Author Archives: Linh Thuy

Reflection for October

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Remembering and cherishing what we have had. Already we can see the end of the year fast approaching. Many say, “Where has this year gone, already we are facing a long winter?” “This year has just simply flown by!” All those lovely summer months and extended warm days have simply gone and now just a passed memory. Yet, certain things ...

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Mary’s Extravagant Gesture of Love

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 The glories of Mary have been enshrined in the heart of the Church; she is part of scripture and of the liturgy. She has been honoured in Arts, Poetry and Song; she holds a secure place in the hearts of the faithful; she is the greatest of all saints, the sinless one born without original sin and indeed free from ...

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My maiden visit to Bonnie Scotland

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As I set off on Avanti West from Euston, I remember the Italian word Avanti means “go ahead.” As the train leaves the station and picks up speed, I began to watch the lovely green fields and farm lands, the cattle and sheep grazing on the green meadows, it was indeed a beautiful sight. We arrived mid-afternoon at Glasgow and ...

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Reflection for July, 2022

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It had been a day of interacting with many people and I felt the need to withdraw to a wordless place!  It was springtime and I walked down the bóithrin - bohereen, (unpaved rural road in Ireland). There was a soothing silence, a calm just to ‘be’ in the moment, to inhale the fresh breezes, and breathe the rugged beauty ...

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Ubi caritas est vera, deus ibi est. Wherever love is true, God is there.

 I would like to reflect on our devotion to the Sacred Heart as we are in the month of June. My family instilled in me this devotion from my childhood, we were a joint family and every evening we gathered for prayers lead by my grandmother. I remember the room was filled with statues of Jesus, Mary, Joseph, St. Anthony ...

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Beatification of Pauline-Marie Jaricot – May 22, 2022 – LYON

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The Foundress of the Pontifical Society of the Propagation of the Faith, and of the Living Rosary Movement. She was declared Venerable, February 25, 1963 by St John XXIII, and will be declared Blessed, May 22, 2022. Pauline-Marie was born July 22, to a devout family of seven children in the midst of the bourgeoisie and pious people of Lyon ...

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The New Spring – Reflection for Lent

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As our global world 2022, stands at a crossroads, March and April are welcoming months with all their beauty, new life and renewed vision. Earth’s soul is  pulsating, ready to display new energy as it shifts the long, dark, bleak days of winter COVID 19.  As Lent continues, we step back and dare to face difficult questions, glaring injustices and ...

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A TIME OF TRANSFORMATION – April 2022

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At the time of writing these reflections, the end of Lent is fast approaching. Lent: a gifted time when we can offer God “something very private but also something life-enhancing, helping to draw us even closer to our blessed Lord.” [Father J.B. Hurley]   Yes, life-enhancing—a beautiful word, full of life and meaning. Then on the 3rd Sunday of Lent the ...

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Good Advice to Remember – February 2022

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“Laugh and the world laughs with you” ‘Smiling is contagious,’ my aunt always said,’ more contagious than a virus.’ She used to advise us, to our amusement, to smile slightly as we walked along, even when we did not feel like it.  A smile, she maintained, tricks the brain into releasing hormones that boost the immune system. Whatever about that, ...

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Reflection for January, 2022

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  The God of Promise As we say goodbye to another year of unsettlement, disappointment and uncertainty, can we even begin to hope as the clock chimes in 2022? If we can use the words of Jochen Klepper “Neujahrslied” in his work Kyrie (Berlin: Merseburger, 1938):   New Year’s Song – in translation O you who hold all times in your ...

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