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To become more human

In September 2018, during the week when Jean Vanier (the Canadian philosopher and theologian and the founder of L’Arche communities) had just turned ninety he shared a video to commemorate the occasion.  In it he lays out his “ten rules for life to become more human” as well as sharing his thoughts on life, and on growing older.  He speaks ...

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Thinking about Mary

May the month of Mary, is traditionally a time when we remember and we pray especially to Mary. “The Bible doesn’t tell us, of course, what Mary was doing when the messenger of God paid his visit. But I love the notion that Mary was already prayerfully steeping herself in the Word, long before Christ the Word ever became steeped ...

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Prayer

Yesterday I read a beautiful piece from Global Sisters Report (GSR).  The theme of this feature piece is: ‘The Life: In prayer, sisters find the unconditional love of God’. In it the panellists share a variety of approaches that help bring them into union with God.  […] But all approaches ultimately involve a personal encounter of love, a contemplative experience with ...

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She is fully alive

“She is fully alive”!  An apt heading for this News Bulletin. The performance of a recent play entitled ‘Path Through the Dark’ presented by Ocean of Notions Theatre Company and the Presentation Sisters South West Province in the beautiful Goldie Chapel at Nano Nagle Place has just concluded. Both enchanting and inspiring, this dramatic piece about the life of Nano ...

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Finding the language

The language we use to communicate with each other is more than just the spoken word, it has its roots in a connection of mind, heart and soul that comes from life shared among us and within us.  An expression of inter-relationship at a local, universal and cosmic level. During the past two decades Ireland has become an increasingly diverse ...

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Resurrection

There is something  about the juxtaposition of death and life in Holy Week that seems to be mirrored in these times, against a world landscape of events where it is as if the stability and certainly of all things that we took for granted ‘as always being there’ is being pushed to its limits. I had a conversation with a ...

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Intercultural Living As Christian Mission

The Presentation Sisters NEP in partnership with the British and Irish Association for Practical Theology (BIAPT) are delighted to be hosting a one-day conference on ‘Intercultural Living as Christian Mission’ on Thursday 16th May 2019 in the Emmaus Centre, Swords, Co. Dublin. We are privileged to have as keynote speaker Anthony Gittins, CSSp author of Living Mission Interculturally (Liturgical Press, ...

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Not Words but Deeds

NATIONAL  GATHERING 2019 The Friends of Nano (Ireland) National Gathering 2019 will take place on Saturday June 15th in Nano Nagle Place, Cork from  10.00 am – 3.30 pm It offers a day of reflection and conversation for Friends of Nano, Co-Workers & Associates on the theme:  ‘Not Words but Deeds’.   (From the Nagle Family Motto). Presenters: Brian O’Toole, (Director ...

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Nature can

At this time of year one only has to look around at what has been bare ground and dormant trees to see new life emerging, as green shoots push up and buds of every kind start to emerge.  This resurrected life can be relied on to burst forth in countryside or city street (both equally triumphant) emerging from a crack ...

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The nature of light…

The nature of light seems to be all about openness and connections. Light that falls through doors and windows fascinates me.  Maybe this is because it is almost impossible on a clear and beautiful light-filled day, to discern where the light comes from.  Does it arrive from the inside and shine outwards, or does it come from the outside and ...

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