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The need for work

The need for work

May 1st is the feast day of St. Joseph the Worker.  The Apostolic Letter Patris Corde (8 December 2020) was written  by Pope Francis, for this year dedicated to St Joseph (from 8 December 2020 to 8 December 2021).  The Letter provides a direct inroad into the heart of this man Joseph, spouse of Mary, who was a beloved, tender, ...

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Those women at the tomb

Those women at the tomb of Jesus!  Pope Francis shared the following  powerful reflection (recorded by Vatican Radio) at the Easter Vigil on 4th April 2015. The Easter Vigil is a time for us “to enter into the Mystery which God has accomplished with His vigil of love.” That was the message of Pope Francis as he celebrated the Easter ...

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Patrick – making God known

Patrick

Who is this man Patrick, who came among us (from another place) and whom we have never forgotten?  A man who suffered a turbulent and challenging journey through experiencing at times hunger, isolation, separation and imprisonment, doubting often his own capacity and ability to act – but certain of the hand of God and his protection.  What better way to ...

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I would dare ….

I would dare

Today, 8th March 2021 is International Women’s Day (IWD2021).  A day in which to step forward with courage and inspiration to live fully the charism that each of us have been given for our world … and to step back a pace, giving acknowledgement, space and thanks  to the ‘true litany’ of great women that we know, live and work ...

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You brought light to darkness

Light in darkness

On the 1st February we are at a ‘crossroads’ halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox.  A crossroads can be a good place to stop and refuel for the journey onward and outwards, and we can do this in no better company than that of Brigid whose feast day is on this day (Lá Fhéile Bríde). We thank ...

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Magi Moments

Magi moments

A peaceful silent vigil before the crib each day brings revelations far beyond the scene itself.  A deeper understanding of who this Child is for us.  I glimpse the Magi on their journey, coming in the distance, still following in the light-filled footsteps of expectation; of both welcoming and exchanging heart to heart with the Christ Child who has made ...

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St. Joseph a true father to us

Joseph true father to us

When Pope Francis announced the Year of St. Joseph on the 8th December, he also gave us a new prayer. May it be our prayer in the coming year and beyond as we discover St. Joseph a true father to us. Every day for 40 years, Pope Francis has challenged St Joseph. After saying Morning Prayer, Pope Francis writes in Patris ...

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Advent Calendar

Advent Calendar

Making my way to work these days takes me through ancient, weathered countryside.  It has been trod by generations before me as far back as I can remember.  I know this place inside out  – or so I thought. Then, a change of season and the start of Advent, and some sudden subtle change of light and shadow on the ...

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Fratelli tutti …

Fratelli Tutti

Pope Francis signed his new encyclical, Fratelli Tutti, on Saturday 3 October 2020 during a visit to Assisi. The phrase ‘Fratelli Tutti’ is taken from the writings of St. Francis, one of the major inspirations for Pope Francis’ third encyclical, on fraternity and social friendship. The full text of the encyclical, the third of Pope Francis’ pontificate was released on Sunday ...

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As the season starts to change …

as the season starts to change

Often times, as the season starts to change, we sense the subtle shifting of the light to herald autumnal days and all the leave-taking that this can ask of nature and of us.  This changing rhythm can also herald a space for change in us. Perhaps a change in our way of seeing, being, discovering or responding to the needs ...

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