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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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Called to consecrated life

Call to consecrated life

The Catholic Church celebrates the World Day for Consecrated Life every year on February 2nd, the feast of the Presentation of the Lord, also known as Candlemas, or the feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The day of prayer was established by Pope John Paul II in 1997. Pope Francis said the mission of consecrated men and women ...

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Brigid, breath of faith

We are at the cusp of cross-over into Spring Days, and ever growing Light, that from the Creator’s hands brings awakening Life to all it touches. It is not a coincidence that this ‘breath of Nature’ brings to our consciousness all kinds of grace-filled connections that inspire new life and hope. In Ireland we are moving towards the feast day ...

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We pray for Christian Unity

We pray for Christian Unity

From 18-25 January, 2024, all churches in the northern hemisphere  celebrate the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (WPCU). The motto chosen for this year is from the Gospel of Luke: “You shall love the Lord your God … and your neighbour as yourself.” (Luke 10:27).  Locally in each country, city, or diocese church communities have organised moments of prayer, workshops, gatherings ...

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Dare to build a different world

At the end of the last year, almost buried in the momentum of preparation for Christmas, Pope Francis sent his greetings, and a very powerful message to the young people present at the 46th European Meeting organised by the Taizé Community [28 December 2023 – 1st January 2024] on the theme “Walking together”.  Here are a few of the many ...

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Mary, free from herself

Mary free from herself

Mary in her humility, knows she receives everything from God. She is therefore, free from herself, completely oriented toward God and others. Mary Immaculate does not look on herself. This is true humility: not looking on oneself, but looking toward God and others. Today too, God wants to do great things with us in our daily lives: that is, in ...

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Jesus tug at my heart

It can seem at this of year that we are waiting, always waiting …waiting in queues, waiting for holidays, waiting for people to come home, waiting for time to do all the preparations, waiting for time to make that phone call, waiting to get all the work cleared up, but above all waiting for Jesus to arrive! Today I looked ...

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