Reflections

The Feast of the Sacred Heart- Friday, June 8

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This wonderful feast loved by so many is celebrated on the third Friday after Pentecost. “It celebrates the one divine and human Christ from the standpoint of his love for humankind, a love symbolised by his heart. It is therefore a devotional celebration that has as its object Christ’s love for us rather than any specific salvific act.” (The Key ...

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Relish a Taste of Beauty

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With a sudden abundant hint that hope is in the air, it is a blessing to celebrate spring in the Northern Hemisphere after such a long, dreary winter. May, is a time of surprise and wonder as we enjoy the silence and energy of birthing once again; and delight in the colourful creative magnificence opening before our eyes in the ...

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God in Creation – An Easter Reflection

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I sit writing this reflection as nature is battling with the so called “mini beast from the east.” We have already had the “big brother” with its piercingly sharp teeth biting and devouring all the long-awaited, vulnerable, luscious signs of spring, which had filled us with such a hope and expectation. And today is the Sunday when Christ points to ...

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March Reflection – Women’s Day of Prayer for Creation

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As Spring is in the air, and we see new growth appearing on our trees and shrubs, it is only right and fitting that the world celebrates Women as “caretakers of creation”- nurturing life and working for peace and harmony. March 2nd is the International Day when churches everywhere, of all denominations, will gather to celebrate Women. This year we ...

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BEAUTY IN THE ORDINARY

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At a Summer School last year, I was struck by a quote that has stayed with me since. It ran, “When your life is normal, you want it to be more exciting. When you’re on dialysis, you realise how exciting normal is” It reminded me of how important it is, to enjoy and celebrate the normal in life. There’s a ...

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Happy New Year – 2018

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Another fresh New Year is here Another year to live! To banish worry, doubt and fear. To love and laugh and give! This bright New Year is given to me To live each day with zest . . . To daily grow and try to be My highest and my best! I have the opportunity Once more to right some ...

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December Reflection

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“God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son…” (Jn. 3:16) “I am living in faith, faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me”. (Gal.2:20) Advent is the time of waiting in joyful hope and expectation…waiting for the fullness of God to come into our lives and our world. This waiting ...

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Reflection for November, 2017

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“On this mountain he will remove the mourning veil covering all peoples . . .” Isaiah 25: 7. How these words of Isaiah sang out to me as I visited the grave of Sr Maureen McBride as she lies in the cemetery, St Rambert, France. As I prayed at her tomb I asked Maureen what to write  for this reflection ...

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October Reflection

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“He sent me to bring good news to the poor, to proclaim liberty to captives and to the blind new sight, to set the downtrodden free, to proclaim the Lord’s year of favour.   (Luke 4:  18 – 19). 8 – 15 October has been marked as the week for prisoners – a time when we remember all those who are ...

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THE GOD OF SURPRISES

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Recently, an article by archaeologist and photographer, Enda ‘O Flaherty, on Ireland’s abandoned old school houses, triggered memories of an  experience I had in my own National School of Kilrickle in Co. Galway, over 80 years ago. The article referred to 1937 when the Irish Folklore Commission, in collaboration with the Department of Education and the Irish Teachers’ Organisation, initiated ...

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