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  Wednesday
Nov-30
Thought For The Week

"Be thankful for what you have and you'll end up having more. If you only concentrate on what you don't have you will never have enough." ~Oprah Winfrey

We have just begun our journey through Advent at the weekend. Advent is from the Latin word 'Adventus' meaning arrival. It is a time of waiting for the arrival of Christmas. Advent is a time to celebrate light in the midst of darkness. It is a beautiful season but often gets pushed to the side lines because we have more pressing priorities. As life causes us to rush and race we know that there is another part of life that is waiting to be discovered.

This other part often comes in small packages like quiet time, prayer, counting our blessings, listing our priorities and finding hope in the midst of darkness and doubts. These small packages are beyond price. We crave for stillness, quiet time and quality time for ourselves but seldom find it. Advent allows us to be grateful for the good things in our life. If we just concentrate only on what we don't have this Christmas or only on the things we must have, then we will be left with that empty feeling.

That is why Advent is never forced but always invites. We are invited to personalise the coming weeks. It is one of the best ways to avoid that empty feeling. It is also a time of reflection. What is the biggest darkness in my life at the moment? Who or what might bring me a sense of light and hope in my life? Advent allows us to hold deeper questions and to find the beginning of some answers as we journey towards Christmas.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Nov-29
Thought For The Week

"Be thankful for what you have and you'll end up having more. If you only concentrate on what you don't have you will never have enough." ~Oprah Winfrey

We have just begun our journey through Advent at the weekend. Advent is from the Latin word 'Adventus' meaning arrival. It is a time of waiting for the arrival of Christmas. Advent is a time to celebrate light in the midst of darkness. It is a beautiful season but often gets pushed to the side lines because we have more pressing priorities. As life causes us to rush and race we know that there is another part of life that is waiting to be discovered.

This other part often comes in small packages like quiet time, prayer, counting our blessings, listing our priorities and finding hope in the midst of darkness and doubts. These small packages are beyond price. We crave for stillness, quiet time and quality time for ourselves but seldom find it. Advent allows us to be grateful for the good things in our life. If we just concentrate only on what we don't have this Christmas or only on the things we must have, then we will be left with that empty feeling.

That is why Advent is never forced but always invites. We are invited to personalise the coming weeks. It is one of the best ways to avoid that empty feeling. It is also a time of reflection. What is the biggest darkness in my life at the moment? Who or what might bring me a sense of light and hope in my life? Advent allows us to hold deeper questions and to find the beginning of some answers as we journey towards Christmas.
 
 
 
  Monday
Nov-28
Thought For The Week

"Be thankful for what you have and you'll end up having more. If you only concentrate on what you don't have you will never have enough." ~Oprah Winfrey

We have just begun our journey through Advent at the weekend. Advent is from the Latin word 'Adventus' meaning arrival. It is a time of waiting for the arrival of Christmas. Advent is a time to celebrate light in the midst of darkness. It is a beautiful season but often gets pushed to the side lines because we have more pressing priorities. As life causes us to rush and race we know that there is another part of life that is waiting to be discovered.

This other part often comes in small packages like quiet time, prayer, counting our blessings, listing our priorities and finding hope in the midst of darkness and doubts. These small packages are beyond price. We crave for stillness, quiet time and quality time for ourselves but seldom find it. Advent allows us to be grateful for the good things in our life. If we just concentrate only on what we don't have this Christmas or only on the things we must have, then we will be left with that empty feeling.

That is why Advent is never forced but always invites. We are invited to personalise the coming weeks. It is one of the best ways to avoid that empty feeling. It is also a time of reflection. What is the biggest darkness in my life at the moment? Who or what might bring me a sense of light and hope in my life? Advent allows us to hold deeper questions and to find the beginning of some answers as we journey towards Christmas.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Nov-27
Thought For Today by Jane Mellett

You know that feeling of waiting for something or someone? It is a feeling of excitement or maybe anxiety. For most people, waiting is not a very popular pastime, it can be seen as a waste of time. If we allow it to, waiting can be a creative time, a time of high alert, where we may even be more aware of ourselves. Our senses are heightened especially when we are waiting for important news or results or waiting on a loved one to call or to arrive. Waiting is not always seen as a good thing but it can be a time for growth. And so, we enter into the season of waiting: Advent.

The Gospel reminds us to be alert and use this time to prepare. What will our preparations be like? God is with us in many different ways, trying to catch our attention in the midst of our busy days. As we fight our way through the queues in the coming weeks, can we use 5 minutes, 7 minutes, 20 mins - to stop, be still, to ask God to enter into our hearts and lives once more.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Nov-26
Thought For The Week

'A smile confuses an approaching frown' ~Author Unknown

The following are two light hearted stories! A farmer was trying to get his donkey to move on but the donkey was having none of it and refused to move. The farmer was getting frustrated, roaring and shouting at the poor donkey. Then he picked up a stick to whip the donkey when a car skidded to a halt next to him and out steps a stunningly beautiful woman. She gave out to the farmer, "How dare you shout and roar at this poor animal and worse again that you should hit him with a stick. You need to be gentle and give it some words of encouragement." With that she went over to the donkey, stroked its ear, rubbed its nose, kissed its mane and talked ever so sweet to the donkey. Sure enough the donkey happily set off on its travels. The woman turned round to find your man stretched on the ground. "Oh my God" she shouted, "Are you ok?" "Oh I'm fine" he said, "but I think I need some encouragement too!!"

The wise old Mother Superior was dying. The nuns gathered around her bed, trying to make her comfortable. They gave her some warm milk to drink, but she refused it. Then one of the nuns took the glass back to the kitchen and added some whiskey into the warm milk. Back at the Mother Superiors bed, she held the glass to her lips. Mother drank a little, then a little more and before they knew it the glass was gone, down to the last drop. "Mother, Mother", the nuns whispered, "please give us some wisdom before you leave us." She raised herself up and with a pious look on her face, she looked out the window and said, "Don't sell that cow!"
 
 
 
  Friday
Nov-25
Thought For The Week

'A smile confuses an approaching frown' ~Author Unknown

The following are two light hearted stories! A farmer was trying to get his donkey to move on but the donkey was having none of it and refused to move. The farmer was getting frustrated, roaring and shouting at the poor donkey. Then he picked up a stick to whip the donkey when a car skidded to a halt next to him and out steps a stunningly beautiful woman. She gave out to the farmer, "How dare you shout and roar at this poor animal and worse again that you should hit him with a stick. You need to be gentle and give it some words of encouragement." With that she went over to the donkey, stroked its ear, rubbed its nose, kissed its mane and talked ever so sweet to the donkey. Sure enough the donkey happily set off on its travels. The woman turned round to find your man stretched on the ground. "Oh my God" she shouted, "Are you ok?" "Oh I'm fine" he said, "but I think I need some encouragement too!!"

The wise old Mother Superior was dying. The nuns gathered around her bed, trying to make her comfortable. They gave her some warm milk to drink, but she refused it. Then one of the nuns took the glass back to the kitchen and added some whiskey into the warm milk. Back at the Mother Superiors bed, she held the glass to her lips. Mother drank a little, then a little more and before they knew it the glass was gone, down to the last drop. "Mother, Mother", the nuns whispered, "please give us some wisdom before you leave us." She raised herself up and with a pious look on her face, she looked out the window and said, "Don't sell that cow!"
 
 
 
  Thursday
Nov-24
Thought For The Week

'A smile confuses an approaching frown' ~Author Unknown

The following are two light hearted stories! A farmer was trying to get his donkey to move on but the donkey was having none of it and refused to move. The farmer was getting frustrated, roaring and shouting at the poor donkey. Then he picked up a stick to whip the donkey when a car skidded to a halt next to him and out steps a stunningly beautiful woman. She gave out to the farmer, "How dare you shout and roar at this poor animal and worse again that you should hit him with a stick. You need to be gentle and give it some words of encouragement." With that she went over to the donkey, stroked its ear, rubbed its nose, kissed its mane and talked ever so sweet to the donkey. Sure enough the donkey happily set off on its travels. The woman turned round to find your man stretched on the ground. "Oh my God" she shouted, "Are you ok?" "Oh I'm fine" he said, "but I think I need some encouragement too!!"

The wise old Mother Superior was dying. The nuns gathered around her bed, trying to make her comfortable. They gave her some warm milk to drink, but she refused it. Then one of the nuns took the glass back to the kitchen and added some whiskey into the warm milk. Back at the Mother Superiors bed, she held the glass to her lips. Mother drank a little, then a little more and before they knew it the glass was gone, down to the last drop. "Mother, Mother", the nuns whispered, "please give us some wisdom before you leave us." She raised herself up and with a pious look on her face, she looked out the window and said, "Don't sell that cow!"
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Nov-23
Thought For The Week

'A smile confuses an approaching frown' ~Author Unknown

The following are two light hearted stories! A farmer was trying to get his donkey to move on but the donkey was having none of it and refused to move. The farmer was getting frustrated, roaring and shouting at the poor donkey. Then he picked up a stick to whip the donkey when a car skidded to a halt next to him and out steps a stunningly beautiful woman. She gave out to the farmer, "How dare you shout and roar at this poor animal and worse again that you should hit him with a stick. You need to be gentle and give it some words of encouragement." With that she went over to the donkey, stroked its ear, rubbed its nose, kissed its mane and talked ever so sweet to the donkey. Sure enough the donkey happily set off on its travels. The woman turned round to find your man stretched on the ground. "Oh my God" she shouted, "Are you ok?" "Oh I'm fine" he said, "but I think I need some encouragement too!!"

The wise old Mother Superior was dying. The nuns gathered around her bed, trying to make her comfortable. They gave her some warm milk to drink, but she refused it. Then one of the nuns took the glass back to the kitchen and added some whiskey into the warm milk. Back at the Mother Superiors bed, she held the glass to her lips. Mother drank a little, then a little more and before they knew it the glass was gone, down to the last drop. "Mother, Mother", the nuns whispered, "please give us some wisdom before you leave us." She raised herself up and with a pious look on her face, she looked out the window and said, "Don't sell that cow!"
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Nov-22
Thought For The Week

'A smile confuses an approaching frown' ~Author Unknown

The following are two light hearted stories! A farmer was trying to get his donkey to move on but the donkey was having none of it and refused to move. The farmer was getting frustrated, roaring and shouting at the poor donkey. Then he picked up a stick to whip the donkey when a car skidded to a halt next to him and out steps a stunningly beautiful woman. She gave out to the farmer, "How dare you shout and roar at this poor animal and worse again that you should hit him with a stick. You need to be gentle and give it some words of encouragement." With that she went over to the donkey, stroked its ear, rubbed its nose, kissed its mane and talked ever so sweet to the donkey. Sure enough the donkey happily set off on its travels. The woman turned round to find your man stretched on the ground. "Oh my God" she shouted, "Are you ok?" "Oh I'm fine" he said, "but I think I need some encouragement too!!"

The wise old Mother Superior was dying. The nuns gathered around her bed, trying to make her comfortable. They gave her some warm milk to drink, but she refused it. Then one of the nuns took the glass back to the kitchen and added some whiskey into the warm milk. Back at the Mother Superiors bed, she held the glass to her lips. Mother drank a little, then a little more and before they knew it the glass was gone, down to the last drop. "Mother, Mother", the nuns whispered, "please give us some wisdom before you leave us." She raised herself up and with a pious look on her face, she looked out the window and said, "Don't sell that cow!"
 
 
 
  Monday
Nov-21
Thought For The Week

'A smile confuses an approaching frown' ~Author Unknown

The following are two light hearted stories! A farmer was trying to get his donkey to move on but the donkey was having none of it and refused to move. The farmer was getting frustrated, roaring and shouting at the poor donkey. Then he picked up a stick to whip the donkey when a car skidded to a halt next to him and out steps a stunningly beautiful woman. She gave out to the farmer, "How dare you shout and roar at this poor animal and worse again that you should hit him with a stick. You need to be gentle and give it some words of encouragement." With that she went over to the donkey, stroked its ear, rubbed its nose, kissed its mane and talked ever so sweet to the donkey. Sure enough the donkey happily set off on its travels. The woman turned round to find your man stretched on the ground. "Oh my God" she shouted, "Are you ok?" "Oh I'm fine" he said, "but I think I need some encouragement too!!"

The wise old Mother Superior was dying. The nuns gathered around her bed, trying to make her comfortable. They gave her some warm milk to drink, but she refused it. Then one of the nuns took the glass back to the kitchen and added some whiskey into the warm milk. Back at the Mother Superiors bed, she held the glass to her lips. Mother drank a little, then a little more and before they knew it the glass was gone, down to the last drop. "Mother, Mother", the nuns whispered, "please give us some wisdom before you leave us." She raised herself up and with a pious look on her face, she looked out the window and said, "Don't sell that cow!"
 
 
 
  Sunday
Nov-20
Thought For Week

Is God's love for us unconditional or is it dependent on our behaviour? And the answer is that the love that God poured into us when we were created remains with us throughout our lives, through death and into eternal life. And nobody and nothing, not even our own sinfulness can diminish God's love for us one iota. God's love for us is unconditional - it means what it says on the tin! ~Peter McVerry

Ireland's fantastic win over New Zealand has been well documented during the week. For me one of the highlights of the game started with the haka. As we know Ireland formed the figure 8, in memory of the late Antony Foley, just in front of the haka. The haka as performed by New Zealand at the start of a game, can be powerfully strong and intimidating. Many teams can be put off their stride no matter how much mental preparation goes into pre match preparations. The Irish team with their silent tribute in a figure 8 formation, competely neutralised the the intimidation and powerful energy of the haka. There is a key message in there for us too. Every hostility, conflict, tension, hurt, disappointment can be neutralised by bringing in something else to balance things out. From a spiritual point of view we believe that love is the one thing that can bring balance into so many situations that crave for balance.

If only we could believe the difference love can make in our lives. We go around carrying so many heavy and negative burdens. We add to their weight by thinking that we are outside the circle of God's love. We feel we are outside because of stuff we have done, mistakes made or a feeling that God has let us seriously down somewhere. But God's circle of love goes way beyond our limitations and setbacks. We're headstrong and we hold tough. We're outside the circle and we feel there's no going back in. But today God says to each of us that we are within this circle of love. We've got to take a step forward and we've got to believe that God is on our side. Nobody and nothing can take that away from us.
 
 
 
  Friday
Nov-18
Thought For Week

Is God's love for us unconditional or is it dependent on our behaviour? And the answer is that the love that God poured into us when we were created remains with us throughout our lives, through death and into eternal life. And nobody and nothing, not even our own sinfulness can diminish God's love for us one iota. God's love for us is unconditional - it means what it says on the tin! ~Peter McVerry

Ireland's fantastic win over New Zealand has been well documented during the week. For me one of the highlights of the game started with the haka. As we know Ireland formed the figure 8, in memory of the late Antony Foley, just in front of the haka. The haka as performed by New Zealand at the start of a game, can be powerfully strong and intimidating. Many teams can be put off their stride no matter how much mental preparation goes into pre match preparations. The Irish team with their silent tribute in a figure 8 formation, competely neutralised the the intimidation and powerful energy of the haka. There is a key message in there for us too. Every hostility, conflict, tension, hurt, disappointment can be neutralised by bringing in something else to balance things out. From a spiritual point of view we believe that love is the one thing that can bring balance into so many situations that crave for balance.

If only we could believe the difference love can make in our lives. We go around carrying so many heavy and negative burdens. We add to their weight by thinking that we are outside the circle of God's love. We feel we are outside because of stuff we have done, mistakes made or a feeling that God has let us seriously down somewhere. But God's circle of love goes way beyond our limitations and setbacks. We're headstrong and we hold tough. We're outside the circle and we feel there's no going back in. But today God says to each of us that we are within this circle of love. We've got to take a step forward and we've got to believe that God is on our side. Nobody and nothing can take that away from us.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Nov-17
Thought For Week

Is God's love for us unconditional or is it dependent on our behaviour? And the answer is that the love that God poured into us when we were created remains with us throughout our lives, through death and into eternal life. And nobody and nothing, not even our own sinfulness can diminish God's love for us one iota. God's love for us is unconditional - it means what it says on the tin! ~Peter McVerry

Ireland's fantastic win over New Zealand has been well documented during the week. For me one of the highlights of the game started with the haka. As we know Ireland formed the figure 8, in memory of the late Antony Foley, just in front of the haka. The haka as performed by New Zealand at the start of a game, can be powerfully strong and intimidating. Many teams can be put off their stride no matter how much mental preparation goes into pre match preparations. The Irish team with their silent tribute in a figure 8 formation, competely neutralised the the intimidation and powerful energy of the haka. There is a key message in there for us too. Every hostility, conflict, tension, hurt, disappointment can be neutralised by bringing in something else to balance things out. From a spiritual point of view we believe that love is the one thing that can bring balance into so many situations that crave for balance.

If only we could believe the difference love can make in our lives. We go around carrying so many heavy and negative burdens. We add to their weight by thinking that we are outside the circle of God's love. We feel we are outside because of stuff we have done, mistakes made or a feeling that God has let us seriously down somewhere. But God's circle of love goes way beyond our limitations and setbacks. We're headstrong and we hold tough. We're outside the circle and we feel there's no going back in. But today God says to each of us that we are within this circle of love. We've got to take a step forward and we've got to believe that God is on our side. Nobody and nothing can take that away from us.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Nov-16
Thought For Week

Is God's love for us unconditional or is it dependent on our behaviour? And the answer is that the love that God poured into us when we were created remains with us throughout our lives, through death and into eternal life. And nobody and nothing, not even our own sinfulness can diminish God's love for us one iota. God's love for us is unconditional - it means what it says on the tin! ~Peter McVerry

Ireland's fantastic win over New Zealand has been well documented during the week. For me one of the highlights of the game started with the haka. As we know Ireland formed the figure 8, in memory of the late Antony Foley, just in front of the haka. The haka as performed by New Zealand at the start of a game, can be powerfully strong and intimidating. Many teams can be put off their stride no matter how much mental preparation goes into pre match preparations. The Irish team with their silent tribute in a figure 8 formation, competely neutralised the the intimidation and powerful energy of the haka. There is a key message in there for us too. Every hostility, conflict, tension, hurt, disappointment can be neutralised by bringing in something else to balance things out. From a spiritual point of view we believe that love is the one thing that can bring balance into so many situations that crave for balance.

If only we could believe the difference love can make in our lives. We go around carrying so many heavy and negative burdens. We add to their weight by thinking that we are outside the circle of God's love. We feel we are outside because of stuff we have done, mistakes made or a feeling that God has let us seriously down somewhere. But God's circle of love goes way beyond our limitations and setbacks. We're headstrong and we hold tough. We're outside the circle and we feel there's no going back in. But today God says to each of us that we are within this circle of love. We've got to take a step forward and we've got to believe that God is on our side. Nobody and nothing can take that away from us.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Nov-15
Thought For Week

Is God's love for us unconditional or is it dependent on our behaviour? And the answer is that the love that God poured into us when we were created remains with us throughout our lives, through death and into eternal life. And nobody and nothing, not even our own sinfulness can diminish God's love for us one iota. God's love for us is unconditional - it means what it says on the tin! ~Peter McVerry

Ireland's fantastic win over New Zealand has been well documented during the week. For me one of the highlights of the game started with the haka. As we know Ireland formed the figure 8, in memory of the late Antony Foley, just in front of the haka. The haka as performed by New Zealand at the start of a game, can be powerfully strong and intimidating. Many teams can be put off their stride no matter how much mental preparation goes into pre match preparations. The Irish team with their silent tribute in a figure 8 formation, competely neutralised the the intimidation and powerful energy of the haka. There is a key message in there for us too. Every hostility, conflict, tension, hurt, disappointment can be neutralised by bringing in something else to balance things out. From a spiritual point of view we believe that love is the one thing that can bring balance into so many situations that crave for balance.

If only we could believe the difference love can make in our lives. We go around carrying so many heavy and negative burdens. We add to their weight by thinking that we are outside the circle of God's love. We feel we are outside because of stuff we have done, mistakes made or a feeling that God has let us seriously down somewhere. But God's circle of love goes way beyond our limitations and setbacks. We're headstrong and we hold tough. We're outside the circle and we feel there's no going back in. But today God says to each of us that we are within this circle of love. We've got to take a step forward and we've got to believe that God is on our side. Nobody and nothing can take that away from us.
 
 
 
  Monday
Nov-14
Thought For Week

Is God's love for us unconditional or is it dependent on our behaviour? And the answer is that the love that God poured into us when we were created remains with us throughout our lives, through death and into eternal life. And nobody and nothing, not even our own sinfulness can diminish God's love for us one iota. God's love for us is unconditional - it means what it says on the tin! ~Peter McVerry

Ireland's fantastic win over New Zealand has been well documented during the week. For me one of the highlights of the game started with the haka. As we know Ireland formed the figure 8, in memory of the late Antony Foley, just in front of the haka. The haka as performed by New Zealand at the start of a game, can be powerfully strong and intimidating. Many teams can be put off their stride no matter how much mental preparation goes into pre match preparations. The Irish team with their silent tribute in a figure 8 formation, competely neutralised the the intimidation and powerful energy of the haka. There is a key message in there for us too. Every hostility, conflict, tension, hurt, disappointment can be neutralised by bringing in something else to balance things out. From a spiritual point of view we believe that love is the one thing that can bring balance into so many situations that crave for balance.

If only we could believe the difference love can make in our lives. We go around carrying so many heavy and negative burdens. We add to their weight by thinking that we are outside the circle of God's love. We feel we are outside because of stuff we have done, mistakes made or a feeling that God has let us seriously down somewhere. But God's circle of love goes way beyond our limitations and setbacks. We're headstrong and we hold tough. We're outside the circle and we feel there's no going back in. But today God says to each of us that we are within this circle of love. We've got to take a step forward and we've got to believe that God is on our side. Nobody and nothing can take that away from us.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Nov-13
Our Thought For Today is by Jane Mellett called 'Endurance'

At some point we have all seen and heard someone shouting on the street or on the internet about the end of the world. You'd be forgiven for thinking that today's Gospel is trying to achieve the same thing. We are reading the final chapters of Luke's Gospel for Year C. Jesus is in Jerusalem and the passages we hear are talking about end times. The people gathered are obviously excited having seen how magnificent the Temple is, having come 'up from the country' and Jesus is trying to calm them down. The time for excitement might not be just yet. Jesus reminds them, and us, that these things are short-lived and we should not be too bothered about 'fine stonework' and 'votive offerings'. These things do not last.

Jesus tries to comfort the people regarding various crisis that will happen; the call is to take perspective, to look at the bigger picture. Endurance is the message of today's Gospel. The people of Jerusalem will witness the destruction of the Temple, the disciples will face persecution, people of faith will have tough times ahead. Whatever crisis may come, Jesus is affirming people to keep going, to stay focused and not be afraid
 
 
 
  Saturday
Nov-12
"The Gospels do not explain the Resurrection; the Resurrection explains the Gospels. Belief in the Resurrection is not something added to the Christian faith; it is the Christian faith." ~John S. Whale

A question that's often asked is - what happens to our loved ones when they die? We know a lot more than we may realise. A fascinating book by Colm Keane is called 'Heading For The Light'. The book was five years in the making which included 100 interviews with people who temporarily died. Their lives briefly ended following cardiac arrests, traffic accidents, complications during childbirth and other factors. In all cases they returned to life with extraordinary consistent accounts of what took place. Their stories conform to a common pattern. At the moment of death the soul/spirit departs the body. There is no fear, just a great sense of peace. There is also a feeling of weightlessness or a floating sensation. They are looking back down where their body lies, sometimes surrounded by doctors, emergency services or family. Then the soul/spirit travels along a tunnel. At the end of the tunnel is a warm beautiful bright light. The soul/spirit is drawn towards this light. This journey towards the light has been described as relaxing, restful, wondrous, beautiful, comforting, pure joy, a glorious warmth, great serenity and total happiness. The sense of peace felt, is described as beyond anything they experienced in this world. The book explains all of this and much more in great detail.

Whether you believe that this is what happens when we die or not, whether you accept or reject it, agree with or argue against it, is up to each of us. But this is almost certain what will happen to each of us when we die. This is what has happened to our family and friends who are deceased, to our ancestors who go back many generations and to all future generations too. During these days of November we remember with love all those who have died. We miss them in lots of different ways and trying to put this into words is never easy. Some of these words might be: we still miss you, thank you for so many memories, you are remembered with love today, you will never be forgotten and may you rest in peace. Amen
 
 
 
  Friday
Nov-11
"The Gospels do not explain the Resurrection; the Resurrection explains the Gospels. Belief in the Resurrection is not something added to the Christian faith; it is the Christian faith." ~John S. Whale

A question that's often asked is - what happens to our loved ones when they die? We know a lot more than we may realise. A fascinating book by Colm Keane is called 'Heading For The Light'. The book was five years in the making which included 100 interviews with people who temporarily died. Their lives briefly ended following cardiac arrests, traffic accidents, complications during childbirth and other factors. In all cases they returned to life with extraordinary consistent accounts of what took place. Their stories conform to a common pattern. At the moment of death the soul/spirit departs the body. There is no fear, just a great sense of peace. There is also a feeling of weightlessness or a floating sensation. They are looking back down where their body lies, sometimes surrounded by doctors, emergency services or family. Then the soul/spirit travels along a tunnel. At the end of the tunnel is a warm beautiful bright light. The soul/spirit is drawn towards this light. This journey towards the light has been described as relaxing, restful, wondrous, beautiful, comforting, pure joy, a glorious warmth, great serenity and total happiness. The sense of peace felt, is described as beyond anything they experienced in this world. The book explains all of this and much more in great detail.

Whether you believe that this is what happens when we die or not, whether you accept or reject it, agree with or argue against it, is up to each of us. But this is almost certain what will happen to each of us when we die. This is what has happened to our family and friends who are deceased, to our ancestors who go back many generations and to all future generations too. During these days of November we remember with love all those who have died. We miss them in lots of different ways and trying to put this into words is never easy. Some of these words might be: we still miss you, thank you for so many memories, you are remembered with love today, you will never be forgotten and may you rest in peace. Amen
 
 
 
  Thursday
Nov-10
"The Gospels do not explain the Resurrection; the Resurrection explains the Gospels. Belief in the Resurrection is not something added to the Christian faith; it is the Christian faith." ~John S. Whale

A question that's often asked is - what happens to our loved ones when they die? We know a lot more than we may realise. A fascinating book by Colm Keane is called 'Heading For The Light'. The book was five years in the making which included 100 interviews with people who temporarily died. Their lives briefly ended following cardiac arrests, traffic accidents, complications during childbirth and other factors. In all cases they returned to life with extraordinary consistent accounts of what took place. Their stories conform to a common pattern. At the moment of death the soul/spirit departs the body. There is no fear, just a great sense of peace. There is also a feeling of weightlessness or a floating sensation. They are looking back down where their body lies, sometimes surrounded by doctors, emergency services or family. Then the soul/spirit travels along a tunnel. At the end of the tunnel is a warm beautiful bright light. The soul/spirit is drawn towards this light. This journey towards the light has been described as relaxing, restful, wondrous, beautiful, comforting, pure joy, a glorious warmth, great serenity and total happiness. The sense of peace felt, is described as beyond anything they experienced in this world. The book explains all of this and much more in great detail.

Whether you believe that this is what happens when we die or not, whether you accept or reject it, agree with or argue against it, is up to each of us. But this is almost certain what will happen to each of us when we die. This is what has happened to our family and friends who are deceased, to our ancestors who go back many generations and to all future generations too. During these days of November we remember with love all those who have died. We miss them in lots of different ways and trying to put this into words is never easy. Some of these words might be: we still miss you, thank you for so many memories, you are remembered with love today, you will never be forgotten and may you rest in peace. Amen
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Nov-09
"The Gospels do not explain the Resurrection; the Resurrection explains the Gospels. Belief in the Resurrection is not something added to the Christian faith; it is the Christian faith." ~John S. Whale

A question that's often asked is - what happens to our loved ones when they die? We know a lot more than we may realise. A fascinating book by Colm Keane is called 'Heading For The Light'. The book was five years in the making which included 100 interviews with people who temporarily died. Their lives briefly ended following cardiac arrests, traffic accidents, complications during childbirth and other factors. In all cases they returned to life with extraordinary consistent accounts of what took place. Their stories conform to a common pattern. At the moment of death the soul/spirit departs the body. There is no fear, just a great sense of peace. There is also a feeling of weightlessness or a floating sensation. They are looking back down where their body lies, sometimes surrounded by doctors, emergency services or family. Then the soul/spirit travels along a tunnel. At the end of the tunnel is a warm beautiful bright light. The soul/spirit is drawn towards this light. This journey towards the light has been described as relaxing, restful, wondrous, beautiful, comforting, pure joy, a glorious warmth, great serenity and total happiness. The sense of peace felt, is described as beyond anything they experienced in this world. The book explains all of this and much more in great detail.

Whether you believe that this is what happens when we die or not, whether you accept or reject it, agree with or argue against it, is up to each of us. But this is almost certain what will happen to each of us when we die. This is what has happened to our family and friends who are deceased, to our ancestors who go back many generations and to all future generations too. During these days of November we remember with love all those who have died. We miss them in lots of different ways and trying to put this into words is never easy. Some of these words might be: we still miss you, thank you for so many memories, you are remembered with love today, you will never be forgotten and may you rest in peace. Amen
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Nov-08
"The Gospels do not explain the Resurrection; the Resurrection explains the Gospels. Belief in the Resurrection is not something added to the Christian faith; it is the Christian faith." ~John S. Whale

A question that's often asked is - what happens to our loved ones when they die? We know a lot more than we may realise. A fascinating book by Colm Keane is called 'Heading For The Light'. The book was five years in the making which included 100 interviews with people who temporarily died. Their lives briefly ended following cardiac arrests, traffic accidents, complications during childbirth and other factors. In all cases they returned to life with extraordinary consistent accounts of what took place. Their stories conform to a common pattern. At the moment of death the soul/spirit departs the body. There is no fear, just a great sense of peace. There is also a feeling of weightlessness or a floating sensation. They are looking back down where their body lies, sometimes surrounded by doctors, emergency services or family. Then the soul/spirit travels along a tunnel. At the end of the tunnel is a warm beautiful bright light. The soul/spirit is drawn towards this light. This journey towards the light has been described as relaxing, restful, wondrous, beautiful, comforting, pure joy, a glorious warmth, great serenity and total happiness. The sense of peace felt, is described as beyond anything they experienced in this world. The book explains all of this and much more in great detail.

Whether you believe that this is what happens when we die or not, whether you accept or reject it, agree with or argue against it, is up to each of us. But this is almost certain what will happen to each of us when we die. This is what has happened to our family and friends who are deceased, to our ancestors who go back many generations and to all future generations too. During these days of November we remember with love all those who have died. We miss them in lots of different ways and trying to put this into words is never easy. Some of these words might be: we still miss you, thank you for so many memories, you are remembered with love today, you will never be forgotten and may you rest in peace. Amen
 
 
 
  Monday
Nov-07
"The Gospels do not explain the Resurrection; the Resurrection explains the Gospels. Belief in the Resurrection is not something added to the Christian faith; it is the Christian faith." ~John S. Whale

A question that's often asked is - what happens to our loved ones when they die? We know a lot more than we may realise. A fascinating book by Colm Keane is called 'Heading For The Light'. The book was five years in the making which included 100 interviews with people who temporarily died. Their lives briefly ended following cardiac arrests, traffic accidents, complications during childbirth and other factors. In all cases they returned to life with extraordinary consistent accounts of what took place. Their stories conform to a common pattern. At the moment of death the soul/spirit departs the body. There is no fear, just a great sense of peace. There is also a feeling of weightlessness or a floating sensation. They are looking back down where their body lies, sometimes surrounded by doctors, emergency services or family. Then the soul/spirit travels along a tunnel. At the end of the tunnel is a warm beautiful bright light. The soul/spirit is drawn towards this light. This journey towards the light has been described as relaxing, restful, wondrous, beautiful, comforting, pure joy, a glorious warmth, great serenity and total happiness. The sense of peace felt, is described as beyond anything they experienced in this world. The book explains all of this and much more in great detail.

Whether you believe that this is what happens when we die or not, whether you accept or reject it, agree with or argue against it, is up to each of us. But this is almost certain what will happen to each of us when we die. This is what has happened to our family and friends who are deceased, to our ancestors who go back many generations and to all future generations too. During these days of November we remember with love all those who have died. We miss them in lots of different ways and trying to put this into words is never easy. Some of these words might be: we still miss you, thank you for so many memories, you are remembered with love today, you will never be forgotten and may you rest in peace. Amen
 
 
 
  Sunday
Nov-06
'Death ends a life, not a relationship.' ~Robert Benchley

It is always difficult to understand death or make sense of the loss of a loved one through death. We want our loved ones with us always and yet we know that just as we are born we must also die. These early days of November are days to pause, reflect and pray for those who have died particularly our nearest and dearest.

Many people will visit a cemetery today or some part of this month. It is not an empty or meaningless task. It's always good to remember those who have died. Our belief is that death is not an end but a beginning for the soul or spirit of the person who has died. Our belief is that our loved ones who have died are still near us but not physically with us. Trying to put this into words is never easy. The only words that really matter today are to our loved ones who have died. Some of these words might be: we still miss you, thank you for so many memories, you are remembered with love today, you will never be forgotten and may you rest in peace. Amen
 
 
 
  Saturday
Nov-05
'Death ends a life, not a relationship.' ~Robert Benchley

It is always difficult to understand death or make sense of the loss of a loved one through death. We want our loved ones with us always and yet we know that just as we are born we must also die. These early days of November are days to pause, reflect and pray for those who have died particularly our nearest and dearest.

Many people will visit a cemetery today or some part of this month. It is not an empty or meaningless task. It's always good to remember those who have died. Our belief is that death is not an end but a beginning for the soul or spirit of the person who has died. Our belief is that our loved ones who have died are still near us but not physically with us. Trying to put this into words is never easy. The only words that really matter today are to our loved ones who have died. Some of these words might be: we still miss you, thank you for so many memories, you are remembered with love today, you will never be forgotten and may you rest in peace. Amen
 
 
 
  Thursday
Nov-03
'Death ends a life, not a relationship.' ~Robert Benchley

It is always difficult to understand death or make sense of the loss of a loved one through death. We want our loved ones with us always and yet we know that just as we are born we must also die. These early days of November are days to pause, reflect and pray for those who have died particularly our nearest and dearest.

Many people will visit a cemetery today or some part of this month. It is not an empty or meaningless task. It's always good to remember those who have died. Our belief is that death is not an end but a beginning for the soul or spirit of the person who has died. Our belief is that our loved ones who have died are still near us but not physically with us. Trying to put this into words is never easy. The only words that really matter today are to our loved ones who have died. Some of these words might be: we still miss you, thank you for so many memories, you are remembered with love today, you will never be forgotten and may you rest in peace. Amen
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Nov-02
'Death ends a life, not a relationship.' ~Robert Benchley

It is always difficult to understand death or make sense of the loss of a loved one through death. We want our loved ones with us always and yet we know that just as we are born we must also die. Today is traditionally known as All Souls Day and is a day to pause, reflect and pray for those who have died particularly our nearest and dearest.

Many people will visit a cemetery today or some part of this month. It is not an empty or meaningless task. It's always good to remember those who have died. Our belief is that death is not an end but a beginning for the soul or spirit of the person who has died. Our belief is that our loved ones who have died are still near us but not physically with us. Trying to put this into words is never easy. The only words that really matter today are to our loved ones who have died. Some of these words might be: we still miss you, thank you for so many memories, you are remembered with love today, you will never be forgotten and may you rest in peace. Amen
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Nov-01
'A saint is a person who gives of themself without asking for anything in return. That's how simple it is to be a saint. Try it! Try being a saint.' ~Edward James Olmos

Today is the feast of All Saints. It always follows the day after Halloween. The origins of Halloween go back to the days when it was a pagan Celtic feast. They believed that after sunset on Samhain, which we now called Halloween, the spirits of the dead and evil spirits roamed the skies seeking to harm humans, especially if the dead had been harmed by them. To protect themselves people disguised themselves by dressing up in costumes and carried lights inside in turnips. In order to turn a pagan feast into a Christian feast, the Church placed the feast of All Saints on November 1st, to coincide with the pagan celebration.

It would be a mistake to think today is about famous or celebrity Saints. Today is all about our own loved ones gone on before us who lived decent, honest, simple and down to earth lives. They may not have been famous, they may not have made headlines but in God's eyes they are now celebrities. Today we call them saints and we thank them for all the love they have shown us down through the years.
 
 

 

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