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A saint for our time

On Oct. 13, Blessed John Henry Newman will become the first Englishman since the 1600s to be canonised.  Even though there are four others being raised to the altars with him — religious sisters from India, Brazil and Italy and a Third Order Franciscan from Switzerland — the focus of the Catholic world will be mainly on Newman because of ...

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Canticle of the Sun

St. Francis of Assisi whose feast day it is today (4th October) believed that everything in the natural world was a gift from God and deserved to be appreciated and valued.  Because of this, Francis in his ‘Canticle of the Sun’  refers to the sun, wind, air, and fire as his brothers, and to the moon, stars, earth, water, and death ...

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Religious life in a post-human age

future religious

The Gospel life was never meant to be lived enclosed, but on the edge of a new future in God, writes Ilia Delio in an essay about religious life.   I recently returned from a retreat at San Alfonso Retreat House in Long Branch, New Jersey, where 110 sisters gathered each day for liturgy, prayer and presentation. The sisters were ...

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I have come into this world

This poem by the poet Hafiz, provided the powerful reflection piece shared with participants at our North East Province Justice Peace & Integrity of Creation (JPIC) Commission Justice event in November 2018. I have come into this world to see this I have come into this world to see this: the sword drop from men’s hands even at the height ...

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The courage for encounter

Like very many others, I have followed the daily world media reports on the recent fourteen day journey of Greta Thunberg the sixteen year old Climate Activist from Sweden as she took on the gruelling challenge of sailing to New York for the UN Climate Action Summit in September.  I have been mesmerised by someone so young courageously taking up ...

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What beauty is for …

Every time of year and season has its beauty if we have the ‘eyes’ to see. However, more often than not, that beauty beckons ‘heart to heart’, without us having to do anything at all, other than just be present to it.  This experience  can help  confirm in us a realisation of  ‘what beauty is for’.  The poet Mary Oliver ...

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Our Lady of Knock

Today is the 140th anniversary of the apparitions at Knock, Co. Mayo.   The Story of Knock began on Thursday evening of the 21st August, 1879, the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist appeared at the south gable of the church at Knock, County Mayo, Ireland.  Beside them and a little to their left was an altar ...

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Women Humanitarians

World Humanitarian Day (WHD) is held every year on 19th August to pay tribute to Aid Workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service, and to rally support for people affected by crises around the world. The theme of the 2019 WHD is ‘Women Humanitarians’. We honour the work of women in crises throughout the world. We focus on the ...

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‘Nano Alive’ continuing to sing her song

“If we believe, that we, members of the Presentation family have been gifted in differing ways with sharing in that original divine shaft of energy which Nano received, and if we believe that we continue to sing her particular song in the Church and in the world, then certain things follow. The first is that we have a responsibility for ...

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We are not left alone

On August 15, we celebrate the Assumption of Mary.  Although the Assumption of Mary is not recorded in Scripture, the Church has vast historical knowledge regarding this early Christian celebration. After the building of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in 336, the sacred sites there began to be restored and memories of the life of Our Lord began to ...

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