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Pentecost

On the day of Pentecost, as the Spirit descends upon the gathered assembly, we see with dramatic clarity how the knowing that Christ gives us is not for ourselves alone: it is for the life of the community and the life of the world. As on Pentecost, when those who spoke in the Spirit did not recognise what they were ...

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It is not just about migrants

For the 105th World Day of Migrants and Refugees, which is commemorated on Sunday, September 29, 2019 Pope Francis has released a special message on the theme: “It is not just about migrants”. These lines in italics below appear  in the main text of the document and seemed somehow to naturally form a litany and a prayer. It is not ...

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Communications: from ‘like’ to ‘amen’

The World Day of Social Communications will be formally celebrated on Sunday 2 June – the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord – which falls on the Sunday before Pentecost Sunday. Pope Francis has chosen the theme: “We are members one of another (Eph 4:25) From social network communities to the human community”. Pope Francis has also published a ...

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Sowing Hope for the Planet

May 24th marks the fourth anniversary of the launch of the Encyclical Letter by Pope Francis ‘Laudato Sí – On Care of Our Common Home’, in May 2015. “When we speak of the ‘environment’ what we really mean is a relationship existing between nature and the society which lives in it.” (LS#139) Through all of the media at our disposal we ...

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To become more human

In September 2018, during the week when Jean Vanier (the Canadian philosopher and theologian and the founder of L’Arche communities) had just turned ninety he shared a video to commemorate the occasion.  In it he lays out his “ten rules for life to become more human” as well as sharing his thoughts on life, and on growing older.  He speaks ...

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Thinking about Mary

May the month of Mary, is traditionally a time when we remember and we pray especially to Mary. “The Bible doesn’t tell us, of course, what Mary was doing when the messenger of God paid his visit. But I love the notion that Mary was already prayerfully steeping herself in the Word, long before Christ the Word ever became steeped ...

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Prayer

Yesterday I read a beautiful piece from Global Sisters Report (GSR).  The theme of this feature piece is: ‘The Life: In prayer, sisters find the unconditional love of God’. In it the panellists share a variety of approaches that help bring them into union with God.  […] But all approaches ultimately involve a personal encounter of love, a contemplative experience with ...

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She is fully alive

“She is fully alive”!  An apt heading for this News Bulletin. The performance of a recent play entitled ‘Path Through the Dark’ presented by Ocean of Notions Theatre Company and the Presentation Sisters South West Province in the beautiful Goldie Chapel at Nano Nagle Place has just concluded. Both enchanting and inspiring, this dramatic piece about the life of Nano ...

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Finding the language

The language we use to communicate with each other is more than just the spoken word, it has its roots in a connection of mind, heart and soul that comes from life shared among us and within us.  An expression of inter-relationship at a local, universal and cosmic level. During the past two decades Ireland has become an increasingly diverse ...

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Nature can

At this time of year one only has to look around at what has been bare ground and dormant trees to see new life emerging, as green shoots push up and buds of every kind start to emerge.  This resurrected life can be relied on to burst forth in countryside or city street (both equally triumphant) emerging from a crack ...

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