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Listing September - 2016
 
  Friday
Sep-30
Thought For The Week

'We don't know how to look at God. We don't know where to look. We don't know what to look for. All we can do is complete the circuit' ~Richard Rohr

Sometimes our search for God can be confusing and frustrating. We sometimes don't know where to begin, what to say, how to explain or what we want. It can sometimes be too much and we choose to opt out or leave it to someone else. No one has all the answers when it comes to God or no one ever will. But we do know that with God, we have some sense of direction, meaning and purpose to life. Any electric supply needs a circuit for the current to flow. Any stop or gap and it just can't move.

As we journey through the coming week why not invite God into the gaps or holes in our lives and let God do the rest. It's not about knowing what to say or trying to find all the answers. Once we're open to God's blessings we have completed the circuit. Many people have great devotion to their Guardian angel. Yesterday, Sep 29th was the feast day of three archangels, Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. These archangels have deep roots in scripture and faith traditions. They are there to especially mind and protect us from all harm and danger. They also are there to guide, inspire and help us on our daily journey. They also help us to complete the circuit on our faith journey.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Sep-29
Thought For The Week

'We don't know how to look at God. We don't know where to look. We don't know what to look for. All we can do is complete the circuit' ~Richard Rohr

Sometimes our search for God can be confusing and frustrating. We sometimes don't know where to begin, what to say, how to explain or what we want. It can sometimes be too much and we choose to opt out or leave it to someone else. No one has all the answers when it comes to God or no one ever will. But we do know that with God, we have some sense of direction, meaning and purpose to life. Any electric supply needs a circuit for the current to flow. Any stop or gap and it just can't move.

As we journey through the coming week why not invite God into the gaps or holes in our lives and let God do the rest. It's not about knowing what to say or trying to find all the answers. Once we're open to God's blessings we have completed the circuit. Many people have great devotion to their Guardian angel. Today Thursday, Sep 29th is the feast day of three archangels, Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. These archangels have deep roots in scripture and faith traditions. They are there to especially mind and protect us from all harm and danger. They also are there to guide, inspire and help us on our daily journey. They also help us to complete the circuit on our faith journey.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Sep-28
Thought For The Week

'We don't know how to look at God. We don't know where to look. We don't know what to look for. All we can do is complete the circuit' ~Richard Rohr

Sometimes our search for God can be confusing and frustrating. We sometimes don't know where to begin, what to say, how to explain or what we want. It can sometimes be too much and we choose to opt out or leave it to someone else. No one has all the answers when it comes to God or no one ever will. But we do know that with God, we have some sense of direction, meaning and purpose to life. Any electric supply needs a circuit for the current to flow. Any stop or gap and it just can't move.

As we journey through the coming week why not invite God into the gaps or holes in our lives and let God do the rest. It's not about knowing what to say or trying to find all the answers. Once we're open to God's blessings we have completed the circuit. Many people have great devotion to their Guardian angel. This coming Thursday, Sep 29th is the feast day of three archangels, Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. These archangels have deep roots in scripture and faith traditions. They are there to especially mind and protect us from all harm and danger. They also are there to guide, inspire and help us on our daily journey. They also help us to complete the circuit on our faith journey.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Sep-27
Thought For The Week

'We don't know how to look at God. We don't know where to look. We don't know what to look for. All we can do is complete the circuit' ~Richard Rohr

Sometimes our search for God can be confusing and frustrating. We sometimes don't know where to begin, what to say, how to explain or what we want. It can sometimes be too much and we choose to opt out or leave it to someone else. No one has all the answers when it comes to God or no one ever will. But we do know that with God, we have some sense of direction, meaning and purpose to life. Any electric supply needs a circuit for the current to flow. Any stop or gap and it just can't move.

As we journey through the coming week why not invite God into the gaps or holes in our lives and let God do the rest. It's not about knowing what to say or trying to find all the answers. Once we're open to God's blessings we have completed the circuit. Many people have great devotion to their Guardian angel. This coming Thursday, Sep 29th is the feast day of three archangels, Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. These archangels have deep roots in scripture and faith traditions. They are there to especially mind and protect us from all harm and danger. They also are there to guide, inspire and help us on our daily journey. They also help us to complete the circuit on our faith journey.
 
 
 
  Monday
Sep-26
Yesterday (Sep 25th) was the feast of St.Finbarr. Gougane Barra is located a few miles west of Ballingeary,in West Cork, situated in a picturesque setting and it was here that Finbarr built his monastery in the 6th century. Clearly Finbarr knew that the presence of God was very much present here particularly in the beauty of nature that is evident all year round. Against a backdrop of rugged hills, lakes, rivers and streams, Finbarr found great peace. The feast of St Finbarr reminds us all of the importance of appreciating so many important things around us. Life moves so fast we can miss them all. Every day is a day of blessing and we ask the blessings of St.Finbarr on ourselves, our families, our schools, our communities, and those who need a special prayer today. May St Finbarr continue to guide and direct us each day.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Sep-25
Thought Today by Siobhain Tighe called 'The Wall'

The image of a formidable wall struck me as I prayed with this scripture. A wall made of an obsession with greed, selfishness, wealth, power, prestige. This wall, built by the rich man, over time, created such blindness that he became trapped in the illusion of temporary wealth, unable to hear God's call. This self-made wall follows him to his death where in the afterlife he experiences a reversal in his fortunes and is now suffering. He now cannot break it down.

Are there times when I am so in my own bubble that I fail to see those in need? Do I avoid making eye contact with a homeless person as I rush by for example? We are called to open our eyes and hearts and be the change.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Sep-24
Thought For Week

'God does not want us to be in disorder but always in harmony and peace' ~1 Corinthians 14:33

If we add some dirt and sand to a glass of water it becomes murky, dirty and looks awful. Give it a good shake and it gets even worse. If we leave the glass for a few hours, the water finds its own balance, the sand and silt fall to the bottom and the water becomes clear again. This is where God always wants us to be. God never intentionally shakes the glass to unsettle us. Life is so unpredictable that the water in our glass can often be cloudy and unclear. During this coming week we will have the Autumn equinox with equal daylight and darkness. Nature in a sense is at balance but will soon move out of balance as daylight decreases for the coming months. Finding balance in our own personal lives is never easy given that so much is changing around us. Every day we pray to God to bring harmony and peace into our lives. If this seems an impossible task for you today, then for you to know that others are gladly doing it on your behalf.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Sep-22
Thought For Week

'God does not want us to be in disorder but always in harmony and peace' ~1 Corinthians 14:33

If we add some dirt and sand to a glass of water it becomes murky, dirty and looks awful. Give it a good shake and it gets even worse. If we leave the glass for a few hours, the water finds its own balance, the sand and silt fall to the bottom and the water becomes clear again. This is where God always wants us to be. God never intentionally shakes the glass to unsettle us. Life is so unpredictable that the water in our glass can often be cloudy and unclear. During this coming week we will have the Autumn equinox with equal daylight and darkness. Nature in a sense is at balance but will soon move out of balance as daylight decreases for the coming months. Finding balance in our own personal lives is never easy given that so much is changing around us. Every day we pray to God to bring harmony and peace into our lives. If this seems an impossible task for you today, then for you to know that others are gladly doing it on your behalf.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Sep-21
Thought For Week

'God does not want us to be in disorder but always in harmony and peace' ~1 Corinthians 14:33

If we add some dirt and sand to a glass of water it becomes murky, dirty and looks awful. Give it a good shake and it gets even worse. If we leave the glass for a few hours, the water finds its own balance, the sand and silt fall to the bottom and the water becomes clear again. This is where God always wants us to be. God never intentionally shakes the glass to unsettle us. Life is so unpredictable that the water in our glass can often be cloudy and unclear. During this coming week we will have the Autumn equinox with equal daylight and darkness. Nature in a sense is at balance but will soon move out of balance as daylight decreases for the coming months. Finding balance in our own personal lives is never easy given that so much is changing around us. Every day we pray to God to bring harmony and peace into our lives. If this seems an impossible task for you today, then for you to know that others are gladly doing it on your behalf.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Sep-20
Thought For Week

'God does not want us to be in disorder but always in harmony and peace' ~1 Corinthians 14:33

If we add some dirt and sand to a glass of water it becomes murky, dirty and looks awful. Give it a good shake and it gets even worse. If we leave the glass for a few hours, the water finds its own balance, the sand and silt fall to the bottom and the water becomes clear again. This is where God always wants us to be. God never intentionally shakes the glass to unsettle us. Life is so unpredictable that the water in our glass can often be cloudy and unclear. During this coming week we will have the Autumn equinox with equal daylight and darkness. Nature in a sense is at balance but will soon move out of balance as daylight decreases for the coming months. Finding balance in our own personal lives is never easy given that so much is changing around us. Every day we pray to God to bring harmony and peace into our lives. If this seems an impossible task for you today, then for you to know that others are gladly doing it on your behalf.
 
 
 
  Monday
Sep-19
Thought For Week

'God does not want us to be in disorder but always in harmony and peace' ~1 Corinthians 14:33

If we add some dirt and sand to a glass of water it becomes murky, dirty and looks awful. Give it a good shake and it gets even worse. If we leave the glass for a few hours, the water finds its own balance, the sand and silt fall to the bottom and the water becomes clear again. This is where God always wants us to be. God never intentionally shakes the glass to unsettle us. Life is so unpredictable that the water in our glass can often be cloudy and unclear. During this coming week we will have the Autumn equinox with equal daylight and darkness. Nature in a sense is at balance but will soon move out of balance as daylight decreases for the coming months. Finding balance in our own personal lives is never easy given that so much is changing around us. Every day we pray to God to bring harmony and peace into our lives. If this seems an impossible task for you today, then for you to know that others are gladly doing it on your behalf.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Sep-18
Thought For Today by Siobhan Tighe

Then the steward said to himself, "Now that my master is taking the stewardship from me, what am I to do? Dig? I am not strong enough. Go begging? I should be too ashamed. Ah, I know what I will do to make sure that when I am dismissed from office there will be some to welcome me into their homes."
Then he called his master's debtors one by one. To the first he said, "How much do you owe my master?" "One hundred measures of oil" was the reply. The steward said, "Here, take your bond; sit down straight away and write fifty". To another he said, "And you, sir, how much do you owe?" "One hundred measures of wheat" was the reply. The steward said, "Here, take your bond and write eighty".
'The master praised the dishonest steward for his astuteness. For the children of this world are more astute in dealing with their own kind than are the children of light.' ~Luke 16:3-6


"Choose to share God's wealth"

The actions of the manager, in this Gospel, on hearing that he is to be fired are counter-intuitive. Instead of storing up wealth by demanding payment immediately or charging extra, he wipes the portion of 'interest' owed to him from their dept. He is thinking of the long-term, that they might in turn show kindness to him when he is in need.

Jesus sees the gift this use of wealth has in the life of the poor and praises it. The Christian life is a call to stewardship in which the wealth we handle is not our own but wealth God wishes the entire world would share. Challenging as it may be we are called to reflect on our use of wealth. Jesus makes clear that we must choose - the wealth of God or the wealth of this world.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Sep-17
Thought For Week

'A Reflection called 'Needed men and women of character' ~Author Unknown

The world needs men and women who cannot be bought; whose word is their bond; who put character above wealth; who possess opinions and a strong will; who are larger than their vocations; who do not hesitate to take risks and who will not lose their individuality in a crowd.

The world needs men and women who will be as honest in small affairs as in greater; who will make no compromise with wrong; whose ambitions are not confined to their own selfish desires; who will not say they do it "because everybody else does it"; who are true to their friends through good and bad, in adversity as well as in prosperity.

The world needs men and women who do not believe that shrewdness, cunning and hard headedness are the best qualities for winning success; who are not ashamed or afraid to stand for the truth when it is unpopular and who can say "no" with emphasis, although the rest of the world says "yes".

The world needs men and women who are willing to say "I believe", who are not afraid to say that their faith in a loving God is important to them and who are happy to say that it makes a difference in their life.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Sep-15
Thought For Week

'A Reflection called 'Needed men and women of character' ~Author Unknown

The world needs men and women who cannot be bought; whose word is their bond; who put character above wealth; who possess opinions and a strong will; who are larger than their vocations; who do not hesitate to take risks and who will not lose their individuality in a crowd.

The world needs men and women who will be as honest in small affairs as in greater; who will make no compromise with wrong; whose ambitions are not confined to their own selfish desires; who will not say they do it "because everybody else does it"; who are true to their friends through good and bad, in adversity as well as in prosperity.

The world needs men and women who do not believe that shrewdness, cunning and hardheadedness are the best qualities for winning success; who are not ashamed or afraid to stand for the truth when it is unpopular and who can say "no" with emphasis, although the rest of the world says "yes".

The world needs men and women who are willing to say "I believe", who are not afraid to say that their faith in a loving God is important to them and who are happy to say that it makes a difference in their life.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Sep-14
Thought For Week

'A Reflection called 'Needed men and women of character' ~Author Unknown

The world needs men and women who cannot be bought; whose word is their bond; who put character above wealth; who possess opinions and a strong will; who are larger than their vocations; who do not hesitate to take risks and who will not lose their individuality in a crowd.

The world needs men and women who will be as honest in small affairs as in greater; who will make no compromise with wrong; whose ambitions are not confined to their own selfish desires; who will not say they do it "because everybody else does it"; who are true to their friends through good and bad, in adversity as well as in prosperity.

The world needs men and women who do not believe that shrewdness, cunning and hard headedness are the best qualities for winning success; who are not ashamed or afraid to stand for the truth when it is unpopular and who can say "no" with emphasis, although the rest of the world says "yes".

The world needs men and women who are willing to say "I believe", who are not afraid to say that their faith in a loving God is important to them and who are happy to say that it makes a difference in their life.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Sep-13
Thought For Week

'A Reflection called 'Needed men and women of character' ~Author Unknown

The world needs men and women who cannot be bought; whose word is their bond; who put character above wealth; who possess opinions and a strong will; who are larger than their vocations; who do not hesitate to take risks and who will not lose their individuality in a crowd.

The world needs men and women who will be as honest in small affairs as in greater; who will make no compromise with wrong; whose ambitions are not confined to their own selfish desires; who will not say they do it "because everybody else does it"; who are true to their friends through good and bad, in adversity as well as in prosperity.

The world needs men and women who do not believe that shrewdness, cunning and hard headedness are the best qualities for winning success; who are not ashamed or afraid to stand for the truth when it is unpopular and who can say "no" with emphasis, although the rest of the world says "yes".

The world needs men and women who are willing to say "I believe", who are not afraid to say that their faith in a loving God is important to them and who are happy to say that it makes a difference in their life.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Sep-11
Two Thoughts For Today by Siobhain Tighe and Jane Mellett


Thought 1 called 'Misfits welcome!' by Siobhain Tighe

Jesus is being judged, by the authorities, to be mixing with the wrong sort of people - tax collectors, people who have made mistakes or indeed happen to be poor. Jesus welcomes the outsiders, the people who don't fit in, and shares a meal with them - the best way to build a relationship. Jesus explains that God's love is limitless. He uses the Prodigal Son image, the shepherd searching for his lost sheep and the woman carefully looking through her house in search of a lost coin to demonstrate how eagerly God wants to seek us out and welcome us.

At times we can feel like the misfit - recognising that we may have had a period of ignoring or avoiding God, trying to live on our own strength. It takes courage to trust in the love of God, who like the father in the gospel is always unreservedly and lovingly looking for us to come home. Essentially, Jesus' message is of radical welcome; not just to those who it is easy to welcome but all. We are called to imitate.


Thought 2 Called 'The Lost Parables' by Jane Mellett

The three parables of things lost and found emphasise the unending forgiveness of God and God's rejoicing for those who return. In each of the situations there is a frantic search for that which is lost and a huge celebration when the lost is found. In the third parable of the Prodigal Son there is much to reflect on. We hear that the younger brother eventually 'came to his senses'. We might pray today that God shows us the aspects of our lives in which we also need to 'come to our senses'.

As with all parables, we are left thinking and wondering, disturbed even. A sheep and a coin we can rejoice over, but when it is a person who has done us harm, hurt us in some way, it is a much deeper and more painful process. The elder brother in the third parable feels hard done by, is deeply hurt, full of anger and resentment. Luke, being the excellent storyteller that he is, does not tell us the outcome of the story; it is for us to finish for ourselves. The elder brother has two options: he can walk away full of resentment or he can try to let go of the anger he feels towards his brother. The latter is a more difficult path but it is the only one that leads to life, no matter how painful the journey may be. The father stands there pleading for the elder brother to come in. 'Forgiveness isn't about releasing someone from accountability for their actions. It is about us letting go of our anger and resentment.'
 
 
 
  Friday
Sep-09
Thought For Week

'Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.' ~Mother Teresa

On Sunday Pope Francis declared Mother Teresa of Calcutta a Saint, in an historic ceremony that took place in St Peter's Square, Rome. Looking at it on television, they were blessed with beautiful sunshine and blue skies. Thousands of people attended while it was watched live on television by so many more. She is one person who will always be etched in our memory. Mother Teresa will always be remembered as an incredibly holy woman, who worked tirelessly with the poorest of the poor in Calcutta. She gave so much of her time to be with the dying and those who had no voice. She set up homeless hostels, soup kitchens, leprosy clinics, HIV/Aids hospices, orphanages, schools, mobile dispensaries and mother and baby clinics. She also set up help centres for drug addicts and alcoholics. Her order the Missionaries of Charity ensured that her work spread to many other countries across the world too.

Her canonisation though has been shrouded in some controversy. There was surprise in how quick the process to make Mother Teresa a Saint happened. It was felt that it was pushed through too quickly. Others say that she treated the symptoms of poverty while ignoring the causes. She has also been criticised for her strong insistence that suffering was the will of God and that it had to be accepted in whatever form it came. But despite her critics no one can deny that she did an incredible amount of good work. She lived the message of the Gospel as she worked with those on the fringes and marginalised. Mother Teresa became affectionately know as "The saint of the gutters." As a Nobel peace winner, Mother Teresa was one of the most influential women in the history of the Church. Her canonisation yesterday was a day of great rejoicing and blessing. We pray to Mother Teresa for blessings and we pray to her for any special intention that we may have.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Sep-08
Thought For Today

'Because time itself is like a spiral, something special happens on your birthday each year: The same energy that God invested in you at birth is present once again.' ~Menachem Mendel Schneerson

The birthday of Mary (Sep 8th) is celebrated today. We don't know for certain when she was born but for some reason Sep 8th is the day that marks her birthday. Every birthday is worthy of celebration and even more so when it comes to Mary. As the mother of God she is hugely popular. It is estimated that her prayer, "Hail Mary" is said two billion times every day across the world. We look forward to our own birthday and that of family and friends. No one grows tired of saying Happy Birthday. Every birthday is our way of saying, "You are special, there's only one of you, we are happy that you exist." Today is our way of saying to Mary that we are happy that she has an important part to play in our lives. We invite her nurturing presence and compassionate love into all we do each day. Today is also a reminder to acknowledge those who are special to us and that we don't just do it every year on their birthday but every day till their birthday!
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Sep-07
Thought For Week

'Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.' ~Mother Teresa

On Sunday Pope Francis declared Mother Teresa of Calcutta a Saint, in an historic ceremony that took place in St Peter's Square, Rome. Looking at it on television, they were blessed with beautiful sunshine and blue skies. Thousands of people attended while it was watched live on television by so many more. She is one person who will always be etched in our memory. Mother Teresa will always be remembered as an incredibly holy woman, who worked tirelessly with the poorest of the poor in Calcutta. She gave so much of her time to be with the dying and those who had no voice. She set up homeless hostels, soup kitchens, leprosy clinics, HIV/Aids hospices, orphanages, schools, mobile dispensaries and mother and baby clinics. She also set up help centres for drug addicts and alcoholics. Her order the Missionaries of Charity ensured that her work spread to many other countries across the world too.

Her canonisation though has been shrouded in some controversy. There was surprise in how quick the process to make Mother Teresa a Saint happened. It was felt that it was pushed through too quickly. Others say that she treated the symptoms of poverty while ignoring the causes. She has also been criticised for her strong insistence that suffering was the will of God and that it had to be accepted in whatever form it came. But despite her critics no one can deny that she did an incredible amount of good work. She lived the message of the Gospel as she worked with those on the fringes and marginalised. Mother Teresa became affectionately know as "The saint of the gutters." As a Nobel peace winner, Mother Teresa was one of the most influential women in the history of the Church. Her canonisation yesterday was a day of great rejoicing and blessing. We pray to Mother Teresa for blessings and we pray to her for any special intention that we may have.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Sep-06
Thought For Week

'Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.' ~Mother Teresa

On Sunday Pope Francis declared Mother Teresa of Calcutta a Saint, in an historic ceremony that took place in St Peter's Square, Rome. Looking at it on television, they were blessed with beautiful sunshine and blue skies. Thousands of people attended while it was watched live on television by so many more. She is one person who will always be etched in our memory. Mother Teresa will always be remembered as an incredibly holy woman, who worked tirelessly with the poorest of the poor in Calcutta. She gave so much of her time to be with the dying and those who had no voice. She set up homeless hostels, soup kitchens, leprosy clinics, HIV/Aids hospices, orphanages, schools, mobile dispensaries and mother and baby clinics. She also set up help centres for drug addicts and alcoholics. Her order the Missionaries of Charity ensured that her work spread to many other countries across the world too.

Her canonisation though has been shrouded in some controversy. There was surprise in how quick the process to make Mother Teresa a Saint happened. It was felt that it was pushed through too quickly. Others say that she treated the symptoms of poverty while ignoring the causes. She has also been criticised for her strong insistence that suffering was the will of God and that it had to be accepted in whatever form it came. But despite her critics no one can deny that she did an incredible amount of good work. She lived the message of the Gospel as she worked with those on the fringes and marginalised. Mother Teresa became affectionately know as "The saint of the gutters." As a Nobel peace winner, Mother Teresa was one of the most influential women in the history of the Church. Her canonisation yesterday was a day of great rejoicing and blessing. We pray to Mother Teresa for blessings and we pray to her for any special intention that we may have.
 
 
 
  Monday
Sep-05
Thought For Week

'Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.' ~Mother Teresa

Yesterday Pope Francis declared Mother Teresa of Calcutta a Saint, in an historic ceremony that took place in St Peter's Square, Rome. Looking at it on television, they were blessed with beautiful sunshine and blue skies. Thousands of people attended while it was watched live on television by so many more. She is one person who will always be etched in our memory. Mother Teresa will always be remembered as an incredibly holy woman, who worked tirelessly with the poorest of the poor in Calcutta. She gave so much of her time to be with the dying and those who had no voice. She set up homeless hostels, soup kitchens, leprosy clinics, HIV/Aids hospices, orphanages, schools, mobile dispensaries and mother and baby clinics. She also set up help centres for drug addicts and alcoholics. Her order the Missionaries of Charity ensured that her work spread to many other countries across the world too.

Her canonisation though has been shrouded in some controversy. There was surprise in how quick the process to make Mother Teresa a Saint happened. It was felt that it was pushed through too quickly. Others say that she treated the symptoms of poverty while ignoring the causes. She has also been criticised for her strong insistence that suffering was the will of God and that it had to be accepted in whatever form it came. But despite her critics no one can deny that she did an incredible amount of good work. She lived the message of the Gospel as she worked with those on the fringes and marginalised. Mother Teresa became affectionately know as "The saint of the gutters." As a Nobel peace winner, Mother Teresa was one of the most influential women in the history of the Church. Her canonisation yesterday was a day of great rejoicing and blessing. We pray to Mother Teresa for blessings and we pray to her for any special intention that we may have.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Sep-04
Thought For Today is by Siobhain Tighe called 'Embracing the Kingdom of God - a call to give all that we are!

Today's Gospel calls us to a radical awakening; a taking stock of what it means to be a follower of Jesus. We are called to be prepared and alert, that embracing the Kingdom of God is not a passive experience, or indeed a ticking of a box exercise; I went to Mass - check; I gave money to charity - check. Jesus demands more of us; He is asking for our very being - All that I am!

We are to put God first and surrender all our attachments to Him - our family, power, possessions. It is not so much that we aren't to love them; rather, we have the freedom through God to be in the right relationship with the world when we put God first. Embracing the cross is daunting and frightening at first sight, however, God wants the best for us, and we are not left alone if we choose to follow Him. We pray today to trust in God.

Siobhain Tighe is a Parish Pastoral Worker of the Archdiocese of Dublin with responsibility for Youth Evangelisation
 
 
 
  Friday
Sep-02
All schools reopen this week after the summer holidays. Everyone is agreed how quickly the summer went. For the most part the weather wasn't too bad. For those starting school for the very first time, it is indeed a special time. Back to school means getting back to normal routines again. This can be a good thing too. Most schools include a prayer for the start of the school year. The following is one such prayer:

Loving God, our creator, our saviour, our companion, bless the journey of a new school year that we undertake today.
Bless our teachers and friends as we make our way back to the classrooms for another year.
Help everyone to feel the excitement and joy in the promise of a new start. Give us everything we need to start our classes.
Give us imagination and creativity to make wonders out of what we do have.
We ask you to refresh our souls and renew our spirits.
We welcome those who are new to our school community and may they settle in well during the coming days and weeks.
Strengthen all of us to share the wonderful gifts you have given to each of us.
We ask you to gently guide and direct everyone each day in your loving care. We ask this in your name. Amen
 
 
 
  Thursday
Sep-01
All schools reopen this week after the summer holidays. Everyone is agreed how quickly the summer went. For the most part the weather wasn't too bad. For those starting school for the very first time, it is indeed a special time. Back to school means getting back to normal routines again. This can be a good thing too. Most schools include a prayer for the start of the school year. The following is one such prayer:

Loving God, our creator, our saviour, our companion, bless the journey of a new school year that we undertake today.
Bless our teachers and friends as we make our way back to the classrooms for another year.
Help everyone to feel the excitement and joy in the promise of a new start. Give us everything we need to start our classes.
Give us imagination and creativity to make wonders out of what we do have.
We ask you to refresh our souls and renew our spirits.
We welcome those who are new to our school community and may they settle in well during the coming days and weeks.
Strengthen all of us to share the wonderful gifts you have given to each of us.
We ask you to gently guide and direct everyone each day in your loving care. We ask this in your name. Amen
 
 

 

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