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Contemplating the Sun

There are times when one needs to disconnect from the everyday things that drive our every movement, the tasks and the chores of life, jobs to be done, commitments made, the often manic pace of life… and just take a deep breath — literally and metaphorically – and just look. So here is an excuse to take that deep breath, ...

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The UN HLPForum 2019 (New York)

The High Level Political Forum (HLPF 2019) is taking place at the UN Building in New York in these days. The theme of this year’s Forum is “Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”. It is a particularly strategic time for such a Forum which provides a central platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development ...

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A very dangerous activity

[…] contemplation is a very dangerous activity. It not only brings us face to face with God, it brings us, as well, face to face with the world, and then it brings us face to face with the self; and then, of course, something must be done. Something must be filled up, added to, freed from, begun again, ended at ...

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Sabbatical Programme Oct-Nov 2019

A breathing space in your ongoing Faith Journey The Sabbatical experience … from the people giving us the marvellous sharing of their knowledge and experience, to the comfort, meals and ambiance of the place itself, should be experienced by anyone wishing to take time out from a busy schedule to reflect and ponder, and to find peace in the atmosphere ...

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How big is your Love?

This Friday, 28th June we celebrate the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.   This can be a Feast Day that seems somehow ‘old fashioned’ and out of date with where we are at in society today.  That might have something to do with some of the imagery that we have grown up with surrounding it. However, in these days ...

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Meeting otherness

When you meet the other, whoever they are, stop. Just stop. Stop long enough to become present to their being as a door to Divine Presence. When you meet the other, whoever they are, bow. Just bow. Bow low enough to reverence their being as a gift held in existence by Divine Love. When you meet the other, whoever they ...

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Emblems of exclusion

In the past days I have been reading and listening to a great many articles in relation to World Refugee Day 2019 (Thursday, June 20th 2019).  And while these days have their focus and purpose, they are also a very profound reminder that no-one is a refugee for a day – it is a life journey that brings with it ...

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Climate game change?

Reading a recent article by Naomi Klein in the Times Literary Supplement (TLS) the author argues that tackling environmental and economic problems must coincide when addressing climate breakdown.  This particular quote grabbed my attention: “… I feel more optimistic about our chances of averting climate breakdown than I have in years. For the first time, I see a clear and ...

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Pentecost

On the day of Pentecost, as the Spirit descends upon the gathered assembly, we see with dramatic clarity how the knowing that Christ gives us is not for ourselves alone: it is for the life of the community and the life of the world. As on Pentecost, when those who spoke in the Spirit did not recognise what they were ...

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It is not just about migrants

For the 105th World Day of Migrants and Refugees, which is commemorated on Sunday, September 29, 2019 Pope Francis has released a special message on the theme: “It is not just about migrants”. These lines in italics below appear  in the main text of the document and seemed somehow to naturally form a litany and a prayer. It is not ...

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