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Let us not forget hospitality

Do not forget to show hospitality, for by so doing some people have welcomed angels without knowing it. (Hebrews 13:2)   After The pilgrimage of trust, organised by Taizé community in December in Madrid, brother Alois proposed a reflection on several aspects of hospitality. First proposal: Discover the source of hospitality in God From the beginning of the universe, God ...

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    Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

    The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (WPCU) takes place from 18-25 January 2019 on the theme ‘Justice and justice only you shall pursue’. Every year at this time Christians from across the world gather to pray for growth in unity. Such united prayer in a fractured world is very powerful. In this way we are called together to form a ...

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      An unending Epiphany

      I love that word ‘Epiphany’.  The feast that brings the Christmas season to an end.  But so much more than that.   One can think of it as the sign post to the ‘extraordinary’ in ordinary things.  Each year bringing with it a new and sudden ‘realisation or revelation’ as the New Year opens out into an ‘unending Epiphany’. When they ...

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        How the Light Comes

        The 21st December is the winter solstice, the day with the shortest period of daylight and the longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. For centuries it has been a special day for peoples and cultures worldwide.  As Christmas Day approaches perhaps we are settling inward, and at the same time looking outward,  awaiting the coming  of  Jesus among us ...

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          It’s about welcoming

          At our most  recent Province Justice Day, we listened to one of the speakers Paul Frecklington, sharing with us about the ‘Power of Welcome’, and about how the diverse parish community around the ARD Family Resource Centre in Doughiska (Co. Galway) experience this in their everyday lives. In the world we live in, preparing to welcome is more than ever ...

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            The Advent of Merton

            Thomas Merton, the famed spiritual writer, died on 10 December 1968. His writings are still as relevant as his life story is fascinating, particularly his treatment of ‘difference’, a word that ‘now commands an attention that would never have been possible fifty years ago,’ writes Michael Barnes SJ. The fiftieth anniversary of Merton’s death, particularly as it falls in Advent, ...

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              Learning from the leaves

              There is a deeper spiritual significance that underlies the mainstream fascination with Hallow E’en, largely revolving around trick-or-treating, haunted houses, Hallow E’en costumes, and spooky fun. When we look at the origin of Samhain (Summer’s end) it can be traced back to the ancient Celts who celebrated Samhain.  Samhain was the final harvest festival of the season, celebrated at the ...

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                The sacredness of being seen

                On today, the Feast day of St. Vincent De Paul (renowned for his compassion, humility and generosity), we pray for all of those who dedicate their lives to working and living alongside those made poor.   See http://www.svp.ie/feastday For a someone to feel that they ‘have been seen’ and are ‘made visible’ through the love and care they receive, makes love ...

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                  Light in today’s wilderness..

                  Nano Nagle carried the light of her lantern, and the light of the Gospel into the darkness, desolation and discrimination endured by the people of God in Ireland under the Penal Laws. ‘Because the world still needs the Gospel and Nano’s lantern light, it is timely to remember Pope Francis’ challenge to go beyond the comfortable spaces, places and territories ...

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                    Nano, we give thanks

                    It is summer time and some are blessed with time to slow down, rest, reassess and put in place plans for a new start.  While hopefully others, who must try to live gently season to season in the present moment of things, are enjoying whatever summer brings about. We are half way through this year of celebration of the tercentenary ...

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