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Listing November - 2021
 
  Tuesday
Nov-30
Thought For The Week

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

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

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

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

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

Advent puts the brakes gently on, allowing us to slow down enough to reflect on where we need light, hope and God's blessings in our lives. The season can often be lost because of busyness. But one thing Covid has taught us is that busyness can come to a grinding halt very quickly. There is a bigger picture. We need to mind ourselves, our family and each other during these few weeks coming up to Christmas. The season of Advent makes a lot of sense to me.
 
 
 
  Monday
Nov-29
Thought For The Week

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

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

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

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

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

Advent puts the brakes gently on, allowing us to slow down enough to reflect on where we need light, hope and God's blessings in our lives. The season can often be lost because of busyness. But one thing Covid has taught us is that busyness can come to a grinding halt very quickly. There is a bigger picture. We need to mind ourselves, our family and each other during these few weeks coming up to Christmas. The season of Advent makes a lot of sense to me.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Nov-28
Thursday was Thanksgiving Day in the U.S and it is always celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November. In America many families will have gathered to celebrate, to share a meal, to relax and importantly to give thanks for blessings received. It is a day for all of us to pause too and to quietly thank God for all our blessings. Maybe right now there may not be much to give thanks for in your life. But if we can look deeper we know we will find some things to be grateful for. A spirit of thankfulness or gratefulness always goes a long way. It is something we always have to work towards, as it is often easy to take so much for granted.

Our faith reminds us how God journeys with us in the right now. Nothing else matters. For all of us the right now is a massive collection of joys, sorrows, pain, happiness, struggles, hopes, fears, weakness, fun, relaxation, anger, freedom, disappointments and so on. It can be a scary place and it can also be so exciting. We're in there somewhere and so is God. It would be very limiting, if we thought that God only chose to be with us during the good days. It's in the middle of our darkest hour that God is also particularly near. We are grateful for the difference our faith can make in the midst of the complex world we live in today.

To be thankful even for a little will always generate more and to be unappreciative means little else will happen. To be thankful always makes such a difference. Today and throughout the weekend we can pause each day to be grateful and thankful.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Nov-27
Thursday was Thanksgiving Day in the U.S and it is always celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November. In America many families will have gathered to celebrate, to share a meal, to relax and importantly to give thanks for blessings received. It is a day for all of us to pause too and to quietly thank God for all our blessings. Maybe right now there may not be much to give thanks for in your life. But if we can look deeper we know we will find some things to be grateful for. A spirit of thankfulness or gratefulness always goes a long way. It is something we always have to work towards, as it is often easy to take so much for granted.

Our faith reminds us how God journeys with us in the right now. Nothing else matters. For all of us the right now is a massive collection of joys, sorrows, pain, happiness, struggles, hopes, fears, weakness, fun, relaxation, anger, freedom, disappointments and so on. It can be a scary place and it can also be so exciting. We're in there somewhere and so is God. It would be very limiting, if we thought that God only chose to be with us during the good days. It's in the middle of our darkest hour that God is also particularly near. We are grateful for the difference our faith can make in the midst of the complex world we live in today.

To be thankful even for a little will always generate more and to be unappreciative means little else will happen. To be thankful always makes such a difference. Today and throughout the weekend we can pause each day to be grateful and thankful.
 
 
 
  Friday
Nov-26
Yesterday was Thanksgiving Day in the U.S and it is always celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November. In America many families will have gathered to celebrate, to share a meal, to relax and importantly to give thanks for blessings received. It is a day for all of us to pause too and to quietly thank God for all our blessings. Maybe right now there may not be much to give thanks for in your life. But if we can look deeper we know we will find some things to be grateful for. A spirit of thankfulness or gratefulness always goes a long way. It is something we always have to work towards, as it is often easy to take so much for granted.

Our faith reminds us how God journeys with us in the right now. Nothing else matters. For all of us the right now is a massive collection of joys, sorrows, pain, happiness, struggles, hopes, fears, weakness, fun, relaxation, anger, freedom, disappointments and so on. It can be a scary place and it can also be so exciting. We're in there somewhere and so is God. It would be very limiting, if we thought that God only chose to be with us during the good days. It's in the middle of our darkest hour that God is also particularly near. We are grateful for the difference our faith can make in the midst of the complex world we live in today.

To be thankful even for a little will always generate more and to be unappreciative means little else will happen. To be thankful always makes such a difference. Today and throughout the weekend we can pause each day to be grateful and thankful.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Nov-25
Today is Thanksgiving Day in the U.S and it is always celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November. In America many families will gather to celebrate, to share a meal, to relax and importantly to give thanks for blessings received. It is a day for all of us to pause too and to quietly thank God for all our blessings. Maybe right now there may not be much to give thanks for in your life. But if we can look deeper we know we will find some things to be grateful for. A spirit of thankfulness or gratefulness always goes a long way. It is something we always have to work towards, as it is often easy to take so much for granted.

Our faith reminds us how God journeys with us in the right now. Nothing else matters. For all of us the right now is a massive collection of joys, sorrows, pain, happiness, struggles, hopes, fears, weakness, fun, relaxation, anger, freedom, disappointments and so on. It can be a scary place and it can also be so exciting. We're in there somewhere and so is God. It would be very limiting, if we thought that God only chose to be with us during the good days. It's in the middle of our darkest hour that God is also particularly near. We are grateful for the difference our faith can make in the midst of the complex world we live in today.

To be thankful even for a little will always generate more and to be unappreciative means little else will happen. To be thankful always makes such a difference. Today and throughout the coming weekend we can pause each day to be grateful and thankful.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Nov-24
'Where there is music you are never alone. It is true that we hear a lot of music but rarely listen to it properly, as we either allow or are forced to let our attention wander.' ~Gordon Giles

There is music for every occasion. In shopping centres easy listening is the normal choice to relax customers. It is used at airports to calm nervous passengers. Classical music has been played in areas where graffiti or unsociable behaviour takes place. It has the desired effect of calming and reducing antisocial behaviour. Radio stations are constantly trying to woo us with music we will like.

We all have our own unique taste of music. Today hundreds of songs can be stored in a portable device the size of a matchbox. The digital age has allowed music to become everyone's best friend. The downside to it all is that with access to endless amounts of music, we can take it all for granted, not appreciate it and perhaps forget that music is gift.

Monday was the feast day of St. Cecilia. She is the patroness of music and musicians and a reminder how music is a precious gift from God. Music is the pulse and heartbeat of life. Music is there for every occasion. It can uplift, calm and relax. It goes way beyond words. Today is a day to appreciate music and in particular your favourite type of music. What will you listen to today?
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Nov-23
'Where there is music you are never alone. It is true that we hear a lot of music but rarely listen to it properly, as we either allow or are forced to let our attention wander.' ~Gordon Giles

There is music for every occasion. In shopping centres easy listening is the normal choice to relax customers. It is used at airports to calm nervous passengers. Classical music has been played in areas where graffiti or unsociable behaviour takes place. It has the desired effect of calming and reducing antisocial behaviour. Radio stations are constantly trying to woo us with music we will like.

We all have our own unique taste of music. Today hundreds of songs can be stored in a portable device the size of a matchbox. The digital age has allowed music to become everyone's best friend. The downside to it all is that with access to endless amounts of music, we can take it all for granted, not appreciate it and perhaps forget that music is gift.

Yesterday was the feast day of St. Cecilia. She is the patroness of music and musicians and a reminder how music is a precious gift from God. Music is the pulse and heartbeat of life. Music is there for every occasion. It can uplift, calm and relax. It goes way beyond words. Today is a day to appreciate music and in particular your favourite type of music. What will you listen to today?
 
 
 
  Monday
Nov-22
'Where there is music you are never alone. It is true that we hear a lot of music but rarely listen to it properly, as we either allow or are forced to let our attention wander.' ~Gordon Giles

There is music for every occasion. In shopping centres easy listening is the normal choice to relax customers. It is used at airports to calm nervous passengers. Classical music has been played in areas where graffiti or unsociable behaviour takes place. It has the desired effect of calming and reducing antisocial behaviour. Radio stations are constantly trying to woo us with music we will like.

We all have our own unique taste of music. Today hundreds of songs can be stored in a portable device the size of a matchbox. The digital age has allowed music to become everyone's best friend. The downside to it all is that with access to endless amounts of music, we can take it all for granted, not appreciate it and perhaps forget that music is gift.

Today is the feast day of St. Cecilia. She is the patroness of music and musicians and a reminder how music is a precious gift from God. Music is the pulse and heartbeat of life. Music is there for every occasion. It can uplift, calm and relax. It goes way beyond words. Today is a day to appreciate music and in particular your favourite type of music. What will you listen to today?
 
 
 
  Sunday
Nov-21
'We grown-ups don't always say what we think. We hide our anxieties and worry that our fears will appear foolish. We don't say what we mean for a variety of complicated reasons. We are often scared that what we feel and think don't matter. We try to behave in certain ways because we are afraid that who we are, isn't loveable or is in some way wrong.' ~Cathy Kelly

A child will always tell things as they are. What you see is what you get. Adults are much more reserved and cautious. We hide behind masks, we put on a brave face and we do our best to show that everything is ok. Maybe we are afraid of being judged, not heard, not understood and maybe a feeling that we are not loved. But whatever our reservations we need to tell ourselves that this is not so. In every single one of us there is a deep reserve of love and kindness. We bring something special and important to every day. We might not think so but our loving God who created each of us believes totally in our deep reserve.

Even when we are in trouble, feeling upset or anxious it is so important that we talk and share. All the negative Covid stories hitting us each day do not help either. There is the temptation to retreat and hide. But no one can take away our deep reserves of love, kindness and goodness. It is these deep reserves that will get us through our fears, worries and uncertainties.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Nov-20
Thought For The Week

'Faith gives you an inner strength and a sense of balance and perspective in life.' ~Gregory Peck

There was an old man who operated a rowboat for ferrying passengers between an island and the mainland. One day a passenger noticed that he had painted on one oar the word "Works," and on the other oar the word "Faith." Curiosity led him to ask the meaning of this. The old man replied, "I will show you,"

And so he dropped one oar, rowing only with the oar named "Works." Of course, the boat just went around in circles. Then he switched oars, picking up "Faith" and dropping "Works." And the little rowboat went around in circles again, this time in the opposite direction.

After this demonstration, the old man picked up both oars "Faith" and "Works," and rowing with both oars together swiftly coursed over the water. He looked at the passenger and said, "You see, that is the way it is in life as well as in rowing a boat. You got to keep both oars in the water, otherwise, you will just go round in circles."

It is a reflection on our own lives too. What are the oars in our lives? Do they balance each other out or are we going around in circles? In terms of spirituality, it is a strong viewpoint that a belief in something is crucial in bringing balance. Not to have a belief in something is like using just one oar. There are so many different religions that claim this space. Each one claims its own unique position. Even if you are not affiliated to a religion or struggle with religious belief, having a belief in something is important.

Throughout our Gospel stories we get a beautiful sense of how Jesus naturally found this balance between belief in God and our everyday lives. He led by example and he encouraged others to find this balance. It remains a challenge for all of us to find the balance today. We sometimes find it and the lose it again. But of all days, today is a great day to begin finding this balance.
 
 
 
  Friday
Nov-19
Thought For The Week

'Faith gives you an inner strength and a sense of balance and perspective in life.' ~Gregory Peck

There was an old man who operated a rowboat for ferrying passengers between an island and the mainland. One day a passenger noticed that he had painted on one oar the word "Works," and on the other oar the word "Faith." Curiosity led him to ask the meaning of this. The old man replied, "I will show you,"

And so he dropped one oar, rowing only with the oar named "Works." Of course, the boat just went around in circles. Then he switched oars, picking up "Faith" and dropping "Works." And the little rowboat went around in circles again, this time in the opposite direction.

After this demonstration, the old man picked up both oars "Faith" and "Works," and rowing with both oars together swiftly coursed over the water. He looked at the passenger and said, "You see, that is the way it is in life as well as in rowing a boat. You got to keep both oars in the water, otherwise, you will just go round in circles."

It is a reflection on our own lives too. What are the oars in our lives? Do they balance each other out or are we going around in circles? In terms of spirituality, it is a strong viewpoint that a belief in something is crucial in bringing balance. Not to have a belief in something is like using just one oar. There are so many different religions that claim this space. Each one claims its own unique position. Even if you are not affiliated to a religion or struggle with religious belief, having a belief in something is important.

Throughout our Gospel stories we get a beautiful sense of how Jesus naturally found this balance between belief in God and our everyday lives. He led by example and he encouraged others to find this balance. It remains a challenge for all of us to find the balance today. We sometimes find it and the lose it again. But of all days, today is a great day to begin finding this balance.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Nov-18
Thought For The Week

'Faith gives you an inner strength and a sense of balance and perspective in life.' ~Gregory Peck

There was an old man who operated a rowboat for ferrying passengers between an island and the mainland. One day a passenger noticed that he had painted on one oar the word "Works," and on the other oar the word "Faith." Curiosity led him to ask the meaning of this. The old man replied, "I will show you,"

And so he dropped one oar, rowing only with the oar named "Works." Of course, the boat just went around in circles. Then he switched oars, picking up "Faith" and dropping "Works." And the little rowboat went around in circles again, this time in the opposite direction.

After this demonstration, the old man picked up both oars "Faith" and "Works," and rowing with both oars together swiftly coursed over the water. He looked at the passenger and said, "You see, that is the way it is in life as well as in rowing a boat. You got to keep both oars in the water, otherwise, you will just go round in circles."

It is a reflection on our own lives too. What are the oars in our lives? Do they balance each other out or are we going around in circles? In terms of spirituality, it is a strong viewpoint that a belief in something is crucial in bringing balance. Not to have a belief in something is like using just one oar. There are so many different religions that claim this space. Each one claims its own unique position. Even if you are not affiliated to a religion or struggle with religious belief, having a belief in something is important.

Throughout our Gospel stories we get a beautiful sense of how Jesus naturally found this balance between belief in God and our everyday lives. He led by example and he encouraged others to find this balance. It remains a challenge for all of us to find the balance today. We sometimes find it and the lose it again. But of all days, today is a great day to begin finding this balance.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Nov-17
Thought For The Week

'Faith gives you an inner strength and a sense of balance and perspective in life.' ~Gregory Peck

There was an old man who operated a rowboat for ferrying passengers between an island and the mainland. One day a passenger noticed that he had painted on one oar the word "Works," and on the other oar the word "Faith." Curiosity led him to ask the meaning of this. The old man replied, "I will show you,"

And so he dropped one oar, rowing only with the oar named "Works." Of course, the boat just went around in circles. Then he switched oars, picking up "Faith" and dropping "Works." And the little rowboat went around in circles again, this time in the opposite direction.

After this demonstration, the old man picked up both oars "Faith" and "Works," and rowing with both oars together swiftly coursed over the water. He looked at the passenger and said, "You see, that is the way it is in life as well as in rowing a boat. You got to keep both oars in the water, otherwise, you will just go round in circles."

It is a reflection on our own lives too. What are the oars in our lives? Do they balance each other out or are we going around in circles? In terms of spirituality, it is a strong viewpoint that a belief in something is crucial in bringing balance. Not to have a belief in something is like using just one oar. There are so many different religions that claim this space. Each one claims its own unique position. Even if you are not affiliated to a religion or struggle with religious belief, having a belief in something is important.

Throughout our Gospel stories we get a beautiful sense of how Jesus naturally found this balance between belief in God and our everyday lives. He led by example and he encouraged others to find this balance. It remains a challenge for all of us to find the balance today. We sometimes find it and the lose it again. But of all days, today is a great day to begin finding this balance.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Nov-16
Thought For The Week

'Faith gives you an inner strength and a sense of balance and perspective in life.' ~Gregory Peck

There was an old man who operated a rowboat for ferrying passengers between an island and the mainland. One day a passenger noticed that he had painted on one oar the word "Works," and on the other oar the word "Faith." Curiosity led him to ask the meaning of this. The old man replied, "I will show you,"

And so he dropped one oar, rowing only with the oar named "Works." Of course, the boat just went around in circles. Then he switched oars, picking up "Faith" and dropping "Works." And the little rowboat went around in circles again, this time in the opposite direction.

After this demonstration, the old man picked up both oars "Faith" and "Works," and rowing with both oars together swiftly coursed over the water. He looked at the passenger and said, "You see, that is the way it is in life as well as in rowing a boat. You got to keep both oars in the water, otherwise, you will just go round in circles."

It is a reflection on our own lives too. What are the oars in our lives? Do they balance each other out or are we going around in circles? In terms of spirituality, it is a strong viewpoint that a belief in something is crucial in bringing balance. Not to have a belief in something is like using just one oar. There are so many different religions that claim this space. Each one claims its own unique position. Even if you are not affiliated to a religion or struggle with religious belief, having a belief in something is important.

Throughout our Gospel stories we get a beautiful sense of how Jesus naturally found this balance between belief in God and our everyday lives. He led by example and he encouraged others to find this balance. It remains a challenge for all of us to find the balance today. We sometimes find it and the lose it again. But of all days, today is a great day to begin finding this balance.
 
 
 
  Monday
Nov-15
Thought For The Week

'Faith gives you an inner strength and a sense of balance and perspective in life.' ~Gregory Peck

There was an old man who operated a rowboat for ferrying passengers between an island and the mainland. One day a passenger noticed that he had painted on one oar the word "Works," and on the other oar the word "Faith." Curiosity led him to ask the meaning of this. The old man replied, "I will show you,"

And so he dropped one oar, rowing only with the oar named "Works." Of course, the boat just went around in circles. Then he switched oars, picking up "Faith" and dropping "Works." And the little rowboat went around in circles again, this time in the opposite direction.

After this demonstration, the old man picked up both oars "Faith" and "Works," and rowing with both oars together swiftly coursed over the water. He looked at the passenger and said, "You see, that is the way it is in life as well as in rowing a boat. You got to keep both oars in the water, otherwise, you will just go round in circles."

It is a reflection on our own lives too. What are the oars in our lives? Do they balance each other out or are we going around in circles? In terms of spirituality, it is a strong viewpoint that a belief in something is crucial in bringing balance. Not to have a belief in something is like using just one oar. There are so many different religions that claim this space. Each one claims its own unique position. Even if you are not affiliated to a religion or struggle with religious belief, having a belief in something is important.

Throughout our Gospel stories we get a beautiful sense of how Jesus naturally found this balance between belief in God and our everyday lives. He led by example and he encouraged others to find this balance. It remains a challenge for all of us to find the balance today. We sometimes find it and the lose it again. But of all days, today is a great day to begin finding this balance.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Nov-14
We have heard a lot about the Cop26 summit last week in Glasgow.It ran again this week. There has been a lot of talk on climate change and clearly not enough action so far. The following is a prayer that I have put together called 'Prayer on Climate Change'.

Prayer On Climate Change:

Loving God, we thank you for our planet earth which is our home. It has evolved over millions of years.
It continues to be a source of life and a place that holds all our lives together.
Today our planet is under threat from pollution, climate change, and increasing carbon dioxide levels.

As our planet heats up the cycles of life are out of balance and under threat.
We pray that our world political leaders will continue to make good decisions that will impact our future for the better.
We pray for a world that will not be threatened by a changing climate that chokes our atmosphere.

We pray for a world where the poorest and most vulnerable can live their lives fairly and with hope.
We pray that this wonderful planet of ours will be in a much better shape for future generations.
We pray for a team effort, not just at a global level but also in our own local community and parish.

Help us all to be the difference. Help us to know that every small and tiny change (even if it seems it won't make a difference) in reducing our carbon footprint does in fact make a world of a difference. Amen
 
 
 
  Saturday
Nov-13
We have heard a lot about the Cop26 summit last week in Glasgow.It ran again this week. There has been a lot of talk on climate change and clearly not enough action so far. The following is a prayer that I have put together called 'Prayer on Climate Change'.

Prayer On Climate Change:

Loving God, we thank you for our planet earth which is our home. It has evolved over millions of years.
It continues to be a source of life and a place that holds all our lives together.
Today our planet is under threat from pollution, climate change, and increasing carbon dioxide levels.

As our planet heats up the cycles of life are out of balance and under threat.
We pray that our world political leaders will continue to make good decisions that will impact our future for the better.
We pray for a world that will not be threatened by a changing climate that chokes our atmosphere.

We pray for a world where the poorest and most vulnerable can live their lives fairly and with hope.
We pray that this wonderful planet of ours will be in a much better shape for future generations.
We pray for a team effort, not just at a global level but also in our own local community and parish.

Help us all to be the difference. Help us to know that every small and tiny change (even if it seems it won't make a difference) in reducing our carbon footprint does in fact make a world of a difference. Amen
 
 
 
  Friday
Nov-12
We have heard a lot about the Cop26 summit last week in Glasgow.It runs again this week. There has been a lot of talk on climate change and clearly not enough action so far. The following is a prayer that I have put together called 'Prayer on Climate Change'.

Prayer On Climate Change:

Loving God, we thank you for our planet earth which is our home. It has evolved over millions of years.
It continues to be a source of life and a place that holds all our lives together.
Today our planet is under threat from pollution, climate change, and increasing carbon dioxide levels.

As our planet heats up the cycles of life are out of balance and under threat.
We pray that our world political leaders will continue to make good decisions that will impact our future for the better.
We pray for a world that will not be threatened by a changing climate that chokes our atmosphere.

We pray for a world where the poorest and most vulnerable can live their lives fairly and with hope.
We pray that this wonderful planet of ours will be in a much better shape for future generations.
We pray for a team effort, not just at a global level but also in our own local community and parish.

Help us all to be the difference. Help us to know that every small and tiny change (even if it seems it won't make a difference) in reducing our carbon footprint does in fact make a world of a difference. Amen
 
 
 
  Thursday
Nov-11
We have heard a lot about the Cop26 summit last week in Glasgow.It runs again this week. There has been a lot of talk on climate change and clearly not enough action so far. The following is a prayer that I have put together called 'Prayer on Climate Change'.

Prayer On Climate Change:

Loving God, we thank you for our planet earth which is our home. It has evolved over millions of years.
It continues to be a source of life and a place that holds all our lives together.
Today our planet is under threat from pollution, climate change, and increasing carbon dioxide levels.

As our planet heats up the cycles of life are out of balance and under threat.
We pray that our world political leaders will continue to make good decisions that will impact our future for the better.
We pray for a world that will not be threatened by a changing climate that chokes our atmosphere.

We pray for a world where the poorest and most vulnerable can live their lives fairly and with hope.
We pray that this wonderful planet of ours will be in a much better shape for future generations.
We pray for a team effort, not just at a global level but also in our own local community and parish.

Help us all to be the difference. Help us to know that every small and tiny change (even if it seems it won't make a difference) in reducing our carbon footprint does in fact make a world of a difference. Amen
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Nov-10
'Though we cannot prove the existence of an afterlife, throughout the ages peoples all over the world from the Egyptians to the American Indians to the Irish have built monuments to honour their dead, believing that in some mysterious way they continued in another existence.' ~Mary Troy

We are now into the third week of November. Throughout the past two weeks many parishes have remembered loved ones who have died. For some it will have begun at home with people writing down the names of their deceased loved ones on a sheet and returning it to their local church where prayers have been said. People also visited cemeteries where prayer services were held. November weather can be so unpredictable but they have been well attended. The cynic might say what a waste of time but to a person of faith it is good, healthy and normal to remember a loved one who has died.

Grieving is a slow journey, it needs time and often with small faltering steps. Any ritual, prayer service or way of remembering a loved one who has died brings with it great healing and comfort. These sacred spaces when we remember and pray for those who have died will continue during the coming days of November. In many of these spaces the following prayer will often be said: "Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, may perpetual light shine upon them and may they rest in peace. Amen"
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Nov-09
We have heard a lot about the Cop26 summit last week in Glasgow.It runs again this week. There has been a lot of talk on climate change and clearly not enough action so far. The following is a prayer that I have put together called 'Prayer on Climate Change'.

Prayer On Climate Change:

Loving God, we thank you for our planet earth which is our home. It has evolved over millions of years.
It continues to be a source of life and a place that holds all our lives together.
Today our planet is under threat from pollution, climate change, and increasing carbon dioxide levels.

As our planet heats up the cycles of life are out of balance and under threat.
We pray that our world political leaders will continue to make good decisions that will impact our future for the better.
We pray for a world that will not be threatened by a changing climate that chokes our atmosphere.

We pray for a world where the poorest and most vulnerable can live their lives fairly and with hope.
We pray that this wonderful planet of ours will be in a much better shape for future generations.
We pray for a team effort, not just at a global level but also in our own local community and parish.

Help us all to be the difference. Help us to know that every small and tiny change (even if it seems it won't make a difference) in reducing our carbon footprint does in fact make a world of a difference. Amen
 
 
 
  Monday
Nov-08
We have heard a lot about the Cop26 summit last week in Glasgow.It runs again this week. There has been a lot of talk on climate change and clearly not enough action so far. The following is a prayer that I have put together called 'Prayer on Climate Change'.

Prayer On Climate Change:

Loving God, we thank you for our planet earth which is our home. It has evolved over millions of years.
It continues to be a source of life and a place that holds all our lives together.
Today our planet is under threat from pollution, climate change, and increasing carbon dioxide levels.

As our planet heats up the cycles of life are out of balance and under threat.
We pray that our world political leaders will continue to make good decisions that will impact our future for the better.
We pray for a world that will not be threatened by a changing climate that chokes our atmosphere.

We pray for a world where the poorest and most vulnerable can live their lives fairly and with hope.
We pray that this wonderful planet of ours will be in a much better shape for future generations.
We pray for a team effort, not just at a global level but also in our own local community and parish.

Help us all to be the difference. Help us to know that every small and tiny change (even if it seems it won't make a difference) in reducing our carbon footprint does in fact make a world of a difference. Amen
 
 
 
  Sunday
Nov-07
The following reflection is written by Flor McCarthy...

All around us there are men and women whose stories guide us on our journey. These are people in whom the two great commandments, love of God and love of neighbour, have been joined to an extraordinary degree. We draw encouragement and inspiration from these men and women who have gone before us. Each one has made the path that bit easier for the rest of us. And when we experience weariness and a sense of failure and futility, it's as if they are saying to us, 'We are with you. Don't give up.' They are reminders to us of what life is about. They inspire us, encourage us and give us hope. And of course, they also intercede for us.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Nov-06
It is always difficult to understand death or make sense of the loss of a loved one through death. We want our loved ones with us always and yet we know that just as we are born we must also die. Last Tuesday is traditionally known as All Souls Day and is a day to pause, reflect and pray for those who have died particularly our nearest and dearest.

Many people will visit a cemetery during this month of November. It is not an empty or meaningless task. It's always good to remember those who have died. Our belief is that death is not an end but a beginning for the soul or spirit of the person who has died. Our belief is that our loved ones who have died are still near us but not physically with us. They now live in eternal light and love.

Trying to put this into words is never easy and all we can humbly do is to try. The only words that really matter today are to our loved ones who have died. Some of these words might be: we still miss you, thank you for so many memories, you are remembered with love today, you will never be forgotten and may you rest in peace. Amen
 
 
 
  Friday
Nov-05
It is always difficult to understand death or make sense of the loss of a loved one through death. We want our loved ones with us always and yet we know that just as we are born we must also die. Last Tuesday is traditionally known as All Souls Day and is a day to pause, reflect and pray for those who have died particularly our nearest and dearest.

Many people will visit a cemetery during this month of November. It is not an empty or meaningless task. It's always good to remember those who have died. Our belief is that death is not an end but a beginning for the soul or spirit of the person who has died. Our belief is that our loved ones who have died are still near us but not physically with us. They now live in eternal light and love.

Trying to put this into words is never easy and all we can humbly do is to try. The only words that really matter today are to our loved ones who have died. Some of these words might be: we still miss you, thank you for so many memories, you are remembered with love today, you will never be forgotten and may you rest in peace. Amen
 
 
 
  Thursday
Nov-04
It is always difficult to understand death or make sense of the loss of a loved one through death. We want our loved ones with us always and yet we know that just as we are born we must also die. Last Tuesday is traditionally known as All Souls Day and is a day to pause, reflect and pray for those who have died particularly our nearest and dearest.

Many people will visit a cemetery during this month of November. It is not an empty or meaningless task. It's always good to remember those who have died. Our belief is that death is not an end but a beginning for the soul or spirit of the person who has died. Our belief is that our loved ones who have died are still near us but not physically with us. They now live in eternal light and love.

Trying to put this into words is never easy and all we can humbly do is to try. The only words that really matter today are to our loved ones who have died. Some of these words might be: we still miss you, thank you for so many memories, you are remembered with love today, you will never be forgotten and may you rest in peace. Amen
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Nov-03
It is always difficult to understand death or make sense of the loss of a loved one through death. We want our loved ones with us always and yet we know that just as we are born we must also die. Today is traditionally known as All Souls Day and is a day to pause, reflect and pray for those who have died particularly our nearest and dearest.

Many people will visit a cemetery today or some part of this month. It is not an empty or meaningless task. It's always good to remember those who have died. Our belief is that death is not an end but a beginning for the soul or spirit of the person who has died. Our belief is that our loved ones who have died are still near us but not physically with us. They now live in eternal light and love.

Trying to put this into words is never easy and all we can humbly do is to try. The only words that really matter today are to our loved ones who have died. Some of these words might be: we still miss you, thank you for so many memories, you are remembered with love today, you will never be forgotten and may you rest in peace. Amen
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Nov-02
'Death ends a life, not a relationship.' ~Robert Benchley

It is always difficult to understand death or make sense of the loss of a loved one through death. We want our loved ones with us always and yet we know thatjust as we are born we must also die. Today is traditionally known as All Souls Day and is a day to pause, reflect and pray for those who have died particularly our nearest and dearest.

Many people will visit a cemetery today or some part of this month. It is not an empty or meaningless task. It's always good to remember those who have died. Our belief is that death is not an end but a beginning for the soul or spirit of the person who has died. Our belief is that our loved ones who have died are still near us but not physically with us.

Trying to put this into words is never easy. The only words that really matter today are to our loved ones who have died. Some of these words might be: we still miss you, thank you for so many memories, you are remembered with love today, you will never be forgotten and may you rest in peace. Amen
 
 
 
  Monday
Nov-01
I hope you had a lovely Halloween yesterday. I personally think it is a lovely time of year. With the clocks going back an hour on Saturday night we really get a sense of less light and much more darkness. Halloween puts us in touch with the mystery of life and that some things in life are often clouded in darkness. It puts us in touch with the struggle between light and darkness and the struggle between good and evil. It puts us in touch with the passage of time and the cycles of nature which we so often take for granted.

The spiritual writer Joyce Rupp talks about how as the years have gone on, she has become more comfortable in making friends with her inner darkness. In other words darkness is something that will always be with us. It is part of everyone's story and we can't hide from it. When we become more comfortable with darkness we are actually in a better place to see the light and embrace it.

So while Halloween may have pagan origins, the Christian message is wrapped around it. It's a simple Halloween message that God is with us through all the light filled moments of our lives. Importantly we are reassured that God is also with us when we struggle with darkness, evil, mystery and the unknown. It is a time of year to reassure us that light and hope are never too far away, even when it seems they are lost.
 
 

 

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