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Restoring hope through justice

Restoring hope through justice

We reach the final day of the octave of prayer for Christian Unity (18 to 25 January 2023). The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (WPCU) is celebrated, as an ecumenical initiative in which Christians from all over the world belonging to different traditions and confessions, gather spiritually in prayer for the unity of the Church.  The theme of this ...

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Praying for Unity amidst Injustice

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (WPCU) is traditionally celebrated between January 18 and January 25 – originally the octave of St Peter and St Paul. ‘Be-Longing: Praying for Unity amidst Injustice’ is the theme of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (WPCU) 2023. “As we join with other Christians around the world for this year’s Week of ...

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Together for Peace

Together for Peace

“ … when tragic events seem to overwhelm our lives, we are called to keep our hearts open to hope and to trust in God, who makes himself present, accompanies us with tenderness, sustains us in our weariness and, above all, guides our path.” There is light even in our darkest hour In mid-December Pope Francis released his message for ...

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They bring us with them

They bring us with them

This feast of the Epiphany (the moment when the Magi, wise men from the East, came to visit the baby Jesus) is a reminder to us that Christmas does not end. They bring us with them. As we become more attentive to the presence of God in every aspect of our lives – ‘the star’ of His presence guides our ...

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A Four-fold Blessing

A Four-fold Blessing

Presentation Day holds particular significance for Presentation people everywhere.  It is more than just a day, a feast, a celebration. It holds the resonance and inspiration for the call and response  by Nano Nagle, who gave of herself to make a difference to the lives  of those kept poor.  But more than that, her passion was to enable those she ...

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The Presentation of Mary

The Presentation of Mary

The early annals of the Presentation Congregation record that the Feast of the Presentation of Mary in the Temple was the date chosen by Nano in 1782, to receive two young women into the novitiate. Nano’s choice of this day for this ceremony, indicates that this Feast had a special place in her spirituality. Following Nano’s death, her fledging Congregation ...

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Enough is Enough!

Enough is enough

I had the privilege of participating recently in the 2022 Conference on Intergenerational Climate Justice.  This is the third such conference. The theme of this year’s gathering was “Enough is Enough! And it Needn’t Cost the Earth”.* We know that climate change raises issues of justice, and that the poorest people everywhere suffer first and most.  Intergenerational injustice acknowledges that ...

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A time for every season

A time for every season

Today, Tuesday October 4th the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi marks the end of the ‘Season of Creation’ which opened on 1st September, the ‘World Day of Prayer for Care of the Earth’. It has offered us a vital opportunity to stop, look, hear and pray with the beauty of the Earth and Life around us that radiates the ...

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Building the future

Building the future

The World Day for Migrants and Refugees is Sunday 25th September.  Every single day is often a huge  survival challenge for Migrants and Refugees.  World Days are important as they focus our attention, prayers and actions in a world where information fatigue can often interfere with our capacity to open our hearts and minds to understand what our contribution can ...

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Your mustard seed story

your mustard seed story

We are present at the National Ploughing Championships 2022 in Ratheniska, Co. Laois from September 20th, 21st & 22nd.  Call in and say ‘hello’  – we will be delighted to meet you! We are in the stand area at 609 (Row 3, Block 39)  The National  Ploughing Championships draws people of all ages and cultures to the ‘heart of the farming landscape’, ...

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