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  Monday
May-30
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.
 
 
 
  Sunday
May-29
Thought For Today is by Triona Doherty called 'In Communion'

'If there is hunger anywhere in the world, then our celebration of the Eucharist is somehow incomplete everywhere in the world. In the Eucharist we receive Christ hungering in the world. He comes to us, not alone, but with the poor, the oppressed, the starving of the earth. Through him they are looking to us for help, for justice, for love expressed in action. Therefore we cannot properly receive the bread of life unless at the same time we give the bread of life to those in need wherever and whoever they may be.' ~Pedro Arrupe SJ

The Feast of Corpus Christi reminds us of our responsibility to be in communion with the whole body of Christ. There is room for everyone at the divine banquet - especially the poor and the hungry. In today's Gospel story of the feeding of the five thousand, Jesus refuses to leave anyone hungry, even when his own disciples suggest sending the crowds away. There is more than enough bread for everyone.

Notice that Jesus gives the food to his disciples to distribute among the hungry crowd. He is passing on the responsibility to his followers. It is up to all of us to help those in need. Having received Jesus' body and blood in the Eucharist, we are expected to pass it on - to play our part in feeding the hungry and working for justice.
 
 
 
  Saturday
May-28
'God is community, a community built on love in all its forms. As we bless ourselves today, remember that we are symbolising that great mystery of God, that community of persons, the relationships of love that we are invited into, relationships of giving and receiving, relationships of community and life.' ~Jane Mellett

Last Sunday Trinity Sunday was celebrated. I have often seen sports personalities on television make the sign of the cross as they run onto the pitch or just before the game begins. I have watched people on a bus make the sign of the cross as we passed a church. We do it at a removal or funeral as the coffin passes us by. We do it when there is a mighty clap of thunder overhead or a flash of lightning. We so often make the sign of the cross naturally, effortlessly and sometimes without even thinking. But it is a lovely simple prayer surrounding ourselves in God's protection not once or twice but three times.

One could get completely bogged down in trying to understand the relationship of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. A much more practical understanding is to know that God is love and that with God we are a community built on love. There are many things in our world and in our lives that we do not understand. It is the bad and sad stories that so often grab the headlines. But God's love will always be visible and wherever its presence or energy is, we have nothing to fear. We are not in isolation but part of a community built on love in all its forms. Trinity may be surrounded in mystery but there is no mystery about the difference God's love makes in our world and lives.
 
 
 
  Friday
May-27
'God is community, a community built on love in all its forms. As we bless ourselves today, remember that we are symbolising that great mystery of God, that community of persons, the relationships of love that we are invited into, relationships of giving and receiving, relationships of community and life.' ~Jane Mellett

Last Sunday Trinity Sunday was celebrated. I have often seen sports personalities on television make the sign of the cross as they run onto the pitch or just before the game begins. I have watched people on a bus make the sign of the cross as we passed a church. We do it at a removal or funeral as the coffin passes us by. We do it when there is a mighty clap of thunder overhead or a flash of lightning. We so often make the sign of the cross naturally, effortlessly and sometimes without even thinking. But it is a lovely simple prayer surrounding ourselves in God's protection not once or twice but three times.

One could get completely bogged down in trying to understand the relationship of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. A much more practical understanding is to know that God is love and that with God we are a community built on love. There are many things in our world and in our lives that we do not understand. It is the bad and sad stories that so often grab the headlines. But God's love will always be visible and wherever its presence or energy is, we have nothing to fear. We are not in isolation but part of a community built on love in all its forms. Trinity may be surrounded in mystery but there is no mystery about the difference God's love makes in our world and lives.
 
 
 
  Thursday
May-26
'God is community, a community built on love in all its forms. As we bless ourselves today, remember that we are symbolising that great mystery of God, that community of persons, the relationships of love that we are invited into, relationships of giving and receiving, relationships of community and life.' ~Jane Mellett

Last Sunday Trinity Sunday was celebrated. I have often seen sports personalities on television make the sign of the cross as they run onto the pitch or just before the game begins. I have watched people on a bus make the sign of the cross as we passed a church. We do it at a removal or funeral as the coffin passes us by. We do it when there is a mighty clap of thunder overhead or a flash of lightning. We so often make the sign of the cross naturally, effortlessly and sometimes without even thinking. But it is a lovely simple prayer surrounding ourselves in God's protection not once or twice but three times.

One could get completely bogged down in trying to understand the relationship of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. A much more practical understanding is to know that God is love and that with God we are a community built on love. There are many things in our world and in our lives that we do not understand. It is the bad and sad stories that so often grab the headlines. But God's love will always be visible and wherever its presence or energy is, we have nothing to fear. We are not in isolation but part of a community built on love in all its forms. Trinity may be surrounded in mystery but there is no mystery about the difference God's love makes in our world and lives.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
May-25
'God is community, a community built on love in all its forms. As we bless ourselves today, remember that we are symbolising that great mystery of God, that community of persons, the relationships of love that we are invited into, relationships of giving and receiving, relationships of community and life.' ~Jane Mellett

Last Sunday Trinity Sunday was celebrated. I have often seen sports personalities on television make the sign of the cross as they run onto the pitch or just before the game begins. I have watched people on a bus make the sign of the cross as we passed a church. We do it at a removal or funeral as the coffin passes us by. We do it when there is a mighty clap of thunder overhead or a flash of lightning. We so often make the sign of the cross naturally, effortlessly and sometimes without even thinking. But it is a lovely simple prayer surrounding ourselves in God's protection not once or twice but three times.

One could get completely bogged down in trying to understand the relationship of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. A much more practical understanding is to know that God is love and that with God we are a community built on love. There are many things in our world and in our lives that we do not understand. It is the bad and sad stories that so often grab the headlines. But God's love will always be visible and wherever its presence or energy is, we have nothing to fear. We are not in isolation but part of a community built on love in all its forms. Trinity may be surrounded in mystery but there is no mystery about the difference God's love makes in our world and lives.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
May-24
'God is community, a community built on love in all its forms. As we bless ourselves today, remember that we are symbolising that great mystery of God, that community of persons, the relationships of love that we are invited into, relationships of giving and receiving, relationships of community and life.' ~Jane Mellett

Last Sunday Trinity Sunday was celebrated. I have often seen sports personalities on television make the sign of the cross as they run onto the pitch or just before the game begins. I have watched people on a bus make the sign of the cross as we passed a church. We do it at a removal or funeral as the coffin passes us by. We do it when there is a mighty clap of thunder overhead or a flash of lightning. We so often make the sign of the cross naturally, effortlessly and sometimes without even thinking. But it is a lovely simple prayer surrounding ourselves in God's protection not once or twice but three times.

One could get completely bogged down in trying to understand the relationship of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. A much more practical understanding is to know that God is love and that with God we are a community built on love. There are many things in our world and in our lives that we do not understand. It is the bad and sad stories that so often grab the headlines. But God's love will always be visible and wherever its presence or energy is, we have nothing to fear. We are not in isolation but part of a community built on love in all its forms. Trinity may be surrounded in mystery but there is no mystery about the difference God's love makes in our world and lives.
 
 
 
  Monday
May-23
'God is community, a community built on love in all its forms. As we bless ourselves today, remember that we are symbolising that great mystery of God, that community of persons, the relationships of love that we are invited into, relationships of giving and receiving, relationships of community and life.' ~Jane Mellett

Yesterday Trinity Sunday was celebrated. I have often seen sports personalities on television make the sign of the cross as they run onto the pitch or just before the game begins. I have watched people on a bus make the sign of the cross as we passed a church. We do it at a removal or funeral as the coffin passes us by. We do it when there is a mighty clap of thunder overhead or a flash of lightning. We so often make the sign of the cross naturally, effortlessly and sometimes without even thinking. But it is a lovely simple prayer surrounding ourselves in God's protection not once or twice but three times.

One could get completely bogged down in trying to understand the relationship of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. A much more practical understanding is to know that God is love and that with God we are a community built on love. There are many things in our world and in our lives that we do not understand. It is the bad and sad stories that so often grab the headlines. But God's love will always be visible and wherever its presence or energy is, we have nothing to fear. We are not in isolation but part of a community built on love in all its forms. Trinity may be surrounded in mystery but there is no mystery about the difference God's love makes in our world and lives.
 
 
 
  Sunday
May-22
Thought Today is by Triona Doherty called 'Making Space

The following is from the poem called 'Clearing' by Martha Postlewaite

Do not try to save the whole world
or do anything grandiose.
Instead, create a clearing
in the dense forest of your life
and wait there
patiently,
until the song
that is your life
falls into your own cupped hands
and you recognize and greet it.
Only then will you know
how to give yourself
to this world
so worthy of rescue.


There is deep wisdom in this poem. The advice to 'create a clearing in the dense forest of your life' particularly resonates with me. It can be difficult, with our hectic lives and all the noise of the world around us, to have time to take stock of things. Of course we feel a calling to be good people, to be a positive force in the world, but where do we start?

Well, Jesus tells us to start small. In today's Gospel, he is careful not to overburden his disciples. He has lots more to say and to teach them, but it would be 'too much' for them now. Instead he gives them space. After he is gone, when the time is right and they have had time to reflect, he will send his Spirit to lead them in the right direction. That same Spirit is with us now, if we can make space to listen.
 
 
 
  Saturday
May-21
Thought For The Week

"Ego is much less noticeable when we are open to the spirit within us and around us. You can call this spirit, God, Higher Power, The Holy Spirit, The Source, Jesus or whatever word is good for you. But once we are open to the spirit great things can and always happen. We realise we are connected to something that gives meaning. We are not just a random number or living in a vacuum or living in the world of ego. There is a reason why." ~Martina Lehane Sheehan

Sunday was the feast of Pentecost. It is always a great feast celebrating new life, energy, vibrancy, positivity, creativity, hope, light and so much more. It would be great if there was a simple formula in our search for God. We are often unsure where to start and how to begin. Our searches are many, from our local church, attending Mass and saying prayers that vary from traditional to deeply personal. Some find that these are not for them and search elsewhere. These searches include finding God in the humdrum of daily life, music, reading, reflection, meditation, mindfulness, relaxation and so on. Whatever and wherever our search, it is good that we are searching.

The Spirit of God knows no limits. Pentecost Sunday is celebrating and embracing the network of pathways that lead us to God. It is about celebrating your pathway. If you are unsure which pathway is for you, then Pentecost Sunday is about saying a prayer to the Holy Spirit to help you find your pathway. It is about asking for help to find meaning and fulfillment on the right pathway for you. Once we are open to the Spirit great things can and always happen.

If we stay rooted to the world of ego we will miss out on so much. The world of ego means that we just think exclusively about ourselves. Lots of ego says that everything should, must and has to evolve around us. Instead of reaching out this is only reaching in and means we are closed to blessings around us. It can never lead to meaning and fulfillment in life. Pentecost Sunday is all about enthusiasm and energy. There are days of course when we lack energy and motivation. But God's love for us is constantly bubbling over with life and energy. Nothing can change this. We pray to the Holy Spirit to re-energise us and to help us find the missing links on our daily journey.
 
 
 
  Thursday
May-19
Thought For The Week

"Ego is much less noticeable when we are open to the spirit within us and around us. You can call this spirit, God, Higher Power, The Holy Spirit, The Source, Jesus or whatever word is good for you. But once we are open to the spirit great things can and always happen. We realise we are connected to something that gives meaning. We are not just a random number or living in a vacuum or living in the world of ego. There is a reason why." ~Martina Lehane Sheehan

Sunday was the feast of Pentecost. It is always a great feast celebrating new life, energy, vibrancy, positivity, creativity, hope, light and so much more. It would be great if there was a simple formula in our search for God. We are often unsure where to start and how to begin. Our searches are many, from our local church, attending Mass and saying prayers that vary from traditional to deeply personal. Some find that these are not for them and search elsewhere. These searches include finding God in the humdrum of daily life, music, reading, reflection, meditation, mindfulness, relaxation and so on. Whatever and wherever our search, it is good that we are searching.

The Spirit of God knows no limits. Pentecost Sunday is celebrating and embracing the network of pathways that lead us to God. It is about celebrating your pathway. If you are unsure which pathway is for you, then Pentecost Sunday is about saying a prayer to the Holy Spirit to help you find your pathway. It is about asking for help to find meaning and fulfillment on the right pathway for you. Once we are open to the Spirit great things can and always happen.

If we stay rooted to the world of ego we will miss out on so much. The world of ego means that we just think exclusively about ourselves. Lots of ego says that everything should, must and has to evolve around us. Instead of reaching out this is only reaching in and means we are closed to blessings around us. It can never lead to meaning and fulfillment in life. Pentecost Sunday is all about enthusiasm and energy. There are days of course when we lack energy and motivation. But God's love for us is constantly bubbling over with life and energy. Nothing can change this. We pray to the Holy Spirit to re-energise us and to help us find the missing links on our daily journey.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
May-18
Thought For The Week

"Ego is much less noticeable when we are open to the spirit within us and around us. You can call this spirit, God, Higher Power, The Holy Spirit, The Source, Jesus or whatever word is good for you. But once we are open to the spirit great things can and always happen. We realise we are connected to something that gives meaning. We are not just a random number or living in a vacuum or living in the world of ego. There is a reason why." ~Martina Lehane Sheehan

Sunday was the feast of Pentecost. It is always a great feast celebrating new life, energy, vibrancy, positivity, creativity, hope, light and so much more. It would be great if there was a simple formula in our search for God. We are often unsure where to start and how to begin. Our searches are many, from our local church, attending Mass and saying prayers that vary from traditional to deeply personal. Some find that these are not for them and search elsewhere. These searches include finding God in the humdrum of daily life, music, reading, reflection, meditation, mindfulness, relaxation and so on. Whatever and wherever our search, it is good that we are searching.

The Spirit of God knows no limits. Pentecost Sunday is celebrating and embracing the network of pathways that lead us to God. It is about celebrating your pathway. If you are unsure which pathway is for you, then Pentecost Sunday is about saying a prayer to the Holy Spirit to help you find your pathway. It is about asking for help to find meaning and fulfillment on the right pathway for you. Once we are open to the Spirit great things can and always happen.

If we stay rooted to the world of ego we will miss out on so much. The world of ego means that we just think exclusively about ourselves. Lots of ego says that everything should, must and has to evolve around us. Instead of reaching out this is only reaching in and means we are closed to blessings around us. It can never lead to meaning and fulfillment in life. Pentecost Sunday is all about enthusiasm and energy. There are days of course when we lack energy and motivation. But God's love for us is constantly bubbling over with life and energy. Nothing can change this. We pray to the Holy Spirit to re-energise us and to help us find the missing links on our daily journey.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
May-17
Thought For The Week

"Ego is much less noticeable when we are open to the spirit within us and around us. You can call this spirit, God, Higher Power, The Holy Spirit, The Source, Jesus or whatever word is good for you. But once we are open to the spirit great things can and always happen. We realise we are connected to something that gives meaning. We are not just a random number or living in a vacuum or living in the world of ego. There is a reason why." ~Martina Lehane Sheehan

Sunday was the feast of Pentecost. It is always a great feast celebrating new life, energy, vibrancy, positivity, creativity, hope, light and so much more. It would be great if there was a simple formula in our search for God. We are often unsure where to start and how to begin. Our searches are many, from our local church, attending Mass and saying prayers that vary from traditional to deeply personal. Some find that these are not for them and search elsewhere. These searches include finding God in the humdrum of daily life, music, reading, reflection, meditation, mindfulness, relaxation and so on. Whatever and wherever our search, it is good that we are searching.

The Spirit of God knows no limits. Pentecost Sunday is celebrating and embracing the network of pathways that lead us to God. It is about celebrating your pathway. If you are unsure which pathway is for you, then Pentecost Sunday is about saying a prayer to the Holy Spirit to help you find your pathway. It is about asking for help to find meaning and fulfillment on the right pathway for you. Once we are open to the Spirit great things can and always happen.

If we stay rooted to the world of ego we will miss out on so much. The world of ego means that we just think exclusively about ourselves. Lots of ego says that everything should, must and has to evolve around us. Instead of reaching out this is only reaching in and means we are closed to blessings around us. It can never lead to meaning and fulfillment in life. Pentecost Sunday is all about enthusiasm and energy. There are days of course when we lack energy and motivation. But God's love for us is constantly bubbling over with life and energy. Nothing can change this. We pray to the Holy Spirit to re-energise us and to help us find the missing links on our daily journey.
 
 
 
  Monday
May-16
Thought For The Week

"Ego is much less noticeable when we are open to the spirit within us and around us. You can call this spirit, God, Higher Power, The Holy Spirit, The Source, Jesus or whatever word is good for you. But once we are open to the spirit great things can and always happen. We realise we are connected to something that gives meaning. We are not just a random number or living in a vacuum or living in the world of ego. There is a reason why." ~Martina Lehane Sheehan

Yesterday was the feast of Pentecost. It is always a great feast celebrating new life, energy, vibrancy, positivity, creativity, hope, light and so much more. It would be great if there was a simple formula in our search for God. We are often unsure where to start and how to begin. Our searches are many, from our local church, attending Mass and saying prayers that vary from traditional to deeply personal. Some find that these are not for them and search elsewhere. These searches include finding God in the humdrum of daily life, music, reading, reflection, meditation, mindfulness, relaxation and so on. Whatever and wherever our search, it is good that we are searching.

The Spirit of God knows no limits. Pentecost Sunday is celebrating and embracing the network of pathways that lead us to God. It is about celebrating your pathway. If you are unsure which pathway is for you, then Pentecost Sunday is about saying a prayer to the Holy Spirit to help you find your pathway. It is about asking for help to find meaning and fulfillment on the right pathway for you. Once we are open to the Spirit great things can and always happen.

If we stay rooted to the world of ego we will miss out on so much. The world of ego means that we just think exclusively about ourselves. Lots of ego says that everything should, must and has to evolve around us. Instead of reaching out this is only reaching in and means we are closed to blessings around us. It can never lead to meaning and fulfillment in life. Yesterday Pentecost Sunday was all about enthusiasm and energy. There are days of course when we lack energy and motivation. But God's love for us is constantly bubbling over with life and energy. Nothing can change this. We pray to the Holy Spirit to re-energise us and to help us find the missing links on our daily journey.
 
 
 
  Sunday
May-15
Thought For Today is by Triona Doherty called 'Catching Fire'

Unless the eye catch fire,
The God will not be seen.
Unless the ear catch fire
The God will not be heard.
Unless the tongue catch fire
The God will not be named.
Unless the heart catch fire,
The God will not be loved.
Unless the mind catch fire,
The God will not be known.
from 'Pentecost' by William Blake

The arrival of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost was by no means a quiet or gentle event. First there was a powerful wind from heaven - so loud it filled not just the room the apostles were in, but the whole house. Tongues of fire came to rest on their heads, and they suddenly began to speak in foreign languages as they were 'filled with the Holy Spirit'. It must have been a chaotic, intense scene.

The poem 'Pentecost' by 19th century poet William Blake captures some of the power of the scene, with its repetition of the phrase 'catch fire'. When a piece of news or gossip gets around quickly, we say it 'spreads like wildfire'. By its very nature, fire jumps from one things another, burning more intensely the more it spreads.

The symbol of tongues of fire is apt, then. The arrival of the Holy Spirit propels the apostles from the room where they were huddled out into the street. They simply cannot contain themselves as they begin to preach and to spread the Good News far and wide - like wildfire.
 
 
 
  Saturday
May-14
Thought For The Week

"Don't give up. There are too many out there who will try to discourage you. Don't listen to them. The only one who can make you give up is yourself." ~Sidney Sheldon

There are few times that one story completely dominates the headlines and particularly in sport. Earlier in the week this story was all about Leicester and how the completely outsiders won the Premiership. Every possible angle on the story has been covered and how the seemingly impossible became possible. There is also a spiritual angle to this story with an important message. In a world where the rich and wealthy take it all, it was great to see a small club with a big heart matching the powerful super clubs. When many don't give you a chance, who will try to put you down, ignore you and sometimes belittle you, it was great to show them up. People who have no interest what so ever in sport have connected with Leicester's story. The key message is to believe in our own ability, to consistently do the small things well, to ignore those who don't believe in you, to let your light shine and to always be your best.

The old story of the stonecutter sums it up well. The stonecutter patiently works away on a large piece of rock with a hammer. Blow after blow the stonecutter works away and nothing seems to be happening. A hundred blows and still nothing is happening. But on the hundred and first try the stone would crack. With that crack the stonecutter knew it wasn't that blow that did it but the cumulative effect of the hundred blows before it. When nothing seems to be happening for us it can be very discouraging. We are encouraged to keep going because every effort is never wasted. Once our mind set at the start of each day is to do our best and to be our best, then we are in a very good place.
 
 
 
  Friday
May-13
Thought For The Week

"Don't give up. There are too many out there who will try to discourage you. Don't listen to them. The only one who can make you give up is yourself." ~Sidney Sheldon

There are few times that one story completely dominates the headlines and particularly in sport. Earlier in the week this story was all about Leicester and how the completely outsiders won the Premiership. Every possible angle on the story has been covered and how the seemingly impossible became possible. There is also a spiritual angle to this story with an important message. In a world where the rich and wealthy take it all, it was great to see a small club with a big heart matching the powerful super clubs. When many don't give you a chance, who will try to put you down, ignore you and sometimes belittle you, it was great to show them up. People who have no interest what so ever in sport have connected with Leicester's story. The key message is to believe in our own ability, to consistently do the small things well, to ignore those who don't believe in you, to let your light shine and to always be your best.

The old story of the stonecutter sums it up well. The stonecutter patiently works away on a large piece of rock with a hammer. Blow after blow the stonecutter works away and nothing seems to be happening. A hundred blows and still nothing is happening. But on the hundred and first try the stone would crack. With that crack the stonecutter knew it wasn't that blow that did it but the cumulative effect of the hundred blows before it. When nothing seems to be happening for us it can be very discouraging. We are encouraged to keep going because every effort is never wasted. Once our mind set at the start of each day is to do our best and to be our best, then we are in a very good place.
 
 
 
  Thursday
May-12
Thought For The Week

"Don't give up. There are too many out there who will try to discourage you. Don't listen to them. The only one who can make you give up is yourself." ~Sidney Sheldon

There are few times that one story completely dominates the headlines and particularly in sport. Earlier in the week this story was all about Leicester and how the completely outsiders won the Premiership. Every possible angle on the story has been covered and how the seemingly impossible became possible. There is also a spiritual angle to this story with an important message. In a world where the rich and wealthy take it all, it was great to see a small club with a big heart matching the powerful super clubs. When many don't give you a chance, who will try to put you down, ignore you and sometimes belittle you, it was great to show them up. People who have no interest what so ever in sport have connected with Leicester's story. The key message is to believe in our own ability, to consistently do the small things well, to ignore those who don't believe in you, to let your light shine and to always be your best.

The old story of the stonecutter sums it up well. The stonecutter patiently works away on a large piece of rock with a hammer. Blow after blow the stonecutter works away and nothing seems to be happening. A hundred blows and still nothing is happening. But on the hundred and first try the stone would crack. With that crack the stonecutter knew it wasn't that blow that did it but the cumulative effect of the hundred blows before it. When nothing seems to be happening for us it can be very discouraging. We are encouraged to keep going because every effort is never wasted. Once our mind set at the start of each day is to do our best and to be our best, then we are in a very good place.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
May-11
Thought For The Week

"Don't give up. There are too many out there who will try to discourage you. Don't listen to them. The only one who can make you give up is yourself." ~Sidney Sheldon

There are few times that one story completely dominates the headlines and particularly in sport. Earlier in the week this story was all about Leicester and how the completely outsiders won the Premiership. Every possible angle on the story has been covered and how the seemingly impossible became possible. There is also a spiritual angle to this story with an important message. In a world where the rich and wealthy take it all, it was great to see a small club with a big heart matching the powerful super clubs. When many don't give you a chance, who will try to put you down, ignore you and sometimes belittle you, it was great to show them up. People who have no interest what so ever in sport have connected with Leicester's story. The key message is to believe in our own ability, to consistently do the small things well, to ignore those who don't believe in you, to let your light shine and to always be your best.

The old story of the stonecutter sums it up well. The stonecutter patiently works away on a large piece of rock with a hammer. Blow after blow the stonecutter works away and nothing seems to be happening. A hundred blows and still nothing is happening. But on the hundred and first try the stone would crack. With that crack the stonecutter knew it wasn't that blow that did it but the cumulative effect of the hundred blows before it. When nothing seems to be happening for us it can be very discouraging. We are encouraged to keep going because every effort is never wasted. Once our mind set at the start of each day is to do our best and to be our best, then we are in a very good place.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
May-10
Thought For The Week

"Don't give up. There are too many out there who will try to discourage you. Don't listen to them. The only one who can make you give up is yourself." ~Sidney Sheldon

There are few times that one story completely dominates the headlines and particularly in sport. Earlier in the week this story was all about Leicester and how the completely outsiders won the Premiership. Every possible angle on the story has been covered and how the seemingly impossible became possible. There is also a spiritual angle to this story with an important message. In a world where the rich and wealthy take it all, it was great to see a small club with a big heart matching the powerful super clubs. When many don't give you a chance, who will try to put you down, ignore you and sometimes belittle you, it was great to show them up. People who have no interest what so ever in sport have connected with Leicester's story. The key message is to believe in our own ability, to consistently do the small things well, to ignore those who don't believe in you, to let your light shine and to always be your best.

The old story of the stonecutter sums it up well. The stonecutter patiently works away on a large piece of rock with a hammer. Blow after blow the stonecutter works away and nothing seems to be happening. A hundred blows and still nothing is happening. But on the hundred and first try the stone would crack. With that crack the stonecutter knew it wasn't that blow that did it but the cumulative effect of the hundred blows before it. When nothing seems to be happening for us it can be very discouraging. We are encouraged to keep going because every effort is never wasted. Once our mind set at the start of each day is to do our best and to be our best, then we are in a very good place.
 
 
 
  Sunday
May-08
The following is to to be found in the current May edition of 'The Messenger' magazine. It is called 'The Gospel as told by The Darkness' and written by Sr. Susan. It is an appropriate reflection during these weeks of Easter.

"I surrounded Jesus when he was still in his Mother's womb. I formed a quiet secure place for him during those nine months while his body was slowly knitted together. He himself was ALL LIGHT. However, he chose to surround himself with me, darkness, from the beginning. He was never afraid of the night, except during those awful hours before his death. Darkness of night seemed to be a special road in his soul where he could touch his own Godliness. In darkness, his mind created the words and stories that he used to describe what he called the 'kingdom'.

Jesus was ALL LIGHT. Nevertheless, he chose me to be his companion on his journey. I exploded with rage when I saw him on the cross and I received his lifeless body in the recesses of the tomb. I held him just as I did in his Mother's womb. I held him for three days. I held him who was ALL LIGHT. On the third day, right before dawn, I could no longer contain him.
 
 
 
  Saturday
May-07
The following is to to be found in the current May edition of 'The Messenger' magazine. It is called 'The Gospel as told by The Darkness' and written by Sr. Susan. It is an appropriate reflection during these weeks of Easter.

"I surrounded Jesus when he was still in his Mother's womb. I formed a quiet secure place for him during those nine months while his body was slowly knitted together. He himself was ALL LIGHT. However, he chose to surround himself with me, darkness, from the beginning. He was never afraid of the night, except during those awful hours before his death. Darkness of night seemed to be a special road in his soul where he could touch his own Godliness. In darkness, his mind created the words and stories that he used to describe what he called the 'kingdom'.

Jesus was ALL LIGHT. Nevertheless, he chose me to be his companion on his journey. I exploded with rage when I saw him on the cross and I received his lifeless body in the recesses of the tomb. I held him just as I did in his Mother's womb. I held him for three days. I held him who was ALL LIGHT. On the third day, right before dawn, I could no longer contain him.
 
 
 
  Friday
May-06
The following is to to be found in the current May edition of 'The Messenger' magazine. It is called 'The Gospel as told by The Darkness' and written by Sr. Susan. It is an appropriate reflection during these weeks of Easter.

"I surrounded Jesus when he was still in his Mother's womb. I formed a quiet secure place for him during those nine months while his body was slowly knitted together. He himself was ALL LIGHT. However, he chose to surround himself with me, darkness, from the beginning. He was never afraid of the night, except during those awful hours before his death. Darkness of night seemed to be a special road in his soul where he could touch his own Godliness. In darkness, his mind created the words and stories that he used to describe what he called the 'kingdom'.

Jesus was ALL LIGHT. Nevertheless, he chose me to be his companion on his journey. I exploded with rage when I saw him on the cross and I received his lifeless body in the recesses of the tomb. I held him just as I did in his Mother's womb. I held him for three days. I held him who was ALL LIGHT. On the third day, right before dawn, I could no longer contain him.
 
 
 
  Thursday
May-05
The following is to to be found in the current May edition of 'The Messenger' magazine. It is called 'The Gospel as told by The Darkness' and written by Sr. Susan. It is an appropriate reflection during these weeks of Easter.

"I surrounded Jesus when he was still in his Mother's womb. I formed a quiet secure place for him during those nine months while his body was slowly knitted together. He himself was ALL LIGHT. However, he chose to surround himself with me, darkness, from the beginning. He was never afraid of the night, except during those awful hours before his death. Darkness of night seemed to be a special road in his soul where he could touch his own Godliness. In darkness, his mind created the words and stories that he used to describe what he called the 'kingdom'.

Jesus was ALL LIGHT. Nevertheless, he chose me to be his companion on his journey. I exploded with rage when I saw him on the cross and I received his lifeless body in the recesses of the tomb. I held him just as I did in his Mother's womb. I held him for three days. I held him who was ALL LIGHT. On the third day, right before dawn, I could no longer contain him.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
May-04
The following is to to be found in the current May edition of 'The Messenger' magazine. It is called 'The Gospel as told by The Darkness' and written by Sr. Susan. It is an appropriate reflection during these weeks of Easter.

"I surrounded Jesus when he was still in his Mother's womb. I formed a quiet secure place for him during those nine months while his body was slowly knitted together. He himself was ALL LIGHT. However, he chose to surround himself with me, darkness, from the beginning. He was never afraid of the night, except during those awful hours before his death. Darkness of night seemed to be a special road in his soul where he could touch his own Godliness. In darkness, his mind created the words and stories that he used to describe what he called the 'kingdom'.

Jesus was ALL LIGHT. Nevertheless, he chose me to be his companion on his journey. I exploded with rage when I saw him on the cross and I received his lifeless body in the recesses of the tomb. I held him just as I did in his Mother's womb. I held him for three days. I held him who was ALL LIGHT. On the third day, right before dawn, I could no longer contain him.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
May-03
The following is to to be found in the current May edition of 'The Messenger' magazine. It is called 'The Gospel as told by The Darkness' and written by Sr. Susan. It is an appropriate reflection during these weeks of Easter.

"I surrounded Jesus when he was still in his Mother's womb. I formed a quiet secure place for him during those nine months while his body was slowly knitted together. He himself was ALL LIGHT. However, he chose to surround himself with me, darkness, from the beginning. He was never afraid of the night, except during those awful hours before his death. Darkness of night seemed to be a special road in his soul where he could touch his own Godliness. In darkness, his mind created the words and stories that he used to describe what he called the 'kingdom'.

Jesus was ALL LIGHT. Nevertheless, he chose me to be his companion on his journey. I exploded with rage when I saw him on the cross and I received his lifeless body in the recesses of the tomb. I held him just as I did in his Mother's womb. I held him for three days. I held him who was ALL LIGHT. On the third day, right before dawn, I could no longer contain him.
 
 
 
  Monday
May-02
'Love is to the heart what the summer is to the farmer's year' ~Author Unknown

Yesterday was 'Lá Bealtaine' which translates as May Day and today is also the feast of St Joseph the worker. It's a day that goes way back many generations in Irish culture and history. The day was celebrated to mark the beginning of summer. It was a day when the herds of livestock were driven out to summer pastures. The lighting of bonfires on hills and mountains was a part of the tradition. At the heart of Bealtaine is a reminder of growth, abundance and life flourishing at this time of year. Summer is a season of energy and fulfillment. The darkness of winter is far behind, the promise of spring has delivered and the coming months are about making the most of everything connected with life. For the past few weeks in Ireland the weather has been harsh, wet and cold. Summer seems a long way off at the moment, but today 'Lá Bealtaine' is a day of hope and a reminder that summer is nearly here. Today is a day of great blessing and we ask God to help us make the most of everything connected with life this summer.
 
 

 

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