Spring has Sprung Again


I was struck with the thought of spring has sprung when I saw it on the notice board in St. Anne’s.( see photo) After some thought, I reached a conclusion that the difference is the sense of hope that spring brings; sure, it does bring beauty and joy to our hearts. Hope is such a powerful state of being. It ...

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Reflection for April – PRAYER FROM THE HEART


A Life of Prayer is a Life of Love – Sr Yvonne Pepper, RNDM Many years ago I read a message on a fridge magnet, something to the effect of: The extra-ordinary can only be seen in the ordinary. That thought has stayed with me ever since, pondering how it could be and what makes it possible. Now, after many ...

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Reflection for March 2024

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Beware the Ides of March The Month of JOY and GRATITUDE for the blessings of the past and HOPE and EXPECTATION for the future. We are the RNDM EARTH COMMUNITY of Our Lady the Missions. In the mythological past, March/ Martius, the god of war, was so called because the preceding traumatic weather months of winter discouraged intense battles thus ...

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Here we are, at the beginning of 2024, hoping for a year of Peace, Happiness and Good Health. As we move on into this New Year, we become conscious that our lives, like a train, are speeding towards their final destination. Having lived at railway stations all my life, I am very aware of the continual movement of trains in ...

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Reflection for November – Let us remember them

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As we come closer to the end of the year, it is fitting that we take time this month before we get caught up with Christmas activities and all that entails to dwell on two special feasts: All Saints and the Commemoration of the Faithful Departed. Pope Francis this year at the Angelus and Blessing in St Peter’s Square said ...

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Reflection for October – MISSION


October is well known in the Christian world for Missionary action within the Church, with October 15 to 22nd being World Mission Week ending with International Mission Day, Sunday October 22nd.  One may ask: what does this mean for our times? Who are our missionaries today? With so few men and women choosing the missionary religious life in our Church ...

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Reflection for July – Sea Prayer

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In 2018, Khaled Hosseini produced a very beautifully illustrated book called Sea Prayer written in the form of a letter from a father to his son Marwan as he cradles him in his arms on the eve of their long treacherous journey from Homs, Syria, to escape a deadly war zone for safety. This journey would involve crossing many countries ...

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Reflection – June 2023

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“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.” John Muir, My First Summer in the Sierra, 2018. A few years ago, I found myself in a Record Shop looking for a particular CD. My heart gave a skip when I heard John Lennon singing ‘Imagine’! I could not take ...

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Mary of the Cenacle – May Reflection

I always heard this in my house, in the catechism classes and in homilies this famous phrase ‘If you seek Mary, you will find Jesus’. I would like to share with you some thoughts on this as we prepare to celebrate the Birthday of the Church. Our RNDM spirituality explains it further under the title ‘Our Lady of the Cenacle’. Pentecost ...

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Last month on the 12th March, Archbishop John Wilson, launched a Diocesan network entitled CARITAS Southwark to co-ordinate “our practical loving service of others, putting faith into action.”  This day was also the Sunday when Jesus spoke to the Samaritan woman and promised new life, living waters – eternal life. All this, particularly the word CARITAS [A Latin word meaning ...

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