We buy junk and sell antiques!' ~Sign outside a country shop

Where would we be without a sense of humour. Antiques are a thriving business. What we might see as junk is a beautiful and priceless antique to someone else. Every one of us has junk we could throw out or even recycle! Getting rid of what's old and stale has always been an important part of any spiritual journey. Such junk could be described as hurts, grudges, anger, hatred, jealousy, cynicism, mistakes made, to mention only a few. All of this junk can never become an antique. They are corrosive over time and are simply no use to anyone. God is always gently encouraging us to get rid of such junk. In its place we welcome God's invitation to new beginnings and possibilities no matter how small.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Mar-07
'We buy junk and sell antiques!' ~Sign outside a country shop

Where would we be without a sense of humour. Antiques are a thriving business. What we might see as junk is a beautiful and priceless antique to someone else. Every one of us has junk we could throw out or even recycle! Getting rid of what's old and stale has always been an important part of any spiritual journey. Such junk could be described as hurts, grudges, anger, hatred, jealousy, cynicism, mistakes made, to mention only a few. All of this junk can never become an antique. They are corrosive over time and are simply no use to anyone. God is always gently encouraging us to get rid of such junk. In its place we welcome God's invitation to new beginnings and possibilities no matter how small.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Mar-06
'We buy junk and sell antiques!' ~Sign outside a country shop

Where would we be without a sense of humour. Antiques are a thriving business. What we might see as junk is a beautiful and priceless antique to someone else. Every one of us has junk we could throw out or even recycle! Getting rid of what's old and stale has always been an important part of any spiritual journey. Such junk could be described as hurts, grudges, anger, hatred, jealousy, cynicism, mistakes made, to mention only a few. All of this junk can never become an antique. They are corrosive over time and are simply no use to anyone. God is always gently encouraging us to get rid of such junk. In its place we welcome God's invitation to new beginnings and possibilities no matter how small.
 
 
 
  Friday
Mar-05
A short Lenten prayer.....

May there be peace within you today. May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you embrace endless possibilities that will always come your way. May you use the gifts that you have received and pass on the love given to you. May you be content knowing you are a child of God.

May you feel unburdened, free and energised by a sense of God in your life. May you know that it's ok not to have it all worked out and that God will also help you work it out too!

May you treasure this day as a precious gift and be open to some surprise along the way. May you finish today with a sense of gratitude, knowing you have done your best and that no more is asked of you. Amen

We continued our Lenten Lunchtime 'Stepping Stones' - talk/prayer/reflection last Wednesday at 1.30pm Our guest speaker was the Cork footballer Ruairi Deane. Ruairi talked about how light and positive thinking may benefit us in our current lives. He hopes that you will benefit from his experience and from what he has learned and found helpful during these challenging times. You can watch it now on https://youtu.be/J3uDS0JE0fI
 
 
 
  Thursday
Mar-04
A short Lenten prayer.....

May there be peace within you today. May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you embrace endless possibilities that will always come your way. May you use the gifts that you have received and pass on the love given to you. May you be content knowing you are a child of God.

May you feel unburdened, free and energised by a sense of God in your life. May you know that it's ok not to have it all worked out and that God will also help you work it out too!

May you treasure this day as a precious gift and be open to some surprise along the way. May you finish today with a sense of gratitude, knowing you have done your best and that no more is asked of you. Amen

We continue our Lenten Lunchtime 'Stepping Stones' - talk/prayer/reflection today Wednesday at 1.30pm Our guest speaker will be Cork footballer Ruairi Deane. Ruairi will talk about how light and positive thinking may benefit us in our current lives. He hopes that you will benefit from his experience and from what he has learned and found helpful during these challenging times. You can watch it all by clicking the link that will be open on www.corkandross.org at 1.25 today. If you can't watch it at that time you can log in later and watch it. From start to finish it will be no more than 20 minutes.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Mar-02
A short Lenten prayer.....

May there be peace within you today. May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you embrace endless possibilities that will always come your way. May you use the gifts that you have received and pass on the love given to you. May you be content knowing you are a child of God.

May you feel unburdened, free and energised by a sense of God in your life. May you know that it's ok not to have it all worked out and that God will also help you work it out too!

May you treasure this day as a precious gift and be open to some surprise along the way. May you finish today with a sense of gratitude, knowing you have done your best and that no more is asked of you. Amen

We continue our Lenten Lunchtime 'Stepping Stones' - talk/prayer/reflection tomorrow Wednesday at 1.30pm Our guest speaker will be Cork footballer Ruairi Deane. Ruairi will talk about how light and positive thinking may benefit us in our current lives. He hopes that you will benefit from his experience and from what he has learned and found helpful during these challenging times. You can watch it all by clicking the link that will be open on www.corkandross.org at 1.25 next Wednesday. If you can't watch it at that time you can log in later and watch it. From start to finish it will be no more than 20 minutes.
 
 
 
  Monday
Mar-01
A short Lenten prayer.....

May there be peace within you today. May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you embrace endless possibilities that will always come your way. May you use the gifts that you have received and pass on the love given to you. May you be content knowing you are a child of God.

May you feel unburdened, free and energised by a sense of God in your life. May you know that it's ok not to have it all worked out and that God will also help you work it out too!

May you treasure this day as a precious gift and be open to some surprise along the way. May you finish today with a sense of gratitude, knowing you have done your best and that no more is asked of you. Amen

We continue our Lenten Lunchtime 'Stepping Stones' - talk/prayer/reflection this coming Wednesday at 1.30pm Our guest speaker will be Cork footballer Ruairi Deane. Ruairi will talk about how light and positive thinking may benefit us in our current lives. He hopes that you will benefit from his experience and from what he has learned and found helpful during these challenging times. You can watch it all by clicking the link that will be open on www.corkandross.org at 1.25 next Wednesday. If you can't watch it at that time you can log in later and watch it. From start to finish it will be no more than 20 minutes.
 
 

 

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