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Speaking with the heart

Speaking with the heart

Speaking with the heart ~ “The truth in love” (Eph 4:15) After having reflected in past years on the verbs “to go and see” and “to listen” as conditions for good communication, with this Message for the 57th World Day of Social Communications (21 May 2023), the focus by Pope Francis is on “speaking with the heart”.  (See full text HERE) ...

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Do not lose heart

Do not lose heart

I was at a recent funeral of a friend of mine who was an avid fan of the poetry of Patrick Kavanagh.  But more than that, a person who saw in Patrick Kavanagh the life of the farmer, poet and mystic completely intertwined. Someone who communed so readily with God through Nature, and who through his words could open this ...

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Our Lady of Sorrows

Our Lady of Sorrows

The title, Our Lady of Sorrows, given to Mary the Mother of God, focuses on her intense suffering and grief during the passion and death of her son. Traditionally, this suffering was not limited to the passion and death event; rather, it comprised the seven ‘dolors’ or seven sorrows of Mary, which were foretold by the Priest Simeon who proclaimed ...

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The Apostle Mary Magdalene

The Apostle Mary Magdalene

Today (22 July) we celebrate the Apostle Mary Magdalene.  She was a  follower of Christ, who travelled with him and the Twelve during his earthly ministry, together with several other women who supported them. “While [Mary Magdalene] has often been sentimentalized or sexualized, there has not until recently been the slightest threat of her being divinized, and her intact humanness ...

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Woman of compassionate heart

Compassionate heart

Today, the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (24 June 2022) is an opportunity to take time out to contemplate who the Sacred Heart was for Nano Nagle, and how this legacy of Compassionate Love speaks to our lives today.  “Nano,  we pray our hearts may bear the self-same fire and cast it on the earth”.  A well documented ...

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A solstice prayer

a solstice prayer

As we move through the Summer Solstice, the gift of the day of longest light (21st June in the northern hemisphere) and a chance to open and be opened by the rhythm of Nature and the life-giving presence of the Creator in our lives – we pray: Let me breathe only grace today, only that which slows, steadies, softens, sparks ...

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Prayer to Mary

Prayer to Mary

The Angel of the Lord announced that you would love And creation was overjoyed And smiled in the walnut trees and danced in the flowers. And you, Mary, simple woman, woman of the people You said “yes” to the novelty of the Kingdom And the whole earth became pregnant with verses And dreamed of justice and distilled delicacies. “Behold the ...

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A beautiful bridge

a beautiful bridge

Pope Francis has spoken many times about the value and gift of inter-generational relationships and on the meaning and value of old age as well as on the contribution of young people to our understanding of today’s world. In his continuing catechesis on the meaning and value of old age in the light of God’s word, Pope Francis reflected on ...

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The only house we have

With his emphasis on integral ecology, Francis links care for God’s creation to our economic, political, social and religious priorities. In a lot of ways, with this pope, eco-spirituality has gone mainstream. The prefix “eco-” before “spirituality” comes from the Greek oikos, meaning home — a reminder that “this house is the only one we have, we’re all together, what happens ...

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Called to change direction …

Called to change direction

Today, we reach day eight, the final day of prayer in our ‘Week of Prayer for Christian Unity’.  Praying together to understand better through  the light of the Spirit how we can witness and live fully to fulfil that prayer of Jesus to the Father: ” … that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and ...

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