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  Saturday
May-30
Thought For The Week

When you're really filled with the Holy Spirit it is impossible for those around you not to know it. ~Rod Parsley

Last Sunday was the feast of Pentecost. It is always a great feast day celebrating new life, energy, vibrancy, positivity, creativity, hope, light and so much more. It would be great if there was a simple formula in our search for God. We are often unsure where to start and how to begin. Our searches are many, from our local church, attending Mass and saying prayers that vary from traditional to deeply personal. Some find that these simply are not for them and search elsewhere. These searches can often be surprising and beautiful. They include finding God in the humdrum of daily life, music, reading, reflection, meditation, relaxation and so on. Whatever and wherever our search, it is good that we are searching. Sometimes though the search can be frustrating and lonely. This is why the support of the Christian faith community can be our bridge when we struggle and falter. The Spirit of God knows no limits. If anyone puts limits, then it is we who put them there. Pentecost Sunday is all about being open, trusting in the Spirit of God and letting the beautiful energy of God flow where it wants to. There are days too when we lack energy and motivation. But God's love for us is constantly bubbling over with life and enthusiasm. Nothing can change this. We pray to the Holy Spirit to re-energise us and to help us find the missing links on our daily journey.
 
 
 
  Friday
May-29
Thought For The Week

When you're really filled with the Holy Spirit it is impossible for those around you not to know it. ~Rod Parsley

Last Sunday was the feast of Pentecost. It is always a great feast day celebrating new life, energy, vibrancy, positivity, creativity, hope, light and so much more. It would be great if there was a simple formula in our search for God. We are often unsure where to start and how to begin. Our searches are many, from our local church, attending Mass and saying prayers that vary from traditional to deeply personal. Some find that these simply are not for them and search elsewhere. These searches can often be surprising and beautiful. They include finding God in the humdrum of daily life, music, reading, reflection, meditation, relaxation and so on. Whatever and wherever our search, it is good that we are searching. Sometimes though the search can be frustrating and lonely. This is why the support of the Christian faith community can be our bridge when we struggle and falter. The Spirit of God knows no limits. If anyone puts limits, then it is we who put them there. Pentecost Sunday is all about being open, trusting in the Spirit of God and letting the beautiful energy of God flow where it wants to. There are days too when we lack energy and motivation. But God's love for us is constantly bubbling over with life and enthusiasm. Nothing can change this. We pray to the Holy Spirit to re-energise us and to help us find the missing links on our daily journey.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
May-27
Thought For The Week

When you're really filled with the Holy Spirit it is impossible for those around you not to know it. ~Rod Parsley

Last Sunday was the feast of Pentecost. It is always a great feast day celebrating new life, energy, vibrancy, positivity, creativity, hope, light and so much more. It would be great if there was a simple formula in our search for God. We are often unsure where to start and how to begin. Our searches are many, from our local church, attending Mass and saying prayers that vary from traditional to deeply personal. Some find that these simply are not for them and search elsewhere. These searches can often be surprising and beautiful. They include finding God in the humdrum of daily life, music, reading, reflection, meditation, relaxation and so on. Whatever and wherever our search, it is good that we are searching. Sometimes though the search can be frustrating and lonely. This is why the support of the Christian faith community can be our bridge when we struggle and falter. The Spirit of God knows no limits. If anyone puts limits, then it is we who put them there. Pentecost Sunday is all about being open, trusting in the Spirit of God and letting the beautiful energy of God flow where it wants to. There are days too when we lack energy and motivation. But God's love for us is constantly bubbling over with life and enthusiasm. Nothing can change this. We pray to the Holy Spirit to re-energise us and to help us find the missing links on our daily journey.
 
 
 
  Monday
May-25
Thought For The Week

When you're really filled with the Holy Spirit it is impossible for those around you not to know it. ~Rod Parsley

Yesterday was the feast of Pentecost. It is always a great feast day celebrating new life, energy, vibrancy, positivity, creativity, hope, light and so much more. It would be great if there was a simple formula in our search for God. We are often unsure where to start and how to begin. Our searches are many, from our local church, attending Mass and saying prayers that vary from traditional to deeply personal. Some find that these simply are not for them and search elsewhere. These searches can often be surprising and beautiful. They include finding God in the humdrum of daily life, music, reading, reflection, meditation, relaxation and so on. Whatever and wherever our search, it is good that we are searching. Sometimes though the search can be frustrating and lonely. This is why the support of the Christian faith community can be our bridge when we struggle and falter. The Spirit of God knows no limits. If anyone puts limits, then it is we who put them there. Pentecost Sunday is all about being open, trusting in the Spirit of God and letting the beautiful energy of God flow where it wants to. There are days too when we lack energy and motivation. But God's love for us is constantly bubbling over with life and enthusiasm. Nothing can change this. We pray to the Holy Spirit to re-energise us and to help us find the missing links on our daily journey.
 
 
 
  Sunday
May-24
When you're really filled with the Holy Spirit it is impossible for those around you not to know it. ~Rod Parsley

Today is the feast of Pentecost. It is always a great feast day celebrating new life, energy, vibrancy, positivity, creativity, hope, light and so much more. It would be great if there was a simple formula in our search for God. We are often unsure where to start and how to begin. Our searches are many, from our local church, attending Mass and saying prayers that vary from traditional to deeply personal. Some find that these simply are not for them and search elsewhere. These searches can often be surprising and beautiful. They include finding God in the humdrum of daily life, music, reading, reflection, meditation, relaxation and so on. Whatever and wherever our search, it is good that we are searching. Sometimes though the search can be frustrating and lonely. This is why the support of the Christian faith community can be our bridge when we struggle and falter. The Spirit of God knows no limits. If anyone puts limits, then it is we who put them there. Pentecost Sunday is all about being open, trusting in the Spirit of God and letting the beautiful energy of God flow where it wants to. There are days too when we lack energy and motivation. But God's love for us is constantly bubbling over with life and enthusiasm. Nothing can change this. We pray to the Holy Spirit to re-energise us and to help us find the missing links on our daily journey.
 
 
 
  Thursday
May-21
Thought For The Week

It is the time of year when Leaving Cert Graduation Masses/Services are taking place all over the city and county. The following reflection was read at Ballincollig Community School's Graduation last Thursday evening by Kate Lynch and Donna Heinen

Our lives are marked forever by those we meet. May you be blessed with good friends. Our lives are marked forever by our friendship and the love we experience. May you learn to be a good friend to yourself. Our lives are marked forever by the quarrels and the reconciliations. May you be able to journey to that place in your soul where there is great love, warmth and forgiveness. Our lives are marked forever by the works we have tried to do together, for each other and for the less fortunate. All this has given us something that will last. May this change you. May it transfigure that which is negative, distant or cold in you. May you be brought into the real passion, kinship and affinity of belonging. Long after we've forgotten the marks of our exams, we'll remember and treasure the friendships, the times of growth, the fun, the quarrels , the laughter and the jokes. May you be good to your friends and be there for them. May they bring you all the blessings, challenges, truth and light that you need for your journey. We'll remember how we helped each other grow as men and women in faith, hope and love. May what we have done in our school be given to many others in our lives. May you never be isolated and may you always be in the gentle nest of belongings with your Anam Cara.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
May-20
Thought For The Week

It is the time of year when Leaving Cert Graduation Masses/Services are taking place all over the city and county. The following reflection was read at Ballincollig Community School's Graduation last Thursday evening by Kate Lynch and Donna Heinen

Our lives are marked forever by those we meet. May you be blessed with good friends. Our lives are marked forever by our friendship and the love we experience. May you learn to be a good friend to yourself. Our lives are marked forever by the quarrels and the reconciliations. May you be able to journey to that place in your soul where there is great love, warmth and forgiveness. Our lives are marked forever by the works we have tried to do together, for each other and for the less fortunate. All this has given us something that will last. May this change you. May it transfigure that which is negative, distant or cold in you. May you be brought into the real passion, kinship and affinity of belonging. Long after we've forgotten the marks of our exams, we'll remember and treasure the friendships, the times of growth, the fun, the quarrels , the laughter and the jokes. May you be good to your friends and be there for them. May they bring you all the blessings, challenges, truth and light that you need for your journey. We'll remember how we helped each other grow as men and women in faith, hope and love. May what we have done in our school be given to many others in our lives. May you never be isolated and may you always be in the gentle nest of belongings with your Anam Cara.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
May-19
Thought For The Week

It is the time of year when Leaving Cert Graduation Masses/Services are taking place all over the city and county. The following reflection was read at Ballincollig Community School's Graduation last Thursday evening by Kate Lynch and Donna Heinen

Our lives are marked forever by those we meet. May you be blessed with good friends. Our lives are marked forever by our friendship and the love we experience. May you learn to be a good friend to yourself. Our lives are marked forever by the quarrels and the reconciliations. May you be able to journey to that place in your soul where there is great love, warmth and forgiveness. Our lives are marked forever by the works we have tried to do together, for each other and for the less fortunate. All this has given us something that will last. May this change you. May it transfigure that which is negative, distant or cold in you. May you be brought into the real passion, kinship and affinity of belonging. Long after we've forgotten the marks of our exams, we'll remember and treasure the friendships, the times of growth, the fun, the quarrels , the laughter and the jokes. May you be good to your friends and be there for them. May they bring you all the blessings, challenges, truth and light that you need for your journey. We'll remember how we helped each other grow as men and women in faith, hope and love. May what we have done in our school be given to many others in our lives. May you never be isolated and may you always be in the gentle nest of belongings with your Anam Cara.
 
 
 
  Monday
May-18
Thought For The Week

It is the time of year when Leaving Cert Graduation Masses/Services are taking place all over the city and county. The following reflection was read at Ballincollig Community School's Graduation last Thursday evening by Kate Lynch and Donna Heinen

Our lives are marked forever by those we meet. May you be blessed with good friends. Our lives are marked forever by our friendship and the love we experience. May you learn to be a good friend to yourself. Our lives are marked forever by the quarrels and the reconciliations. May you be able to journey to that place in your soul where there is great love, warmth and forgiveness. Our lives are marked forever by the works we have tried to do together, for each other and for the less fortunate. All this has given us something that will last. May this change you. May it transfigure that which is negative, distant or cold in you. May you be brought into the real passion, kinship and affinity of belonging. Long after we've forgotten the marks of our exams, we'll remember and treasure the friendships, the times of growth, the fun, the quarrels , the laughter and the jokes. May you be good to your friends and be there for them. May they bring you all the blessings, challenges, truth and light that you need for your journey. We'll remember how we helped each other grow as men and women in faith, hope and love. May what we have done in our school be given to many others in our lives. May you never be isolated and may you always be in the gentle nest of belongings with your Anam Cara.
 
 
 
  Sunday
May-17
'God has given us the power to create beauty, to make another smile, to be a healing presence in someone's sorrow, to bring justice to the oppressed, to console those in difficulty, to bring peace and joy to others, to help those in need, to laugh and enjoy life, to do good and turn from evil, to forgive those who have hurt us, and, most of all, to love.' ~Iris Perez

Thought For Today by Jane Mellett


The fear experienced by the women and the disciples at the end of the Gospel of Mark shows us that even when we have profound spiritual experiences, fear can often force us into silence. The account of the ascension in Mark which we read today urges us not to be afraid but to go out. The Gospel of Mark is a Gospel for hard times, for those who are struggling. This ending aims to empower us and give us courage even when the world around us tells us otherwise. It urges us to 'Go' and tell.

The disciples 'went out'; bringing good news everywhere. We too are called to be Easter People because we live with an assurance that pain, death and grief will not have the last word and we dare to shine the light of hope and wholeness into the empty tomb. Where have you encountered Easter People in your own life? How do you communicate this risen Jesus to others? How can we be Easter People to others? This is the challenge of the Gospel today. To bring Christ's love and assurance to all we meet.
 
 
 
  Saturday
May-16
Thought For The Week

'Even if you're little, you can do a lot, you mustn't let a little thing like little stop you' ~from the musical Matilda

I was privileged to get a chance to travel with Transition Year students from Coláiste Choilm to London during the week. For many students it was their first time visiting London. Any such trip will include a visit to the famous landmarks, like Big Ben and Buckingham Palace but also a chance to see some drama show or musical like 'Matilda'. The musical 'Matilda' is indeed spectacular from the colourful set, to presentation, dance, music and song. One of the key songs is called 'When I Grow Up' and at its heart is a wish to be positive, upbeat and that nothing is impossible if we truly believe that it will happen.

But for many people its the little things that become the stumbling blocks. In our Gospel stories Jesus is the one who constantly helped people remove the obstacles that stopped people living their lives to the full. We worry about all that happened yesterday and what will happen tomorrow and forget all that today has to offer. We often say it's the little things that matter and they do. We can allow them to become obstacles or allow them to become stepping stones to appreciating the beauty of the present moment. Life can so often be complicated and difficult. There are enough things out of our control. Thankfully we are in control of many little things in life. Are your little things a stop sign or a stepping stone?
 
 
 
  Friday
May-15
Thought For The Week

'Even if you're little, you can do a lot, you mustn't let a little thing like little stop you' ~from the musical Matilda

I was privileged to get a chance to travel with Transition Year students from Coláiste Choilm to London during the week. For many students it was their first time visiting London. Any such trip will include a visit to the famous landmarks, like Big Ben and Buckingham Palace but also a chance to see some drama show or musical like 'Matilda'. The musical 'Matilda' is indeed spectacular from the colourful set, to presentation, dance, music and song. One of the key songs is called 'When I Grow Up' and at its heart is a wish to be positive, upbeat and that nothing is impossible if we truly believe that it will happen.

But for many people its the little things that become the stumbling blocks. In our Gospel stories Jesus is the one who constantly helped people remove the obstacles that stopped people living their lives to the full. We worry about all that happened yesterday and what will happen tomorrow and forget all that today has to offer. We often say it's the little things that matter and they do. We can allow them to become obstacles or allow them to become stepping stones to appreciating the beauty of the present moment. Life can so often be complicated and difficult. There are enough things out of our control. Thankfully we are in control of many little things in life. Are your little things a stop sign or a stepping stone?
 
 
 
  Wednesday
May-13
Thought For The Week

'Even if you're little, you can do a lot, you mustn't let a little thing like little stop you' ~from the musical Matilda

I was privileged to get a chance to travel with Transition Year students from Coláiste Choilm to London during the week. For many students it was their first time visiting London. Any such trip will include a visit to the famous landmarks, like Big Ben and Buckingham Palace but also a chance to see some drama show or musical like 'Matilda'. The musical 'Matilda' is indeed spectacular from the colourful set, to presentation, dance, music and song. One of the key songs is called 'When I Grow Up' and at its heart is a wish to be positive, upbeat and that nothing is impossible if we truly believe that it will happen.

But for many people its the little things that become the stumbling blocks. In our Gospel stories Jesus is the one who constantly helped people remove the obstacles that stopped people living their lives to the full. We worry about all that happened yesterday and what will happen tomorrow and forget all that today has to offer. We often say it's the little things that matter and they do. We can allow them to become obstacles or allow them to become stepping stones to appreciating the beauty of the present moment. Life can so often be complicated and difficult. There are enough things out of our control. Thankfully we are in control of many little things in life. Are your little things a stop sign or a stepping stone?
 
 
 
  Tuesday
May-12
Thought For The Week

'Even if you're little, you can do a lot, you mustn't let a little thing like little stop you' ~from the musical Matilda

I was privileged to get a chance to travel with Transition Year students from Coláiste Choilm to London during the week. For many students it was their first time visiting London. Any such trip will include a visit to the famous landmarks, like Big Ben and Buckingham Palace but also a chance to see some drama show or musical like 'Matilda'. The musical 'Matilda' is indeed spectacular from the colourful set, to presentation, dance, music and song. One of the key songs is called 'When I Grow Up' and at its heart is a wish to be positive, upbeat and that nothing is impossible if we truly believe that it will happen.

But for many people its the little things that become the stumbling blocks. In our Gospel stories Jesus is the one who constantly helped people remove the obstacles that stopped people living their lives to the full. We worry about all that happened yesterday and what will happen tomorrow and forget all that today has to offer. We often say it's the little things that matter and they do. We can allow them to become obstacles or allow them to become stepping stones to appreciating the beauty of the present moment. Life can so often be complicated and difficult. There are enough things out of our control. Thankfully we are in control of many little things in life. Are your little things a stop sign or a stepping stone?
 
 
 
  Monday
May-11
Thought For The Week

'Even if you're little, you can do a lot, you mustn't let a little thing like little stop you' ~from the musical Matilda

I was privileged to get a chance to travel with Transition Year students from Coláiste Choilm to London during the week. For many students it was their first time visiting London. Any such trip will include a visit to the famous landmarks, like Big Ben and Buckingham Palace but also a chance to see some drama show or musical like 'Matilda'. The musical 'Matilda' is indeed spectacular from the colourful set, to presentation, dance, music and song. One of the key songs is called 'When I Grow Up' and at its heart is a wish to be positive, upbeat and that nothing is impossible if we truly believe that it will happen.

But for many people its the little things that become the stumbling blocks. In our Gospel stories Jesus is the one who constantly helped people remove the obstacles that stopped people living their lives to the full. We worry about all that happened yesterday and what will happen tomorrow and forget all that today has to offer. We often say it's the little things that matter and they do. We can allow them to become obstacles or allow them to become stepping stones to appreciating the beauty of the present moment. Life can so often be complicated and difficult. There are enough things out of our control. Thankfully we are in control of many little things in life. Are your little things a stop sign or a stepping stone?
 
 
 
  Sunday
May-10
Thought For The Week

'A life without love is like a year without summer.' ~Swedish Proverb

The lovely BBC 1 Programme 'Countryfile' last Sunday featured a lovely piece on our favourite spring/summer sounds. A top 10 list was compiled including the bleating of baby lambs, the buzzing sounds of honeybees, the dawn chorus of birds and the sounds of tractors working on the fields. The programme also included a lovely clip of fox cubs coming up from their den to have a look at the outside world. If you like nature, wildlife and farming then this excellent programme on BBC1 every Sunday night at 6.30pm is well worth watching!

We have just begun our journey through May. Last Friday the 1st day of May was 'L" Bealtaine' which translates as May Day and it was also the feast of St Joseph the worker. It's a day that goes way back many generations in Irish culture and history. The day was celebrated to mark the beginning of summer. It was a day when the herds of livestock were driven out to summer pastures. The lighting of bonfires on hills and mountains was a part of the tradition. At the heart of Bealtaine is a reminder of growth, abundance and life flourishing at this time of year. Summer is a season of energy, achievement and fulfilment. The darkness of winter is far behind, the promise of spring has delivered and the coming months are about making the most of everything connected with life. 'L" Bealtaine' is a day of hope and a reminder that summer is upon us. Today and the coming weeks are a time of great blessing. We ask God to help us make the most of everything connected with life this summer.
 
 
 
  Friday
May-08
Thought For The Week

'A life without love is like a year without summer.' ~Swedish Proverb

The lovely BBC 1 Programme 'Countryfile' last Sunday featured a lovely piece on our favourite spring/summer sounds. A top 10 list was compiled including the bleating of baby lambs, the buzzing sounds of honeybees, the dawn chorus of birds and the sounds of tractors working on the fields. The programme also included a lovely clip of fox cubs coming up from their den to have a look at the outside world. If you like nature, wildlife and farming then this excellent programme on BBC1 every Sunday night at 6.30pm is well worth watching!

We have just begun our journey through May. Last Friday the 1st day of May was 'Lá Bealtaine' which translates as May Day and it was also the feast of St Joseph the worker. It's a day that goes way back many generations in Irish culture and history. The day was celebrated to mark the beginning of summer. It was a day when the herds of livestock were driven out to summer pastures. The lighting of bonfires on hills and mountains was a part of the tradition. At the heart of Bealtaine is a reminder of growth, abundance and life flourishing at this time of year. Summer is a season of energy, achievement and fulfilment. The darkness of winter is far behind, the promise of spring has delivered and the coming months are about making the most of everything connected with life. 'Lá Bealtaine' is a day of hope and a reminder that summer is upon us. Today and the coming weeks are a time of great blessing. We ask God to help us make the most of everything connected with life this summer.
 
 
 
  Thursday
May-07
Thought For The Week

'A life without love is like a year without summer.' ~Swedish Proverb

The lovely BBC 1 Programme 'Countryfile' last Sunday featured a lovely piece on our favourite spring/summer sounds. A top 10 list was compiled including the bleating of baby lambs, the buzzing sounds of honeybees, the dawn chorus of birds and the sounds of tractors working on the fields. The programme also included a lovely clip of fox cubs coming up from their den to have a look at the outside world. If you like nature, wildlife and farming then this excellent programme on BBC1 every Sunday night at 6.30pm is well worth watching!

We have just begun our journey through May. Last Friday the 1st day of May was 'Lá Bealtaine' which translates as May Day and it was also the feast of St Joseph the worker. It's a day that goes way back many generations in Irish culture and history. The day was celebrated to mark the beginning of summer. It was a day when the herds of livestock were driven out to summer pastures. The lighting of bonfires on hills and mountains was a part of the tradition. At the heart of Bealtaine is a reminder of growth, abundance and life flourishing at this time of year. Summer is a season of energy, achievement and fulfilment. The darkness of winter is far behind, the promise of spring has delivered and the coming months are about making the most of everything connected with life. 'Lá Bealtaine' is a day of hope and a reminder that summer is upon us. Today and the coming weeks are a time of great blessing. We ask God to help us make the most of everything connected with life this summer.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
May-06
Thought For The Week

'A life without love is like a year without summer.' ~Swedish Proverb

The lovely BBC 1 Programme 'Countryfile' last Sunday featured a lovely piece on our favourite spring/summer sounds. A top 10 list was compiled including the bleating of baby lambs, the buzzing sounds of honeybees, the dawn chorus of birds and the sounds of tractors working on the fields. The programme also included a lovely clip of fox cubs coming up from their den to have a look at the outside world. If you like nature, wildlife and farming then this excellent programme on BBC1 every Sunday night at 6.30pm is well worth watching!

We have just begun our journey through May. Last Friday the 1st day of May was 'Lá Bealtaine' which translates as May Day and it was also the feast of St Joseph the worker. It's a day that goes way back many generations in Irish culture and history. The day was celebrated to mark the beginning of summer. It was a day when the herds of livestock were driven out to summer pastures. The lighting of bonfires on hills and mountains was a part of the tradition. At the heart of Bealtaine is a reminder of growth, abundance and life flourishing at this time of year. Summer is a season of energy, achievement and fulfilment. The darkness of winter is far behind, the promise of spring has delivered and the coming months are about making the most of everything connected with life. 'Lá Bealtaine' is a day of hope and a reminder that summer is upon us. Today and the coming weeks are a time of great blessing. We ask God to help us make the most of everything connected with life this summer.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
May-05
Thought For The Week

'A life without love is like a year without summer.' ~Swedish Proverb

The lovely BBC 1 Programme 'Countryfile' last Sunday featured a lovely piece on our favourite spring/summer sounds. A top 10 list was compiled including the bleating of baby lambs, the buzzing sounds of honeybees, the dawn chorus of birds and the sounds of tractors working on the fields. The programme also included a lovely clip of fox cubs coming up from their den to have a look at the outside world. If you like nature, wildlife and farming then this excellent programme on BBC1 every Sunday night at 6.30pm is well worth watching!

We have just begun our journey through May. Last Friday the 1st day of May was 'Lá Bealtaine' which translates as May Day and it was also the feast of St Joseph the worker. It's a day that goes way back many generations in Irish culture and history. The day was celebrated to mark the beginning of summer. It was a day when the herds of livestock were driven out to summer pastures. The lighting of bonfires on hills and mountains was a part of the tradition. At the heart of Bealtaine is a reminder of growth, abundance and life flourishing at this time of year. Summer is a season of energy, achievement and fulfilment. The darkness of winter is far behind, the promise of spring has delivered and the coming months are about making the most of everything connected with life. 'Lá Bealtaine' is a day of hope and a reminder that summer is upon us. Today and the coming weeks are a time of great blessing. We ask God to help us make the most of everything connected with life this summer.
 
 
 
  Monday
May-04
The following reflection is by Jane Mellett

As with all good vine growers, God cares for his crop, nurturing it, pruning it, giving it all it needs so that it can grow and reach its full potential. We are no doubt the branches. What does it mean to be a branch? Branches must be connected to the vine or they bear no fruit. Even those branches that do bear fruit, they need pruning so that they can grow and bear even more fruit. As we are all too well aware, productivity seems to be the measure of success in the world today, in our education systems, in the workplace, in economics; we are measured by what we produce. Is Jesus really adding on the pressure in this Gospel passage by telling us that he wants to see results or else!?

Perhaps we can read this passage in terms of connectivity. Think of your most intimate friendships and relationships. You don't measure their weight in terms of produce do you? But you do want to stay connected right? It is this closeness, this intimacy that Jesus calls us to: 'abide in me'. Are you connected or disconnected? If the connection is strong, then fruit bearing comes naturally and people will see the Gospel in our lives and in the way we respond to the world. If we are connected, all manner of things are possible for us.
 
 
 
  Friday
May-01
Thought For The Week

'I realized I had to work very hard, I wasn't very good at underage but I wanted to be good and I wanted to get the best out of myself' ~Henry Shefflin speaking at Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig during the week.

Henry Shefflin is a household name when it comes to sport and hurling. He has recently retired having won a record 10 All-Ireland medals on the field of play, 3 All Ireland Club medals, as well as 13 Leinster medals and 6 National Hurling League medals. It is a record that will not be broken for many years. He spoke to a captivated audience of young people during the week. As a teenager he spoke about how he played underage but struggled to get onto the team and was constantly on the substitute bench. Even when he played at minor level no one believed he would make the senior team. But Henry Shefflin believed in himself. He never gave up, worked at sharpening his hurling skills, worked hard on the small things and believed that every challenge was a ladder to something better. He could easily have packed it in but he knew deep within that he had more to give. How right he was and he now stands among the elite of Irish sports men and women in terms of achievements.

There is a lesson there for us too. How often have we struggled with things we do and what we would like to get done. It doesn't help sometimes when others do not believe in our ability and that we can do it. But if we believe in ourselves and always strive to do our best, then we are in a really good place. This is also a constant theme running through our Gospel and Easter stories. We are encouraged to be ourselves, to let our light shine, to be the best we can be, to learn from our mistakes and to do our best in everything, particularly the ordinary and down to earth moments that make up our everyday lives.
 
 

 

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