December Reflection


“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


“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


“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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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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Summer Days


As June passes with many memories of sadness, shock and destruction, I turned the calendar over to see July’s surprise image: I was met with the words:  “Let cares drift away!” On another calendar I saw a    smiling Shetland pony! As I look out of the window I see magnificent colours of the harvest and wild flowers bouncing against the ...

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Co-creating for Mission


All the great spiritual leaders in history were people of hope. Abraham, Moses, Ruth, Mary, Jesus, Rumi, Ghandi and Dorothy Day all lived with a promise in their hearts that guided them towards the future without the need to know exactly what it would look like. Let’s live with hope. ~ Henri J.M. Nouwen “How will this be?” Mary asked. ...

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As I was reading “The Friendship Book,  2017” on 14th February, Norah Sindon was sharing her thoughts on Words – how they have a certain power or lure that demand a second look – how they conjure up feelings , memories, emotions and even movement.   I know exactly what she means. As we have passed through Lent, the Passion, and ...

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 “In the hearts of people today there is a deep longing for peace. When the spirit of peace is thoroughly dominant, it becomes an inner experience.” (Barach Spinoza) Habakkuk was one of the minor Prophets who lived in the 7th Century BC, when the Babylonians were in power.  He was deeply disturbed and angry by the violence of these people, ...

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February ushers in the Spring, a bursting forth of growth and new life; a time of new beginnings and anticipation. “ Life stands before me like an eternal Spring, with new and brilliant clothes”(Carl Friedrick Gauss) However, not all Spring lambs feel like skipping happily over the mountains. One of my saddest memories was seeing a snowy- white, newly born ...

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