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Listing June - 2022
 
  Thursday
Jun-30
'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?
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Jun-29
Today is the feast of Peter and Paul. Both are very important figures in Church history. One might ask why they didn't get a separate feast day each such is their importance!

Peter was given the title 'rock'. He was full of enthusiasm, vibrant, colourful and often did things on the spur of the moment. Was he rock solid in all he did? Not at all. Like any of us he was human, weak and vulnerable. Yes he made mistakes and the biggest of all was when he denied his best friend Jesus during his moment of greatest need. But he always had a big heart and he made a great recovery. His mistake turned out to be a blessing in disguise. He put renewed heart and vigour into everything he did, he became a great leader with a rock solid belief in a God whom he loved dearly.

Paul as we know was someone who had a deep hatred of the early Church. His hate was so deep that he took great pleasure in persecuting anything to do with faith matters. But God had other ideas and Paul did a conversion. What a u turn in life, from persecution and hate to preaching a message of love and forgiveness. Paul's enthusiasm rubbed off on many people and he was the first missionary to travel with the Good News of Jesus.

Both Peter and Paul remind us that when we are weak is the moment when we are strongest. God never ever gives up on us when we have done wrong. As Paul puts it so well nothing can ever come between us and the love that God has for each of us.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Jun-28
"Now I am revealing new things to you, things hidden and unknown to you, created just now. This very moment you have heard nothing of these things until now, so that you cannot say, 'Oh yes, I knew all this". ~Isaiah 48:6

We sometimes think of God, religion and spirituality as just static. Some see it as created in the past which has been passed onto us to preserve and in turn we pass it on to someone else. This is very limiting. Everything about God is fresh, moving and changing. Nothing stays still. We have just passed the longest day of the year and the height of summer is with us. Everything in nature at the moment is bursting with life, change, colour and energy.

The same goes with God who is never static. We can never say we know God fully or that we know what God's plans are for us. Each day we can learn something new about ourselves, about God, about life, about the world we live in, about our family, our friends and so on. All of them are never in isolation but are connected in a mysterious web that make up today. If we believe that today is God's gift to us then we are open to possibility, freshness and a sense of freedom in our lives. That's why today is always precious and a day to make the most of, as best we can.
 
 
 
  Monday
Jun-27
"Now I am revealing new things to you, things hidden and unknown to you, created just now. This very moment you have heard nothing of these things until now, so that you cannot say, 'Oh yes, I knew all this". ~Isaiah 48:6

We sometimes think of God, religion and spirituality as just static. Some see it as created in the past which has been passed onto us to preserve and in turn we pass it on to someone else. This is very limiting. Everything about God is fresh, moving and changing. Nothing stays still. We have just passed the longest day of the year and the height of summer is with us. Everything in nature at the moment is bursting with life, change, colour and energy.

The same goes with God who is never static. We can never say we know God fully or that we know what God's plans are for us. Each day we can learn something new about ourselves, about God, about life, about the world we live in, about our family, our friends and so on. All of them are never in isolation but are connected in a mysterious web that make up today. If we believe that today is God's gift to us then we are open to possibility, freshness and a sense of freedom in our lives. That's why today is always precious and a day to make the most of, as best we can.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Jun-26
'John was a preacher, a prophet, a signpost pointing people in the right direction. We can pray today for all those people who acted as signposts in our lives and brought us closer to God' ~Jane Mellett

Yesterday (June 24th) we celebrated the feast of John the Baptist. He was a celebrity in his own way. Thousands flocked to hear him and be baptised by him. But John was not interested in fame. He never wanted to draw attention to himself. John's mission was to prepare the way for Jesus.

He was a bit like a grounds man before an important game. He lined the pitch, mowed the grass just right and got everything ready as it should be. Then when the game started he stepped back knowing his job was done. There are many people who quietly work away in a similar way. The work they do is vitally important and often they do not get the praise or attention they deserve.

John wanted to draw attention only to Jesus. Sometimes we hang our heads and often we're not proud of what we believe in. It's almost as if it is unfashionable and a bit embarrassing to say we believe. John was the exact opposite. He had no reservations and no inhibitions in proclaiming that he was proud to be a follower of Jesus. We too are called to hold our heads up. We are called to be proud of what we believe and to be grateful that we have indeed something to build our lives on.

Another feast day that was celebrated yesterday was the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. There is great devotion in Cork to the Sacred Heart and this goes back many generations. There was a lovely old tradition of putting a small red lamp in front of the Sacred Heart to protect the home from evil. A heart shape is always associated with love and spiritually we believe wholeheartedly that God is love. Despite the presence of evil, hatred, bigotry, jealousy and negativity in the world we live in today, love is always the answer and always will be.
 
 
 
  Friday
Jun-24
Both the Winter and the Summer Solstices are expressions of love. They show us the opposition of light and dark, expansion and contraction, that characterize our experiences, so that we can recognize our options as we move through our lives. ~Author Unknown

On Tuesday (June 21st) we marked the longest day of the year. The biggest tilt towards the sun is at this time of year and it is possible to get 17 hours of sunshine in many parts of Ireland. But like everything to do with a summer in Ireland, it depends on the weather!

From a spiritual point of view we are always invited to tilt towards God and everything that is good and life giving. We are equally invited to tilt away from negativity, bitterness and darkness. Nature has worked out that balance over millions of years.

The invitation on the longest days of the year is to tilt even a little, to something good, positive and worthwhile in our lives. We remember the words of Jesus: "Come to me all who are weary and overburdened and I will give you rest."
 
 
 
  Thursday
Jun-23
Both the Winter and the Summer Solstices are expressions of love. They show us the opposition of light and dark, expansion and contraction, that characterize our experiences, so that we can recognize our options as we move through our lives. ~Author Unknown

On Tuesday (June 21st) we marked the longest day of the year. The biggest tilt towards the sun is at this time of year and it is possible to get 17 hours of sunshine in many parts of Ireland. But like everything to do with a summer in Ireland, it depends on the weather!

From a spiritual point of view we are always invited to tilt towards God and everything that is good and life giving. We are equally invited to tilt away from negativity, bitterness and darkness. Nature has worked out that balance over millions of years.

The invitation on the longest days of the year is to tilt even a little, to something good, positive and worthwhile in our lives. We remember the words of Jesus: "Come to me all who are weary and overburdened and I will give you rest."
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Jun-22
Both the Winter and the Summer Solstices are expressions of love. They show us the opposition of light and dark, expansion and contraction, that characterize our experiences, so that we can recognize our options as we move through our lives. ~Author Unknown

Yesterday (June 21st) we marked the longest day of the year. The biggest tilt towards the sun is at this time of year and it is possible to get 17 hours of sunshine in many parts of Ireland. But like everything to do with a summer in Ireland, it depends on the weather!

From a spiritual point of view we are always invited to tilt towards God and everything that is good and life giving. We are equally invited to tilt away from negativity, bitterness and darkness. Nature has worked out that balance over millions of years.

The invitation on the longest days of the year is to tilt even a little, to something good, positive and worthwhile in our lives. We remember the words of Jesus: "Come to me all who are weary and overburdened and I will give you rest."
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Jun-21
Both the Winter and the Summer Solstices are expressions of love. They show us the opposition of light and dark, expansion and contraction, that characterize our experiences, so that we can recognize our options as we move through our lives. ~Author Unknown

Today (June 21st) we mark the longest day of the year. The biggest tilt towards the sun is at this time of year and it is possible to get 17 hours of sunshine in many parts of Ireland. But like everything to do with a summer in Ireland, it depends on the weather!

From a spiritual point of view we are always invited to tilt towards God and everything that is good and life giving. We are equally invited to tilt away from negativity, bitterness and darkness. Nature has worked out that balance over millions of years.

The invitation on the longest days of the year is to tilt even a little, to something good, positive and worthwhile in our lives. We remember the words of Jesus: "Come to me all who are weary and overburdened and I will give you rest."
 
 
 
  Monday
Jun-20
Both the Winter and the Summer Solstices are expressions of love. They show us the opposition of light and dark, expansion and contraction, that characterize our experiences, so that we can recognize our options as we move through our lives. ~Author Unknown

Tomorrow Tuesday (June 21st) we mark the longest day of the year. The biggest tilt towards the sun is at this time of year and it is possible to get 17 hours of sunshine in many parts of Ireland. But like everything to do with a summer in Ireland, it depends on the weather!

From a spiritual point of view we are always invited to tilt towards God and everything that is good and life giving. We are equally invited to tilt away from negativity, bitterness and darkness. Nature has worked out that balance over millions of years.

The invitation on the longest days of the year is to tilt even a little, to something good, positive and worthwhile in our lives. We remember the words of Jesus: "Come to me all who are weary and overburdened and I will give you rest."
 
 
 
  Sunday
Jun-19
'God is not a static thing, not even a person, but a dynamic, pulsating activity, a life, almost a kind of drama. Almostk, if you will not think me irreverent, a kind of dance.' C.S Lewis

Sunday was Trinity Sunday. It is sometimes easy to get caught up in the numbers game, one in three, three in one and then come up with explanations. One certainty in life is that we will never fully understand God. We can never describe God from A to Z. It's a lifetime journey to put all the pieces together. But we do have endless pointers on the journey of life that remind us of God's unique presence in our world and universe.

Some of these describe God as love, as our creator, who is generous, who is with us always, who forgives wholeheartedly, who delights in each of us, who trusts us, encourages us, watches over us, comforts us and someone who brings light and hope to our dark corners. There are thousands of more words that could be added and we would still be short. In trying to understand God we must always remember God's endless love for each of us. Everything else evolves from this.

Trinity Sunday reminds us that there are many things in our world and in our lives that we do not fully understand. It is the bad and sad stories that so often grab the headlines. But God's love will always be visible and wherever its presence or energy is, we have nothing to fear. We are not in isolation but part of a community built on love in all its forms. Trinity may be surrounded in mystery but there is no mystery about the difference God's love makes in our world and lives.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Jun-16
'God is not a static thing, not even a person, but a dynamic, pulsating activity, a life, almost a kind of drama. Almost, if you will not think me irreverent, a kind of dance.' C.S Lewis

Sunday was Trinity Sunday. It is sometimes easy to get caught up in the numbers game, one in three, three in one and then come up with explanations. One certainty in life is that we will never fully understand God. We can never describe God from A to Z. It's a lifetime journey to put all the pieces together. But we do have endless pointers on the journey of life that remind us of God's unique presence in our world and universe.

Some of these describe God as love, as our creator, who is generous, who is with us always, who forgives wholeheartedly, who delights in each of us, who trusts us, encourages us, watches over us, comforts us and someone who brings light and hope to our dark corners. There are thousands of more words that could be added and we would still be short. In trying to understand God we must always remember God's endless love for each of us. Everything else evolves from this.

Trinity Sunday reminds us that there are many things in our world and in our lives that we do not fully understand. It is the bad and sad stories that so often grab the headlines. But God's love will always be visible and wherever its presence or energy is, we have nothing to fear. We are not in isolation but part of a community built on love in all its forms. Trinity may be surrounded in mystery but there is no mystery about the difference God's love makes in our world and lives.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Jun-15
'God is not a static thing, not even a person, but a dynamic, pulsating activity, a life, almost a kind of drama. Almost, if you will not think me irreverent, a kind of dance.' C.S Lewis

Sunday was Trinity Sunday. It is sometimes easy to get caught up in the numbers game, one in three, three in one and then come up with explanations. One certainty in life is that we will never fully understand God. We can never describe God from A to Z. It's a lifetime journey to put all the pieces together. But we do have endless pointers on the journey of life that remind us of God's unique presence in our world and universe.

Some of these describe God as love, as our creator, who is generous, who is with us always, who forgives wholeheartedly, who delights in each of us, who trusts us, encourages us, watches over us, comforts us and someone who brings light and hope to our dark corners. There are thousands of more words that could be added and we would still be short. In trying to understand God we must always remember God's endless love for each of us. Everything else evolves from this.

Trinity Sunday reminds us that there are many things in our world and in our lives that we do not fully understand. It is the bad and sad stories that so often grab the headlines. But God's love will always be visible and wherever its presence or energy is, we have nothing to fear. We are not in isolation but part of a community built on love in all its forms. Trinity may be surrounded in mystery but there is no mystery about the difference God's love makes in our world and lives.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Jun-14
'God is not a static thing, not even a person, but a dynamic, pulsating activity, a life, almost a kind of drama. Almost, if you will not think me irreverent, a kind of dance.' C.S Lewis

Sunday was Trinity Sunday. It is sometimes easy to get caught up in the numbers game, one in three, three in one and then come up with explanations. One certainty in life is that we will never fully understand God. We can never describe God from A to Z. It's a lifetime journey to put all the pieces together. But we do have endless pointers on the journey of life that remind us of God's unique presence in our world and universe.

Some of these describe God as love, as our creator, who is generous, who is with us always, who forgives wholeheartedly, who delights in each of us, who trusts us, encourages us, watches over us, comforts us and someone who brings light and hope to our dark corners. There are thousands of more words that could be added and we would still be short. In trying to understand God we must always remember God's endless love for each of us. Everything else evolves from this.

Trinity Sunday reminds us that there are many things in our world and in our lives that we do not fully understand. It is the bad and sad stories that so often grab the headlines. But God's love will always be visible and wherever its presence or energy is, we have nothing to fear. We are not in isolation but part of a community built on love in all its forms. Trinity may be surrounded in mystery but there is no mystery about the difference God's love makes in our world and lives.
 
 
 
  Monday
Jun-13
'God is not a static thing, not even a person, but a dynamic, pulsating activity, a life, almost a kind of drama. Almost, if you will not think me irreverent, a kind of dance.' C.S Lewis

Yesterday was Trinity Sunday. It is sometimes easy to get caught up in the numbers game, one in three, three in one and then come up with explanations. One certainty in life is that we will never fully understand God. We can never describe God from A to Z. It's a lifetime journey to put all the pieces together. But we do have endless pointers on the journey of life that remind us of God's unique presence in our world and universe.

Some of these describe God as love, as our creator, who is generous, who is with us always, who forgives wholeheartedly, who delights in each of us, who trusts us, encourages us, watches over us, comforts us and someone who brings light and hope to our dark corners. There are thousands of more words that could be added and we would still be short. In trying to understand God we must always remember God's endless love for each of us. Everything else evolves from this.

Trinity Sunday reminds us that there are many things in our world and in our lives that we do not fully understand. It is the bad and sad stories that so often grab the headlines. But God's love will always be visible and wherever its presence or energy is, we have nothing to fear. We are not in isolation but part of a community built on love in all its forms. Trinity may be surrounded in mystery but there is no mystery about the difference God's love makes in our world and lives.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Jun-12
'God is not a static thing, not even a person, but a dynamic, pulsating activity, a life, almost a kind of drama. Almost, if you will not think me irreverent, a kind of dance.' C.S Lewis

Today is Trinity Sunday. It is sometimes easy to get caught up in the numbers game, one in three, three in one and then come up with explanations. One certainty in life is that we will never fully understand God. We can never describe God from A to Z. It's a lifetime journey to put all the pieces together. But we do have endless pointers on the journey of life that remind us of God's unique presence in our world and universe.

Some of these describe God as love, as our creator, who is generous, who is with us always, who forgives wholeheartedly, who delights in each of us, who trusts us, encourages us, watches over us, comforts us and someone who brings light and hope to our dark corners. There are thousands of more words that could be added and we would still be short. In trying to understand God we must always remember God's endless love for each of us. Everything else evolves from this.

Trinity Sunday reminds us that there are many things in our world and in our lives that we do not fully understand. It is the bad and sad stories that so often grab the headlines. But God's love will always be visible and wherever its presence or energy is, we have nothing to fear. We are not in isolation but part of a community built on love in all its forms. Trinity may be surrounded in mystery but there is no mystery about the difference God's love makes in our world and lives.
 
 
 
  Friday
Jun-10
The Junior and Leaving Cert exams began on Wednesday and continue for the next two weeks. It is an anxious time for all students starting their exams, including parents, guardians, their extended families and teachers. I keep reminding and assuring our students how many in our communities are praying for them throughout the exams.

Here is a short prayer for students starting their exams

Loving God, I turn to you today. As the exam approaches I am nervous and so I ask you to help me. You know how important these exams are to me. Set me free from worry, give me your peace and help me to think clearly. Help me to remember what I have learned, to use my time well, not to panic, to do my best and not to worry about the outcome. Help me to realise that the exams are not there to catch me out but to find out how much I know.

Lord, keep me calm so that I can write down all I know. Keep my friends calm too, we're all in this together! Let me sleep each night so that I am refreshed and renewed for the next exam. Even if I struggle I must always remember that there is a bigger picture of which these exams are only a small part of.

Most important of all calm me down, keep me focussed, guide me along, get me through the scary moments and make sure I attempt every question. Thank you for being my friend today and always. Amen
 
 
 
  Thursday
Jun-09
The Junior and Leaving Cert exams began yesterday and continue for the next two weeks. It is an anxious time for all students starting their exams, including parents, guardians, their extended families and teachers. I keep reminding and assuring our students how many in our communities are praying for them throughout the exams.

Here is a short prayer for students starting their exams

Loving God, I turn to you today. As the exam approaches I am nervous and so I ask you to help me. You know how important these exams are to me. Set me free from worry, give me your peace and help me to think clearly. Help me to remember what I have learned, to use my time well, not to panic, to do my best and not to worry about the outcome. Help me to realise that the exams are not there to catch me out but to find out how much I know.

Lord, keep me calm so that I can write down all I know. Keep my friends calm too, we're all in this together! Let me sleep each night so that I am refreshed and renewed for the next exam. Even if I struggle I must always remember that there is a bigger picture of which these exams are only a small part of.

Most important of all calm me down, keep me focussed, guide me along, get me through the scary moments and make sure I attempt every question. Thank you for being my friend today and always. Amen
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Jun-08
The Junior and Leaving Cert exams begin today. It is an anxious time for all students starting their exams, including parents, guardians, their extended families and teachers. I keep reminding and assuring our students how many in our communities are praying for them throughout the exams.

Here is a short prayer for students starting their exams

Loving God, I turn to you today. As the exam approaches I am nervous and so I ask you to help me. You know how important these exams are to me. Set me free from worry, give me your peace and help me to think clearly. Help me to remember what I have learned, to use my time well, not to panic, to do my best and not to worry about the outcome. Help me to realise that the exams are not there to catch me out but to find out how much I know.

Lord, keep me calm so that I can write down all I know. Keep my friends calm too, we're all in this together! Let me sleep each night so that I am refreshed and renewed for the next exam. Even if I struggle I must always remember that there is a bigger picture of which these exams are only a small part of.

Most important of all calm me down, keep me focussed, guide me along, get me through the scary moments and make sure I attempt every question. Thank you for being my friend today and always. Amen
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Jun-07
The Junior and Leaving Cert exams begin tomorrow. It is an anxious time for all students starting their exams, including parents, guardians, their extended families and teachers. I keep reminding and assuring our students how many in our communities are praying for them throughout the exams. I invite you to pray for them too and all our little prayers will add up to something special and significant.

Here is a short prayer for students starting their exams

Loving God, I turn to you today. As the exam approaches I am nervous and so I ask you to help me. You know how important these exams are to me. Set me free from worry, give me your peace and help me to think clearly. Help me to remember what I have learned, to use my time well, not to panic, to do my best and not to worry about the outcome. Help me to realise that the exams are not there to catch me out but to find out how much I know.

Lord, keep me calm so that I can write down all I know. Keep my friends calm too, we're all in this together! Let me sleep each night so that I am refreshed and renewed for the next exam. Even if I struggle I must always remember that there is a bigger picture of which these exams are only a small part of.

Most important of all calm me down, keep me focussed, guide me along, get me through the scary moments and make sure I attempt every question. Thank you for being my friend today and always. Amen
 
 
 
  Monday
Jun-06
'A happy heart makes the face cheerful' ~Proverbs 15:13

One of the most influential personalities of the last century was Pope John 23rd. There were many raised eyebrows when he became Pope but he quickly made his mark. He guided the Church through Vatican II, with inspirational guidance, enthusiasm and a level head. He was also noted for his great sense of humour. There are many stories but one of the first to be recorded was shortly after he became Pope. His family came from their country village to visit him. They were overwhelmed and almost intimidated by the ceremony and protocol of the Vatican. Sensing their uneasiness, the pontiff tenderly and humorously said, "Don't be too nervous - it's only me!'

Sometimes we also need to relax, be ourselves and not take ourselves too seriously at times. There is enough negativity out there, without adding to it just for the sake of it. The people who add humour and light heartedness to our lives are indeed special and precious.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Jun-05
The following story is shared by Fr.Tom Cahill and its a story called 'The Deep End'

This story tells what Pentecost is about. A taxi driver arrives at an address. He honks his horn. No response. He honks again. Still no response. Out he gets and knocks on the door. A stressed voice cries out, "Just a minute, please." After a long pause he hears something being dragged to the door. A frail old woman in her 80's opens the door pulling a suitcase after her. "Would you carry my case to the car, please?" she asks. "Sure," he says, and as he moves off she links his free arm and walks slowly with him to the taxi.

She gives him an address and asks him to go through the city centre. "It's not the shortest way, Ma'am," he says to her. "I don't mind," she replies, "I'm going to a hospice. There's no hurry." He looks in the rear-view mirror, and sees tears in her eyes as she reveals, "I've no family left. The doctor says I haven't long to go." As she says that the driver leans over and quietly switches off the metre.

They drive around the city centre. She points out where she had worked in an insurance office, where she and her husband had lived after their wedding, and a building that once was a ballroom where she had first met him. At one or two places they stop in silence - her mind elsewhere. Much later they reach the hospice.

The taxi driver goes home lost in thought, convinced and content that he has just had one of the most important days of his life. Pentecost means using the language of love.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Jun-04
Thought For The Week

"In Asia they say that life is a great river and it will flow, no matter what you do or don't do. We can decide to flow with the river or to battle it. The river doesn't care. Life doesn't care." ~Vincent Travers

So much can be said about rivers. We are only too aware of the great power of a river in flood and in contrast the beauty of a gentle flowing river in the height of summer. Every river has an energy and flow that nothing can stop. Even a dam has its limits.

Comparing life to a river is a good image. The many meandering twists and turns of a river reflect life and its unpredictability. Every day brings us some measure of how uncertain life can be. Life can be so uplifting and rewarding but just as quick it can be cruel and unforgiving. We have no option but to go with the flow.

Where does God come into the whole picture? I like the image of the banks on either side of the river that somehow guide the flow of the river. God is there to guide us along through the unpredictable nature of life. It may seem sometimes that God is not around because rivers do flood but even in a flood the banks on either side are still doing a job.

It is my firm belief that during these difficult times and uncertainty that God is still there to guide us. Yes in a big flood the banks of the river cannot be seen but they are there. The floods of our own difficulties will recede too. We put our trust and hope in God to guide and direct us.

 
 
 
  Friday
Jun-03
Thought For The Week

"In Asia they say that life is a great river and it will flow, no matter what you do or don't do. We can decide to flow with the river or to battle it. The river doesn't care. Life doesn't care." ~Vincent Travers

So much can be said about rivers. We are only too aware of the great power of a river in flood and in contrast the beauty of a gentle flowing river in the height of summer. Every river has an energy and flow that nothing can stop. Even a dam has its limits.

Comparing life to a river is a good image. The many meandering twists and turns of a river reflect life and its unpredictability. Every day brings us some measure of how uncertain life can be. Life can be so uplifting and rewarding but just as quick it can be cruel and unforgiving. We have no option but to go with the flow.

Where does God come into the whole picture? I like the image of the banks on either side of the river that somehow guide the flow of the river. God is there to guide us along through the unpredictable nature of life. It may seem sometimes that God is not around because rivers do flood but even in a flood the banks on either side are still doing a job.

It is my firm belief that during these difficult times and uncertainty that God is still there to guide us. Yes in a big flood the banks of the river cannot be seen but they are there. The floods of our own difficulties will recede too. We put our trust and hope in God to guide and direct us.

 
 
 
  Wednesday
Jun-01
Thought For The Week

'Love is such an overused word. Pop songs sing about love. Everything revolves around love. Many people only connect love with the idea of fulfilled sexuality. But however much the word is misused, in the depths of our heart every one longs for love.' ~Anselm Gruen

We all know someone special who radiates love and kindness. It is not an act or something put on. They radiate it naturally and it simply flows from them. It is good to be near and around such people. It is so much more difficult to be with someone who is cranky, irritable, short tempered and angry.

Everyone has the ability to love and be kind but for different reasons the flow sometimes becomes blocked. It might be a hurt, a knock or setback in life. Someone may have betrayed our trust. We may have been taken advantage of or we may have grown afraid because others hurt us in the past.

Scripture readings refer to God as love. This is 100% pure natural Divine love. It is total, complete and will never run out. Each day is an invitation to soak in some of this love. The invitation is to allow it melt away our hurts, fears, anxieties, disappointments or darkness in our lives. Every time we take up this invitation allows us to radiate our own love naturally. No matter what our age, our belief system or our background, this is what we are born to do.
 
 

 

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