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Called to change direction …

Called to change direction

Today, we reach day eight, the final day of prayer in our ‘Week of Prayer for Christian Unity’.  Praying together to understand better through  the light of the Spirit how we can witness and live fully to fulfil that prayer of Jesus to the Father: ” … that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and ...

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We saw the Star …

We saw the star

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (WPCU), in the northern hemisphere, is traditionally observed from the 18 – 25 January – the octave of St Peter and St Paul. The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2022 is on the theme: We saw the star in the East, and we came to worship him. (Mt 2:2) At least once ...

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Nollaig na mBan

Nollaig na mBan

January 6th marks the end of the Christmas season in Ireland. But along with the 25th and 26th, Nollaig na mBan is one of the most important days of the Christmas Calendar. Traditionally it was the day where Irish women, who had worked tirelessly for weeks to create Christmas magic for their families, had the day completely to themselves. It’s ...

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Seeking God …

Seeking God

The Feast of the Epiphany (the 6th January – 12 days after Christmas Day) is both the end of Christmas and the beginning of our journey towards the Feast of the Presentation (or Candlemas), on February 2nd. The magi are metaphors for the journey of faith of everyone seeking to find and follow God, expressed through life around us and ...

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The root of all goodness

rooted - waiting on the word

This sonnet by Malcolm Guite calls on Christ as the root, drawing on the image of the ‘tree of Jesse’,  the family tree which leads to David, and ultimately to Christ as the ‘son of David.  However, Malcolm writing about the source of inspiration for this poem explains , that for him  the title ‘radix, goes deeper, as a good ...

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Joseph – master of the essential

Joseph master of the essential

At the conclusion of the Angelus on December 8, 2021, Pope Francis concluded the Jubilee Year dedicated to Saint Joseph. St. Joseph and his wife the Virgin Mary, the pontiff stressed, are “guides on the path of holiness.” He thanked all those who have brought to life these years of celebrations dedicated to Joseph and Mary—the Holy Family—in 2021. The ...

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Radical Waiting for His Coming

Radical Waiting

“In Advent, we proclaim and celebrate our hope and our trust that our God is faithful: that the Lord will come again and again to rescue us, to heal us, to console us, to be with all that he has called into life. God calls us forward to a new world, to embrace a new future. That is God’s deeper ...

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Orange the World

Orange the World

Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today and is a threat to millions of girls and women online and offline. It affects women regardless of their age, background, or level of education. This violence takes many forms, including physical, sexual, or psychological violence, as well as ...

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Our Presentation Day Novena

Presentation Day

The Feast of the Presentation of Mary in the Temple takes place on Sunday, 21st November 2021.  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 from the Conference of Presentation Sisters* who have put together these inspiring reflections.  Together ...

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Rooted in the Tree of Life

the tree of life

November is the month when we traditionally remember our loved ones who have gone before us. The Tree of Life is an encouraging symbol. Just as in Spring, new leaves turn into new life, such is our Christian hope regarding the promise of everlasting life. Each morning when we awaken with light still hiding in the sleeve of winter, may ...

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