Photo was taken at Rochestown Park Hotel last Sunday, Cork (Irl)

This was the beautiful prayer space created by Janet Twomey, at last weekends gathering of parish representatives and clergy from the Diocese of Cork & Ross, to discuss the future of the Diocese.
The theme of the prayer space was ‘For everything there is a season’.

Thought on Saturday – July – 02/07/2022

‘There’s a disappointment and anger inside every one of us and unless we find it in ourselves to forgive, we will be bitter.’ ~Ronald Rolheiser

The constant invitation throughout the Gospel stories is to allow life help us to become a better person and not a bitter person. It would seem that as we become older we increasingly become more resentful. That is why Jesus said we must become like little children. They have no hidden agendas and do not carry the resentments and hurts we tend to carry.

At times a needle of resentment can get stuck in the record of our lives and it keeps churning out the same old story. This story is always negative, critical and sarcastic. It drains us of vital energy and long term it is never good for our health. All the good and positive moments that make up our day simply get lost in this. Joan Chittister described it as an “acid that is poured on our souls eating away our peace within.”

Forgiveness sees the wrong done but does not condone or brush it away. It has often been said God loves the sinner and but not the sin. Forgiveness allows us to let go of the resentment and begin to get on with our lives. What do you need to let go of in your life? Can you begin to let go of some resentment?