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Sowing Hope for the Planet

May 24th marks the fourth anniversary of the launch of the Encyclical Letter by Pope Francis ‘Laudato Sí – On Care of Our Common Home’, in May 2015. “When we speak of the ‘environment’ what we really mean is a relationship existing between nature and the society which lives in it.” (LS#139) Through all of the media at our disposal we ...

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To become more human

In September 2018, during the week when Jean Vanier (the Canadian philosopher and theologian and the founder of L’Arche communities) had just turned ninety he shared a video to commemorate the occasion.  In it he lays out his “ten rules for life to become more human” as well as sharing his thoughts on life, and on growing older.  He speaks ...

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Thinking about Mary

May the month of Mary, is traditionally a time when we remember and we pray especially to Mary. “The Bible doesn’t tell us, of course, what Mary was doing when the messenger of God paid his visit. But I love the notion that Mary was already prayerfully steeping herself in the Word, long before Christ the Word ever became steeped ...

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Prayer

Yesterday I read a beautiful piece from Global Sisters Report (GSR).  The theme of this feature piece is: ‘The Life: In prayer, sisters find the unconditional love of God’. In it the panellists share a variety of approaches that help bring them into union with God.  […] But all approaches ultimately involve a personal encounter of love, a contemplative experience with ...

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She is fully alive

“She is fully alive”!  An apt heading for this News Bulletin. The performance of a recent play entitled ‘Path Through the Dark’ presented by Ocean of Notions Theatre Company and the Presentation Sisters South West Province in the beautiful Goldie Chapel at Nano Nagle Place has just concluded. Both enchanting and inspiring, this dramatic piece about the life of Nano ...

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Finding the language

The language we use to communicate with each other is more than just the spoken word, it has its roots in a connection of mind, heart and soul that comes from life shared among us and within us.  An expression of inter-relationship at a local, universal and cosmic level. During the past two decades Ireland has become an increasingly diverse ...

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Intercultural Living As Christian Mission

The Presentation Sisters NEP in partnership with the British and Irish Association for Practical Theology (BIAPT) are delighted to be hosting a one-day conference on ‘Intercultural Living as Christian Mission’ on Thursday 16th May 2019 in the Emmaus Centre, Swords, Co. Dublin. We are privileged to have as keynote speaker Anthony Gittins, CSSp author of Living Mission Interculturally (Liturgical Press, ...

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Nature can

At this time of year one only has to look around at what has been bare ground and dormant trees to see new life emerging, as green shoots push up and buds of every kind start to emerge.  This resurrected life can be relied on to burst forth in countryside or city street (both equally triumphant) emerging from a crack ...

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The nature of light…

The nature of light seems to be all about openness and connections. Light that falls through doors and windows fascinates me.  Maybe this is because it is almost impossible on a clear and beautiful light-filled day, to discern where the light comes from.  Does it arrive from the inside and shine outwards, or does it come from the outside and ...

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Spring equniox

Today is the Spring equinox in the Northern hemisphere, and tomorrow (21st) is the Spring Equinox sunrise. The Northern part of the globe has tilted towards the sun, which causes the increasing awakening of life in this part of the world.  At the same time, the opposite thing is happening in the Southern hemisphere, as today for them is Autumn ...

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