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Listing February - 2022
 
  Monday
Feb-28
Strength v Courage

It takes strength to be firm. It takes courage to be gentle. It takes strength to stand guard. It takes courage to let down your guard. It takes strength to conquer. It takes courage to surrender. It takes strength to be certain. It takes courage to have doubt. It takes strength to fit in. It takes courage to stand out. It takes strength to hide your own pains. It takes courage to show them. It takes strength to endure abuse. It takes courage to stop it. It takes strength to stand alone. It takes courage to lean on another. It takes strength to love. It takes courage to be loved. It takes strength to survive. It takes courage to live.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Feb-27
"God does not ask for our ability or our inability but our availability." ~Author Unknown

We so often focus on our inabilities rather than our abilities. How often we have heard, "I'm" no good at that". What a pity. If only we had more inner belief and the confidence to hear that inner voice within each of us saying, "I can and I will do it."

For every one thing we are no good at, there are many things that we are good at. Lent begins next week and it could be an opportune time to focus on all the good things we are able to do. The invitation is to be willing to take the next step and make ourselves available and do what we are able to do. Can I give some of my time to doing even one thing I enjoy and one I know I'm good at? Can I believe that my availability to do even one simple thing has the potential to make the world of a difference?
 
 
 
  Saturday
Feb-26
Strength v Courage

It takes strength to be firm. It takes courage to be gentle.
It takes strength to stand guard. It takes courage to let down your guard.
It takes strength to conquer. It takes courage to surrender.
It takes strength to be certain. It takes courage to have doubt.
It takes strength to fit in. It takes courage to stand out.
It takes strength to hide your own pains. It takes courage to show them.
It takes strength to endure abuse. It takes courage to stop it.
It takes strength to stand alone. It takes courage to lean on another.
It takes strength to love. It takes courage to be loved.
It takes strength to survive. It takes courage to live.
 
 
 
  Friday
Feb-25
'Focus on the goal. Focus on the purpose. Focus on accomplishing the goal. Each day hundreds of thousands of people get out of bed with no goal. Your goal is the what of your life. The goal is not the place you begin, it is the place you end up' ~Iyanla Vanzant

So many drift through each day without any focus or goal. What is the purpose of today? Do I randomly drift through whatever comes my way or have I some goal I'd like to achieve. Any book or novel that we read has been carefully thought through. A novelist must know what the last chapter is about and one way or another work towards that last chapter. No matter what our age it is good to have some goal to aim towards.

A young person's goals will involve lots of energy, excitement and adventure. As we grow older our goals will still require energy but may have an emphasis on more stability, security and doing things at our own pace. There is nothing worse than drifting aimlessly along. At the heart of the Gospel stories there is a constant goal, that there is meaning and purpose to life. Jesus had a goal to teach about love, to share God's love and that every good deed done in love no matter how small is done for God.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Feb-24
'The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them.' ~Ralf Nichols

We might think that we're good at listening but we usually talk far more than we realise. There's a story told about a wise old owl who sat on an oak tree. The more it saw, the less it spoke and the less it spoke, the more it heard. Many people today speak of isolation and alienation. There are many reasons but one is that we are not listening enough to those who are special and important to us.

In our Gospels we see how Jesus talked, healed, laughed, loved, challenged, forgave, renewed and most importantly he listened. He allowed each person to share their story. His listening was open, non judgmental and inclusive. Like the owl we need to speak less and to listen more. It is the greatest gift we can give ourselves and to others.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Feb-23
'The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them.' ~Ralf Nichols

We might think that we're good at listening but we usually talk far more than we realise. There's a story told about a wise old owl who sat on an oak tree. The more it saw, the less it spoke and the less it spoke, the more it heard. Many people today speak of isolation and alienation. There are many reasons but one is that we are not listening enough to those who are special and important to us.

In our Gospels we see how Jesus talked, healed, laughed, loved, challenged, forgave, renewed and most importantly he listened. He allowed each person to share their story. His listening was open, non judgmental and inclusive. Like the owl we need to speak less and to listen more. It is the greatest gift we can give ourselves and to others.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Feb-22
Thought For The Week

A reflection called 'The World Goes On'

Storm Eunice and Storm Franklin brought a temporary halt to our normal routines over the past few days but thankfully moved through quickly and moved on to the UK and beyond. It is the nature of everything to keep moving on, including storms. It is the way it has been and always will be.

If we pause for a moment and briefly forget all that we have to do. If we can pause for those few moments and forget everything that is going on around us. We will then make a surprising discovery, that the world actually goes on without us. And that's ok!!

This means that all we do and all our rushing about is not as important as we imagine. If we can realise this, that the world will actually go on without us, a healing process begins.

This healing allows us to see our value and how special we are. The world we live in may not always tell us this or even have the time to remind us of our true value. Spiritually it has always been the focus. It was exactly what Jesus did. He kept reminding people around him of their value, how special they were and that they were a reflection of the beauty and love of God.

Spiritually we also need to this more often. We need to pause and appreciate our value and how precious we are. The only requirement is to just be ourselves. We surrender ourselves into the hands of God. We are at peace. All will be ok.
 
 
 
  Monday
Feb-21
Thought For The Week

A reflection called 'The World Goes On'

Storm Eunice and Storm Franklin brought a temporary halt to our normal routines over the past few days but thankfully moved through quickly and moved on to the UK and beyond. It is the nature of everything to keep moving on, including storms. It is the way it has been and always will be.

If we pause for a moment and briefly forget all that we have to do. If we can pause for those few moments and forget everything that is going on around us. We will then make a surprising discovery, that the world actually goes on without us. And that's ok!!

This means that all we do and all our rushing about is not as important as we imagine. If we can realise this, that the world will actually go on without us, a healing process begins.

This healing allows us to see our value and how special we are. The world we live in may not always tell us this or even have the time to remind us of our true value. Spiritually it has always been the focus. It was exactly what Jesus did. He kept reminding people around him of their value, how special they were and that they were a reflection of the beauty and love of God.

Spiritually we also need to this more often. We need to pause and appreciate our value and how precious we are. The only requirement is to just be ourselves. We surrender ourselves into the hands of God. We are at peace. All will be ok.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Feb-20
'A Reflection called Learning To Live'

Your search for love and security takes time and is not always as straight forward as some think. Love is a gift but can often be fragile and delicate.
You learn to accept your disappointments and defeats in life with your head up and your eyes open. You learn to build your roads on today because tomorrow's ground is often too uncertain for your plans.
So plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers. You will learn that you really can endure, that you really are special and that you really do have worth. So live to learn and know yourself. In doing so, you will learn to live.

(Extract from reflection is taken from the School Chaplains Association Newsletter)
 
 
 
  Saturday
Feb-19
'A Reflection called Learning To Live'

Your search for love and security takes time and is not always as straight forward as some think. Love is a gift but can often be fragile and delicate.
You learn to accept your disappointments and defeats in life with your head up and your eyes open. You learn to build your roads on today because tomorrow's ground is often too uncertain for your plans.
So plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers. You will learn that you really can endure, that you really are special and that you really do have worth. So live to learn and know yourself. In doing so, you will learn to live.

(Extract from reflection is taken from the School Chaplains Association Newsletter)
 
 
 
  Friday
Feb-18
'A Reflection called Learning To Live'

Your search for love and security takes time and is not always as straight forward as some think. Love is a gift but can often be fragile and delicate.
You learn to accept your disappointments and defeats in life with your head up and your eyes open. You learn to build your roads on today because tomorrow's ground is often too uncertain for your plans.
So plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers. You will learn that you really can endure, that you really are special and that you really do have worth. So live to learn and know yourself. In doing so, you will learn to live.

(Extract from reflection is taken from the School Chaplains Association Newsletter)
 
 
 
  Thursday
Feb-17
'A Reflection called Learning To Live'

Your search for love and security takes time and is not always as straight forward as some think. Love is a gift but can often be fragile and delicate.
You learn to accept your disappointments and defeats in life with your head up and your eyes open. You learn to build your roads on today because tomorrow's ground is often too uncertain for your plans.
So plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers. You will learn that you really can endure, that you really are special and that you really do have worth. So live to learn and know yourself. In doing so, you will learn to live.

(Extract from reflection is taken from the School Chaplains Association Newsletter)
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Feb-16
'A Reflection called Learning To Live'

Your search for love and security takes time and is not always as straight forward as some think. Love is a gift but can often be fragile and delicate.
You learn to accept your disappointments and defeats in life with your head up and your eyes open. You learn to build your roads on today because tomorrow's ground is often too uncertain for your plans.
So plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers. You will learn that you really can endure, that you really are special and that you really do have worth. So live to learn and know yourself. In doing so, you will learn to live.

(Extract from reflection is taken from the School Chaplains Association Newsletter)
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Feb-15
Here was the Thought For Today for Valentine's Day
'To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.' ~David Viscott

Some will say that Valentine's Day is a load of hype and completely built up into something way too big. Despite the commercial side of the day, it is good to set aside at least one day to genuinely show someone we love and care. If you take away all the trimmings around it, you are left with that precious gift called love.

Valentine's Day is not just limited to romantic love. It's a day that celebrates every moment of love. If we say God is love then every moment of love brings with it an energy and uniqueness that can't be found anywhere else. It is we ourselves who do our best to limit the effects of love. Life knocks us and hurts us from time to time and we retreat into our hiding places. But love invites us back out of our darkness and uncertainties.

Like many gifts that are given to us each day we tend to take love for granted. But at least yesterday was one day when we realized just how lucky we are to have love in our lives. It takes a while to build up love but only a second to lose it. You can't buy it or even sell it. It is up to us to treasure this most precious gift.
 
 
 
  Monday
Feb-14
'To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.' ~David Viscott

Some will say that Valentine's Day is a load of hype and completely built up into something way too big. Despite the commercial side of the day, it is good to set aside at least one day to genuinely show someone we love and care. If you take away all the trimmings around it, you are left with that precious gift called love.

Valentine's Day is not just limited to romantic love. It's a day that celebrates every moment of love. If we say God is love then every moment of love brings with it an energy and uniqueness that can't be found anywhere else. It is we ourselves who do our best to limit the effects of love. Life knocks us and hurts us from time to time and we retreat into our hiding places. But love invites us back out of our darkness and uncertainties.

Like many gifts that are given to us each day we tend to take love for granted. But at least yesterday was one day when we realized just how lucky we are to have love in our lives. It takes a while to build up love but only a second to lose it. You can't buy it or even sell it. It is up to us to treasure this most precious gift.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Feb-13
To mark Our Lady of Lourdes feastday I have put together the following prayer and I've called it

'A Prayer of Healing to Our Lady of Lourdes'

I come to you Mary with openness and in gratitude
You visited Bernadette Soubirous in 1858 in Lourdes and you did so on eighteen occasions.
You shared with her a message of hope, forgiveness, love and healing.
Some were slow to believe Bernadette's story at the start,
but nothing could stop the flow of your message of love and healing.

Thanks to you, Lourdes today is still a beautiful place of blessings,
where every person is treated with respect and treated with total love.
Every sick person at Lourdes is the most important person in the world.
Today blessings and little miracles still happen thanks to you.
While not everyone can be in Lourdes, we can still pray to you today Mary,
as if we are standing in the sacred space under the Grotto.
We ask you to intercede for us and to be the bridge from our world to yours.

From your heavenly place of light, love and eternal blessings our prayer to you is for healing.
I come to you as I am and I come with all that is going on for me, my family and those closest to me.
I ask for God's blessings and to give me a sense of hope and purpose.
Help me to feel your love, peace and calm.

May I find your light and hope even when I struggle to find it.
I ask for healing, for a blessing and a sign of love today.
Surround me in your healing and love today and every day.
I especially include my family, our sick, our amazing doctors, nurses and caring teams.
Keep us all safe in your love and your healing. Amen
 
 
 
  Saturday
Feb-12
To mark Our Lady of Lourdes feastday I have put together the following prayer and I've called it

'A Prayer of Healing to Our Lady of Lourdes'

I come to you Mary with openness and in gratitude
You visited Bernadette Soubirous in 1858 in Lourdes and you did so on eighteen occasions.
You shared with her a message of hope, forgiveness, love and healing.
Some were slow to believe Bernadette's story at the start,
but nothing could stop the flow of your message of love and healing.

Thanks to you, Lourdes today is still a beautiful place of blessings,
where every person is treated with respect and treated with total love.
Every sick person at Lourdes is the most important person in the world.
Today blessings and little miracles still happen thanks to you.
While not everyone can be in Lourdes, we can still pray to you today Mary,
as if we are standing in the sacred space under the Grotto.
We ask you to intercede for us and to be the bridge from our world to yours.

From your heavenly place of light, love and eternal blessings our prayer to you is for healing.
I come to you as I am and I come with all that is going on for me, my family and those closest to me.
I ask for God's blessings and to give me a sense of hope and purpose.
Help me to feel your love, peace and calm.

May I find your light and hope even when I struggle to find it.
I ask for healing, for a blessing and a sign of love today.
Surround me in your healing and love today and every day.
I especially include my family, our sick, our amazing doctors, nurses and caring teams.
Keep us all safe in your love and your healing. Amen
 
 
 
  Friday
Feb-11
To mark Our Lady of Lourdes feastday I have put together the following prayer and I've called it

'A Prayer of Healing to Our Lady of Lourdes'

I come to you Mary with openness and in gratitude
You visited Bernadette Soubirous in 1858 in Lourdes and you did so on eighteen occasions.
You shared with her a message of hope, forgiveness, love and healing.
Some were slow to believe Bernadette's story at the start,
but nothing could stop the flow of your message of love and healing.

Thanks to you, Lourdes today is still a beautiful place of blessings,
where every person is treated with respect and treated with total love.
Every sick person at Lourdes is the most important person in the world.
Today blessings and little miracles still happen thanks to you.
While not everyone can be in Lourdes, we can still pray to you today Mary,
as if we are standing in the sacred space under the Grotto.
We ask you to intercede for us and to be the bridge from our world to yours.

From your heavenly place of light, love and eternal blessings our prayer to you is for healing.
I come to you as I am and I come with all that is going on for me, my family and those closest to me.
I ask for God's blessings and to give me a sense of hope and purpose.
Help me to feel your love, peace and calm.

May I find your light and hope even when I struggle to find it.
I ask for healing, for a blessing and a sign of love today.
Surround me in your healing and love today and every day.
I especially include my family, our sick, our amazing doctors, nurses and caring teams.
Keep us all safe in your love and your healing. Amen
 
 
 
  Thursday
Feb-10
Thought For The Week (Thought updated each Monday)

'There is such a thing as a prayer place and many people are very aware of that in their lives. It's a place where I can get away from it all. A life without reflection is not worth living.' ~Jack McArdle

We sometimes think that prayer must be confined just to a church. Anywhere else seems out of place. But we can simply pray anywhere that works for us. That can be in our kitchen, a bedroom, a favourite armchair, a favourite walk through a forest, along a seashore or even working in our garden.

The choice is ours and there is great freedom in finding that place that works for each of us. It mightn't work for someone else but if it works for you, then that prayer place is your sacred place. It's a place where we can simply get away from it all. It's a place where we can recharge, renew and reflect on the blessings in our own lives. It's a place where we can pray to God and share whatever is going on in our lives.

As you so well know the world we live in today is busy and quiet time is not a priority. Everyone knows it should be a priority, but busyness and time constraints take over. So why not make time for your prayer moment? If a prayer moment does not sit comfortably with you, call it something else.

You could call it, a quiet moment, a mindful moment, a calm moment, a peaceful moment, a gentle moment, a sacred moment, a spiritual moment, a time out moment, a relaxing moment and I'm sure there are other words too. But all serve the same purpose. It is all about minding you, making space for you to be reflective and taking quality time out in the busy world that we live in today.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Feb-09
Thought For The Week (Thought updated each Monday)

'There is such a thing as a prayer place and many people are very aware of that in their lives. It's a place where I can get away from it all. A life without reflection is not worth living.' ~Jack McArdle

We sometimes think that prayer must be confined just to a church. Anywhere else seems out of place. But we can simply pray anywhere that works for us. That can be in our kitchen, a bedroom, a favourite armchair, a favourite walk through a forest, along a seashore or even working in our garden.

The choice is ours and there is great freedom in finding that place that works for each of us. It mightn't work for someone else but if it works for you, then that prayer place is your sacred place. It's a place where we can simply get away from it all. It's a place where we can recharge, renew and reflect on the blessings in our own lives. It's a place where we can pray to God and share whatever is going on in our lives.

As you so well know the world we live in today is busy and quiet time is not a priority. Everyone knows it should be a priority, but busyness and time constraints take over. So why not make time for your prayer moment? If a prayer moment does not sit comfortably with you, call it something else.

You could call it, a quiet moment, a mindful moment, a calm moment, a peaceful moment, a gentle moment, a sacred moment, a spiritual moment, a time out moment, a relaxing moment and I'm sure there are other words too. But all serve the same purpose. It is all about minding you, making space for you to be reflective and taking quality time out in the busy world that we live in today.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Feb-08
Thought For The Week(Thought updated each Monday)
'There is such a thing as a prayer place and many people are very aware of that in their lives. It's a place where I can get away from it all. A life without reflection is not worth living.' ~Jack McArdle

We sometimes think that prayer must be confined just to a church. Anywhere else seems out of place. But we can simply pray anywhere that works for us. That can be in our kitchen, a bedroom, a favourite armchair, a favourite walk through a forest, along a seashore or even working in our garden.

The choice is ours and there is great freedom in finding that place that works for each of us. It mightn't work for someone else but if it works for you, then that prayer place is your sacred place. It's a place where we can simply get away from it all. It's a place where we can recharge, renew and reflect on the blessings in our own lives. It's a place where we can pray to God and share whatever is going on in our lives.

As you so well know the world we live in today is busy and quiet time is not a priority. Everyone knows it should be a priority, but busyness and time constraints take over. So why not make time for your prayer moment? If a prayer moment does not sit comfortably with you, call it something else.

You could call it, a quiet moment, a mindful moment, a calm moment, a peaceful moment, a gentle moment, a sacred moment, a spiritual moment, a time out moment, a relaxing moment and I'm sure there are other words too. But all serve the same purpose. It is all about minding you, making space for you to be reflective and taking quality time out in the busy world that we live in today.
 
 
 
  Monday
Feb-07
Thought For The Week(Thought updated each Monday)
'There is such a thing as a prayer place and many people are very aware of that in their lives. It's a place where I can get away from it all. A life without reflection is not worth living.' ~Jack McArdle

We sometimes think that prayer must be confined just to a church. Anywhere else seems out of place. But we can simply pray anywhere that works for us. That can be in our kitchen, a bedroom, a favourite armchair, a favourite walk through a forest, along a seashore or even working in our garden.

The choice is ours and there is great freedom in finding that place that works for each of us. It mightn't work for someone else but if it works for you, then that prayer place is your sacred place. It's a place where we can simply get away from it all. It's a place where we can recharge, renew and reflect on the blessings in our own lives. It's a place where we can pray to God and share whatever is going on in our lives.

As you so well know the world we live in today is busy and quiet time is not a priority. Everyone knows it should be a priority, but busyness and time constraints take over. So why not make time for your prayer moment? If a prayer moment does not sit comfortably with you, call it something else.

You could call it, a quiet moment, a mindful moment, a calm moment, a peaceful moment, a gentle moment, a sacred moment, a spiritual moment, a time out moment, a relaxing moment and I'm sure there are other words too. But all serve the same purpose. It is all about minding you, making space for you to be reflective and taking quality time out in the busy world that we live in today.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Feb-06
Thought For The Week (This section is updated on Monday)

'If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.' ~Anne Bradstreet

Last Tuesday was the feast of St Brigid (February 1st). Saint Brigid has been described as a woman of faith, feminist, farmer, bishop, convent founder and a miracle worker. She is the patroness of Ireland and starting in 2023 a Bank Holiday weekend will begin in her honour. Brigid has inspired women and men down through the ages. She cared for the poor, healed the sick and managed monastic settlements.

The life of Saint Brigid has been inspirational. No one can deny how special she was. She was way ahead of her time with her outlook on life, her ideas and her vision for an inclusive church. Her energy and presence is very much alive today and awareness about her story and life continues to grow.

St Brigid is most famous for her cross which she wove together using rushes. The many strands that make up a St Brigid's cross represent the different strands of our own lives. They pick up on our joys and blessings but also on our struggles, problems and difficulties. For Brigid the cross was not an end in itself but pointed to a firm and sure hope in a loving God. For Brigid this loving God helps us to make sense of everything that's going on in our lives. Significantly St Brigid's day is a day for renewed hope and is most certainly a day to celebrate.

The following is 'A prayer to Saint Brigid'
Brigid you were a special person and an inspiration to so many.
You stood up for those who needed a voice.
You brought light and hope to so many.
You were a woman of love and you were close to nature and the heartbeat of God.
Your cross has become so symbolic.
It is a sign of hope, a sign of strength and a sign that everything in our world and universe is connected.
The centre of your cross is symbolic of the presence of God. May we recognise our centre.
May we feel the blessings of light, hope, peace, courage and strength.
May we grow each day into the person God has created us to be, both in mind, body and spirit.
Amen
 
 
 
  Saturday
Feb-05
Thought For The Week (This section is updated on Monday)

'If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.' ~Anne Bradstreet

Last Tuesday was the feast of St Brigid (February 1st). Saint Brigid has been described as a woman of faith, feminist, farmer, bishop, convent founder and a miracle worker. She is the patroness of Ireland and starting in 2023 a Bank Holiday weekend will begin in her honour. Brigid has inspired women and men down through the ages. She cared for the poor, healed the sick and managed monastic settlements.

The life of Saint Brigid has been inspirational. No one can deny how special she was. She was way ahead of her time with her outlook on life, her ideas and her vision for an inclusive church. Her energy and presence is very much alive today and awareness about her story and life continues to grow.

St Brigid is most famous for her cross which she wove together using rushes. The many strands that make up a St Brigid's cross represent the different strands of our own lives. They pick up on our joys and blessings but also on our struggles, problems and difficulties. For Brigid the cross was not an end in itself but pointed to a firm and sure hope in a loving God. For Brigid this loving God helps us to make sense of everything that's going on in our lives. Significantly St Brigid's day is a day for renewed hope and is most certainly a day to celebrate.

The following is 'A prayer to Saint Brigid'
Brigid you were a special person and an inspiration to so many.
You stood up for those who needed a voice.
You brought light and hope to so many.
You were a woman of love and you were close to nature and the heartbeat of God.
Your cross has become so symbolic.
It is a sign of hope, a sign of strength and a sign that everything in our world and universe is connected.
The centre of your cross is symbolic of the presence of God. May we recognise our centre.
May we feel the blessings of light, hope, peace, courage and strength.
May we grow each day into the person God has created us to be, both in mind, body and spirit.
Amen
 
 
 
  Friday
Feb-04
Thought For The Week (This section is updated on Monday)

'If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.' ~Anne Bradstreet

Tuesday was the feast of St Brigid (February 1st). Saint Brigid has been described as a woman of faith, feminist, farmer, bishop, convent founder and a miracle worker. She is the patroness of Ireland and starting in 2023 a Bank Holiday weekend will begin in her honour. Brigid has inspired women and men down through the ages. She cared for the poor, healed the sick and managed monastic settlements.

The life of Saint Brigid has been inspirational. No one can deny how special she was. She was way ahead of her time with her outlook on life, her ideas and her vision for an inclusive church. Her energy and presence is very much alive today and awareness about her story and life continues to grow.

St Brigid is most famous for her cross which she wove together using rushes. The many strands that make up a St Brigid's cross represent the different strands of our own lives. They pick up on our joys and blessings but also on our struggles, problems and difficulties. For Brigid the cross was not an end in itself but pointed to a firm and sure hope in a loving God. For Brigid this loving God helps us to make sense of everything that's going on in our lives. Significantly St Brigid's day is a day for renewed hope and is most certainly a day to celebrate.

The following is 'A prayer to Saint Brigid'
Brigid you were a special person and an inspiration to so many.
You stood up for those who needed a voice.
You brought light and hope to so many.
You were a woman of love and you were close to nature and the heartbeat of God.
Your cross has become so symbolic.
It is a sign of hope, a sign of strength and a sign that everything in our world and universe is connected.
The centre of your cross is symbolic of the presence of God. May we recognise our centre.
May we feel the blessings of light, hope, peace, courage and strength.
May we grow each day into the person God has created us to be, both in mind, body and spirit.
Amen
 
 
 
  Thursday
Feb-03
Thought For The Week (This section is updated on Monday)

'If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.' ~Anne Bradstreet

Tuesday was the feast of St Brigid (February 1st). Saint Brigid has been described as a woman of faith, feminist, farmer, bishop, convent founder and a miracle worker. She is the patroness of Ireland and starting in 2023 a Bank Holiday weekend will begin in her honour. Brigid has inspired women and men down through the ages. She cared for the poor, healed the sick and managed monastic settlements.

The life of Saint Brigid has been inspirational. No one can deny how special she was. She was way ahead of her time with her outlook on life, her ideas and her vision for an inclusive church. Her energy and presence is very much alive today and awareness about her story and life continues to grow.

St Brigid is most famous for her cross which she wove together using rushes. The many strands that make up a St Brigid's cross represent the different strands of our own lives. They pick up on our joys and blessings but also on our struggles, problems and difficulties. For Brigid the cross was not an end in itself but pointed to a firm and sure hope in a loving God. For Brigid this loving God helps us to make sense of everything that's going on in our lives. Significantly St Brigid's day is a day for renewed hope and is most certainly a day to celebrate.

The following is 'A prayer to Saint Brigid'
Brigid you were a special person and an inspiration to so many.
You stood up for those who needed a voice.
You brought light and hope to so many.
You were a woman of love and you were close to nature and the heartbeat of God.
Your cross has become so symbolic.
It is a sign of hope, a sign of strength and a sign that everything in our world and universe is connected.
The centre of your cross is symbolic of the presence of God. May we recognise our centre.
May we feel the blessings of light, hope, peace, courage and strength.
May we grow each day into the person God has created us to be, both in mind, body and spirit.
Amen
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Feb-02
Thought For The Week (This section is updated on a Monday)

'If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.' ~Anne Bradstreet

Yesterday was the feast of St Brigid (February 1st). Saint Brigid has been described as a woman of faith, feminist, farmer, bishop, convent founder and a miracle worker. She is the patroness of Ireland and starting in 2023 a Bank Holiday weekend will begin in her honour. Brigid has inspired women and men down through the ages. She cared for the poor, healed the sick and managed monastic settlements.

The life of Saint Brigid has been inspirational. No one can deny how special she was. She was way ahead of her time with her outlook on life, her ideas and her vision for an inclusive church. Her energy and presence is very much alive today and awareness about her story and life continues to grow.

St Brigid is most famous for her cross which she wove together using rushes. The many strands that make up a St Brigid's cross represent the different strands of our own lives. They pick up on our joys and blessings but also on our struggles, problems and difficulties. For Brigid the cross was not an end in itself but pointed to a firm and sure hope in a loving God. For Brigid this loving God helps us to make sense of everything that's going on in our lives. Significantly St Brigid's day is a day for renewed hope and is most certainly a day to celebrate.

The following is 'A prayer to Saint Brigid'
Brigid you were a special person and an inspiration to so many.
You stood up for those who needed a voice.
You brought light and hope to so many.
You were a woman of love and you were close to nature and the heartbeat of God.
Your cross has become so symbolic.
It is a sign of hope, a sign of strength and a sign that everything in our world and universe is connected.
The centre of your cross is symbolic of the presence of God. May we recognise our centre.
May we feel the blessings of light, hope, peace, courage and strength.
May we grow each day into the person God has created us to be, both in mind, body and spirit.
Amen
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Feb-01
Thought For The Week (This section is updated on Monday)

'If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.' ~Anne Bradstreet

Today is the feast of St Brigid (February 1st). Saint Brigid has been described as a woman of faith, feminist, farmer, bishop, convent founder and a miracle worker. She is the patroness of Ireland and starting in 2023 a Bank Holiday weekend will begin in her honour. Brigid has inspired women and men down through the ages. She cared for the poor, healed the sick and managed monastic settlements.

The life of Saint Brigid has been inspirational. No one can deny how special she was. She was way ahead of her time with her outlook on life, her ideas and her vision for an inclusive church. Her energy and presence is very much alive today and awareness about her story and life continues to grow.

St Brigid is most famous for her cross which she wove together using rushes. The many strands that make up a St Brigid's cross represent the different strands of our own lives. They pick up on our joys and blessings but also on our struggles, problems and difficulties. For Brigid the cross was not an end in itself but pointed to a firm and sure hope in a loving God. For Brigid this loving God helps us to make sense of everything that's going on in our lives. Significantly St Brigid's day is a day for renewed hope and is most certainly a day to celebrate.

The following is 'A prayer to Saint Brigid'
Brigid you were a special person and an inspiration to so many.
You stood up for those who needed a voice.
You brought light and hope to so many.
You were a woman of love and you were close to nature and the heartbeat of God.
Your cross has become so symbolic.
It is a sign of hope, a sign of strength and a sign that everything in our world and universe is connected.
The centre of your cross is symbolic of the presence of God. May we recognise our centre.
May we feel the blessings of light, hope, peace, courage and strength.
May we grow each day into the person God has created us to be, both in mind, body and spirit.
Amen
 
 

 

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