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  Monday
May-31
As Leaving Certs finish up in our schools this week the following reflection gives us food for thought:

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

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

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

May you always have a strong conviction about the beauty of life, a vision of hope that endures in the face of challenge. May the Holy Spirit guide and direct you through each and every day. May you be blessed with wisdom and discernment, determination and patience, kindness and compassion, gifts you bring with you as you make your journey into the new horizon.
 
 
 
  Sunday
May-30
'Listen to the urgings of God. Anticipate God's light. Listen for answers you don't expect and be open to solutions you don't see coming.' ~Richard Kautz

We celebarte Trinity Sunday today and it is a reminder that much about God and life is mystery. A mystery is not something you can't know anything about, but is something that you can't know everything about. This is so true when it comes to knowing God and talking about God. We are only scratching the surface. Trinity Sunday acknowledges and rejoices in the fact that our God is wrapped in mystery. It means that each day is pure gift, a day to find something new and exciting about God that we didn't know before.

The Trinity is about the relationship of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We have heard the saying that two is company but three is a crowd. So where does this leave the Trinity? Three is a number that occurs regularly in the Gospels: three wise men, Jesus tempted three times in the desert, Peter denied Jesus three times, Jesus fell three times on the road to Calvary, three days in the tomb and so on.

While we may not fully be able to explain the mystery of the Trinity, it is good to acknowledge that much of life is indeed mystery. Life can be unpredictable, uncertain and at times cruel. In the mystery of life we believe that God is somewhere in the middle, helping us to cope and adapt. Somewhere in the middle of it all are three forces working together as one and hopefully making a difference to all our lives. The invitation this weekend is to be open to the mystery of God in our lives, to listen for answers we may not expect and to be open to solutions we hadn't seen before.

Thought For The Week is updated every Monday
 
 
 
  Saturday
May-29
Last Sunday we celebrated Pentecost Sunday. We sometimes associate the Holy Spirit to making our Confirmation and that's it. We tick the box as having it done but never afterwards connect the Holy Spirit to our lives. This is such a pity because the loss is immense. The Holy Spirit is the greatest energy or presence in our world. It is alive, active, creative and prompting us always to God's special presence in our world.

As soon as a yacht lifts up its sails to catch a breeze it becomes alive and moves through water full with purpose, energy and delight. If the sail is taken down and put away the yacht is almost lifeless and just drifts along. With regard to the Holy Spirit we have sometimes forgotten to put up our sails to catch and harness a unique presence in our world today. We pray to the Holy Spirit to guide and direct us through each and every day.

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Last week we celebrated World Bee Day. As a beekeeper myself I wrote the following few lines to mark the day. Bees make a world of a difference in pollinating so many flowers in our gardens and countryside. Many of the foods we eat each day is thanks to the work of our bees. We are also aware that our bees are under severe pressure due to declining habitats and a huge increase in pesticides. You can play your part to help our bees. Here are a few simple tips:

(1) Plant a section of your garden especially for the bees. Most gardening centres now have 'Bee Friendly' labels on flowers and plants. Those who work in these garden centres will be more than happy to give advice to you on what are the best plants to attract bees. Lavender is popular but there are many other plants that are well suited to your garden.

(2) STOP using chemical sprays in your garden. Do you really need to spray the weeds with chemicals that are horrible to our bees? Always remember a weed is a flower in the wrong place. A bit of digging and hand pulling is the best way to remove unwanted weeds. Our bees are super sensitive to these chemicals.

(3) When mowing your garden why not leave a section unmown. This will give flowers a chance to grow and mature for the bees. Clover is a really good example.

(4) In parishes do we have to mow every part of the church grounds? Could we not dedicate a section to Bio Diversity. We could also plant suitable wild flowers to attract the bees. Yes it may look a bit rough on the edges but putting up a few signs saying: 'This part of our church grounds is for the bees' will make a difference. So instead of others thinking you are lazy at not cutting the grass - they will be impressed with the efforts you are making as a parish community in helping bio diversity.

(5) It is the small things and the small changes we do that will make the biggest difference. Continue to BEE the difference!!
 
 
 
  Thursday
May-27
Last Sunday we celebrated Pentecost Sunday. We sometimes associate the Holy Spirit to making our Confirmation and that's it. We tick the box as having it done but never afterwards connect the Holy Spirit to our lives. This is such a pity because the loss is immense. The Holy Spirit is the greatest energy or presence in our world. It is alive, active, creative and prompting us always to God's special presence in our world.

As soon as a yacht lifts up its sails to catch a breeze it becomes alive and moves through water full with purpose, energy and delight. If the sail is taken down and put away the yacht is almost lifeless and just drifts along. With regard to the Holy Spirit we have sometimes forgotten to put up our sails to catch and harness a unique presence in our world today. We pray to the Holy Spirit to guide and direct us through each and every day.

_______________________________________________________________________

Last week we celebrated World Bee Day. As a beekeeper myself I wrote the following few lines to mark the day. Bees make a world of a difference in pollinating so many flowers in our gardens and countryside. Many of the foods we eat each day is thanks to the work of our bees. We are also aware that our bees are under severe pressure due to declining habitats and a huge increase in pesticides. You can play your part to help our bees. Here are a few simple tips:

(1) Plant a section of your garden especially for the bees. Most gardening centres now have 'Bee Friendly' labels on flowers and plants. Those who work in these garden centres will be more than happy to give advice to you on what are the best plants to attract bees. Lavender is popular but there are many other plants that are well suited to your garden.

(2) STOP using chemical sprays in your garden. Do you really need to spray the weeds with chemicals that are horrible to our bees? Always remember a weed is a flower in the wrong place. A bit of digging and hand pulling is the best way to remove unwanted weeds. Our bees are super sensitive to these chemicals.

(3) When mowing your garden why not leave a section unmown. This will give flowers a chance to grow and mature for the bees. Clover is a really good example.

(4) In parishes do we have to mow every part of the church grounds? Could we not dedicate a section to Bio Diversity. We could also plant suitable wild flowers to attract the bees. Yes it may look a bit rough on the edges but putting up a few signs saying: 'This part of our church grounds is for the bees' will make a difference. So instead of others thinking you are lazy at not cutting the grass - they will be impressed with the efforts you are making as a parish community in helping bio diversity.

(5) It is the small things and the small changes we do that will make the biggest difference. Continue to BEE the difference!!
 
 
 
  Wednesday
May-26
Last Sunday we celebrated Pentecost Sunday. We sometimes associate the Holy Spirit to making our Confirmation and that's it. We tick the box as having it done but never afterwards connect the Holy Spirit to our lives. This is such a pity because the loss is immense. The Holy Spirit is the greatest energy or presence in our world. It is alive, active, creative and prompting us always to God's special presence in our world.

As soon as a yacht lifts up its sails to catch a breeze it becomes alive and moves through water full with purpose, energy and delight. If the sail is taken down and put away the yacht is almost lifeless and just drifts along. With regard to the Holy Spirit we have sometimes forgotten to put up our sails to catch and harness a unique presence in our world today. We pray to the Holy Spirit to guide and direct us through each and every day.

_______________________________________________________________________

Last week we celebrated World Bee Day. As a beekeeper myself I wrote the following few lines to mark the day. Bees make a world of a difference in pollinating so many flowers in our gardens and countryside. Many of the foods we eat each day is thanks to the work of our bees. We are also aware that our bees are under severe pressure due to declining habitats and a huge increase in pesticides. You can play your part to help our bees. Here are a few simple tips:

(1) Plant a section of your garden especially for the bees. Most gardening centres now have 'Bee Friendly' labels on flowers and plants. Those who work in these garden centres will be more than happy to give advice to you on what are the best plants to attract bees. Lavender is popular but there are many other plants that are well suited to your garden.

(2) STOP using chemical sprays in your garden. Do you really need to spray the weeds with chemicals that are horrible to our bees? Always remember a weed is a flower in the wrong place. A bit of digging and hand pulling is the best way to remove unwanted weeds. Our bees are super sensitive to these chemicals.

(3) When mowing your garden why not leave a section unmown. This will give flowers a chance to grow and mature for the bees. Clover is a really good example.

(4) In parishes do we have to mow every part of the church grounds? Could we not dedicate a section to Bio Diversity. We could also plant suitable wild flowers to attract the bees. Yes it may look a bit rough on the edges but putting up a few signs saying: 'This part of our church grounds is for the bees' will make a difference. So instead of others thinking you are lazy at not cutting the grass - they will be impressed with the efforts you are making as a parish community in helping bio diversity.

(5) It is the small things and the small changes we do that will make the biggest difference. Continue to BEE the difference!!
 
 
 
  Tuesday
May-25
Last Sunday we celebrated Pentecost Sunday. We sometimes associate the Holy Spirit to making our Confirmation and that's it. We tick the box as having it done but never afterwards connect the Holy Spirit to our lives. This is such a pity because the loss is immense. The Holy Spirit is the greatest energy or presence in our world. It is alive, active, creative and prompting us always to God's special presence in our world.

As soon as a yacht lifts up its sails to catch a breeze it becomes alive and moves through water full with purpose, energy and delight. If the sail is taken down and put away the yacht is almost lifeless and just drifts along. With regard to the Holy Spirit we have sometimes forgotten to put up our sails to catch and harness a unique presence in our world today. We pray to the Holy Spirit to guide and direct us through each and every day.

_______________________________________________________________________

Last week we celebrated World Bee Day. As a beekeeper myself I wrote the following few lines to mark the day. Bees make a world of a difference in pollinating so many flowers in our gardens and countryside. Many of the foods we eat each day is thanks to the work of our bees. We are also aware that our bees are under severe pressure due to declining habitats and a huge increase in pesticides. You can play your part to help our bees. Here are a few simple tips:

(1) Plant a section of your garden especially for the bees. Most gardening centres now have 'Bee Friendly' labels on flowers and plants. Those who work in these garden centres will be more than happy to give advice to you on what are the best plants to attract bees. Lavender is popular but there are many other plants that are well suited to your garden.

(2) STOP using chemical sprays in your garden. Do you really need to spray the weeds with chemicals that are horrible to our bees? Always remember a weed is a flower in the wrong place. A bit of digging and hand pulling is the best way to remove unwanted weeds. Our bees are super sensitive to these chemicals.

(3) When mowing your garden why not leave a section unmown. This will give flowers a chance to grow and mature for the bees. Clover is a really good example.

(4) In parishes do we have to mow every part of the church grounds? Could we not dedicate a section to Bio Diversity. We could also plant suitable wild flowers to attract the bees. Yes it may look a bit rough on the edges but putting up a few signs saying: 'This part of our church grounds is for the bees' will make a difference. So instead of others thinking you are lazy at not cutting the grass - they will be impressed with the efforts you are making as a parish community in helping bio diversity.

(5) It is the small things and the small changes we do that will make the biggest difference. Continue to BEE the difference!!
 
 
 
  Monday
May-24
Yesterday we celebrated Pentecost Sunday. We sometimes associate the Holy Spirit to making our Confirmation and that's it. We tick the box as having it done but never afterwards connect the Holy Spirit to our lives. This is such a pity because the loss is immense. The Holy Spirit is the greatest energy or presence in our world. It is alive, active, creative and prompting us always to God's special presence in our world.

As soon as a yacht lifts up its sails to catch a breeze it becomes alive and moves through water full with purpose, energy and delight. If the sail is taken down and put away the yacht is almost lifeless and just drifts along. With regard to the Holy Spirit we have sometimes forgotten to put up our sails to catch and harness a unique presence in our world today. We pray to the Holy Spirit to guide and direct us through each and every day.

_______________________________________________________________________

Last week we celebrated World Bee Day. As a beekeeper myself I wrote the following few lines to mark the day. Bees make a world of a difference in pollinating so many flowers in our gardens and countryside. Many of the foods we eat each day is thanks to the work of our bees. We are also aware that our bees are under severe pressure due to declining habitats and a huge increase in pesticides. You can play your part to help our bees. Here are a few simple tips:

(1) Plant a section of your garden especially for the bees. Most gardening centres now have 'Bee Friendly' labels on flowers and plants. Those who work in these garden centres will be more than happy to give advice to you on what are the best plants to attract bees. Lavender is popular but there are many other plants that are well suited to your garden.

(2) STOP using chemical sprays in your garden. Do you really need to spray the weeds with chemicals that are horrible to our bees? Always remember a weed is a flower in the wrong place. A bit of digging and hand pulling is the best way to remove unwanted weeds. Our bees are super sensitive to these chemicals.

(3) When mowing your garden why not leave a section unmown. This will give flowers a chance to grow and mature for the bees. Clover is a really good example.

(4) In parishes do we have to mow every part of the church grounds? Could we not dedicate a section to Bio Diversity. We could also plant suitable wild flowers to attract the bees. Yes it may look a bit rough on the edges but putting up a few signs saying: 'This part of our church grounds is for the bees' will make a difference. So instead of others thinking you are lazy at not cutting the grass - they will be impressed with the efforts you are making as a parish community in helping bio diversity.

(5) It is the small things and the small changes we do that will make the biggest difference. Continue to BEE the difference!!
 
 
 
  Sunday
May-23
Our Thought For Today is by Triona Doherty called 'Gifted Communicators' complements of Intercom Magazine

Have you ever watched a TED Talk? There are thousands available to view online. The powerful talks are generally less than 18 minutes long and cover a huge range of topics, from science to business to social and global issues. There are talks in more than 110 languages, and they are used in schools, businesses and many other settings, to educate, motivate, and open minds. While the speakers come from a variety of backgrounds, the one thing they have in common is their ability to communicate. For every talk I've listened to, the speaker has the audience in the palm of their hand. They are gifted communicators, with a passion for a particular subject, and the ability to draw their listeners in.

We often hear that in order to be a good communicator, we have to learn how to speak another person's language. On the day of Pentecost, when the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit, each of the people gathered heard them speaking in his or her own language. The ability to communicate and to be understood was the first gift they received from the Holy Spirit. Today, we need the gift of communication more than ever. There are times when we have the opportunity to share our faith, or to witness to others in the way we live our faith. We might feel that we struggle to share our faith in a way that others can understand. In order to meet people where they are, we first need to 'speak their language' - to know them, listen to them, and recognise God's presence in them. The Spirit that came upon the early believers is the same Spirit that guides us today.
 
 
 
  Saturday
May-22
Last Thursday was World Bee Day (May 20th)

Bees make a world of a difference in pollinating so many flowers in our gardens and countryside. Many of the foods we eat each day is thanks to the work of our bees. We are also aware that our bees are under severe pressure due to declining habitats and a huge increase in pesticides. You can play your part to help our bees. Here are a few simple tips:

(1) Plant a section of your garden especially for the bees. Most gardening centres now have 'Bee Friendly' labels on flowers and plants. Those who work in these garden centres will be more than happy to give advice to you on what are the best plants to attract bees. Lavender is popular but there are many other plants that are well suited to your garden.

(2) STOP using chemical sprays in your garden. Do you really need to spray the weeds with chemicals that are horrible to our bees? Always remember a weed is a flower in the wrong place. A bit of digging and hand pulling is the best way to remove unwanted weeds. There is no safe chemical.

(3) When mowing your garden why not leave a section unmown. This will give flowers a chance to grow and mature for the bees. Clover is a really good example.

(4) In parishes do we have to mow every part of the church grounds? Could we not dedicate a section to Bio Diversity. We could also plant suitable wild flowers to attract the bees. Yes it may look a bit rough on the edges but putting up a few signs saying: 'This part of our church grounds is for the bees' will make a difference. So instead of others thinking you are lazy at not cutting the grass - they will be impressed with the efforts you are making as a parish community in helping bio diversity.

(5) It is the small things and the small changes we do that will make the biggest difference. Continue to BEE the difference!!
 
 
 
  Friday
May-21
Yesterday was World Bee Day (May 20th)

Bees make a world of a difference in pollinating so many flowers in our gardens and countryside. Many of the foods we eat each day is thanks to the work of our bees. We are also aware that our bees are under severe pressure due to declining habitats and a huge increase in pesticides. You can play your part to help our bees. Here are a few simple tips:

(1) Plant a section of your garden especially for the bees. Most gardening centres now have 'Bee Friendly' labels on flowers and plants. Those who work in these garden centres will be more than happy to give advice to you on what are the best plants to attract bees. Lavender is popular but there are many other plants that are well suited to your garden.

(2) STOP using chemical sprays in your garden. Do you really need to spray the weeds with chemicals that are horrible to our bees? Always remember a weed is a flower in the wrong place. A bit of digging and hand pulling is the best way to remove unwanted weeds. There is no safe chemical.

(3) When mowing your garden why not leave a section unmown. This will give flowers a chance to grow and mature for the bees. Clover is a really good example.

(4) In parishes do we have to mow every part of the church grounds? Could we not dedicate a section to Bio Diversity. We could also plant suitable wild flowers to attract the bees. Yes it may look a bit rough on the edges but putting up a few signs saying: 'This part of our church grounds is for the bees' will make a difference. So instead of others thinking you are lazy at not cutting the grass - they will be impressed with the efforts you are making as a parish community in helping bio diversity.

(5) It is the small things and the small changes we do that will make the biggest difference. Continue to BEE the difference!!
 
 
 
  Thursday
May-20
Today is World Bee Day (May 20th)

Bees make a world of a difference in pollinating so many flowers in our gardens and countryside. Many of the foods we eat each day is thanks to the work of our bees. We are also aware that our bees are under severe pressure due to declining habitats and a huge increase in pesticides. You can play your part to help our bees. Here are a few simple tips:

(1) Plant a section of your garden especially for the bees. Most gardening centres now have 'Bee Friendly' labels on flowers and plants. Those who work in these garden centres will be more than happy to give advice to you on what are the best plants to attract bees. Lavender is popular but there are many other plants that are well suited to your garden.

(2) STOP using chemical sprays in your garden. Do you really need to spray the weeds with chemicals that are horrible to our bees? Always remember a weed is a flower in the wrong place. A bit of digging and hand pulling is the best way to remove unwanted weeds. There is no safe chemical.

(3) When mowing your garden why not leave a section unmown. This will give flowers a chance to grow and mature for the bees. Clover is a really good example.

(4) In parishes do we have to mow every part of the church grounds? Could we not dedicate a section to Bio Diversity. We could also plant suitable wild flowers to attract the bees. Yes it may look a bit rough on the edges but putting up a few signs saying: 'This part of our church grounds is for the bees' will make a difference. So instead of others thinking you are lazy at not cutting the grass - they will be impressed with the efforts you are making as a parish community in helping bio diversity.

(5) It is the small things and the small changes we do that will make the biggest difference. Continue to BEE the difference!!
 
 
 
  Wednesday
May-19
'We prostituted Christianity when we told our people they had to "save their souls". That attitude often affirmed the ego spirituality which is very dangerous and deceptive.' ~Richard Rohr

We speak of material consumerism but there is also spiritual consumerism. This is mainly about going through the motions simply for the sake of it. Part of this mindset believes we have to please God by doing certain things. It's almost like a points system and the more points I have, the better chance I have of getting to heaven.

There is absolutely nothing wrong in doing things that please God. But there surely is something wrong if it becomes obligatory, something compulsory and something you have to do. Everything about Jesus in the Gospels was lived in the spirit of freedom and openness. He encouraged people to feel and experience God in their everyday lives. He extended so many gentle invitations. Some accepted and some ignored.

The most honest approach is to try and love God in whatever way we can. Whatever way we choose must never be exclusive or cause us to judge others. God will always love us whatever journey or path we choose. Our journey during the current pandemic has caused us to reflect on what the important things in life are. We keep hearing 'Everything has changed'. We have too and our approach to religion and spirituality has also changed.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
May-18
'We prostituted Christianity when we told our people they had to "save their souls". That attitude often affirmed the ego spirituality which is very dangerous and deceptive.' ~Richard Rohr

We speak of material consumerism but there is also spiritual consumerism. This is mainly about going through the motions simply for the sake of it. Part of this mindset believes we have to please God by doing certain things. It's almost like a points system and the more points I have, the better chance I have of getting to heaven.

There is absolutely nothing wrong in doing things that please God. But there surely is something wrong if it becomes obligatory, something compulsory and something you have to do. Everything about Jesus in the Gospels was lived in the spirit of freedom and openness. He encouraged people to feel and experience God in their everyday lives. He extended so many gentle invitations. Some accepted and some ignored.

The most honest approach is to try and love God in whatever way we can. Whatever way we choose must never be exclusive or cause us to judge others. God will always love us whatever journey or path we choose. Our journey during the current pandemic has caused us to reflect on what the important things in life are. We keep hearing 'Everything has changed'. We have too and our approach to religion and spirituality has also changed.
 
 
 
  Monday
May-17
'We prostituted Christianity when we told our people they had to "save their souls". That attitude often affirmed the ego spirituality which is very dangerous and deceptive.' ~Richard Rohr

We speak of material consumerism but there is also spiritual consumerism. This is mainly about going through the motions simply for the sake of it. Part of this mindset believes we have to please God by doing certain things. It's almost like a points system and the more points I have, the better chance I have of getting to heaven.

There is absolutely nothing wrong in doing things that please God. But there surely is something wrong if it becomes obligatory, something compulsory and something you have to do. Everything about Jesus in the Gospels was lived in the spirit of freedom and openness. He encouraged people to feel and experience God in their everyday lives. He extended so many gentle invitations. Some accepted and some ignored.

The most honest approach is to try and love God in whatever way we can. Whatever way we choose must never be exclusive or cause us to judge others. God will always love us whatever journey or path we choose. Our journey during the current pandemic has caused us to reflect on what the important things in life are. We keep hearing 'Everything has changed'. We have too and our approach to religion and spirituality has also changed.
 
 
 
  Sunday
May-16
Thought For The Week

'A bird does not sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.' ~Chinese Proverb

Listening to the birds sing early in the morning is always such a special moment. The dawn chorus is one of the most magical experiences in nature, a multitude of birds of many different species all singing together in harmony as morning breaks and light begins to fill the skies. It is nature's most impressive and special concert available.

While it may sound like beautiful music to our ears, to the birds it is something quite different. It is a way for rival males to establish its territory and attract a mate. So the louder your song and the more time you spend singing it, gives you a much better chance of claiming the best territory.

When I hear the birds sing so beautifully these mornings, I call it 'Morning Prayer'. I usually open the window and let the beautiful sounds drift in. It becomes a prayer moment for me. Just as they are welcoming in the day in great song, I welcome in the day too in my own simple way. Every day is God's precious gift to us. It is a new beginning, a fresh start with lots of opportunities awaiting us. My prayer is one of thanks for this new day and one of blessing, asking God to bless me through this day, whatever comes my way.

So I invite you to tune into the dawn chorus too. Instead of having the radio on loudly, why not turn it off one morning when you wake and just listen, even for a minute. You will be amazed at the sounds you will hear.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Friday
May-14
'Sometimes it may be an illness that becomes our new teacher or bereavement or the birth of a child or falling in love. Anything that shakes us out of our slumber and opens us to wider and deeper experience is a spiritual friend worthy of our gratitude.' ~Donagh O'Shea

It is easy to be complacent and take much for granted all around us. Every day presents us with new challenges and opportunities. We do our best to make the most of them as they come. But some days can be hugely challenging to the point where it's a struggle to cope.

We might not see such days as a friend. It is even tempting to push them to one side in the hope that tomorrow will be better. It is tempting to blame those around us particularly our nearest and dearest. It is even tempting to blame ourselves. Spiritual wisdom encourages us to hold these days because we learn and grow from them. This is different to wailing and moaning in self pity. When we hit difficult and tough days we move deeper and we ask God for the strength, courage and hope to rise above them.
 
 
 
  Thursday
May-13
Thought For The Week

'A bird does not sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.' ~Chinese Proverb

Listening to the birds sing early in the morning is always such a special moment. The dawn chorus is one of the most magical experiences in nature, a multitude of birds of many different species all singing together in harmony as morning breaks and light begins to fill the skies. It is nature's most impressive and special concert available.

While it may sound like beautiful music to our ears, to the birds it is something quite different. It is a way for rival males to establish its territory and attract a mate. So the louder your song and the more time you spend singing it, gives you a much better chance of claiming the best territory.

When I hear the birds sing so beautifully these mornings, I call it 'Morning Prayer'. I usually open the window and let the beautiful sounds drift in. It becomes a prayer moment for me. Just as they are welcoming in the day in great song, I welcome in the day too in my own simple way. Every day is God's precious gift to us. It is a new beginning, a fresh start with lots of opportunities awaiting us. My prayer is one of thanks for this new day and one of blessing, asking God to bless me through this day, whatever comes my way.

So I invite you to tune into the dawn chorus too. Instead of having the radio on loudly, why not turn it off one morning when you wake and just listen, even for a minute. You will be amazed at the sounds you will hear.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Wednesday
May-12
Thought For The Week

'A bird does not sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.' ~Chinese Proverb

Listening to the birds sing early in the morning is always such a special moment. The dawn chorus is one of the most magical experiences in nature, a multitude of birds of many different species all singing together in harmony as morning breaks and light begins to fill the skies. It is nature's most impressive and special concert available.

While it may sound like beautiful music to our ears, to the birds it is something quite different. It is a way for rival males to establish its territory and attract a mate. So the louder your song and the more time you spend singing it, gives you a much better chance of claiming the best territory.

When I hear the birds sing so beautifully these mornings, I call it 'Morning Prayer'. I usually open the window and let the beautiful sounds drift in. It becomes a prayer moment for me. Just as they are welcoming in the day in great song, I welcome in the day too in my own simple way. Every day is God's precious gift to us. It is a new beginning, a fresh start with lots of opportunities awaiting us. My prayer is one of thanks for this new day and one of blessing, asking God to bless me through this day, whatever comes my way.

So I invite you to tune into the dawn chorus too. Instead of having the radio on loudly, why not turn it off one morning when you wake and just listen, even for a minute. You will be amazed at the sounds you will hear.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Tuesday
May-11
Thought For The Week

'A bird does not sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.' ~Chinese Proverb

Listening to the birds sing early in the morning is always such a special moment. The dawn chorus is one of the most magical experiences in nature, a multitude of birds of many different species all singing together in harmony as morning breaks and light begins to fill the skies. It is nature's most impressive and special concert available.

While it may sound like beautiful music to our ears, to the birds it is something quite different. It is a way for rival males to establish its territory and attract a mate. So the louder your song and the more time you spend singing it, gives you a much better chance of claiming the best territory.

When I hear the birds sing so beautifully these mornings, I call it 'Morning Prayer'. I usually open the window and let the beautiful sounds drift in. It becomes a prayer moment for me. Just as they are welcoming in the day in great song, I welcome in the day too in my own simple way. Every day is God's precious gift to us. It is a new beginning, a fresh start with lots of opportunities awaiting us. My prayer is one of thanks for this new day and one of blessing, asking God to bless me through this day, whatever comes my way.

So I invite you to tune into the dawn chorus too. Instead of having the radio on loudly, why not turn it off one morning when you wake and just listen, even for a minute. You will be amazed at the sounds you will hear.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Monday
May-10
Thought For The Week

'A bird does not sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.' ~Chinese Proverb

Listening to the birds sing early in the morning is always such a special moment. The dawn chorus is one of the most magical experiences in nature, a multitude of birds of many different species all singing together in harmony as morning breaks and light begins to fill the skies. It is nature's most impressive and special concert available.

While it may sound like beautiful music to our ears, to the birds it is something quite different. It is a way for rival males to establish its territory and attract a mate. So the louder your song and the more time you spend singing it, gives you a much better chance of claiming the best territory.

When I hear the birds sing so beautifully these mornings, I call it 'Morning Prayer'. I usually open the window and let the beautiful sounds drift in. It becomes a prayer moment for me. Just as they are welcoming in the day in great song, I welcome in the day too in my own simple way. Every day is God's precious gift to us. It is a new beginning, a fresh start with lots of opportunities awaiting us. My prayer is one of thanks for this new day and one of blessing, asking God to bless me through this day, whatever comes my way.

So I invite you to tune into the dawn chorus too. Instead of having the radio on loudly, why not turn it off one morning when you wake and just listen, even for a minute. You will be amazed at the sounds you will hear.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Sunday
May-09
Thought For The Week

We need to be aware that drifting off course is almost a certainty. As in sailing, the wind - its direction, force and velocity can easily knock us off course. Our job as followers of Christ is to fight to stay on course' ~Martin Tierney

The phrase 'drift away' is a nautical one and describes how a boat or ship can drift off course. Even the most experienced sailor is constantly working to counter drifting away. The same is also true of our own lives. There are many things that happen each day that can throw us off course and allow us to drift.

Sometimes we might not even be aware we are drifting. It is good to check in with ourselves once in a while. The lockdowns have impacted on all of us. As we slowly emerge from the latest lockdown, we look forward to returning to more normal routines. Things we completely took for granted before will be appreciated even more now.

But this is also an ideal time to make some changes. Why should we return to stuff that we know is no longer live giving for us. Only we ourselves know what this might be. This means we are no longer drifting. We are now doing things that are good and life giving for us.

This has spiritual implications too. Any time set aside for quiet time, reflection or prayer is one way of stopping the drift. It is a good place to be. A simple prayer could be: "Lord, I feel I am drifting in life. Please help me back on track again".
 
 
 
  Saturday
May-08
Thought For The Week

We need to be aware that drifting off course is almost a certainty. As in sailing, the wind - its direction, force and velocity can easily knock us off course. Our job as followers of Christ is to fight to stay on course' ~Martin Tierney

The phrase 'drift away' is a nautical one and describes how a boat or ship can drift off course. Even the most experienced sailor is constantly working to counter drifting away. The same is also true of our own lives. There are many things that happen each day that can throw us off course and allow us to drift.

Sometimes we might not even be aware we are drifting. It is good to check in with ourselves once in a while. The lockdowns have impacted on all of us. As we slowly emerge from the latest lockdown, we look forward to returning to more normal routines. Things we completely took for granted before will be appreciated even more now.

But this is also an ideal time to make some changes. Why should we return to stuff that we know is no longer live giving for us. Only we ourselves know what this might be. This means we are no longer drifting. We are now doing things that are good and life giving for us.

This has spiritual implications too. Any time set aside for quiet time, reflection or prayer is one way of stopping the drift. It is a good place to be. A simple prayer could be: "Lord, I feel I am drifting in life. Please help me back on track again".
 
 
 
  Friday
May-07
Thought For The Week

We need to be aware that drifting off course is almost a certainty. As in sailing, the wind - its direction, force and velocity can easily knock us off course. Our job as followers of Christ is to fight to stay on course' ~Martin Tierney

The phrase 'drift away' is a nautical one and describes how a boat or ship can drift off course. Even the most experienced sailor is constantly working to counter drifting away. The same is also true of our own lives. There are many things that happen each day that can throw us off course and allow us to drift.

Sometimes we might not even be aware we are drifting. It is good to check in with ourselves once in a while. The lockdowns have impacted on all of us. As we slowly emerge from the latest lockdown, we look forward to returning to more normal routines. Things we completely took for granted before will be appreciated even more now.

But this is also an ideal time to make some changes. Why should we return to stuff that we know is no longer live giving for us. Only we ourselves know what this might be. This means we are no longer drifting. We are now doing things that are good and life giving for us.

This has spiritual implications too. Any time set aside for quiet time, reflection or prayer is one way of stopping the drift. It is a good place to be. A simple prayer could be: "Lord, I feel I am drifting in life. Please help me back on track again".
 
 
 
  Thursday
May-06
Thought For The Week

We need to be aware that drifting off course is almost a certainty. As in sailing, the wind - its direction, force and velocity can easily knock us off course. Our job as followers of Christ is to fight to stay on course' ~Martin Tierney

The phrase 'drift away' is a nautical one and describes how a boat or ship can drift off course. Even the most experienced sailor is constantly working to counter drifting away. The same is also true of our own lives. There are many things that happen each day that can throw us off course and allow us to drift.

Sometimes we might not even be aware we are drifting. It is good to check in with ourselves once in a while. The lockdowns have impacted on all of us. As we slowly emerge from the latest lockdown, we look forward to returning to more normal routines. Things we completely took for granted before will be appreciated even more now.

But this is also an ideal time to make some changes. Why should we return to stuff that we know is no longer live giving for us. Only we ourselves know what this might be. This means we are no longer drifting. We are now doing things that are good and life giving for us.

This has spiritual implications too. Any time set aside for quiet time, reflection or prayer is one way of stopping the drift. It is a good place to be. A simple prayer could be: "Lord, I feel I am drifting in life. Please help me back on track again".
 
 
 
  Wednesday
May-05
Thought For The Week

We need to be aware that drifting off course is almost a certainty. As in sailing, the wind - its direction, force and velocity can easily knock us off course. Our job as followers of Christ is to fight to stay on course' ~Martin Tierney

The phrase 'drift away' is a nautical one and describes how a boat or ship can drift off course. Even the most experienced sailor is constantly working to counter drifting away. The same is also true of our own lives. There are many things that happen each day that can throw us off course and allow us to drift.

Sometimes we might not even be aware we are drifting. It is good to check in with ourselves once in a while. The lockdowns have impacted on all of us. As we slowly emerge from the latest lockdown, we look forward to returning to more normal routines. Things we completely took for granted before will be appreciated even more now.

But this is also an ideal time to make some changes. Why should we return to stuff that we know is no longer live giving for us. Only we ourselves know what this might be. This means we are no longer drifting. We are now doing things that are good and life giving for us.

This has spiritual implications too. Any time set aside for quiet time, reflection or prayer is one way of stopping the drift. It is a good place to be. A simple prayer could be: "Lord, I feel I am drifting in life. Please help me back on track again".
 
 
 
  Tuesday
May-04
Thought For The Week

We need to be aware that drifting off course is almost a certainty. As in sailing, the wind - its direction, force and velocity can easily knock us off course. Our job as followers of Christ is to fight to stay on course' ~Martin Tierney

The phrase 'drift away' is a nautical one and describes how a boat or ship can drift off course. Even the most experienced sailor is constantly working to counter drifting away. The same is also true of our own lives. There are many things that happen each day that can throw us off course and allow us to drift.

Sometimes we might not even be aware we are drifting. It is good to check in with ourselves once in a while. The lockdowns have impacted on all of us. As we slowly emerge from the latest lockdown, we look forward to returning to more normal routines. Things we completely took for granted before will be appreciated even more now.

But this is also an ideal time to make some changes. Why should we return to stuff that we know is no longer live giving for us. Only we ourselves know what this might be. This means we are no longer drifting. We are now doing things that are good and life giving for us.

This has spiritual implications too. Any time set aside for quiet time, reflection or prayer is one way of stopping the drift. It is a good place to be. A simple prayer could be: "Lord, I feel I am drifting in life. Please help me back on track again".
 
 
 
  Monday
May-03
'I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd is one who lays down his life for his sheep.The hired man, since he is not the shepherd and the sheep do not belong to him, abandons the sheep and runs away as soon as he sees a wolf coming. I am the good shepherd; I know my own and my own know me.' ~John 10:11-14

The following reflection has been written by Fr.Tom Clancy

To watch a young child take its first faltering steps across a room towards a mother's outstretched arms is a moment of intense joy and hope. The joy springs from the child's willingness to risk exploring a new way of living. The hope is that the child's potential will develop to the full, making its unique contribution to the world of the future.

Risk taking is essential for life. As the child must risk falling, one must risk sacrifice and pain if one is to experience the joy of love and service. In life one cannot have security and growth.

Our gospel today of the good shepherd laying down his life for his flock is an opportunity to reflect on how urgently the world needs Spirit filled volunteers to make God's presence tangible in every sphere of living. The hope is that this generation will realise its potential to build God's kingdom on earth in its own unique way.
 
 
 
  Sunday
May-02
We all need our friends and particularly during these difficult times. We can't meet up with our friends in the way we used to before. This has been difficult for so many. But we do hope that contact with our friends will return to more normal as we head into the summer months. If we took our friends for granted before the Covid pandemic, then we will forever treasure our close friends from here on. We thank our friends for everything they do for us. If what you do as a friend seems small to you, it means the world to us.

The A-Z alphabet of friendship

A friend Accepts you as you are
Believes in you
Calls you just to say hello
Doesn't give up on you
Envisions the whole of you (even the unfinished parts)
Forgives your mistakes
Gives unconditionally
Helps you
Invites you over
Jokes with you and has a sense of humour
Keeps you close at heart
Loves you for who you are
Makes a difference in your life
Never judges
Offers support
Prays for you
Quietens your fears
Raises your spirits
Says nice things about you
Tells you the truth when you need to hear it
Understands you
Values you
Walks beside you
Xplains things you don't understand
Yells (gently!) when you won't listen
Zaps you back to reality.
 
 
 
  Saturday
May-01
We all need our friends and particularly during these difficult times. We can't meet up with our friends in the way we used to before. This has been difficult for so many. But we do hope that contact with our friends will return to more normal as we head into the summer months. If we took our friends for granted before the Covid pandemic, then we will forever treasure our close friends from here on. We thank our friends for everything they do for us. If what you do as a friend seems small to you, it means the world to us.

The A-Z alphabet of friendship

A friend Accepts you as you are
Believes in you
Calls you just to say hello
Doesn't give up on you
Envisions the whole of you (even the unfinished parts)
Forgives your mistakes
Gives unconditionally
Helps you
Invites you over
Jokes with you and has a sense of humour
Keeps you close at heart
Loves you for who you are
Makes a difference in your life
Never judges
Offers support
Prays for you
Quietens your fears
Raises your spirits
Says nice things about you
Tells you the truth when you need to hear it
Understands you
Values you
Walks beside you
Xplains things you don't understand
Yells (gently!) when you won't listen
Zaps you back to reality.
 
 

 

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