We are present at the National Ploughing Championships 2022 in Ratheniska, Co. Laois from September 20th, 21st & 22nd. Call in and say ‘hello’ – we will be delighted to meet you!
We are in the stand area at 609 (Row 3, Block 39)
The National Ploughing Championships draws people of all ages and cultures to the ‘heart of the farming landscape’, close to the earth! As such its appeal, makes it one of the largest outdoor events in Europe and a vital opportunity to highlight all that is best about Irish companies, food, farming & culture. Participating in the Ploughing Contest, there will be ploughing teams and their supporters from 24 countries.
Sowing seeds … nurturing life
A connection with the Earth and its produce is a vital part of what makes us human, and helps us recognise the reality of the inter-connectedness of all life and the personal, individual, communal and societal responsibility we hold to nurture, sustain and care for it.
Throughout the bible there are many analogies about ploughing, tilling, planting and sowing. This is also true of Nano Nagle’s life and the mention of the mustard seed.
“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” Matthew 13:31
In our Presentation story ‘readiness and openness of heart’ has expressed itself often through small beginnings, in willingness to be a pioneer; to be with those who struggle for life, for livelihood, for survival in the most challenging of times; to prepare new ground for the seed of the Gospel, and to work for a harvest to be reaped by many.
The mustard seed planted
The story of ‘Presentation’ is a truly amazing founding story. It has been repeated in different ways in differing climes and cultures since 1776 as the charism of Nano evolved in new situations.
The Mustard Seed carries with it a rich and powerful Kingdom message, a message of hope. Little steps taken in faith do matter.
One person’s contribution can have repercussions across the globe. [..] A tiny Mustard Seed planted in faith can grow into something quite surprising and beautiful. The Presentation story is laced with examples of miracle growth from humble beginnings.
‘Consider the Mustard Seed’ by Mary T. O’Brien, pbvm in ‘Nano Nagle and An Evolving Charism’.
Each of us from our local scene, can tell our mustard seed story and marvel at the way the Providence of God has been guiding the evolution of the charism of Nano down the years – to ministries and places where the light of the Gospel shines through.
The Mustard Seed speaks of potential being realised, of a charism in evolution.
You can find out more about Presentation Life by calling to our stand at the National Ploughing Championships, over these next 3 days (20th to 22nd September, 2022) or by contacting us directly through our website or social media links.
About the National Ploughing Championships see HERE