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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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Christmas in an open prison

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I love Christmas Eve, in fact I think it is my favourite part of Christmas. The expectation, the smells of the ham cooking and the Christmas candle in the window to guide Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem. Growing up on a farm in the countryside I don’t think I was really aware that homelessness and marginalization were an integral part ...

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Presentation Day 2018

When looking for an image that might speak about what Presentation is, and has been for  Presentation People in the past year, I was immediately struck by all the ancient imagery associated with this feast.  I felt somehow I needed to find a visual representation for ‘this’ particular year. In 2018 we have prepared for, lived and celebrated the 300th ...

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Learning from the leaves

There is a deeper spiritual significance that underlies the mainstream fascination with Hallow E’en, largely revolving around trick-or-treating, haunted houses, Hallow E’en costumes, and spooky fun. When we look at the origin of Samhain (Summer’s end) it can be traced back to the ancient Celts who celebrated Samhain.  Samhain was the final harvest festival of the season, celebrated at the ...

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The beauty of diversity

Only God whose creativity has filled the Universe with so vast, so glorious, so delightfully wonderful a range of beasts and birds, of fish and flowers and trees, of valleys and mountains, sunsets and stars, and who, in creating all the billions who constitute humanity (has never needed to repeat Himself) could call together in strong bonds of community, such ...

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It takes a family…

We are delighted to be present  at the Pastoral Congress of the World Meeting of Families (WMOF2018) taking place from 22-25th August in the  RDS, Dublin.  Our presence there has already enabled many new meetings and wonderful conversations introducing the vibrant living legacy of Nano Nagle for today’s world, and enabling people to get to know her through  meeting Presentation ...

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Nano, we give thanks

It is summer time and some are blessed with time to slow down, rest, reassess and put in place plans for a new start.  While hopefully others, who must try to live gently season to season in the present moment of things, are enjoying whatever summer brings about. We are half way through this year of celebration of the tercentenary ...

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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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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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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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