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What God will do with it

We are entering the season that begins with a smudge. That smudge is a testimony to what survives. It is a witness to what abides when everything seems lost. It is a sign that what we know and love may, for a time, be reduced to dust, but it does not disappear. We belong to the God who well knows ...

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The story behind St. Valentine

The origin of this holiday for the expression of love really isn’t romantic at all—at least not in the traditional sense. St. Valentine was a Roman Priest at a time when there was an emperor called Claudius who persecuted the church. This Emperor had issued an edict that prohibited the marriage of young people. This was based on the hypothesis ...

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Seeds of action

In this the Tercentenary Year of Nano Nagle’s Birth (2018) we are drawn to make more time to understand who Nano Nagle was, and who she is for our times, especially in the light of all of the immediately visible social issues in Irish Society today, as well as those we might fail to recognise, lurking just below the surface ...

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Advent – an astonishingly hopeful invitation

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16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence

The UNiTE Campaign for 2017 (initiated by the United Nation’s Secretary General) takes place from 25th November (International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women) to 10th December 2017  (Human Rights Day) and reflects some of the core principles of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s), in particular Goal 5: Gender Equality. Orange, as one of the official colours of ...

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Presentation of Mary

“She who was blessed because she believed, sees blossom from her faith a new future and awaits God’s tomorrow with expectation”.  – Pope Francis According to the story, Mary’s parents, Joachim and Anne, who had been without children, received a heavenly message that they would bear a child. When a girl was born, the parents went in thanksgiving to the ...

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Sabbatical Programme 2018

‘Reflect, Refresh & Renew’ “It has been an absolute gift to step out of my life for a short while & enter a completely new space of reflection & renewal, in the beautiful environment of Mt. St. Anne’s …” – quote from a participant at the 2017  Sabbatical Programme) This 4-week programme taking place from the 18th March to 13th April ...

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‘Soul Catching’

Good stories travel fast.  I think that is still the case, because almost spontaneously when I hear something beautiful, inspiring or newsworthy I feel the inclination to want to share it immediately with someone else. There are of course some stories which are just written for the times we are in, and others transcend time and place and speak to ...

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What is your heart’s response?

It takes time to begin to get to know someone. Often it happens bit by bit as you get close up to their life. You hear things they have said and done and you listen to stories retold and shared by those who know and love them. But often it is the case that you get to know and understand ...

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The Evolution of a Charism

The tercentenary of Nano Nagle’s birth in 2018 will be an occasion for widespread celebration in all the places where Nano is known and loved, and where her life still speaks through the ministry of Presentation Sisters working and living at home and overseas. It will also be an opportunity for a great many people to ‘get to know’ who ...

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