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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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Click to Pray

During the past weekend at the Sunday Angelus in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis unveiled an official App ‘Click to Pray’.   This is a media platform that invites men and women from around the world, to accompany the Pope in a mission of compassion for the world. There is a website and a mobile app, for Android and iOS, with its social networks, available in six ...

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Let us not forget hospitality

Do not forget to show hospitality, for by so doing some people have welcomed angels without knowing it. (Hebrews 13:2)   After The pilgrimage of trust, organised by Taizé community in December in Madrid, brother Alois proposed a reflection on several aspects of hospitality. First proposal: Discover the source of hospitality in God From the beginning of the universe, God ...

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (WPCU) takes place from 18-25 January 2019 on the theme ‘Justice and justice only you shall pursue’. Every year at this time Christians from across the world gather to pray for growth in unity. Such united prayer in a fractured world is very powerful. In this way we are called together to form a ...

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An unending Epiphany

I love that word ‘Epiphany’.  The feast that brings the Christmas season to an end.  But so much more than that.   One can think of it as the sign post to the ‘extraordinary’ in ordinary things.  Each year bringing with it a new and sudden ‘realisation or revelation’ as the New Year opens out into an ‘unending Epiphany’. When they ...

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How the Light Comes

The 21st December is the winter solstice, the day with the shortest period of daylight and the longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. For centuries it has been a special day for peoples and cultures worldwide.  As Christmas Day approaches perhaps we are settling inward, and at the same time looking outward,  awaiting the coming  of  Jesus among us ...

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It’s about welcoming

At our most  recent Province Justice Day, we listened to one of the speakers Paul Frecklington, sharing with us about the ‘Power of Welcome’, and about how the diverse parish community around the ARD Family Resource Centre in Doughiska (Co. Galway) experience this in their everyday lives. In the world we live in, preparing to welcome is more than ever ...

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Why should anyone care about Thomas Merton today?

Why should anyone care about Thomas Merton today? Merton, the famous Trappist monk and best-selling author, has now been dead for almost as long as he had lived. When he died unexpectedly on Dec. 10, 1968, at the age of 53 while in Asia on a speaking tour about the renewal of monastic life, he left behind dozens of books, ...

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The Advent of Merton

Thomas Merton, the famed spiritual writer, died on 10 December 1968. His writings are still as relevant as his life story is fascinating, particularly his treatment of ‘difference’, a word that ‘now commands an attention that would never have been possible fifty years ago,’ writes Michael Barnes SJ. The fiftieth anniversary of Merton’s death, particularly as it falls in Advent, ...

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Presentation Day 2018

When looking for an image that might speak about what Presentation is, and has been for  Presentation People in the past year, I was immediately struck by all the ancient imagery associated with this feast.  I felt somehow I needed to find a visual representation for ‘this’ particular year. In 2018 we have prepared for, lived and celebrated the 300th ...

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