It is less than one week until the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2020 begins (WPCU). This is a week during which Christians come together to pray for their unity. Congregations and parishes all over the world exchange preachers or arrange special ecumenical celebrations and prayer services. Traditionally the week of prayer is celebrated between 18–25 January, between the ...Read More »..
Tag Archives: Reflection
When we listen to the News broadcasts shared from across the world oft times we can remain with a sense of helplessness, overwhelmed by the suffering of humanity on so many levels, especially if the news is of personal, community or national tragedy, climate disasters, world migration and poverty? What is there to do? How can we respond (without delaying) ...Read More »..
Christmas is the ‘Good News’ that never becomes old. It seems quite timely then to revisit the re-telling of this news in a rather special poem written quite some years ago (Christmas 1978) by Sr. Raphael Consedine, pbvm. The words continue to echo in our lives as deep down in their simplicity as they express Presentation Life and the core ...Read More »..
A new year and a new opportunity to be grateful and feel blessed. The seasonal rhythm from Autumn and Winter into Spring (from, darkness to light) and old year into new, is an opportunity to stop, recognise, gather and appreciate the fruits and treasure of the year past – the outcomes of a life journey. A journey that the feast ...Read More »..
Each year as Christmas approaches it seems that one becomes more and more sensitised to the contrast between the ‘commercial frenzy on the streets and in the shops’ and the seemingly ever growing numbers of people who are challenged by life circumstances to the extent that their problems seem insurmountable, and the only way is ‘downwards’. They become part of ...Read More »..
Advent meditation by James Finley: What does the story of Jesus’ birth teach us about how God is present in our lives? “God is inexplicably born in our hearts moment by moment, breath by breath. In order to discover that, we must leave the noise and business of the inn, finding our way in the dark back to the stable. ...Read More »..
On the 24th November the image used at a Papal Mass in Nagasaki had an additional significance: it is a sculpture of Mary that survived the explosion of the atomic bomb in 1945 – The Virgin of Nagaski. When Pope Francis offers Mass during international trips, an image of the Marian devotion of the country he is visiting is usually ...Read More »..
Presentation Day is happily approaching (the 21st November each year). An important date for Presentation people everywhere. Not just a day to celebrate, but so much more. In the course of Presentation Life jubilee celebrations are truly a moment to share great happiness (jubilate deo) and to celebrate a very particular journey both individually and as community. These are both ...Read More »..
There can be something quite poignant and breathtaking about the hues, colours and transient light of autumn days. The burnished gold to brown and drop, that signals the ‘turning of the leaf’. These moments of precious recognition, acknowledgement and leave-taking can open up our being to something other than ourselves; the realisation that we are kin to everything. I was ...Read More »..
Nano Nagle’s spirituality had a transformative effect on the Catholic community in Cork, in Ireland and eventually in many places throughout the world. What was Nano attentive to? Nano was attuned to the edges of things. She was in touch with the experiences of people who were poor and pushed to the margins. She was in touch with their experiences ...Read More »..