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Brigid – a woman of peace

St. Brigid of Ireland

St. Brigid of Ireland, Brigid also spelled Brigit or Bridget, also called Brigid of Kildare or Bride (Irish Bríd) was born, according to tradition in Fochart, near Dundalk, County Louth. She died c. 525, in  Kildare. Her feast day is February 1.  She is remembered as virgin and abbess of Kildare, one of the patron saints of Ireland. Little is known of her life but from legend, myth, and folklore. According to these, she ...

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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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Restoring hope through justice

Restoring hope through justice

We reach the final day of the octave of prayer for Christian Unity (18 to 25 January 2023). The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (WPCU) is celebrated, as an ecumenical initiative in which Christians from all over the world belonging to different traditions and confessions, gather spiritually in prayer for the unity of the Church.  The theme of this ...

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Praying for Unity amidst Injustice

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (WPCU) is traditionally celebrated between January 18 and January 25 – originally the octave of St Peter and St Paul. ‘Be-Longing: Praying for Unity amidst Injustice’ is the theme of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (WPCU) 2023. “As we join with other Christians around the world for this year’s Week of ...

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Together for Peace

Together for Peace

“ … when tragic events seem to overwhelm our lives, we are called to keep our hearts open to hope and to trust in God, who makes himself present, accompanies us with tenderness, sustains us in our weariness and, above all, guides our path.” There is light even in our darkest hour In mid-December Pope Francis released his message for ...

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They bring us with them

They bring us with them

This feast of the Epiphany (the moment when the Magi, wise men from the East, came to visit the baby Jesus) is a reminder to us that Christmas does not end. They bring us with them. As we become more attentive to the presence of God in every aspect of our lives – ‘the star’ of His presence guides our ...

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Combatting for good, violence against women

combatting gender-based violence

As we progress through the 16-day campaign focus on activism against Gender-Based Violence (25 November to 10 December) – “UNITE to end violence against women” is the theme for this year.  This focus serves also as a reminder that: “We must talk about the scourge of gender-based violence against women every day of the year, not just on 25 November. ...

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UNiTE to Orange the World

Unite to Orange the World

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence is an annual international campaign that that has started on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day indicating that violence against women is the most pervasive breach of human rights worldwide.  An opportunity to ‘Unite to Orange the  World’. ...

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A Four-fold Blessing

A Four-fold Blessing

Presentation Day holds particular significance for Presentation people everywhere.  It is more than just a day, a feast, a celebration. It holds the resonance and inspiration for the call and response  by Nano Nagle, who gave of herself to make a difference to the lives  of those kept poor.  But more than that, her passion was to enable those she ...

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Presentation Day Novena 2022

Presentation Day Novena 2022

The Feast of the Presentation of Mary in the Temple takes place on 21st November each year.  This is a Feast that is celebrated with great joy throughout the world, wherever there are Presentation people. The content of this year’s novena has been prepared by Sisters Mary Kealy, Lois Greene, Prema Antony and Sheila Reen who have put together these ...

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