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Beyond the gospel of eco-efficiency

The Sustainable Development Goals, a new global social contract among nations, offer a unique opportunity to move to an integrated, universally relevant, and potentially transformative global development agenda. Trade-offs among various SDGs are unavoidable. Following the principles of sustainable consumption and production, is the most efficient strategy to avoid trade-offs and create synergies. If we are sincere in our aspirations of ...

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Work is love made visible

“All bread is to be shared – that is revolution. We are called by Jesus, the son of Joseph, the worker, in this celebration of the Eucharist to change and to be transformed and to turn the world upside down. The first reading by Kahlil Gibran spoke of:  What it is to work with love? It is to weave the cloth ...

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Launch into the deep

Presentation Sisters first arrived at St John’s in Newfoundland from Galway, Ireland in 1833 to set up a school there.  Another journey led the Congregation of Presentation Sisters  in Newfoundland and Labrador to come together with the Union of Presentation Sisters. The Decree of Fusion of the Congregations was granted by the Vatican in November 2014 and celebrated officially in 2015. Together with ...

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Mary, Mother of the Church

Today, Monday 21st of May marks the celebration of the new feast day proclaimed by Pope Francis, the Feast  of “The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church”.  This  feast will forever follow Pentecost Sunday.  In creating this feast Pope Francis wants the church to reach for a “Marian character,” or to become increasingly Mother-like. That idea of Mary interceding ...

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Walking the Walk

Throughout the almost three and a half weeks of the 2018 Presentation Sisters Congregational Gathering (CG2018) delegates were very much aware of the real reason they had all converged in Ireland, drawn from 16 countries around the world.  It was and is all because of one woman, Nano Nagle, and because in our world “people still suffer and cry out for ...

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Prayer for the Holy Land

The following is an extract from an invitation to prayer by the Latin Diocese of Jerusalem, following the horrific events on May 14th.  This was shared on Facebook by the Religious Formation Conference, where they said: “We must truly pray to the Spirit to change our hearts to better understand His will and to give us the strength to continue to ...

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Pilgrimage Walk – Slí Nano

This pilgrimage on Saturday 19th May, 2018  is a wonderful opportunity to visit Nano Nagle’s Birthplace (Ballygriffin) and surrounding areas, rich in history, heritage and natural beauty. An historic occasion, celebrating the tercentenary of Nano’s birth (1718), this event provides an opportunity to meet people and create memories while walking the ways of the young Nano, visiting local sites that ...

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Communications of peace

World Communications Day is on Sunday, May 13 2018. This annual  Communications Day was established by Pope Paul VI in 1967 to encourage Catholics to reflect on the opportunities and challenges that the modern means of social communication offer the Church to communicate the Gospel message. Ahead of each World Communications Day, the Pope Francis  issues a message on a ...

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Beautifully Imperfect

I was reminded today of these quite extraordinary sculptures that were created by the French artist Bruno Catalano, by a Facebook Post from the Chapel of Unity at Coventry Cathedral @chapelofunitycoventry. In 2013, he created an extraordinary series of eye-catching bronze sculptures called “Les Voyageurs” in Marseilles that depicted realistic human workers with large parts of their bodies missing. The ...

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Praying for Peace

‘I pray to the Lord that the hopes for a future of peace and more brotherly friendship will not be disappointed’. Pope Francis prayed that the hopes for peace strengthened by the meeting of the leaders of North and South Korea will not be dashed, and he urged Catholics during the month of May to pray the rosary for peace. ...

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