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Listing December - 2021
 
  Friday
Dec-31
'I am not alone as I thought I was. I am never alone at all. And that, of course, is the message of Christmas. We are never alone. Not when the night is darkest, the wind coldest, the world seemingly most indifferent. For this is still the time God chooses.' ~Taylor Caldwell

God will always choose the moment we do not expect. Just as we thought the stable was not the ideal place for a baby to be born so it is with our own lives. God chooses to be a part of our lives when we least expect it. Everyone who came to the first crib was welcome. The same goes with all of us this Christmas. No matter what our story, background or situation, we are all welcome at God's crib. There are no barriers and no exceptions. Everyone is welcome and we are never alone. Wishing you a happy, safe and peaceful Christmas.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Dec-29
'I am not alone as I thought I was. I am never alone at all. And that, of course, is the message of Christmas. We are never alone. Not when the night is darkest, the wind coldest, the world seemingly most indifferent. For this is still the time God chooses.' ~Taylor Caldwell

God will always choose the moment we do not expect. Just as we thought the stable was not the ideal place for a baby to be born so it is with our own lives. God chooses to be a part of our lives when we least expect it. Everyone who came to the first crib was welcome. The same goes with all of us this Christmas. No matter what our story, background or situation, we are all welcome at God's crib. There are no barriers and no exceptions. Everyone is welcome and we are never alone. Wishing you a happy, safe and peaceful Christmas.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Dec-26
'I am not alone as I thought I was. I am never alone at all. And that, of course, is the message of Christmas. We are never alone. Not when the night is darkest, the wind coldest, the world seemingly most indifferent. For this is still the time God chooses.' ~Taylor Caldwell

God will always choose the moment we do not expect. Just as we thought the stable was not the ideal place for a baby to be born so it is with our own lives. God chooses to be a part of our lives when we least expect it. Everyone who came to the first crib was welcome. The same goes with all of us this Christmas. No matter what our story, background or situation, we are all welcome at God's crib. There are no barriers and no exceptions. Everyone is welcome and we are never alone. Wishing you a happy, safe and peaceful Christmas.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Dec-25
'I am not alone as I thought I was. I am never alone at all. And that, of course, is the message of Christmas. We are never alone. Not when the night is darkest, the wind coldest, the world seemingly most indifferent. For this is still the time God chooses.' ~Taylor Caldwell

God will always choose the moment we do not expect. Just as we thought the stable was not the ideal place for a baby to be born so it is with our own lives. God chooses to be a part of our lives when we least expect it. Everyone who came to the first crib was welcome. The same goes with all of us this Christmas. No matter what our story, background or situation, we are all welcome at God's crib. There are no barriers and no exceptions. Everyone is welcome and we are never alone. Wishing you a happy, safe and peaceful Christmas.
 
 
 
  Friday
Dec-24
Thought For The Week

Last Tuesday (Dec 21st) was the winter solstice. Newgrange in Co.Meath is a world historic site and the passage grave was constructed five thousand years ago. Above the entrance to the passage there is a small opening through which the sun shines at 8.54a.m on Dec 21st.

Its rays penetrate some 50 feet into the inner chamber where the ashes of the dead were kept. It is an extraordinary construction that required painstaking and precise work. The people feared the darkest of days and thought the world was going to end. Building Newgrange instilled in them a great sense of hope and a reminder that in the darkest of corners light will always shine.

The same is so true of Christmas. Jesus is born into our world as a wonderful and inspiring light. The invitation is to allow Jesus to be born into those parts of our lives that need him the most. We all have dark corners in our lives. On our own the darkness could overwhelm us. Christmas is a reminder that we can't journey through life on our own.

We need support, love, companionship, friendship, light, hope and so much more. That's why we make a special effort to reach out and include everyone at Christmas. The spirit of Christmas is meant to be alive every day of the year, not just on Christmas Day. Newgrange is an awesome spectacle. Christmas is equally an awesome event. We thank God for coming into our world to shatter all forms of darkness. We invite God's light to touch every aspect of our lives this Christmas.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Dec-23
Last Tuesday (Dec 21st) was the winter solstice. Newgrange in Co.Meath is a world historic site and the passage grave was constructed five thousand years ago. Above the entrance to the passage there is a small opening through which the sun shines at 8.54a.m on Dec 21st. Its rays penetrate some 50 feet into the inner chamber where the ashes of the dead were kept. It is an extraordinary construction that required painstaking and precise work. The people feared the darkest of days and thought the world was going to end. Building Newgrange instilled in them a great sense of hope and a reminder that in the darkest of corners light will always shine.

The same is so true of Christmas. Jesus is born into our world as a wonderful and inspiring light. The invitation is to allow Jesus to be born into those parts of our lives that need him the most. We all have dark corners in our lives. On our own the darkness could overwhelm us. Christmas is a reminder that we can't journey through life on our own. We need support, love, companionship, friendship, light, hope and so much more. That's why we make a special effort to reach out and include everyone at Christmas. The spirit of Christmas is meant to be alive every day of the year, not just on Christmas Day. Newgrange is an awesome spectacle. Christmas is equally an awesome event. We thank God for coming into our world to shatter all forms of darkness. We invite God's light to touch every aspect of our lives this Christmas.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Dec-22
Thought For The Week

'A friend is someone to whom one can pour out all the contents of one's heart, grain and chaff together, knowing that loving hands will sift it, keep what is worth keeping and with the breath of love will blow the chaff away.' ~Arabian Proverb

This weekend we lit the fourth candle on the Advent wreath and moved us into the final week before Christmas. But this final week is shrouded in uncertainty and nervousness about the Covid Omicron wave and how easily it is spreading within our communities. Any plans for a normal Christmas have quite simply ended abruptly. But despite all the uncertainties the Christmas message is as relevant and important as ever in our spiritual lives.

I came across the above Arabian proverb during the week and I thought isn't that just full of love and meaning. It particularly has meaning for Christmas and what the season is all about. It is a time to celebrate what is worth keeping in our lives and with a breath of love move to one side all that is not working in our lives, anything negative and anything that is not life giving. While we can't do this all in one go or all at the same time, Christmas is a beautiful time of the year to begin.

Christmas can best be described as a great moment. It stirs something special within all of us. We can't allow the uncertainty of Covid to take away what Christmas really means for us and particularly what it can do for us spiritually. In one week today we celebrate the birth of Jesus and everything evolves around this. It is indeed a great moment, but its greatness can get lost.

Why did God choose to come into this world just like one of us? Why did God choose a simple stable on the outskirts of a busy town? Why was it done quietly and without fuss? Nothing has changed for Christmas 2021. God still comes into our lives quietly and without fuss. We could so easily miss it. I pray that this coming week is one of anticipation and hope for you, despite all that is going on around us, with much of it outside our control.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Dec-21
Thought For The Week

'A friend is someone to whom one can pour out all the contents of one's heart, grain and chaff together, knowing that loving hands will sift it, keep what is worth keeping and with the breath of love will blow the chaff away.' ~Arabian Proverb

This weekend we lit the fourth candle on the Advent wreath and moved us into the final week before Christmas. But this final week is shrouded in uncertainty and nervousness about the Covid Omicron wave and how easily it is spreading within our communities. Any plans for a normal Christmas have quite simply ended abruptly. But despite all the uncertainties the Christmas message is as relevant and important as ever in our spiritual lives.

I came across the above Arabian proverb during the week and I thought isn't that just full of love and meaning. It particularly has meaning for Christmas and what the season is all about. It is a time to celebrate what is worth keeping in our lives and with a breath of love move to one side all that is not working in our lives, anything negative and anything that is not life giving. While we can't do this all in one go or all at the same time, Christmas is a beautiful time of the year to begin.

Christmas can best be described as a great moment. It stirs something special within all of us. We can't allow the uncertainty of Covid to take away what Christmas really means for us and particularly what it can do for us spiritually. In one week today we celebrate the birth of Jesus and everything evolves around this. It is indeed a great moment, but its greatness can get lost.

Why did God choose to come into this world just like one of us? Why did God choose a simple stable on the outskirts of a busy town? Why was it done quietly and without fuss? Nothing has changed for Christmas 2021. God still comes into our lives quietly and without fuss. We could so easily miss it. I pray that this coming week is one of anticipation and hope for you, despite all that is going on around us, with much of it outside our control.
 
 
 
  Monday
Dec-20
Thought For The Week

'A friend is someone to whom one can pour out all the contents of one's heart, grain and chaff together, knowing that loving hands will sift it, keep what is worth keeping and with the breath of love will blow the chaff away.' ~Arabian Proverb

This weekend we lit the fourth candle on the Advent wreath and moved us into the final week before Christmas. But this final week is shrouded in uncertainty and nervousness about the Covid Omicron wave and how easily it is spreading within our communities. Any plans for a normal Christmas have quite simply ended abruptly. But despite all the uncertainties the Christmas message is as relevant and important as ever in our spiritual lives.

I came across the above Arabian proverb during the week and I thought isn't that just full of love and meaning. It particularly has meaning for Christmas and what the season is all about. It is a time to celebrate what is worth keeping in our lives and with a breath of love move to one side all that is not working in our lives, anything negative and anything that is not life giving. While we can't do this all in one go or all at the same time, Christmas is a beautiful time of the year to begin.

Christmas can best be described as a great moment. It stirs something special within all of us. We can't allow the uncertainty of Covid to take away what Christmas really means for us and particularly what it can do for us spiritually. In one week today we celebrate the birth of Jesus and everything evolves around this. It is indeed a great moment, but its greatness can get lost.

Why did God choose to come into this world just like one of us? Why did God choose a simple stable on the outskirts of a busy town? Why was it done quietly and without fuss? Nothing has changed for Christmas 2021. God still comes into our lives quietly and without fuss. We could so easily miss it. I pray that this coming week is one of anticipation and hope for you, despite all that is going on around us, with much of it outside our control.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Dec-19
Thought For The Week

'A friend is someone to whom one can pour out all the contents of one's heart, grain and chaff together, knowing that loving hands will sift it, keep what is worth keeping and with the breath of love will blow the chaff away.' ~Arabian Proverb

This weekend we lit the fourth candle on the Advent wreath and moved us into the final week before Christmas. But this final week is shrouded in uncertainty and nervousness about the Covid Omicron wave and how easily it is spreading within our communities. Any plans for a normal Christmas have quite simply ended abruptly. But despite all the uncertainties the Christmas message is as relevant and important as ever in our spiritual lives.

I came across the above Arabian proverb during the week and I thought isn't that just full of love and meaning. It particularly has meaning for Christmas and what the season is all about. It is a time to celebrate what is worth keeping in our lives and with a breath of love move to one side all that is not working in our lives, anything negative and anything that is not life giving. While we can't do this all in one go or all at the same time, Christmas is a beautiful time of the year to begin.

Christmas can best be described as a great moment. It stirs something special within all of us. We can't allow the uncertainty of Covid to take away what Christmas really means for us and particularly what it can do for us spiritually. In one week today we celebrate the birth of Jesus and everything evolves around this. It is indeed a great moment, but its greatness can get lost.

Why did God choose to come into this world just like one of us? Why did God choose a simple stable on the outskirts of a busy town? Why was it done quietly and without fuss? Nothing has changed for Christmas 2021. God still comes into our lives quietly and without fuss. We could so easily miss it. I pray that this coming week is one of anticipation and hope for you, despite all that is going on around us, with much of it outside our control.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Dec-18
'If Christmas isn't found in your heart you won't find it under the Christmas tree.' ~Charlotte Carpenter

Christmas is getting so much closer now. Last weekend we lit the 3rd candle on the Advent wreath. The third candle is pink and it is meant to stand out. The third Sunday of Advent is called 'Joyful Sunday'. In many churches the emphasis today will be putting an emphasis on good news. It is a day to celebrate good news stories in our community and in our lives.

Today no apologies are made for highlighting our good news stories. It is crucial and important that we do. We have a natural tendency to lean towards negative and sad stories. Covid has meant that we have been leaning constantly towards a lot of bad news.

We all need to hear good news, we need to nurture good news and importantly we need to celebrate good news. We need to bring the balance back in. That is why 'Joyful Sunday' is one of those days to at least try and put the spotlight on some good news. These good news stories are plentiful but they often get squashed and pushed to one side. These good news stories do not have to make the headlines. It is often the small and insignificant good news stories that really are the best of all.

Christmas can be many different things to people with lots of spiritual significance. Christmas can be rightly called a 'Celebration of Good News' but especially of your good news. The message of 'Joyful Sunday' is that of course you are special and always worth celebrating. If we can't do that, then there is no point having Christmas. Christmas celebrates you. You are special and always will be.
 
 
 
  Friday
Dec-17
'If Christmas isn't found in your heart you won't find it under the Christmas tree.' ~Charlotte Carpenter

Christmas is getting so much closer now. Last weekend we lit the 3rd candle on the Advent wreath. The third candle is pink and it is meant to stand out. The third Sunday of Advent is called 'Joyful Sunday'. In many churches the emphasis today will be putting an emphasis on good news. It is a day to celebrate good news stories in our community and in our lives.

Today no apologies are made for highlighting our good news stories. It is crucial and important that we do. We have a natural tendency to lean towards negative and sad stories. Covid has meant that we have been leaning constantly towards a lot of bad news.

We all need to hear good news, we need to nurture good news and importantly we need to celebrate good news. We need to bring the balance back in. That is why 'Joyful Sunday' is one of those days to at least try and put the spotlight on some good news. These good news stories are plentiful but they often get squashed and pushed to one side. These good news stories do not have to make the headlines. It is often the small and insignificant good news stories that really are the best of all.

Christmas can be many different things to people with lots of spiritual significance. Christmas can be rightly called a 'Celebration of Good News' but especially of your good news. The message of 'Joyful Sunday' is that of course you are special and always worth celebrating. If we can't do that, then there is no point having Christmas. Christmas celebrates you. You are special and always will be.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Dec-16
'If Christmas isn't found in your heart you won't find it under the Christmas tree.' ~Charlotte Carpenter

Christmas is getting so much closer now. Last weekend we lit the 3rd candle on the Advent wreath. The third candle is pink and it is meant to stand out. The third Sunday of Advent is called 'Joyful Sunday'. In many churches the emphasis today will be putting an emphasis on good news. It is a day to celebrate good news stories in our community and in our lives.

Today no apologies are made for highlighting our good news stories. It is crucial and important that we do. We have a natural tendency to lean towards negative and sad stories. Covid has meant that we have been leaning constantly towards a lot of bad news.

We all need to hear good news, we need to nurture good news and importantly we need to celebrate good news. We need to bring the balance back in. That is why 'Joyful Sunday' is one of those days to at least try and put the spotlight on some good news. These good news stories are plentiful but they often get squashed and pushed to one side. These good news stories do not have to make the headlines. It is often the small and insignificant good news stories that really are the best of all.

Christmas can be many different things to people with lots of spiritual significance. Christmas can be rightly called a 'Celebration of Good News' but especially of your good news. The message of 'Joyful Sunday' is that of course you are special and always worth celebrating. If we can't do that, then there is no point having Christmas. Christmas celebrates you. You are special and always will be.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Dec-15
'If Christmas isn't found in your heart you won't find it under the Christmas tree.' ~Charlotte Carpenter

Christmas is getting so much closer now. Last weekend we lit the 3rd candle on the Advent wreath. The third candle is pink and it is meant to stand out. The third Sunday of Advent is called 'Joyful Sunday'. In many churches the emphasis today will be putting an emphasis on good news. It is a day to celebrate good news stories in our community and in our lives.

Today no apologies are made for highlighting our good news stories. It is crucial and important that we do. We have a natural tendency to lean towards negative and sad stories. Covid has meant that we have been leaning constantly towards a lot of bad news.

We all need to hear good news, we need to nurture good news and importantly we need to celebrate good news. We need to bring the balance back in. That is why 'Joyful Sunday' is one of those days to at least try and put the spotlight on some good news. These good news stories are plentiful but they often get squashed and pushed to one side. These good news stories do not have to make the headlines. It is often the small and insignificant good news stories that really are the best of all.

Christmas can be many different things to people with lots of spiritual significance. Christmas can be rightly called a 'Celebration of Good News' but especially of your good news. The message of 'Joyful Sunday' is that of course you are special and always worth celebrating. If we can't do that, then there is no point having Christmas. Christmas celebrates you. You are special and always will be.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Dec-14
'If Christmas isn't found in your heart you won't find it under the Christmas tree.' ~Charlotte Carpenter

Christmas is getting so much closer now. This weekend we lit the 3rd candle on the Advent wreath. The third candle is pink and it is meant to stand out. The third Sunday of Advent is called 'Joyful Sunday'. In many churches the emphasis today will be putting an emphasis on good news. It is a day to celebrate good news stories in our community and in our lives.

Today no apologies are made for highlighting our good news stories. It is crucial and important that we do. We have a natural tendency to lean towards negative and sad stories. Covid has meant that we have been leaning constantly towards a lot of bad news.

We all need to hear good news, we need to nurture good news and importantly we need to celebrate good news. We need to bring the balance back in. That is why 'Joyful Sunday' is one of those days to at least try and put the spotlight on some good news. These good news stories are plentiful but they often get squashed and pushed to one side. These good news stories do not have to make the headlines. It is often the small and insignificant good news stories that really are the best of all.

Christmas can be many different things to people with lots of spiritual significance. Christmas can be rightly called a 'Celebration of Good News' but especially of your good news. The message of 'Joyful Sunday' is that of course you are special and always worth celebrating. If we can't do that, then there is no point having Christmas. Christmas celebrates you. You are special and always will be.
 
 
 
  Monday
Dec-13
'If Christmas isn't found in your heart you won't find it under the Christmas tree.' ~Charlotte Carpenter

Christmas is getting so much closer now. This weekend we lit the 3rd candle on the Advent wreath. The third candle is pink and it is meant to stand out. The third Sunday of Advent is called 'Joyful Sunday'. In many churches the emphasis today will be putting an emphasis on good news. It is a day to celebrate good news stories in our community and in our lives.

Today no apologies are made for highlighting our good news stories. It is crucial and important that we do. We have a natural tendency to lean towards negative and sad stories. Covid has meant that we have been leaning constantly towards a lot of bad news.

We all need to hear good news, we need to nurture good news and importantly we need to celebrate good news. We need to bring the balance back in. That is why 'Joyful Sunday' is one of those days to at least try and put the spotlight on some good news. These good news stories are plentiful but they often get squashed and pushed to one side. These good news stories do not have to make the headlines. It is often the small and insignificant good news stories that really are the best of all.

Christmas can be many different things to people with lots of spiritual significance. Christmas can be rightly called a 'Celebration of Good News' but especially of your good news. The message of 'Joyful Sunday' is that of course you are special and always worth celebrating. If we can't do that, then there is no point having Christmas. Christmas celebrates you. You are special and always will be.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Dec-12
'If Christmas isn't found in your heart you won't find it under the Christmas tree.' ~Charlotte Carpenter

Christmas is getting so much closer now. This weekend we are already lighting the 3rd candle on the Advent wreath. The third candle is pink and it is meant to stand out. The third Sunday of Advent is called 'Joyful Sunday'. In many churches the emphasis today will be putting an emphasis on good news. It is a day to celebrate good news stories in our community and in our lives.

Today no apologies are made for highlighting our good news stories. It is crucial and important that we do. We have a natural tendency to lean towards negative and sad stories. Covid has meant that we have been leaning constantly towards a lot of bad news. That is why Storm Barra during the week in an unexpected way, gave everyone a break from the Covid news. The progress of the storm was the only story making the headlines on Tuesday and Wednesday. All the Covid stories were pushed way down the list of breaking news.

We all need to hear good news, we need to nurture good news and importantly we need to celebrate good news. We need to bring the balance back in. That is why 'Joyful Sunday' today is one of those days to at least try and put the spotlight on some good news. These good news stories are plentiful but they often get squashed and pushed to one side. These good news stories do not have to make the headlines. It is often the small and insignificant good news stories that really are the best of all.

Christmas can be many different things to people with lots of spiritual significance. Christmas can be rightly called a 'Celebration of Good News' but especially of your good news. The message of 'Joyful Sunday' is that of course you are special and always worth celebrating. If we can't do that, then there is no point having Christmas. Christmas celebrates you. You are special and always will be.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Dec-11
'We need to show that the message of Jesus is indeed good news, not boring or suffocating or restrictive but extraordinary, life-enhancing and life changing good news.' ~Gerard Moloney

It is a waste of time complaining about the commercial side of Christmas. Nothing can stop this momentum. Likewise it's futile giving out about those who do not go to church. Equally futile is pointing the finger of blame. Much more important is to nurture and encourage what is glaringly obvious. The good news of Jesus is indeed extraordinary, life-enhancing and life changing. But it often gets lost in a lot of unnecessary complaining and wishful thinking. The challenge is to bring this good news alive and to believe that it does make a difference. This is at the heart of the Christmas message. The birth of Jesus is a reminder of God with us and among us. It's not just about some event in the past but all about the difference it can make in our lives right now.
 
 
 
  Friday
Dec-10
Thought For The Week

'By reading the scriptures I am so renewed that all nature seems renewed around me and with me. The skies seem to be a pure, a cooler blue, the trees a deeper green. The whole world is charged with the glory of God and I feel fire and music under my feet.' ~Thomas Merton

Advent has been described as a spiritual treasure. This treasure is not hidden or meant only for a select few. It is ours to explore and to know that there is a beautiful message waiting to be discovered. At the heart of this message is that we are loved, unique, precious and special. The God of Christmas is a God of love. In a world where darkness and negativity seem to have lots of momentum, Christmas reminds us that this momentum can be slowed down. On Christmas Eve and Christmas day it comes to a grinding halt.

The scripture readings that have been selected during Advent and Christmas are full of meaning and symbolism. While they were written many years ago they still bring with them a meaning and relevance to the complex world we live in. One of the lines from St Paul's letter to the Philippians, which was one of the readings for the second Sunday of Advent this weekend is as follows: "My prayer is that your love for each other may increase more and more and never stop improving your knowledge and deeping your sense of God within you."

The writer doesn't have all the answers but is at least certain that God is love and making a real and lasting difference. Other scripture readings talk about darkness, turmoil, confusion, despair, fear, depression, loneliness, pain, abandonment and uncertainty. But from all of this emerges light, hope, peace, certainty, healing, comfort, energy, new beginnings, relevance and meaning. These scripture readings are not fairytales or make believe stories. They are real and relevant and even more so during these Covid times. They also remind us just how important Christmas is on our own spiritual journey.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Dec-09
Thought For The Week

'By reading the scriptures I am so renewed that all nature seems renewed around me and with me. The skies seem to be a pure, a cooler blue, the trees a deeper green. The whole world is charged with the glory of God and I feel fire and music under my feet.' ~Thomas Merton

Advent has been described as a spiritual treasure. This treasure is not hidden or meant only for a select few. It is ours to explore and to know that there is a beautiful message waiting to be discovered. At the heart of this message is that we are loved, unique, precious and special. The God of Christmas is a God of love. In a world where darkness and negativity seem to have lots of momentum, Christmas reminds us that this momentum can be slowed down. On Christmas Eve and Christmas day it comes to a grinding halt.

The scripture readings that have been selected during Advent and Christmas are full of meaning and symbolism. While they were written many years ago they still bring with them a meaning and relevance to the complex world we live in. One of the lines from St Paul's letter to the Philippians, which was one of the readings for the second Sunday of Advent this weekend is as follows: "My prayer is that your love for each other may increase more and more and never stop improving your knowledge and deeping your sense of God within you."

The writer doesn't have all the answers but is at least certain that God is love and making a real and lasting difference. Other scripture readings talk about darkness, turmoil, confusion, despair, fear, depression, loneliness, pain, abandonment and uncertainty. But from all of this emerges light, hope, peace, certainty, healing, comfort, energy, new beginnings, relevance and meaning. These scripture readings are not fairytales or make believe stories. They are real and relevant and even more so during these Covid times. They also remind us just how important Christmas is on our own spiritual journey.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Dec-08
'Mary is not alive in statues and pictures but in the real and powerful change that can be brought in the world when God's preferences and God's choices are taken seriously.' ~Denis McBride

Someone once said that whenever you point the finger of blame or the finger finding fault, that there are always three fingers pointing back at you. We are good at finding fault with others and often much slower in accepting our own. Today's feast day of the Immaculate Conception (Dec 8th) is a recognition of Mary's lack of flaws and weaknesses. In fact she had none.

It marks Mary out as someone special as the mother of Jesus but it doesn't mark her out as removed or distant from us. Like us she experienced the fragility of life and experienced many unexpected and difficult moments in her life. But at all times she put her trust in God. This is the challenge for us. Where would the world be if everyone just thought of themselves independent of others and of God? Today's feast day traditionally marks the countdown to Christmas but it's also a day to ask Mary's many blessings on each of us.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Dec-07
Thought For The Week

'By reading the scriptures I am so renewed that all nature seems renewed around me and with me. The skies seem to be a pure, a cooler blue, the trees a deeper green. The whole world is charged with the glory of God and I feel fire and music under my feet.' ~Thomas Merton

Advent has been described as a spiritual treasure. This treasure is not hidden or meant only for a select few. It is ours to explore and to know that there is a beautiful message waiting to be discovered. At the heart of this message is that we are loved, unique, precious and special. The God of Christmas is a God of love. In a world where darkness and negativity seem to have lots of momentum, Christmas reminds us that this momentum can be slowed down. On Christmas Eve and Christmas day it comes to a grinding halt.

The scripture readings that have been selected during Advent and Christmas are full of meaning and symbolism. While they were written many years ago they still bring with them a meaning and relevance to the complex world we live in. One of the lines from St Paul's letter to the Philippians, which was one of the readings for the second Sunday of Advent this weekend is as follows: "My prayer is that your love for each other may increase more and more and never stop improving your knowledge and deeping your sense of God within you."

The writer doesn't have all the answers but is at least certain that God is love and making a real and lasting difference. Other scripture readings talk about darkness, turmoil, confusion, despair, fear, depression, loneliness, pain, abandonment and uncertainty. But from all of this emerges light, hope, peace, certainty, healing, comfort, energy, new beginnings, relevance and meaning. These scripture readings are not fairytales or make believe stories. They are real and relevant and even more so during these Covid times. They also remind us just how important Christmas is on our own spiritual journey.
 
 
 
  Monday
Dec-06
'Believe in love. Believe in magic. Believe in Santa. Believe in others. Believe in yourself. Believe in your dreams. If you don't, who will?' ~Jon Bon Jovi

Today (Dec 6th ) is the feast of St Nicholas. He came from a wealthy family and decided to share all his money with the poor. He always did so quietly and without fuss. He would drop some gold coins down the chimney of those who were really poor. People wondered who the generous donor was. One day someone found out it was Nicholas. His name and fame began to spread to many countries and so Santa Claus as we know him today came into being.

We give gifts at Christmas because we know deep within that it's good to express our love for those who are special and important to us. Thanks to Nicholas, Santa is alive and well. Our world would be such a darker place without his inspiring presence.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Dec-05
'By reading the scriptures I am so renewed that all nature seems renewed around me and with me. The skies seem to be a pure, a cooler blue, the trees a deeper green. The whole world is charged with the glory of God and I feel fire and music under my feet.' ~Thomas Merton

Advent has been described as a spiritual treasure. This treasure is not hidden or meant only for a select few. It is ours to explore and to know that there is a beautiful message waiting to be discovered. At the heart of this message is that we are loved, unique, precious and special. The God of Christmas is a God of love. In a world where darkness and negativity seem to have lots of momentum, Christmas reminds us that this momentum can be slowed down. On Christmas Eve and Christmas day it comes to a grinding halt.

The scripture readings that have been selected during Advent and Christmas are full of meaning and symbolism. While they were written many years ago they still bring with them a meaning and relevance to the complex world we live in. One of the lines from St Paul's letter to the Philippians, which is one of the readings for the second Sunday of Advent this weekend is as follows: "My prayer is that your love for each other may increase more and more and never stop improving your knowledge and deeping your sense of God within you."

The writer doesn't have all the answers but is at least certain that God is love and making a real and lasting difference. Other scripture readings talk about darkness, turmoil, confusion, despair, fear, depression, loneliness, pain, abandonment and uncertainty. But from all of this emerges light, hope, peace, certainty, healing, comfort, energy, new beginnings, relevance and meaning. These scripture readings are not fairytales or make believe stories. They are real and relevant and even more so during these Covid times. They also remind us just how important Christmas is on our own spiritual journey.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Dec-04
Thought For The Week

'What are my hopes and goals for Advent? Where do I want to be on my faith journey, come Christmas Day? What is the point of Advent, if we don't end up somewhere different from where we started?' ~Triona Doherty

The Late Late Toy Show was quite simply a huge success last Friday on RTE. It will have been the most watched TV programme of 2021. It is always the first indicator that Christmas is fast approaching. We also began our journey through Advent at the weekend. The countdown to Christmas is well and truly on.

It's fair to say that the word Advent is not something you will see in a Christmas catalogue or written anywhere in the shops. Advent calendars are available in some shops but they are simply a countdown to Christmas with a piece of chocolate for each day. I have also come across an Advent Kindnes Calendar and you simply add in an act of kindness for each day between now and Christmas. I like the idea and it is filled with possibility.

Advent is a beautiful season and one that is often overlooked. The word Advent comes from the Latin 'Adventus', which can mean 'coming' or 'journey'. I prefer the word journey because Advent leads us on a particular journey. It need not be a spectacular one but it is a journey that priorities time for ourselves and gives us time to reflect what the message of Christmas can mean for us.

The scripture readings that are picked for Advent are filled with hope, light and positivity. The readings acknowledge that there is a lot of darkness in our world. Advent does not say that we will be living in a perfect world in a few weeks with no darkness. In acknowledging the darkness, Advent allows us to see the light, to feel it and to know that we can journey forward in hope. There is still a lot of uncertainty on the journey of Covid. The message of Christmas light and hope becomes even more relevant.

Advent puts the brakes gently on, allowing us to slow down enough to reflect on where we need light, hope and God's blessings in our lives. The season can often be lost because of busyness. But one thing Covid has taught us is that busyness can come to a grinding halt very quickly. There is a bigger picture. We need to mind ourselves, our family and each other during these few weeks coming up to Christmas. The season of Advent makes a lot of sense to me.
 
 
 
  Friday
Dec-03
Thought For The Week

'What are my hopes and goals for Advent? Where do I want to be on my faith journey, come Christmas Day? What is the point of Advent, if we don't end up somewhere different from where we started?' ~Triona Doherty

The Late Late Toy Show was quite simply a huge success last Friday on RTE. It will have been the most watched TV programme of 2021. It is always the first indicator that Christmas is fast approaching. We also began our journey through Advent at the weekend. The countdown to Christmas is well and truly on.

It's fair to say that the word Advent is not something you will see in a Christmas catalogue or written anywhere in the shops. Advent calendars are available in some shops but they are simply a countdown to Christmas with a piece of chocolate for each day. I have also come across an Advent Kindnes Calendar and you simply add in an act of kindness for each day between now and Christmas. I like the idea and it is filled with possibility.

Advent is a beautiful season and one that is often overlooked. The word Advent comes from the Latin 'Adventus', which can mean 'coming' or 'journey'. I prefer the word journey because Advent leads us on a particular journey. It need not be a spectacular one but it is a journey that priorities time for ourselves and gives us time to reflect what the message of Christmas can mean for us.

The scripture readings that are picked for Advent are filled with hope, light and positivity. The readings acknowledge that there is a lot of darkness in our world. Advent does not say that we will be living in a perfect world in a few weeks with no darkness. In acknowledging the darkness, Advent allows us to see the light, to feel it and to know that we can journey forward in hope. There is still a lot of uncertainty on the journey of Covid. The message of Christmas light and hope becomes even more relevant.

Advent puts the brakes gently on, allowing us to slow down enough to reflect on where we need light, hope and God's blessings in our lives. The season can often be lost because of busyness. But one thing Covid has taught us is that busyness can come to a grinding halt very quickly. There is a bigger picture. We need to mind ourselves, our family and each other during these few weeks coming up to Christmas. The season of Advent makes a lot of sense to me.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Dec-02
Thought For The Week

'What are my hopes and goals for Advent? Where do I want to be on my faith journey, come Christmas Day? What is the point of Advent, if we don't end up somewhere different from where we started?' ~Triona Doherty

The Late Late Toy Show was quite simply a huge success last Friday on RTE. It will have been the most watched TV programme of 2021. It is always the first indicator that Christmas is fast approaching. We also began our journey through Advent at the weekend. The countdown to Christmas is well and truly on.

It's fair to say that the word Advent is not something you will see in a Christmas catalogue or written anywhere in the shops. Advent calendars are available in some shops but they are simply a countdown to Christmas with a piece of chocolate for each day. I have also come across an Advent Kindnes Calendar and you simply add in an act of kindness for each day between now and Christmas. I like the idea and it is filled with possibility.

Advent is a beautiful season and one that is often overlooked. The word Advent comes from the Latin 'Adventus', which can mean 'coming' or 'journey'. I prefer the word journey because Advent leads us on a particular journey. It need not be a spectacular one but it is a journey that priorities time for ourselves and gives us time to reflect what the message of Christmas can mean for us.

The scripture readings that are picked for Advent are filled with hope, light and positivity. The readings acknowledge that there is a lot of darkness in our world. Advent does not say that we will be living in a perfect world in a few weeks with no darkness. In acknowledging the darkness, Advent allows us to see the light, to feel it and to know that we can journey forward in hope. There is still a lot of uncertainty on the journey of Covid. The message of Christmas light and hope becomes even more relevant.

Advent puts the brakes gently on, allowing us to slow down enough to reflect on where we need light, hope and God's blessings in our lives. The season can often be lost because of busyness. But one thing Covid has taught us is that busyness can come to a grinding halt very quickly. There is a bigger picture. We need to mind ourselves, our family and each other during these few weeks coming up to Christmas. The season of Advent makes a lot of sense to me.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Dec-01
Thought For The Week

'What are my hopes and goals for Advent? Where do I want to be on my faith journey, come Christmas Day? What is the point of Advent, if we don't end up somewhere different from where we started?' ~Triona Doherty

The Late Late Toy Show was quite simply a huge success last Friday on RTE. It will have been the most watched TV programme of 2021. It is always the first indicator that Christmas is fast approaching. We also began our journey through Advent at the weekend. The countdown to Christmas is well and truly on.

It's fair to say that the word Advent is not something you will see in a Christmas catalogue or written anywhere in the shops. Advent calendars are available in some shops but they are simply a countdown to Christmas with a piece of chocolate for each day. I have also come across an Advent Kindnes Calendar and you simply add in an act of kindness for each day between now and Christmas. I like the idea and it is filled with possibility.

Advent is a beautiful season and one that is often overlooked. The word Advent comes from the Latin 'Adventus', which can mean 'coming' or 'journey'. I prefer the word journey because Advent leads us on a particular journey. It need not be a spectacular one but it is a journey that priorities time for ourselves and gives us time to reflect what the message of Christmas can mean for us.

The scripture readings that are picked for Advent are filled with hope, light and positivity. The readings acknowledge that there is a lot of darkness in our world. Advent does not say that we will be living in a perfect world in a few weeks with no darkness. In acknowledging the darkness, Advent allows us to see the light, to feel it and to know that we can journey forward in hope. There is still a lot of uncertainty on the journey of Covid. The message of Christmas light and hope becomes even more relevant.

Advent puts the brakes gently on, allowing us to slow down enough to reflect on where we need light, hope and God's blessings in our lives. The season can often be lost because of busyness. But one thing Covid has taught us is that busyness can come to a grinding halt very quickly. There is a bigger picture. We need to mind ourselves, our family and each other during these few weeks coming up to Christmas. The season of Advent makes a lot of sense to me.
 
 

 

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