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Building forward together

building forward better

The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2021 is 17th October.  The theme for this year is: “Building Forward Together: Ending Persistent Poverty, Respecting all People and our Planet”. International days and dates have a purpose, in that they can focus our attention and determination to inform ourselves of the reality for our ‘brothers and sisters’ across the globe ...

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The footprints of God

the footprints of God

The celebration of the past four weeks of prayer, activity and commitment to living so as to realise  “A home for all” – the theme of this year’s Season of Creation (1st September to 4th October 2021) has been a profound one, as we were pointed towards a better understanding of  the integral web of relationships that sustain the well-being ...

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The Autumn Equinox

Autumn Equinox

The Autumn Equinox has arrived, that subtle shift in light, in season and in the innate rhythm of Nature – a teacher, pointing towards the beat of our own lives. How can we open to, slow down, listen and respond with a different beat that allows us recognise and harvest the fruits of our lives, while at the same time ...

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Towards An Ever Wider “We”

Towards an ever wider we

The 107th World Day of Migrants and Refugees is on Sunday, 26th September 2021. This year’s theme is ‘Towards An Ever Wider “We”’ moving the focus from ‘Me’ to ‘We’. In the Encyclical Fratelli Tutti, Pope Francis expressed a concern and a hope that “Once this health crisis passes, our worst response would be to plunge even more deeply into ...

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Journeying together with the Spirit

A global tragedy such as the Covid-19 pandemic has made the already existing inequalities and inequities gain momentum almost exponentially. Humanity seems increasingly shaken by processes of massification and fragmentation.  The tragic condition faced by migrants in all regions of the world shows how high and strong the barriers dividing the single human family still are.  Indeed, the Encyclicals Laudato ...

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And so we pray …

and so we pray

In the reality of today’s Afghanistan as the Taliban take power, a Taliban spokesperson told a BBC reporter that they will reimpose their version of Sharia (religious) law, which includes such things as stoning for adultery and amputation of limbs for stealing. The fate of women is uncertain. The spokesperson assured the BBC that women would be respected, allowed to ...

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We are in the times of Mary

Mary of our times

The Vatican released a message from Pope Francis on Wednesday, 8th September as the Church celebrates the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  “The true joy that comes from the Lord always gives space to the voices of the forgotten, so that together with them we can build a better future,” Pope Francis said in the message see HERE Our ...

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No-one is safe until everyone is

no-one is safe until everyone is

“For more than a year, we have all experienced the devastating effects of a global pandemic—all of us, whether poor or wealthy, weak or strong. Some were more protected or vulnerable than others, but the rapidly-spreading infection meant that we have depended on each other in our efforts to stay safe.” “No-one is safe until everyone is safe”. These observations ...

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A Season of Creation

Season of Creation

The 1st of September is upon us heralding a change of season leading us into the meteorological Autumn.  We know from our experience of the changing seasons that Nature and the Earth never ceases to bestow its gifts. However, the Season of Creation (SOC) is our opportunity to ‘recognise the good gift’ of creation and to sustain and develop our ...

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Becoming what we love …

St. Clare becoming what we love

Today, 11th August, is the Feast day of St Clare of Assisi (1194 – 1253)  who aged 18 years, heard St. Francis of Assisi preach and asked him to help her live according to the Gospel.  In time a separate dwelling was built for Clare and her sister next to the church of San Damiano. Other women joined them and ...

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