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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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From Acorn to Oak

This time of extended light and emerging buds (bachlóga) allows one to notice and stop in wonder at each semblance of new life appearing out of nature’s harvesting of autumn fruits with their seeds, and their hidden, slow nourishment during winter days. It is a thankful, hopeful, expectant and inspirational period as we look outward and forward. Not surprising then ...

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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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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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