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Summer Spiritual Inspiration: Etty Hillesum

Etty Hillesum

Etty Hillesum was a vital, life-giving presence in the midst of darkness and evil.  Through the months in the concentration camp, as her contemplative heart attended to her inner life more and more, she developed a deep sense of solidarity which her people, and she found she longed to care for the weakest and most vulnerable. She interrupts the scoffing ...

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Feast of the Sacred Heart: Walking in the Heart of God

As we prepare to celebrate the Feast day of the Sacred Heart we are reminded of Nano Nagle’s devotion. Nano contemplated the heart of Jesus and encountered the unconditional love of God that compelled her to reach out with love and compassion to those made poor by the systems of the day. At this time in our history we are ...

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Vocation: a keyword for happiness, freedom and unity

The three approaches that I would indicate are: holiness, as a calling that gives meaning to one’s entire life journey; communion as the fertile soil for vocations in the Church and vocation itself, as a keyword to be preserved and “conjugated” with others – “happiness”, “freedom” and “together” – and finally “declined” as special consecration.   Holiness Talking about vocation always leads to thinking of young ...

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Vocations Sunday: “The courage to take a risk for God’s promise”

The Vatican has released the text of the Pope’s message for Vocations Sunday which will be celebrated this year on Sunday 12 May on the theme ‘The courage to take a risk for God’s promise’.     Dear Brothers and Sisters, After the lively and fruitful experience of the Synod devoted to young people last October, we recently celebrated the ...

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Irish-Indian connection

As I sit down to write a short reflection about my time as a Presentation Sister in India I notice there’s a supplement to the Irish Independent (8th March 2019) on the table where I am working. It has a  headline about practices to follow in order to show respect for the National flag – the flag should normally be displayed ...

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Spirituality and well-being

The Spirituality and Wellbeing Day was presented by Dr Elizabeth McCrory, an experienced clinical psychologist and psychotherapist who runs workshops and seminars on Meditation, Spiritual Autobiography, Spirituality and long term illness, Death and Dying and Women in transition. She presented  on spirituality and wellbeing, spirituality and ageing and between.   She pointed that we can define spirituality as connecting with ...

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Building peace through music in Northern Ireland

Presentation Sister  Mary Turley has over a number of decades served the Flax Trust as a founding director. Besides supporting the work of a Housing Association that builds houses for both communities, the Flax Trust has financed Ulster Community Investment Trust for the purpose of supporting Socio-Economic activity in both communities in Northern Ireland. The Flax Trust has also developed the School of Social Entrepreneurs of Ireland which promotes leadership in both communities in Northern Ireland through graduate programmes. ...

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Community of mystics and prophets

Today  thousands of pilgrims walk ancient paths  in search  of a deep spirituality to sustain daily life. They draw from spirituality to the desert, Celtic, Monastic, Contemplative stream. These are deep roots. On April  6th, Ray Simpson,  founder of the ecumenical community of  Aidan  and Hilda on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne will travel  to  Ardmore  to explore the possibility of ...

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Called to be “Experts in Communion”

“Experts in Communion”, that is what Pope Francis calls us to become! The standard to reach is high: experts are people who are top masters in their field of competence and who are able to guide others since they are usually ahead of others in their field…Experts in Communion? We would rather describe ourselves as “walking towards communion”, since we ...

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Let us not forget hospitality

Do not forget to show hospitality, for by so doing some people have welcomed angels without knowing it. (Hebrews 13:2)   After The pilgrimage of trust, organised by Taizé community in December in Madrid, brother Alois proposed a reflection on several aspects of hospitality. First proposal: Discover the source of hospitality in God From the beginning of the universe, God ...

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