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Speaking of what we have seen & heard

speaking of what we have seen and heard

On World Mission Day, which we celebrate each year on the penultimate Sunday of October (this year on 24th October 2021) we recall with gratitude all those men and women who by their testimony of life help us to renew our baptismal commitment to be generous and joyful apostles of the Gospel. ‘We cannot but speak about what we have seen ...

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The footprints of God

the footprints of God

The celebration of the past four weeks of prayer, activity and commitment to living so as to realise  “A home for all” – the theme of this year’s Season of Creation (1st September to 4th October 2021) has been a profound one, as we were pointed towards a better understanding of  the integral web of relationships that sustain the well-being ...

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Journeying together with the Spirit

A global tragedy such as the Covid-19 pandemic has made the already existing inequalities and inequities gain momentum almost exponentially. Humanity seems increasingly shaken by processes of massification and fragmentation.  The tragic condition faced by migrants in all regions of the world shows how high and strong the barriers dividing the single human family still are.  Indeed, the Encyclicals Laudato ...

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We are in the times of Mary

Mary of our times

The Vatican released a message from Pope Francis on Wednesday, 8th September as the Church celebrates the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  “The true joy that comes from the Lord always gives space to the voices of the forgotten, so that together with them we can build a better future,” Pope Francis said in the message see HERE Our ...

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A Season of Creation

Season of Creation

The 1st of September is upon us heralding a change of season leading us into the meteorological Autumn.  We know from our experience of the changing seasons that Nature and the Earth never ceases to bestow its gifts. However, the Season of Creation (SOC) is our opportunity to ‘recognise the good gift’ of creation and to sustain and develop our ...

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Climate apocalypse now?

There have been negative predictions about the future of ‘life on Earth’ from scientists, economists, and climate scientists and many of todays’ informed activists (both young and old) as far back as one can remember. Maybe our lack of any real  impactful action (personally, socially and politically) capable of creating any long term reversal has in part been due to ...

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I say ‘Peace Upon You’

I say peace to you

“For love of my brethren and friends, I say: Peace upon you!” (Ps 122:8). The first atomic bomb was dropped on August 6, 1945, on Hiroshima, virtually levelling the city. A second bomb was dropped on Nagasaki on August 9, 1945.  About 140,000 died in Hiroshima and 70,000 in Nagasaki. Half the deaths in each city occurred on the day of the ...

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I am with you always

On Tuesday 22nd June 2021 Pope Francis released a message for the First World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly ahead of the date of the celebration which is scheduled for 25 July. The theme chosen by the Pope for the inaugural commemoration is “I am with you always” (Mt 28: 30).  The Holy Father addressed the theme from the Gospel ...

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Nano – Ablaze with God

Nano Ablaze with God

At a time when the role of women in shaping society was severely restricted, [Nano Nagle] lived on the razor’s edge, a woman fearless before a  tyrannical world. A woman ‘Ablaze with God’. ‘Nano Nagle, a woman ablaze with God, you daily walked the razor’s edge of life, witnessing to the divine conspiracy of love. Awaken within us the fire ...

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Heart speaks to Heart

Heart to heart

June is a special month of particular devotion to the  Sacred Heart of Jesus, culminating on the June 11th the feast Day itself. It is a time when we can pray ‘Heart to Heart’, when ‘heart speaks to heart’. As  Pope Francis said: “It is not us who first loved God,” it’s the other way around: “it is He who ...

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