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Feast day of St. Francis

Today October 4th, is the feast day of St Francis of Assisi, founder of the Franciscan Order, patron of animals, birds, conservationists and naturalists.  He was born in 1281, the son of a wealthy cloth merchant.  As a young man he fought in the war between Perugia and Assisi. He was taken prisoner and became very ill. He returned home ...

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The sacredness of being seen

On today, the Feast day of St. Vincent De Paul (renowned for his compassion, humility and generosity), we pray for all of those who dedicate their lives to working and living alongside those made poor.   See http://www.svp.ie/feastday For a someone to feel that they ‘have been seen’ and are ‘made visible’ through the love and care they receive, makes love ...

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Light in today’s wilderness..

Nano Nagle carried the light of her lantern, and the light of the Gospel into the darkness, desolation and discrimination endured by the people of God in Ireland under the Penal Laws. ‘Because the world still needs the Gospel and Nano’s lantern light, it is timely to remember Pope Francis’ challenge to go beyond the comfortable spaces, places and territories ...

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Summer time

Summertime this year has been marked by the light and heat of the sun.  The days are longer and warmer than we could ever imagine for an Irish summer. In ancient cultures, people were closely connected to the seasonal cycles and rhythms.  Noticing and responding to the different ‘beat’ of each season can enable us not only to  flow with ...

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Political connectedness

We are constantly exposed to a political agenda.  Indeed, there is an ongoing debacle in the media worldwide in recent days on the fall-out from the post Brexit vote discussions and resignations in the UK parliament, and the post Trump Press conference analysis on Russian-American  relations.  This reflects a seemingly growing preoccupation with ‘power and personality’ and the ‘power of ...

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Taking time off

It is that time of year when all of a sudden, almost in the space of a breath a discernible gap of space and stillness descends, and we have stepped over what seemed like a forever extending line of activity, to another place.   It is summer, with the novelty and pleasure of balmy light filled days and warm evenings. This ...

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Social Activism and Soul Care

I was reading the article below last evening, and it struck me that in the today’s continually demanding climate for justice and advocacy work, that this reminder about ‘Soul Care’  and the sustenance of community life is something worth sharing. Nano Nagle, founding the Presentation Congregation in 1775 in Cork, did not begin by theorising about spirituality.  She began by ...

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Share the journey

Hope is the force that drives the hearts of those who depart… and it is also the impulse in the heart of those who welcome: the desire to encounter, to get to know each other, to dialogue…. Hope is the force that drives us “to share the journey.” – Pope Francis It is an unprecedented moment.  A global issue confronting ...

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Hospitality of Heart

The Feast of the Sacred Heart (today) 8th June 2018, is a Feast of particular significance to Presentation Sisters and Presentation People everywhere.  The text which follows is an extract from a talk given by Sr. Raphael Consedine, PBVM   speaking at the Nano Nagle Bicentenary Seminar on 28th April 1984, in St. Patrick’s College Drumcondra, Dublin.  She articulates a profound ...

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Pilgrim Journey

As part of the Opening Session on the first day of the Congregational Gathering (CG2018) each of the delegates were individually called forth by the Congregational Leadership Team to receive a blessing symbolised by the light from the CG2018 Candle. They made a commitment to participate fully in the Gathering. ‘This solemn moment of calling forth evoked in us a ...

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