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Feast of the Sacred Heart: Walking in the Heart of God

As we prepare to celebrate the Feast day of the Sacred Heart we are reminded of Nano Nagle’s devotion. Nano contemplated the heart of Jesus and encountered the unconditional love of God that compelled her to reach out with love and compassion to those made poor by the systems of the day. At this time in our history we are ...

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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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Communications: from ‘like’ to ‘amen’

The World Day of Social Communications will be formally celebrated on Sunday 2 June – the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord – which falls on the Sunday before Pentecost Sunday. Pope Francis has chosen the theme: “We are members one of another (Eph 4:25) From social network communities to the human community”. Pope Francis has also published a ...

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Resurrection

There is something  about the juxtaposition of death and life in Holy Week that seems to be mirrored in these times, against a world landscape of events where it is as if the stability and certainly of all things that we took for granted ‘as always being there’ is being pushed to its limits. I had a conversation with a ...

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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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I arise today

St. Patrick is known and admired all over the world. The young slave who became an unlikely hero. The shy boy who was transformed a courageous missionary. He lived in intimate union with Christ who was always before, behind, above, within him. We know that pre-Christian Celts looked for signs of God in the beauty and power of nature. Part ...

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Spirituality and well-being

The Spirituality and Wellbeing Day was presented by Dr Elizabeth McCrory, an experienced clinical psychologist and psychotherapist who runs workshops and seminars on Meditation, Spiritual Autobiography, Spirituality and long term illness, Death and Dying and Women in transition. She presented  on spirituality and wellbeing, spirituality and ageing and between.   She pointed that we can define spirituality as connecting with ...

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Making Maps

I have always loved maps.  Maps of any kind always appealed to both my imagination and my desire to be able to see the whole landscape – not just to be anchored in one place.  Maps are very often the starting point for getting to know other peoples, where and how they live, what they eat as well as how ...

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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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