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Listing September - 2021
 
  Thursday
Sep-30
'Archangel Michael has long been a protector of and friend to all who ask. Healer, warrior and guardian, Michael is the bringer of peace and the conqueror of darkness.' ~Doreen Virtue

Yesterday (September 29th) was the feast of the Archangel Michael. Michael, like God and all of the angels is unlimited in his ability to help us. Many people have great devotion to him and in particular call on him during difficult and stressful situations. His primary role is protection and in particular during darkness and evil. We are aware how the world we live in has its own horrible evil moments. There are many examples where evil and darkness try and smother love and goodness.

Archangel Michael is busy on our behalf to make sure that evil does not get a firm hold. He wants to respond to every call and prayer for help and protection. We can pray and ask him for protection and healing. We can do this whenever we want but today is a good day to do so. St Michael is the patron of police, grocers, mariners, paratroopers and sickness.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Sep-29
'Archangel Michael has long been a protector of and friend to all who ask. Healer, warrior and guardian, Michael is the bringer of peace and the conqueror of darkness.' ~Doreen Virtue

Today (September 29th) is the feast of the Archangel Michael. Michael, like God and all of the angels is unlimited in his ability to help us. Many people have great devotion to him and in particular call on him during difficult and stressful situations. His primary role is protection and in particular during darkness and evil. We are aware how the world we live in has its own horrible evil moments. There are many examples where evil and darkness try and smother love and goodness.

Archangel Michael is busy on our behalf to make sure that evil does not get a firm hold. He wants to respond to every call and prayer for help and protection. We can pray and ask him for protection and healing. We can do this whenever we want but today is a good day to do so. St Michael is the patron of police, grocers, mariners, paratroopers and sickness.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Sep-28
'Focus on your strengths, not your weaknesses. Focus on your character, not your reputation. Focus on your blessings, not your misfortunes.' ~Roy T.Bennett

Last Saturday (September 25th) was the feast of St. Finbarr. He is the patron saint of Cork and has very close ties with Gougane Barra in West Cork. The world that Finbarr lived in was radically different to the one we live in now. The world back then was much less complicated, life was lived simply with fewer distractions. But they too had their challenges and difficulties. Finbarr believed strongly that God was the one who gave us hope and strength to get us through everything.

This was the message that he brought from Gougane Barra to the people of Cork and beyond. His message is still so relevant today. It is great that here in Cork we have such a deeply spiritual place that is Gougane Barra so close to our doorstep. It is no surprise that it attracts visitors all year round. There was a huge increase in visitor numbers to Gougane Barra once the lockdown restrictions were lifted. People missed their spiritual recharge and it never fails any time one visits there.

The Covid pandemic has been tough on everyone. Thankfully we are seeing green shoots of optimism and an ongoing improving situation. There have been many prayers said to help people through the difficult times and these have included our psalms. The psalms are prayers that echo every human experience, even the sense of isolation and of hopelessness.

Psalm 86 is one example and it puts before us an alternative to hopelessness. The psalm reminds us that God is kind and full of compassion. We are told that the God we follow, 'Abounds in love'. If you translate the word 'abound', the dictionary says, 'full of', 'overflowing with', 'teeming with' or 'alive with'. The writer of this psalm adds the word 'love'. This then translates beautifully in the Psalm as 'full of love', overflowing with love', 'teeming with love', 'alive with love'. To say that God is 'alive with love' is such a beautiful description of God.

It means that God is with us right now and with us through everything that is going on in our lives - not last week or next week, but alive in the moment that is now. This is the God St Finbarr believed in, that God is the one who gives us hope and strength to get us through everything and that God is alive with love. It is not some old outdated notion of God but is still so relevant for the world we live in today. It is also very relevant for our own personal lives too.
 
 
 
  Monday
Sep-27
'Focus on your strengths, not your weaknesses. Focus on your character, not your reputation. Focus on your blessings, not your misfortunes.' ~Roy T.Bennett

Last Saturday (September 25th) was the feast of St. Finbarr. He is the patron saint of Cork and has very close ties with Gougane Barra in West Cork. The world that Finbarr lived in was radically different to the one we live in now. The world back then was much less complicated, life was lived simply with fewer distractions. But they too had their challenges and difficulties. Finbarr believed strongly that God was the one who gave us hope and strength to get us through everything.

This was the message that he brought from Gougane Barra to the people of Cork and beyond. His message is still so relevant today. It is great that here in Cork we have such a deeply spiritual place that is Gougane Barra so close to our doorstep. It is no surprise that it attracts visitors all year round. There was a huge increase in visitor numbers to Gougane Barra once the lockdown restrictions were lifted. People missed their spiritual recharge and it never fails any time one visits there.

The Covid pandemic has been tough on everyone. Thankfully we are seeing green shoots of optimism and an ongoing improving situation. There have been many prayers said to help people through the difficult times and these have included our psalms. The psalms are prayers that echo every human experience, even the sense of isolation and of hopelessness.

Psalm 86 is one example and it puts before us an alternative to hopelessness. The psalm reminds us that God is kind and full of compassion. We are told that the God we follow, 'Abounds in love'. If you translate the word 'abound', the dictionary says, 'full of', 'overflowing with', 'teeming with' or 'alive with'. The writer of this psalm adds the word 'love'. This then translates beautifully in the Psalm as 'full of love', overflowing with love', 'teeming with love', 'alive with love'. To say that God is 'alive with love' is such a beautiful description of God.

It means that God is with us right now and with us through everything that is going on in our lives - not last week or next week, but alive in the moment that is now. This is the God St Finbarr believed in, that God is the one who gives us hope and strength to get us through everything and that God is alive with love. It is not some old outdated notion of God but is still so relevant for the world we live in today. It is also very relevant for our own personal lives too.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Sep-26
'Focus on your strengths, not your weaknesses. Focus on your character, not your reputation. Focus on your blessings, not your misfortunes.' ~Roy T.Bennett

Yesterday (September 25th) was the feast of St. Finbarr. He is the patron saint of Cork and has very close ties with Gougane Barra in West Cork. The world that Finbarr lived in was radically different to the one we live in now. The world back then was much less complicated, life was lived simply with fewer distractions. But they too had their challenges and difficulties. Finbarr believed strongly that God was the one who gave us hope and strength to get us through everything.

This was the message that he brought from Gougane Barra to the people of Cork and beyond. His message is still so relevant today. It is great that here in Cork we have such a deeply spiritual place that is Gougane Barra so close to our doorstep. It is no surprise that it attracts visitors all year round. There was a huge increase in visitor numbers to Gougane Barra once the lockdown restrictions were lifted. People missed their spiritual recharge and it never fails any time one visits there.

The Covid pandemic has been tough on everyone. Thankfully we are seeing green shoots of optimism and an ongoing improving situation. There have been many prayers said to help people through the difficult times and these have included our psalms. The psalms are prayers that echo every human experience, even the sense of isolation and of hopelessness.

Psalm 86 is one example and it puts before us an alternative to hopelessness. The psalm reminds us that God is kind and full of compassion. We are told that the God we follow, 'Abounds in love'. If you translate the word 'abound', the dictionary says, 'full of', 'overflowing with', 'teeming with' or 'alive with'. The writer of this psalm adds the word 'love'. This then translates beautifully in the Psalm as 'full of love', overflowing with love', 'teeming with love', 'alive with love'. To say that God is 'alive with love' is such a beautiful description of God.

It means that God is with us right now and with us through everything that is going on in our lives - not last week or next week, but alive in the moment that is now. This is the God St Finbarr believed in, that God is the one who gives us hope and strength to get us through everything and that God is alive with love. It is not some old outdated notion of God but is still so relevant for the world we live in today. It is also very relevant for our own personal lives too.
 
 
 
  Friday
Sep-24
Thought For The Week

'Love is such an overused word. Pop songs sing about love. Everything revolves around love. Many people only connect love with the idea of fulfilled sexuality. But however much the word is misused, in the depths of our heart every one longs for love.' ~Anselm Gruen

It came up in conversation on a radio chat show during the week, how people seem to be crankier now since the Covid restrictions have eased. There was feedback from staff working in restaurants about customers complaining, giving out and being very rude to those working and who are simply doing their best. Yes everyone has been through very difficult times but it's not fair when anger and frustration is taken out on those who least deserve it.

We all know someone special who radiates love and kindness. It is not an act or something put on. They radiate it naturally and it simply flows from them. It is good to be near and around such people. It is so much more difficult to be with someone who is cranky, irritable, short tempered and angry.

Everyone has the ability to love and be kind but for different reasons the flow sometimes becomes blocked. It might be a hurt, a knock or setback in life. Someone may have betrayed our trust. We may have been taken advantage of or we may have grown afraid because others hurt us in the past.

Scripture readings refer to God as love. This is 100% pure natural Divine love. It is total, complete and will never run out. Each day is an invitation to soak in some of this love. The invitation is to allow it melt away our hurts, fears, anxieties, disappointments or darkness in our lives. Every time we take up this invitation allows us to radiate our own love naturally. No matter what our age, our belief system or our background, this is what we are born to do.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Sep-23
Thought For The Week

'Love is such an overused word. Pop songs sing about love. Everything revolves around love. Many people only connect love with the idea of fulfilled sexuality. But however much the word is misused, in the depths of our heart every one longs for love.' ~Anselm Gruen

It came up in conversation on a radio chat show during the week, how people seem to be crankier now since the Covid restrictions have eased. There was feedback from staff working in restaurants about customers complaining, giving out and being very rude to those working and who are simply doing their best. Yes everyone has been through very difficult times but it's not fair when anger and frustration is taken out on those who least deserve it.

We all know someone special who radiates love and kindness. It is not an act or something put on. They radiate it naturally and it simply flows from them. It is good to be near and around such people. It is so much more difficult to be with someone who is cranky, irritable, short tempered and angry.

Everyone has the ability to love and be kind but for different reasons the flow sometimes becomes blocked. It might be a hurt, a knock or setback in life. Someone may have betrayed our trust. We may have been taken advantage of or we may have grown afraid because others hurt us in the past.

Scripture readings refer to God as love. This is 100% pure natural Divine love. It is total, complete and will never run out. Each day is an invitation to soak in some of this love. The invitation is to allow it melt away our hurts, fears, anxieties, disappointments or darkness in our lives. Every time we take up this invitation allows us to radiate our own love naturally. No matter what our age, our belief system or our background, this is what we are born to do.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Sep-22
Thought For The Week

'Love is such an overused word. Pop songs sing about love. Everything revolves around love. Many people only connect love with the idea of fulfilled sexuality. But however much the word is misused, in the depths of our heart every one longs for love.' ~Anselm Gruen

It came up in conversation on a radio chat show during the week, how people seem to be crankier now since the Covid restrictions have eased. There was feedback from staff working in restaurants about customers complaining, giving out and being very rude to those working and who are simply doing their best. Yes everyone has been through very difficult times but it's not fair when anger and frustration is taken out on those who least deserve it.

We all know someone special who radiates love and kindness. It is not an act or something put on. They radiate it naturally and it simply flows from them. It is good to be near and around such people. It is so much more difficult to be with someone who is cranky, irritable, short tempered and angry.

Everyone has the ability to love and be kind but for different reasons the flow sometimes becomes blocked. It might be a hurt, a knock or setback in life. Someone may have betrayed our trust. We may have been taken advantage of or we may have grown afraid because others hurt us in the past.

Scripture readings refer to God as love. This is 100% pure natural Divine love. It is total, complete and will never run out. Each day is an invitation to soak in some of this love. The invitation is to allow it melt away our hurts, fears, anxieties, disappointments or darkness in our lives. Every time we take up this invitation allows us to radiate our own love naturally. No matter what our age, our belief system or our background, this is what we are born to do.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Sep-21
Thought For The Week

'Love is such an overused word. Pop songs sing about love. Everything revolves around love. Many people only connect love with the idea of fulfilled sexuality. But however much the word is misused, in the depths of our heart every one longs for love.' ~Anselm Gruen

It came up in conversation on a radio chat show during the week, how people seem to be crankier now since the Covid restrictions have eased. There was feedback from staff working in restaurants about customers complaining, giving out and being very rude to those working and who are simply doing their best. Yes everyone has been through very difficult times but it's not fair when anger and frustration is taken out on those who least deserve it.

We all know someone special who radiates love and kindness. It is not an act or something put on. They radiate it naturally and it simply flows from them. It is good to be near and around such people. It is so much more difficult to be with someone who is cranky, irritable, short tempered and angry.

Everyone has the ability to love and be kind but for different reasons the flow sometimes becomes blocked. It might be a hurt, a knock or setback in life. Someone may have betrayed our trust. We may have been taken advantage of or we may have grown afraid because others hurt us in the past.

Scripture readings refer to God as love. This is 100% pure natural Divine love. It is total, complete and will never run out. Each day is an invitation to soak in some of this love. The invitation is to allow it melt away our hurts, fears, anxieties, disappointments or darkness in our lives. Every time we take up this invitation allows us to radiate our own love naturally. No matter what our age, our belief system or our background, this is what we are born to do.
 
 
 
  Monday
Sep-20
Thought For The Week

'Love is such an overused word. Pop songs sing about love. Everything revolves around love. Many people only connect love with the idea of fulfilled sexuality. But however much the word is misused, in the depths of our heart every one longs for love.' ~Anselm Gruen

It came up in conversation on a radio chat show during the week, how people seem to be crankier now since the Covid restrictions have eased. There was feedback from staff working in restaurants about customers complaining, giving out and being very rude to those working and who are simply doing their best. Yes everyone has been through very difficult times but it's not fair when anger and frustration is taken out on those who least deserve it.

We all know someone special who radiates love and kindness. It is not an act or something put on. They radiate it naturally and it simply flows from them. It is good to be near and around such people. It is so much more difficult to be with someone who is cranky, irritable, short tempered and angry.

Everyone has the ability to love and be kind but for different reasons the flow sometimes becomes blocked. It might be a hurt, a knock or setback in life. Someone may have betrayed our trust. We may have been taken advantage of or we may have grown afraid because others hurt us in the past.

Scripture readings refer to God as love. This is 100% pure natural Divine love. It is total, complete and will never run out. Each day is an invitation to soak in some of this love. The invitation is to allow it melt away our hurts, fears, anxieties, disappointments or darkness in our lives. Every time we take up this invitation allows us to radiate our own love naturally. No matter what our age, our belief system or our background, this is what we are born to do.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Sep-19
'If fear is acknowledged, accepted, honoured and worked with, it is a way to inner peace. By accepting myself and others, by allowing mine and other's weaknesses transform me, I open to the next moment with new awareness and a new heart.' ~Stanislaus Kennedy

Fear is the one thing that can paralyse all the good things we would like to do. It can darken hope, it eats at our confidence and can take over our lives. But the first most important step in overcoming all our fears is to simply acknowledge them. It is normal and human to have fears, to be afraid and to be unsure of what step to take next. Asking God to help us take that step forward even if we're unsure and fearful is such an honest prayer. Such a prayer can give us the strength, courage and confidence to face and conquer all our fears.
 
 
 
  Friday
Sep-17
'If fear is acknowledged, accepted, honoured and worked with, it is a way to inner peace. By accepting myself and others, by allowing mine and other's weaknesses transform me, I open to the next moment with new awareness and a new heart.' ~Stanislaus Kennedy

Fear is the one thing that can paralyse all the good things we would like to do. It can darken hope, it eats at our confidence and can take over our lives. But the first most important step in overcoming all our fears is to simply acknowledge them. It is normal and human to have fears, to be afraid and to be unsure of what step to take next. Asking God to help us take that step forward even if we're unsure and fearful is such an honest prayer. Such a prayer can give us the strength, courage and confidence to face and conquer all our fears.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Sep-15
'If fear is acknowledged, accepted, honoured and worked with, it is a way to inner peace. By accepting myself and others, by allowing mine and other's weaknesses transform me, I open to the next moment with new awareness and a new heart.' ~Stanislaus Kennedy

Fear is the one thing that can paralyse all the good things we would like to do. It can darken hope, it eats at our confidence and can take over our lives. But the first most important step in overcoming all our fears is to simply acknowledge them. It is normal and human to have fears, to be afraid and to be unsure of what step to take next. Asking God to help us take that step forward even if we're unsure and fearful is such an honest prayer. Such a prayer can give us the strength, courage and confidence to face and conquer all our fears.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Sep-14
Today (Sep 14th) is the feast of the Triumph of the Cross.

The cross is something that many can relate to. Life is far from easy, straightforward or predictable. The cross on its own is ugly and not a place we want to stop or stay at. The cross can never be an end in itself. Because of the Resurrection the cross becomes a stepping stone.

The cross pulls God right into the middle of our struggles, setbacks, pain, suffering and sometimes into the mess of our lives. But God doesn't want us to remain in this place. As believers we are people of hope and we always look for a stepping stone out of and away from our cross. We ask and pray for God's help today to give us strength, courage and hope to get through all that is difficult in our lives at the moment.
 
 
 
  Monday
Sep-13
As we marked the 20th anniversary of 9/11 on Saturday, we recall memories of where we were and when we heard the news of the tragedy unfolding in New York. With so many connections between Ireland and the US, it really touched us all. The events that day were truly beyond words. I remember in the days that followed hearing the following prayer. It really was so honest, heartfelt and filled with hope. I share it again with you today, 20 years on.

A prayer for unity by the Reverend Wintley Phipps

We pray today that from the ashes will rise a new spirit of beauty and unity. Already, all across this nation our hearts have been knit together into a new tapestry of one America. Because of this tragedy, we have been bound together by a silver chord of hope and brotherhood and sisterhood. What was meant to drive us apart has really drawn us together. May we always remember. And so today we ask, God, that you would wipe the tears of all in need of comfort. That you would warm the heart of one who would grow cold from bitterness. That you would lift the head of that one who is bowed down in sadness. That you would touch the discouraged and remind them that love will always conquer hate.

We thank you, God, for making us such a resilient people. We know that we are. And we pray now for the strength to rise again, to build again, and to live free from fear. We pray that you will help us rebuild our broken lives and mend our broken hearts. We pray that you will give us the courage to face evil and the faith to believe that good will never be defeated. Hold us close to your heart. And through our tears, and through our sorrow, may we all see a new vision of a new tomorrow. Amen
 
 
 
  Sunday
Sep-12
'Once the chess game is over, the king and pawn go back into the same box.' ~Italian Proverb

I first want to begin by congratulating all who got their Leaving Cert results last Friday. Hopefully everyone is reasonably happy with their results. It's been a long road, lots of anxious moments and finally new beginnings for so many. As we all know it's the students with the highest grades who always make the headlines. The few who get the perfect jackpot results will make for the stories on news feeds and in the papers.

The many who put in super efforts, who worked tirelessly and who never gave up despite all the obstacles, will seldom make the headlines. We especially congratulate these students too who also have done so well. There are other students for whom the results will have gone well but will be squeezed out of their chosen course because of competition and increased points. These students are also in our thoughts and prayers. There is always something for everyone and there is lots of advice available for students who are unsure what the next step to take might be.

From a spiritual point of view there is a message here as well. Spiritually there are no divisions in terms of who gets what. It's hard for us to understand that in God's eyes we are all equal and the same, with no exception. We may be different in terms of gifts, talents, personality, fingerprint, DNA and so on but to put it simply God has no favourites. We are all loved equally and in a way that is beyond words. We are truly special, priceless and loved.

It is we who make the distinctions in life. It is we who categorise people and we put them where we want them to be. It is we who create divisions and barriers. Some get left behind. Yet every person has a right to be recognised as an equal, to feel important and loved and to feel that they have an important contribution to make in life. In the game of chess am I a king, queen or a pawn? Am I inclusive of others? Do I cherish the contribution of others, particularly someone who may have low self esteem or someone who feels left behind in life? You are loved and special. Nothing is ever going to change this.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Sep-09
'Once the chess game is over, the king and pawn go back into the same box.' ~Italian Proverb

I first want to begin by congratulating all who got their Leaving Cert results last Friday. Hopefully everyone is reasonably happy with their results. It's been a long road, lots of anxious moments and finally new beginnings for so many. As we all know it's the students with the highest grades who always make the headlines. The few who get the perfect jackpot results will make for the stories on news feeds and in the papers.

The many who put in super efforts, who worked tirelessly and who never gave up despite all the obstacles, will seldom make the headlines. We especially congratulate these students too who also have done so well. There are other students for whom the results will have gone well but will be squeezed out of their chosen course because of competition and increased points. These students are also in our thoughts and prayers. There is always something for everyone and there is lots of advice available for students who are unsure what the next step to take might be.

From a spiritual point of view there is a message here as well. Spiritually there are no divisions in terms of who gets what. It's hard for us to understand that in God's eyes we are all equal and the same, with no exception. We may be different in terms of gifts, talents, personality, fingerprint, DNA and so on but to put it simply God has no favourites. We are all loved equally and in a way that is beyond words. We are truly special, priceless and loved.

It is we who make the distinctions in life. It is we who categorise people and we put them where we want them to be. It is we who create divisions and barriers. Some get left behind. Yet every person has a right to be recognised as an equal, to feel important and loved and to feel that they have an important contribution to make in life. In the game of chess am I a king, queen or a pawn? Am I inclusive of others? Do I cherish the contribution of others, particularly someone who may have low self esteem or someone who feels left behind in life? You are loved and special. Nothing is ever going to change this.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Sep-08
'Once the chess game is over, the king and pawn go back into the same box.' ~Italian Proverb

I first want to begin by congratulating all who got their Leaving Cert results last Friday. Hopefully everyone is reasonably happy with their results. It's been a long road, lots of anxious moments and finally new beginnings for so many. As we all know it's the students with the highest grades who always make the headlines. The few who get the perfect jackpot results will make for the stories on news feeds and in the papers.

The many who put in super efforts, who worked tirelessly and who never gave up despite all the obstacles, will seldom make the headlines. We especially congratulate these students too who also have done so well. There are other students for whom the results will have gone well but will be squeezed out of their chosen course because of competition and increased points. These students are also in our thoughts and prayers. There is always something for everyone and there is lots of advice available for students who are unsure what the next step to take might be.

From a spiritual point of view there is a message here as well. Spiritually there are no divisions in terms of who gets what. It's hard for us to understand that in God's eyes we are all equal and the same, with no exception. We may be different in terms of gifts, talents, personality, fingerprint, DNA and so on but to put it simply God has no favourites. We are all loved equally and in a way that is beyond words. We are truly special, priceless and loved.

It is we who make the distinctions in life. It is we who categorise people and we put them where we want them to be. It is we who create divisions and barriers. Some get left behind. Yet every person has a right to be recognised as an equal, to feel important and loved and to feel that they have an important contribution to make in life. In the game of chess am I a king, queen or a pawn? Am I inclusive of others? Do I cherish the contribution of others, particularly someone who may have low self esteem or someone who feels left behind in life? You are loved and special. Nothing is ever going to change this.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Sep-07
'Once the chess game is over, the king and pawn go back into the same box.' ~Italian Proverb

I first want to begin by congratulating all who got their Leaving Cert results last Friday. Hopefully everyone is reasonably happy with their results. It's been a long road, lots of anxious moments and finally new beginnings for so many. As we all know it's the students with the highest grades who always make the headlines. The few who get the perfect jackpot results will make for the stories on news feeds and in the papers.

The many who put in super efforts, who worked tirelessly and who never gave up despite all the obstacles, will seldom make the headlines. We especially congratulate these students too who also have done so well. There are other students for whom the results will have gone well but will be squeezed out of their chosen course because of competition and increased points. These students are also in our thoughts and prayers. There is always something for everyone and there is lots of advice available for students who are unsure what the next step to take might be.

From a spiritual point of view there is a message here as well. Spiritually there are no divisions in terms of who gets what. It's hard for us to understand that in God's eyes we are all equal and the same, with no exception. We may be different in terms of gifts, talents, personality, fingerprint, DNA and so on but to put it simply God has no favourites. We are all loved equally and in a way that is beyond words. We are truly special, priceless and loved.

It is we who make the distinctions in life. It is we who categorise people and we put them where we want them to be. It is we who create divisions and barriers. Some get left behind. Yet every person has a right to be recognised as an equal, to feel important and loved and to feel that they have an important contribution to make in life. In the game of chess am I a king, queen or a pawn? Am I inclusive of others? Do I cherish the contribution of others, particularly someone who may have low self esteem or someone who feels left behind in life? You are loved and special. Nothing is ever going to change this.
 
 
 
  Monday
Sep-06
'Once the chess game is over, the king and pawn go back into the same box.' ~Italian Proverb

I first want to begin by congratulating all who got their Leaving Cert results last Friday. Hopefully everyone is reasonably happy with their results. It's been a long road, lots of anxious moments and finally new beginnings for so many. As we all know it's the students with the highest grades who always make the headlines. The few who get the perfect jackpot results will make for the stories on news feeds and in the papers.

The many who put in super efforts, who worked tirelessly and who never gave up despite all the obstacles, will seldom make the headlines. We especially congratulate these students too who also have done so well. There are other students for whom the results will have gone well but will be squeezed out of their chosen course because of competition and increased points. These students are also in our thoughts and prayers. There is always something for everyone and there is lots of advice available for students who are unsure what the next step to take might be.

From a spiritual point of view there is a message here as well. Spiritually there are no divisions in terms of who gets what. It's hard for us to understand that in God's eyes we are all equal and the same, with no exception. We may be different in terms of gifts, talents, personality, fingerprint, DNA and so on but to put it simply God has no favourites. We are all loved equally and in a way that is beyond words. We are truly special, priceless and loved.

It is we who make the distinctions in life. It is we who categorise people and we put them where we want them to be. It is we who create divisions and barriers. Some get left behind. Yet every person has a right to be recognised as an equal, to feel important and loved and to feel that they have an important contribution to make in life. In the game of chess am I a king, queen or a pawn? Am I inclusive of others? Do I cherish the contribution of others, particularly someone who may have low self esteem or someone who feels left behind in life? You are loved and special. Nothing is ever going to change this.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Sep-05
'Most of life is routine, dull and grubby but routine is the momentum that keeps each of us going.' ~Ben Nicholas

Many schools will be returning this week after the summer holidays. For some children it is a very exciting day and their parents as they begin school for the first time. For others they have made the transition to secondary school and begin a whole new journey. There is a growing optimism that school life will feel a little more normal after all the Covid restrictions earlier in the year. Yes, there is a long way to go but we are certainly going in the right direction.

When students gather after a summer break there is so much swapping and sharing of stories about what happened during the holidays. This is always a lovely part of the return to school after the summer holidays. There is a recalling of the places that were visited, the fun that was had and the lovely weather that made it so much better.

The following is a short prayer as we return to school

Loving God, our creator, the source of our blessings, our companion, bless the journey of a new school year that we now begin. 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
 
 
 
  Saturday
Sep-04
'Most of life is routine, dull and grubby but routine is the momentum that keeps each of us going.' ~Ben Nicholas

Many schools will be returning this week after the summer holidays. For some children it is a very exciting day and their parents as they begin school for the first time. For others they have made the transition to secondary school and begin a whole new journey. There is a growing optimism that school life will feel a little more normal after all the Covid restrictions earlier in the year. Yes, there is a long way to go but we are certainly going in the right direction.

When students gather after a summer break there is so much swapping and sharing of stories about what happened during the holidays. This is always a lovely part of the return to school after the summer holidays. There is a recalling of the places that were visited, the fun that was had and the lovely weather that made it so much better.

The following is a short prayer as we return to school

Loving God, our creator, the source of our blessings, our companion, bless the journey of a new school year that we now begin. 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
 
 
 
  Friday
Sep-03
'Most of life is routine, dull and grubby but routine is the momentum that keeps each of us going.' ~Ben Nicholas

Many schools will be returning this week after the summer holidays. For some children it is a very exciting day and their parents as they begin school for the first time. For others they have made the transition to secondary school and begin a whole new journey. There is a growing optimism that school life will feel a little more normal after all the Covid restrictions earlier in the year. Yes, there is a long way to go but we are certainly going in the right direction.

When students gather after a summer break there is so much swapping and sharing of stories about what happened during the holidays. This is always a lovely part of the return to school after the summer holidays. There is a recalling of the places that were visited, the fun that was had and the lovely weather that made it so much better.

The following is a short prayer as we return to school

Loving God, our creator, the source of our blessings, our companion, bless the journey of a new school year that we now begin. 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-02
'Most of life is routine, dull and grubby but routine is the momentum that keeps each of us going.' ~Ben Nicholas

Many schools will be returning this week after the summer holidays. For some children it is a very exciting day and their parents as they begin school for the first time. For others they have made the transition to secondary school and begin a whole new journey. There is a growing optimism that school life will feel a little more normal after all the Covid restrictions earlier in the year. Yes, there is a long way to go but we are certainly going in the right direction.

When students gather after a summer break there is so much swapping and sharing of stories about what happened during the holidays. This is always a lovely part of the return to school after the summer holidays. There is a recalling of the places that were visited, the fun that was had and the lovely weather that made it so much better.

The following is a short prayer as we return to school

Loving God, our creator, the source of our blessings, our companion, bless the journey of a new school year that we now begin. 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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