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Be that shelter …

The World Day of the Poor is on Sunday 17th November 2019.  Such days offer an opportunity for collective focus, concern and commitment to being that living community of consolation, hope and solidarity for those kept poor.  They help us to ‘be’ that shelter. As part of his message for the Third World Day of the Poor issued on 13th ...

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Is this your cup of coffee?

So what’s the story with our daily cup of tea/coffee and our desire to help the planet recover from our consumption?  Are reusable cups saving the Planet? A reusable cup manufacturer KeepCup have recently shared a number of facts which can really help us assess the contribution we are making. In this article which is shared by www.beanscenemag.com the Keep ...

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The gift of volunteering

It is that wonderful time of year again.  The time when we harvest the fruits of our labour and give thanks.  It is therefore a fitting time for us to be reminded of the gift of volunteering through the recognition given by the Volunteer Ireland Awards for 2019. Each year, people from all over Ireland are encouraged to nominate the ...

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Kin to everything

There can be something quite poignant and breathtaking about the hues, colours and transient light of autumn days.  The burnished gold to brown and drop, that signals the ‘turning of the leaf’.  These moments of precious recognition, acknowledgement and leave-taking can open up our being to something other than ourselves; the realisation that we are kin to everything. I was ...

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Life as a precious mission

Pope Francis celebrated Mass on World Mission Sunday (October 20th) and in his homily, he challenges us to reflect on the meaning of our mission. See full text HERE Below is a prayerful litany created from his words, as a signpost for our life journey on mission.  This should be read in the context of the full article. Life as ...

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Province Justice Day 2019

“How do we ‘carry Nano’s Lantern’ … and ‘hear the cry of the Earth and those kept poor’ ”? Today, more than ever before, we need people like Nano Nagle*.  We need people of courage who are prepared, if necessary, to ‘spend themselves’ for love of the poor and of the planet. This is what it means to carry ‘Nano’s ...

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A saint for our time

On Oct. 13, Blessed John Henry Newman will become the first Englishman since the 1600s to be canonised.  Even though there are four others being raised to the altars with him — religious sisters from India, Brazil and Italy and a Third Order Franciscan from Switzerland — the focus of the Catholic world will be mainly on Newman because of ...

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Is chocolate worth this suffering?

The world’s chocolate companies have continually missed deadlines to uproot child labour from their cocoa supply chains in 2005, 2008 and 2010. Next year, they face another target date and, industry officials indicate, they probably will miss that, too. About two-thirds of the world’s cocoa supply comes from West Africa where, according to a 2015 U.S. Labour Department report. More ...

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Canticle of the Sun

St. Francis of Assisi whose feast day it is today (4th October) believed that everything in the natural world was a gift from God and deserved to be appreciated and valued.  Because of this, Francis in his ‘Canticle of the Sun’  refers to the sun, wind, air, and fire as his brothers, and to the moon, stars, earth, water, and death ...

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A light for our steps

In the editorial of the special  50th Anniversary magazine of GROW Ireland it states: “The GROW we have today owes its existence to a vast number of people who have given themselves with a complete and awe inspiring generosity and dedication.  We begin by saluting you”. One such person whom we know very well is Sr. Gertrude Howley. This year ...

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