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Listing October - 2011
 
  Monday
Oct-31
The Thought For Today is from the Book A Year To Remember while mid term break takes place this week

Tonight is Halloween and it's origins go right back to our Celtic ancestors who celebrated the feast of Samhain on Nov 1st. They celebrated the new year on this day because it was a time of transition from light to darkness. They also believed that the boundary between the living world and that of the dead was very thin, so much so that the spirits of the dead returned. Some say Halloween is silly nonsense, a commercial opportunity and a waste of money. But Halloween has a lot to offer. Children love it and always will. For adults it brings back childhood memories of snap apple and other simple games that still survive. It puts us in touch with the mystery of life and that some things in life are often clouded in darkness. It put us in touch with the struggle between light and darkness and the struggle between good and evil. Halloween may have pagan origins but the Christian message is wrapped around it. It's a simple Halloween message that God calms, encourages and reassures us especially when we struggle with darkness, evil, mystery and the unknown.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Oct-30
The following reflection is by Jane Mellett called 'Let your actions talk'

Putting on a special dress for prayer can emphasise the importance of the prayer. But Jesus is reminding people here that if the prayer is not already in their hearts and minds, then you can wear what you like, but it won't make much difference. Matthew values the importance of leadership in his community but he is reminding them that the source of this authority lies with God. True witnesses to Jesus must put aside any ideas of grandeur and this message is of course not limited to the Jewish leaders of Jesus' time but to all people of faith. Jesus believes in the 'ordinary' people and he reassures them in today's Gospel that they should not let themselves be awed by those in authority who do not practice what they preach.

We should also remember that when we are in awe of people because of their education or their jobs or their way of living that Jesus liberates us from this. We eventually come to see that we are all human beings, that comparisons are ridiculous and that those we put on a pedestal are just as flawed and just as wonderful as any other human being.

I have long since come to believe that people never mean half of what they say, and that it is best to disregard their talk and judge only their actions.' ~Dorothy Day
 
 
 
  Saturday
Oct-29
'A Gift From Heaven' in memory of Léana Martin (2002-2010) whose 1st anniversary is today

I am with you always. I live in your heart. I speak to your soul. We are not far apart. When you feel a light breeze, hear the songs the birds sing, know that I see every smile your kindness can bring. I see you building your dreams, with wisdom and grace and asking his guidance with each challenge you face. I am more than a memory. You will feel our love grow. I am forever your angel. Some things you just know. Please tell me your thoughts, your hopes and your fears. Know that through faith he will heal all your tears. For today, I can share that in heaven above, God has taken my hand. I am complete, I am love.
 
 
 
  Friday
Oct-28
A short prayer........

May there peace within you today. May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you embrace endless possibilities that will always come your way. May you use the gifts that you have received and pass on the love given to you. May you be content knowing you are a child of God. May you feel unburdened, free and energised by a sense of God in your life. May you know that it's ok not to have it all worked out and that God will also help you work it out too! May you treasure this day as a precious gift and be open to some surprise along the way. May you finish today with a sense of gratitude, knowing you have done your best and that no more is asked of you. Amen
 
 
 
  Thursday
Oct-27
'Our life consists not in the pursuit of material success but in the quest for worthy spiritual growth. Our entire earthly existence is but a transition stage in the movement towards something higher. We must not linger fruitlessly on one rung of the ladder.' ~Alexander Solzhenitsyn

If we believe and can accept that each day is God's gift to us, the chances are high that we will not perch on just one rung of the ladder. It is good to keep our lives fresh and open. Taking a step each time allows us to do this. But maybe like the game 'snakes and ladders', we are afraid that we will come tumbling back down, quicker and further than we went up. The same game is an accurate reflection on life, lots of up and downs and many of them unexpected. The ladders symbolise possibility, growth and potential. They are symbolic of God trying to help us out of and through life's many obstacles. For some clinging to just one rung is all they can manage right now. We pray today for the strength to look up again. We pray for anyone today who needs direction and a sense of hope during difficult times. We ask God to help us in our quest for good healthy spiritual growth.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Oct-26
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Oct-25
'When we are mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment, then our understanding of what is going on deepens and we begin to be filled with acceptance, joy, peace and love.' ~Thich Nhat Hanb

Last night the Chaplaincy Team in UCC organised a talk on 'The Miracle of Mindfulness'. The Honan Chapel where it took place was packed to capacity, with queues waiting to get in. Mindfulness is the ability to appreciate the present moment. We get so caught up with stuff from our past and looking ahead, that we forget the most precious moment of all which is now. The pace of life is so hectic that we are often forced out of taking time to be still and quiet. The word 'meditation' may put some off thinking that it is a bit weird, unusual, the stuff of a few, out of touch or whatever. Much more important would be to call it time to quieten down. It is pressing the brake gently, slowing ourselves down and trying to quieten for a short period of time. This is at the heart of the Angelus each evening at 6pm. It crosses all boundaries and faith denominations. It only lasts a minute but may be the only minute in a day when we can stop, quieten, pray, take a deep breath and hold whatever is going on for us there and then. We so often get distracted by hundreds of thoughts that cross our mind in any short period of time, making moments for quiet time difficult. The ability to focus on our breathing will always pull us into the present moment. God's most precious gift to us is the present moment. It is up to us to make the most of it.
 
 
 
  Monday
Oct-24
'One of the greatest mysteries in life is the mystery of time. Everything that happens to us happens in and through time. Time is the force that brings every new experience to the door of your heart.' ~John O'Donoghue

We're all very much aware how time goes by so quickly. This month of October is nearly over and the transition into winter has been quiet but noticeable. With increasing darkness and bleakness we are put in touch with the cycles of nature and the cycles of time. Every cycle has a turning point and a new beginning. Much of our time and what happens within it is outside our control. But much of it is also within our sights too particularly what is happening in the present moment. Nothing is as far away as one minute ago. Nothing is as close as right now. Our faith reminds us how God journeys with us in the right now. Nothing else matters. For all of us the right now is a massive collection of joys, sorrows, pain, happiness, struggles, hopes, fears, weakness, fun, relaxation, anger, freedom, disappointments and so on. We're in there somewhere and so is God.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Oct-23

Today's thought is by Jane Mellett and it's called 'We are all called to mission'

We live in an extremely unequal world where many people struggle to have their basic human rights recognised. Missionaries will often be working among the poorest peoples and in dangerous circumstances. Last year over 2 million Euro was raised in Ireland on Mission Sunday to support the work of missionaries abroad. But it is not all about money. There are many ways we can be in solidarity with the poor: creating awareness, examining our relationships with the environment, being conscious about what we eat/wear and keeping ourselves informed on global issues.

We must remember that we are all called to 'mission' and this does not necessarily mean to work abroad or to only give financial support. It is not a coincidence that one of the patrons of mission is St Therese of Lisieux, even though she never left her convent. Her example shows that we are called to be missionaries in our own communities also. The Mission month of October offers everyone the chance to renew their commitment to the gospel. Can we be missionaries to our own families and to the people around us?

To quote St Therese....'May today there be peace within. May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith. May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.' St Therese of Lisieux
 
 
 
  Saturday
Oct-22
Tomorrow (Oct 23rd) is Mission Sunday. It is a day set aside each year to celebrate so many good and positive faith stories all over the world. God's presence is to be found in so many countries, cultures and different walks of life. The following prayer has been put together to praise God for the gift of Creation......

Creator God, we praise you for the grandeur of the universe. We praise you for the gift of this Earth. We praise you for the land and we praise you for the seas. We praise you for the great miracle of teeming life on our prolific planet. We praise you for the cycle of growth and for the beauty of bursting blooms in the spring time. We praise you for the green growth of summer and for the holy harvest in autumn. We praise you for the infinity of different creatures on the land and in the sea. Each of these is unique in its own way, each fitting into the complex ecosystems you have gifted us with, each dependent on each other and the whole. We praise you, our Creator. Grace us with a sense of our responsibilities to preserve and protect your precious gift, this garden, this Earth. We praise you, Creator God and we offer you our hearts and hands for the preservation of your creation. Amen.
 
 
 
  Friday
Oct-21
'There is nothing ugly. I never saw an ugly thing in my life - light and shade and perspective will always make it beautiful.' ~John Constable

John Constable was a famous English painter around 200 years ago. His paintings picked up very much on his attitude to life. He wrote, "the world is wide, no two days are alike, nor even two hours. There have never been two leaves of a tree alike since the creation of the world." His paintings picked up the beauty of the present moment. For him there was nothing ugly and even if there was it could be made into something beautiful. His paintings were new and refreshing and his work continues to inspire today. There is also a spiritual parallel too. How often we get caught up in the ugly, thinking little of ourselves, putting ourselves down and even allowing others do it to us. Over time it's possible to believe that there is nothing else about ourselves, only the ugly and negative. The invitation of the scripture readings is that we are beautiful, valued and loved by God. Instead of embracing what's ugly about ourselves we are called to celebrate everything good and beautiful that we have to offer. There is so much to be found within each of us. Too many have given up this search. Today is a great day to begin to push aside the ugly and celebrate the good within you.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Oct-20
'There is a growing awareness that our world is in a state of great flux and in need of much healing. People are very uncertain about where to look for leadership and guidance. There are deep wounds that need to be cleansed. But hope endures, even in the darkest of places. And it is only with hope that the possibility for change unfolds.' ~Liam Lawton

There is no one who has not felt the uncertainty of the times we live in. With uncertainty comes fear and worry. Do the relentless waves of negative stories today squeeze the heart and spirit out of people? This is a big concern and every community has to ensure that such a squeeze is never allowed to happen. Even in our darkest of places, there is light and hope. It may not be a dazzling light, but even a glimmer of light and hope is what we must cling to right now. There is a great need to connect with the deepest part of ourselves. We crave for healing, encouragement, self-belief and guidance. Our belief in a personal loving God is this glimmer of light and hope. It allows us to see beyond the complexities and harshness of life. Very few will find a dazzling light when it comes to God. God is to be found in less dramatic ways. In these uncertain times that we live in, any glimmer of light and hope is what we must reach out to. Who or what is a glimmer of light and hope in your life today?
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Oct-19
'But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.' ~2 Chronicles 15:7

There are many famous mountain climbers in the world, such as Edmund Hilary, Reinhold Messner and Pat Falvey. Don Bennet is another name that stands out because he was the first amputee to climb Mt. Rainier. This mountain towers to 14,410 feet or 4,392 meters. Don Bennet managed to do it on one leg and two crutches. On his first attempt, he got within 125 meters but a howling windstorm almost blew him off and he had no choice but to abandon the climb. A year later he tried it again and made it to the top in five days. When asked how he did it he replied: "One hop at a time! When it was toughest and I was really exhausted, I would look at the path ahead and say, I just have to take one more step, anybody can do that. And then I would." There is also a message in there for us too. We can also get through the difficult moments in our lives by taking it one step at a time. It might seem an impossible task for a person with one leg, and two crutches to climb a high mountain through ice and snow. But it all became possible with his personal mantra: "You just have to take one more step, anybody can do that." Scripture also encourages us to be strong and not to give up. If we can do that we will persevere and achieve what we want, no matter how difficult our situation may be.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Oct-18


Enterprising doesn't just relate to the ability to make money. Being enterprising also means feeling good enough about yourself, having enough self-worth to want to seek advantages and opportunities that will make a difference to your future.' ~Jim Rohn


The news series of 'The Apprentice' in Ireland has been a slow starter with so many mistakes been made and few signs of any enterprising ideas. The prize money of E200,000 may be impressive but it hasn't quite motivated any of the contestants just yet! Money may make the world go round but there are many things in life that no amount of money can touch or buy. The things that go on quietly within each of us are so important, like feeling good about ourselves, having a sense of purpose, hope and positive attitude. We live in challenging times today. The pressures and stresses are many. There are a good few people who seem to have a low sense of self-worth and don't feel confident enough in their own unique abilities. This is a great pity. Throughout the Gospel stories we find Jesus wanting to instil self-confidence and inner belief with a wide circle of people. Many of the stories recall how people were transformed and were then bubbling over with a sense of freedom and new beginnings. Such a feel good factor wasn't false or temporary. It was life changing. Do I trust and believe in my own abilities? Can I take one positive step forward today? Can I help someone I know feel better about themselves?
 
 
 
  Monday
Oct-17
'It is better to want what you have than to have what you want.' ~Proverb Quote

There is a story told about a King who had planted a beautiful garden and one day he walked round it to see how everything was growing. To his disappointment he found that all the things he had so lovingly nurtured were complaining. "If only I were strong and sturdy like the oak tree", moaned the cedar tree. "Why can't I be upright like the cedar?" asked the vine. "If only I could bear luscious grapes like the vine", sighed the rose bush. Eventually the King came to a solitary daisy with its face open to the sun. "Well, little daisy are you unhappy too?" he enquired. "Oh no," replied the daisy, "When you planted your garden I think you wanted me in it, just as I am and so I'm going to be the best daisy I can be." It may only be a story but it reminds us about the importance of being happy and content with what we have. So often we waste useless energy, wishing everything was different when in fact everything we want is within our reach.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Oct-16
The following reflection is by Jane Mellett

'Focus on what matters'
Jesus' opponents in today's Gospel challenge Jesus as if they were asking for friendly advice on their taxes. It is a dangerous question because if Jesus gives a simple 'yes' or 'no' answer he risks losing popularity or being reported to the authorities. Jesus sees through these guys and delivers a brilliant response: 'Give back to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.' This text has sometimes been used to argue that religion should stay out of politics, economics or culture but building a Kingdom of justice requires that we are actively involved in those things. The world we live in is one that often falls short of the values of the Kingdom that Jesus preached. To be a witness to Jesus means that all aspects of our lives should be Kingdom focused and this includes whatever political, economical or cultural issues we are confronted with. The focus in this passage is getting our priorities straight. Give Caesar his taxes but do not forget what belongs to God i.e. things that are so important we cannot compromise them, family, friends, compassion, justice....
 
 
 
  Saturday
Oct-15
'Perhaps only a smile, a little visit or simply the fact of building a fire for someone, writing a letter for a blind person, bringing a few coals, finding a pair of shoes, reading for someone, this is only a little bit, yes, a very tiny bit, but it will be our love of God in action,' ~Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa puts it so well by saying that it's not just a little bit but even a very tiny bit that can make the difference. So often, people think that one has to do a lot, to make a difference. There is a feeling out there that God expects a lot from us. Many feel that they cannot meet this expectation and as a result won't even bother to try. If they only knew what God really wants of us. What God expects of us is far less than we imagine. Why not start today? Not just a little but even a very tiny bit can be a great start.
 
 
 
  Friday
Oct-14
'A deeply grateful heart can change one's attitude to God too. I no longer just think that God is good and believe it because I have been told to. I begin to feel that God is good and that God loves me and everyone else.' ~Albert Nolan

Prayers of thanksgiving are really special. When we include such prayers in our daily schedule, it changes our attitude to life and all for the better. A prayer of thanks pulls you into the present moment and allows you to appreciate the blessings that life can bring. So often negative energy can be overwhelming and tends to be a very dominating force. When we say a prayer of thanks, we are surrounded by positive energy and very much in touch with the goodness of life. But what do we do when we are surrounded by personal tragedy and upset? How can any of us include a prayer of thanks to God then? It is unhelpful to suggest that upset and pain are part of God's plan and that they may even be good for us? If that were true then God is some sort of horrible monster who gets a kick out of our misery. But somehow in the midst of our pain and upset, God is in there not as the cause but as the one who is helping us through it and out of it. This is what keeps us going. This is why the cross has such a deep meaning for many believers. What could your prayer of thanksgiving be today?
 
 
 
  Thursday
Oct-13
'Passion or enthusiasm, doesn't just make us attractive to others, it feeds our spirit. Until we've found something to be passionate about, we're simply skimming the surface of existence.' ~Patricia Redlich

The recent death of Patricia Redlich was met with much sadness. Her down to earth, practical advice and honest opinions touched many. She was passionate about life and passionate about making the most of every opportunity. In one of her letters she wrote: "I don't ever give up. I just change direction when I reach a dead end. Sometimes that involves a compromise. Sometimes it involves recognising that there is such a thing as an unmanageable situation. It may be that I have to accept that I can't have what I am striving for. But it's never about giving up or despairing or being defeated. It's always about that exciting process of conquering obstacles." It is sometimes easy to give up and not change direction when we do hit obstacles in life. Not to give up can sometimes require great courage, particularly during these tough, difficult and challenging times. We pray today for the courage, strength and energy to rise above challenges and obstacles. In remembering Patricia Redlich, "Ar deis de, go raibh a ainm usuail."
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Oct-12
Keeping it short......

The Lord's Prayer is 56 words. The Lord is my Shepherd is 118 words. The 10 commandments are 297 words. You cannot pray the Lord's Prayer and even once say "I". You cannot pray the Lord's Prayer and even once say "My". Nor can you pray the Lord's Prayer and not pray for another. You must include your sister and brother for others are included in each and every plea. From the beginning to the end of it, it does not once say "Me"!
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Oct-11
'Prayer is the very core of life. The one who hungers for the awakening of the divine within must fall back on prayer. But prayer is no mere exercise of words or of the ears. It is no mere repetition of empty formulas. Any amount of repetition of God's name is futile if it fails to stir the soul.' ~Mohandas Gandhi

Countless books have been written on prayer. Even if you google prayer you get 66,800,000 possibilities. But all the information in the world can never get away from the simple fact that prayer is important and life giving. It's not about lots of words, its not about praying out of obligation but its all about connecting with God in some way. The simple, honest and heartfelt prayers are often the best and most meaningful. There is a huge sense of failure among people when it comes to prayer. There is a sense that it is too difficult or beyond us. The more we try and complicate prayer, the higher the chance we will give up. The simpler we keep it, the more meaningful and important it will become.
 
 
 
  Monday
Oct-10
'Just as the earth and nature draw life from the sun, our body, spirit and soul will not thrive without some ray of happiness or at least a memory of happiness, however flimsy or tenuous it may be.' ~Finbar Wright

The season of autumn is very much in the air these days. While there have been no frosts yet, the days are getting noticeably shorter, the leaves are slowly turning a golden colour and nature is on a slow unwind. The seasons of autumn and winter are caused as the earth slowly tilts away from the sun, with resulting decreased light and colder temperatures. But even though the earth may tilt away for some months, the sun still has a huge impact to play. Spiritually we need sunshine in our lives too. There are plenty of things in our lives that block out the sunshine. Every person carries some sadness, problem, burden or worry. For others these can become a heavy load. It is hard to understand or make sense of why life can be so burdensome at times. But no matter what our story we need some ray of happiness or some uplifting moment in our lives each day. It is up to us to make this happen no matter how tiny or insignificant it may be. If someone is incapable of doing this right now for themselves, then our gift to that person is to make it happen for them. It may be a smile, a prayer, a reassuring word, a phone call, a visit or whatever is good for us. What will your ray of sunshine be today?
 
 
 
  Sunday
Oct-09
The following reflection is by Jane Mellett called 'A real royal wedding'

Today's Gospel is difficult. Stories of judgement, weeping and gnashing of teeth just don't appeal to most people. Failure to turn up to a dinner party was of course bad manners. To refuse an invite to a royal wedding was even more serious. To kill the servants or messengers who came to you with the invite... well that is pushing things a bit far. As with all parables, there is more to this than meets the eye. God wants to be in a relationship with each of us. We are all invited to his banquet. We exclude ourselves from being in fellowship with him, from his hospitality, when we give God the brush-off. We sometimes do our best to put ourselves outside of his presence. So what host would not be offended? And what about that poor chap who did come but was not suitably dressed? If we accept the invitation we should be ready for change and not just change of an outer garment. The issue for Matthew is the replacement of the unworthy in the community with those who have responded to Jesus' demands for his Kingdom. And as usual, they are not the people you would expect!
 
 
 
  Saturday
Oct-08
'I wish I were big enough to admit my shortcomings, brave enough to accept criticism, compassionate enough to understand human frailties, human enough to be thoughtful and open enough to be devoted to the love of God.' ~Gordon Taggart

These few lines of wisdom can best be described as beautiful and so appropriate. They merit careful reflection and can even be used as a personal prayer any time of the day. We sometimes need to be open and honest in acknowledging our frailties and limitations. Such honesty is not meant to be a put down but more about giving us the opportunity to turn it all into our favour. The invitation is to take it to the next step and to be open to the love of God in our lives. This will always build solid foundations. Such solid foundations bring stability and a sense of purpose in a world that often seems to be spinning a vacuum.
 
 
 
  Friday
Oct-07
'No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet, death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it and that is how it should be because death is very likely the single best invention of life. It is life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.' ~Steve Jobs (1955-2011)

Glowing tributes poured in yesterday for the late Steve Jobs. He was the mastermind behind an empire of products that revolutionised computing and the music industry. Despite some major setbacks in his life, he used them as stepping stones to something much greater. His battle with pancreatic cancer was probably the greatest challenge of his life. While many fear death he was much more reflective. He reflected that death was a natural part of life, part of a continuing cycle of replacing old with new. He talked about how our time is limited, how we waste time instead of maximising everything we have. In all the tributes yesterday the one constant link was how he changed the lives of so many. He embraced change; he was not afraid of change and thrived on new beginnings. We are often afraid and fearful of change. His life is an example of the blessings that change can bring and a reminder that life is at its best when lived to the full.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Oct-06
'Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.' ~Proverbs 16:24

Every person, young or old, famous or unknown, large or small, black or white, successful or less successful, male or female, who receives encouragement is changed by it. This change is always positive, good and wholesome. It is also at the heart of our scripture readings. The history of God's journey with people down through the years is a collection of uplifting stories. People were encouraged and instilled with hope, particularly when they needed it most. These stories continue today. A word of encouragement can be uplifting, it can strengthen and you simply never know when a few sincere words can have an impact on someone's life. It has been said that correction does much, but encouragement does more. To encourage is a particularly precious gift we can give to someone, particularly when we do it today.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Oct-05
'We all have our demons to contend with. The form they take can be fear, immaturity, jealousy, self-dislike, low self-esteem, dislike of others, resentment, carnal cravings, depressions, the ageing process and an inability to accept an all loving God.' ~Tom Cahill

Throughout the Gospel stories we see Jesus healing many people, particularly those who had demons and heavy burdens. A demon has been described as a cruel, evil or destructive force or thing. Jesus was only too aware of the destructive and negative force a demon can bring. On so many occasions he healed people, got rid of the demons completely and allowed people to move on with their lives. Today there are many demons out there. No person is immune from them. They can take over our lives and this can bring much sadness and personal pain. Jesus drove the demons out through love and healing. It is the only way we will drive them away today as well. It is not easy because demons thrive on fear and negativity but can't cope with the power of love. We can't change the world. We can't drive away the many demons out there but we can start with ourselves. Can we begin by naming a demon in our lives at the moment? Has it control over me? Am I willing to begin to untangle the hold it has on me? Can I ask for God's healing where I really need it? The power of love and healing has no limits.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Oct-04
Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is that little voice at the end of the day that says: "I'll try again tomorrow." ~Anne Hunningshake

The focus is very much on the World Cup Rugby in New Zealand at the moment. As the tournament moves to the quarter finals next weekend there is a great sense of expectation, with some great games ahead. Ireland's performance so far has been superb considering that the warm up games coming into the World Cup did not go well. What makes sporting teams great is how they respond to their bad days. Ireland have dug deep, re focussed and have found a new momentum that is refreshing and exciting. The countdown to the game next Saturday against Wales is well and truly on! There are spiritual connections too because we can also turn things around too when they are not going well for us. God always calls each of us to look at the bigger picture in life. This means that no matter how bad things may seem at the moment, they will change. We pray for courage to keep going in the midst of our hardest and most difficult days. This is something we don't do on our own. We have the support of family and friends. We have the gentle presence of God in our lives to give us the courage to say, "Yes, I can try again tomorrow."
 
 
 
  Monday
Oct-03
'Angels have a hidden agenda - love.' ~Author Unknown

We all have a fear of isolation, loneliness and that we won't be able to manage on our own. It is a perfectly normal human fear. As a child we were reminded about our guardian angel watching over and protecting us. It was comforting and consoling to know that we had someone special looking after us. But our guardian angel journeys with us every step of our life's journey and not just our childhood. A guardian angel isn't fantasy or some form of magic. Our scriptures have many references to angels. They are real, active and can best be described as God's protective love very near and close to us. Yesterday (Oct 2nd) was their feast day but especially of your guardian angel. A fitting prayer today and indeed every day might be: "O Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God's love commits me here. Ever this day, be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen"
 
 
 
  Sunday
Oct-02
The following is by Jane Mellett

'Finding my role in God's plan'

Today, designated by the Church as the 'Day for Life', celebrates the dignity of life from conception to natural death. These words by Blessed John Henry Newman remind us that regardless of whatever situations we may find ourselves in, we are all part of God's plan for this world: 'God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission. I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. He has not created me for naught. I shall do good; I shall do His work. I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it if I do but keep His commandments. Therefore, I will trust Him, whatever I am, I can never be thrown away. If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him, in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him. If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him. He does nothing in vain. He knows what He is about. He may take away my friends. He may throw me among strangers. He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide my future from me. Still, He knows what He is about.'
 
 
 
  Saturday
Oct-01
'Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough.' ~Author Unknown
 
 

 

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