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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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‘Bee’ the change

'Bee' the change

Today, 20th May is World Bee Day (WBD). Yes, we can give thanks to these amazing creatures who contribute so much to our existence; to sustainability, and to our food security on this planet by being supported to do what they do best, without the destructive impact of pesticides, intensive agri-systems, and the escalating demands we make on our environment ...

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God’s plan is inclusive

God's plan is inclusive

In his message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees which is on 22nd September 2022, Pope Francis said history showed that new arrivals played a “fundamental role” in social and economic growth.  In his 1,200-word message, dated May 9, the pope described the presence of migrants and refugees as both “a great challenge” and “an immense opportunity.” God’s plan is essentially ...

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A revolution of tenderness

A Revolution of Tenderness

In Pope Francis’ Message for the 2nd World Day of Prayer for Grandparents and Elderly on 24th July 2022, Pope Francis encourages the elderly to persevere in hope and reminds them of their great power to transform the world through prayer and tenderness. The World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly is an opportunity to proclaim once more, with joy, ...

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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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Fire on the Earth

Heart on Fire

Nano [Nagle] had become aware , and not only aware, but had tested the very depths of human suffering in her own life and in the lives of others, and like them too, had experienced the healing power of love – and so she could say from her deepest being: “If I could be of service in nay part of ...

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Witnessing to the resurrection

Witnessing to the resurrection

In each of the Gospels, as we read of the Resurrection of Jesus, there is a common thread – the first witnesses to the reality of the empty tomb were women (or solely Mary Magdalene, in John’s account).  Luke tells us there were a number of women at the empty tomb, Mary Magdalene, Joanne and Mary the mother of James. ...

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Halting the shipwreck of civilisation

halting the shipwreck

Recalling the “unusual kindness” with which the Maltese welcomed the Apostle Paul and his companions (60 A.D.) when they were shipwrecked on Malta – provided the theme of the recent Apostolic Journey by Pope Francis to Malta (1st – 3rd April 2022): ‘They Showed Us Unusual Kindness’ (Acts 28:2) The Pope warned that we risk a “shipwreck of civilization” with ...

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Patrick – his life in ours

Patrick - his life in ours

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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From cross to resurrection …

cross to resurrection

Ash Wednesday is tomorrow March 2nd.  Our Lenten Journey (from ‘cross to resurrection’ and from ‘ashes to light’) is ‘Your Journey’.  ‘Your Journey’ Lord,  that is now also ‘Our Journey’ with those suffering the unspeakable. Let us live this journey in appreciation of the opportunity it offers to simply and hopefully reconnect to that deepest knowing of what ‘resurrection’ actually ...

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