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International Presentation Symposium

International Presentation Symposium

Today, 23rd April is a very special day, in a very special week that will culminate in celebration, prayer and thanksgiving for the life and charism of Venerable Nano Nagle, on her death anniversary on Friday 26th April. It is fitting that we also have a special coming together of Presentation people from Presentation schools in Australia and Ireland, to ...

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The courage to commit

pilgrims of hope

Pope Francis has released his message for the 61st World Day of Prayer for Vocations, celebrated on Sunday, 21 April, urging Christians to welcome our shared vocation to sow the seeds of hope and peace in our world.  “Our life finds fulfilment when we discover who we are, what our gifts are, where we can make them bear fruit, and ...

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I have seen the Lord!

I have seen the Lord

At the tomb on Easter morning, Mary of Magdala recognises Jesus at the sound of her own name, ‘Mary’. She responds with the fullness of love and faith. In all her vulnerability, at this moment, having gone to seek out Jesus, Mary receives her apostolic calling from Jesus.  He tells her not to remain there but to: “Go, find my ...

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Pilgrims of hope, builders of peace

“Our life finds fulfilment when we discover who we are, what our gifts are, where we can make them bear fruit, and what path we can follow in order to become signs and instruments of love, generous acceptance, beauty, and peace, wherever we find ourselves.” Pope Francis offered that summary of our Christian vocation in his message for the 61st ...

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What do we know of Patrick?

Who is Patrick

What do we know of Patrick – slave, shepherd, sinner and saint?  What do we know of any person but especially of someone whose life is wrapped up in myth and legend as well as in reality?  Someone perhaps, whose ‘brand’ is bigger than could ever have been imagined. The richest source of what we know about St. Patrick and ...

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Dream me, God

It’s International Women’s Day 2024, and as the many messages and posts relating to this day arrive from friends and colleagues, and through social media, let’s stop to make some space to ask ourselves: What does this mean?  What thoughts and inspirations does this day invoke? What does this day call you to do? To give thanks for those precious ...

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No option to ‘opt out’

No option to opt out

“ … true social justice is impossible if the human person is not the centre of concern.  God asks us believers to be God’s people, not ‘God’s elite.’” (Pope Francis – Dec 2020). Today is not a comfortable day! There is  no options to ‘opt out’! Today,  is UN World Day of Social Justice (20th February 2024).  As Presentation people ...

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It is all about the Heart

It is all about the heart

The fact that this year Ash Wednesday falls on St. Valentine’s Day is a simple reminder, if one were needed, that Love is all about the Heart! The 13thC mystic Mechthild of Magdeburg in her writings The Flowing Light of the Godhead expresses the reality of a lifelong Love and yearning for intimacy of relationship with God, and how this ...

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It is not good to be alone

It is not good to be alone

Our lives, reflect the image of the Trinity. We are meant to attain fulfilment through a network of relationships, friendships and love, both given and received. We were created to be together, not alone. It is not good to be alone. The Message from Pope Francis, for the World Day of the Sick on Sunday,  11th February (the Feast Day ...

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Trust in the slow work of God

Trusting in the slow work of God

Circumstances of a chance ‘chink of ‘insight’ from a moment’s encounter planted this seed of prayer: ‘trust in the slow work of God’.  It seems both apt for this particular day, the ‘World Day for Consecrated Life’ (when we pray in particular for all discerning and wanting to respond to the plan of God for their lives) and also an ...

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