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  Wednesday
Sep-28
Thought For The Week

'We don't know how to look at God. We don't know where to look. We don't know what to look for. All we can do is complete the circuit' ~Richard Rohr

Sometimes our search for God can be confusing and frustrating. We sometimes don't know where to begin, what to say, how to explain or what we want. It can sometimes be too much and we choose to opt out or leave it to someone else. No one has all the answers when it comes to God or no one ever will. But we do know that with God, we have some sense of direction, meaning and purpose to life. Any electric supply needs a circuit for the current to flow. Any stop or gap and it just can't move.

As we journey through the coming week why not invite God into the gaps or holes in our lives and let God do the rest. It's not about knowing what to say or trying to find all the answers. Once we're open to God's blessings we have completed the circuit. Many people have great devotion to their Guardian angel. Tomorrow Sep 29th is the feast day of three archangels, Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. These archangels have deep roots in scripture and faith traditions. They are there to especially mind and protect us from all harm and danger. They also are there to guide, inspire and help us on our daily journey. They also help us to complete the circuit on our faith journey.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Sep-27
Last Sunday (September 25th) was the feast of St. Finbarr. He is the patron saint of Cork and has very close ties with Gougane Barra in West Cork. The world that Finbarr lived in was radically different to the one we live in now. The world back then was much less complicated, life was lived simply with fewer distractions. But they too had their challenges and difficulties. Finbarr believed strongly that God was the one who gave us hope and strength to get us through everything.

This was the message that he brought from Gougane Barra to the people of Cork and beyond. His message is still so relevant today. It is also lovely that the feast of Saint Finbarr occurs during the Season of Creation which always happens during September. The Season of Creation encourages us to get out and about to appreciate the beauty of creation and to sense God's presence in the beauty of nature. We can of course do it anywhere but a beautiful place to do it is of course Gouane Barra.

Psalm 86 echoes a very similar expression of God. It puts before us an alternative to hopelessness. The psalm reminds us that God is kind and full of compassion. We are told that the God we follow, 'Abounds in love'. If you translate the word 'abound', the dictionary says, 'full of', 'overflowing with', 'teeming with' or 'alive with'. The writer of this psalm adds the word 'love'. This then translates beautifully in the Psalm as 'full of love', 'overflowing with love', 'teeming with love', 'alive with love'. To say that God is 'alive with love' is such a beautiful description of God.

It means that God is with us right now and with us through everything that is going on in our lives - not last week or next week, but alive in the moment that is now. This is the God St Finbarr believed in, that God is the one who gives us hope and strength to get us through everything and that God is alive all around us wherever love is present. It is not some old outdated notion of God but is still so relevant for the world we live in today. It is also very relevant for our own personal lives too. We pray for the blessings of Saint Finbarr to be with us on this Monday and during the coming week.
 
 
 
  Monday
Sep-26
Yesterday (September 25th) was the feast of St. Finbarr. He is the patron saint of Cork and has very close ties with Gougane Barra in West Cork. The world that Finbarr lived in was radically different to the one we live in now. The world back then was much less complicated, life was lived simply with fewer distractions. But they too had their challenges and difficulties. Finbarr believed strongly that God was the one who gave us hope and strength to get us through everything.

This was the message that he brought from Gougane Barra to the people of Cork and beyond. His message is still so relevant today. It is also lovely that the feast of Saint Finbarr occurs during the Season of Creation which always happens during September. The Season of Creation encourages us to get out and about to appreciate the beauty of creation and to sense God's presence in the beauty of nature. We can of course do it anywhere but a beautiful place to do it is of course Gouane Barra.

Psalm 86 echoes a very similar expression of God. It puts before us an alternative to hopelessness. The psalm reminds us that God is kind and full of compassion. We are told that the God we follow, 'Abounds in love'. If you translate the word 'abound', the dictionary says, 'full of', 'overflowing with', 'teeming with' or 'alive with'. The writer of this psalm adds the word 'love'. This then translates beautifully in the Psalm as 'full of love', 'overflowing with love', 'teeming with love', 'alive with love'. To say that God is 'alive with love' is such a beautiful description of God.

It means that God is with us right now and with us through everything that is going on in our lives - not last week or next week, but alive in the moment that is now. This is the God St Finbarr believed in, that God is the one who gives us hope and strength to get us through everything and that God is alive all around us wherever love is present. It is not some old outdated notion of God but is still so relevant for the world we live in today. It is also very relevant for our own personal lives too. We pray for the blessings of Saint Finbarr to be with us on this Monday and during the coming week.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Sep-25
Today (September 25th) is the feast of St. Finbarr. He is the patron saint of Cork and has very close ties with Gougane Barra in West Cork. The world that Finbarr lived in was radically different to the one we live in now. The world back then was much less complicated, life was lived simply with fewer distractions. But they too had their challenges and difficulties. Finbarr believed strongly that God was the one who gave us hope and strength to get us through everything.

This was the message that he brought from Gougane Barra to the people of Cork and beyond. His message is still so relevant today. It is also lovely that the feast of Saint Finbarr occurs during the Season of Creation which always happens during September. The Season of Creation encourages us to get out and about to appreciate the beauty of creation and to sense God's presence in the beauty of nature. We can of course do it anywhere but a beautiful place to do it is of course Gouane Barra.

Psalm 86 echoes a very similar expression of God. It puts before us an alternative to hopelessness. The psalm reminds us that God is kind and full of compassion. We are told that the God we follow, 'Abounds in love'. If you translate the word 'abound', the dictionary says, 'full of', 'overflowing with', 'teeming with' or 'alive with'. The writer of this psalm adds the word 'love'. This then translates beautifully in the Psalm as 'full of love', 'overflowing with love', 'teeming with love', 'alive with love'. To say that God is 'alive with love' is such a beautiful description of God.

It means that God is with us right now and with us through everything that is going on in our lives - not last week or next week, but alive in the moment that is now. This is the God St Finbarr believed in, that God is the one who gives us hope and strength to get us through everything and that God is alive all around us wherever love is present. It is not some old outdated notion of God but is still so relevant for the world we live in today. It is also very relevant for our own personal lives too. We pray for the blessings of Saint Finbarr to be with us on this Sunday.
 
 
 
  Friday
Sep-23
Thought For The Week

'The only thing that stands between us and extinction is six inches of soil and the fact that it rains.' ~Anna Krzywoszynska

During the month of September we celebrate the Season Of Creation and it finishes on October 4th, the feast day of Saint Francis. It is a time to reflect on bigger issues, particularly on climate change and what we can do to play our part to limit its effects. But the Season Of Creation is much wider than just climate change. It is also about noticing the little moments, in the beauty of creation all around us.

We believe that the presence of God can be found in many places but can also be found in the beauty of nature all around us. It is the little moments of beauty that catch our eye, that remind us there must be something more, a creator who makes all of this possible.

The season of creation reminds us that our world resources are finite. For example every minute we lost the equivalent of thirty football pitches of fertile soil across the world. Climate change, the spread of intensive agriculture, deforestation and industrial activity have accelerated the loss of soil in almost every country.

We are encouraged to appreciate the gift of soil and not to take it for granted. This summer there has been a huge swing towards growing vegetables in our gardens. There has been a bumper harvest thanks to the lovely warm weather. The savings are significant too particularly with the price of food going up so much. It is also well known that your own vegetables taste so much better. So instead of using chemical fertilisers, we are encouraged to use natural mulch and organic matter in our garden soil. The soil needs to be nurtured and minded too.

This season of creation is a lovely time of year. I encourage you if you can this week to go for a walk, a stroll, sit in your garden and notice the beauty of creation all around you. It is God's most precious gift to us. We are encouraged to enjoy it and allow it to touch our soul.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Sep-22
Thought For The Week
'God is the source of life. Life without God is hopeless. But life with God gives us hope that never ends.' Lailah Akita

At the moment there seems to be a lot of wasps around. They hang around rubbish bins, around the kitchen door and can be very annoying as they fly around you in circles. It looks like we will have to put up with them for another few weeks. It would be a pity though to put the honeybee into the same category.

The honeybee will not be found near rubbish bins or around our kitchen doors. Instead it will be busy gathering nectar from flowers and even at this time of year they are busy working heather and fuchsia flowers. It is easy to see where the saying "Busy as a bee" comes from. For every jar of honey that is collected, millions of flowers will have been visited. There are no results without effort and the honeybee knows this only too well.

In the Gospel that was used over the weekend Jesus also talks about no results without the effort. He reminds us that to be a follower of his we will have to take up a cross. But great care must be taken in understanding what this means. Jesus knew only too well that every single one of us will be exposed to difficulties, sadness, setbacks, knocks, hurt and disappointments. We can't avoid these. They are part and parcel of life. No person is shielded or protected from them. Jesus calls them a cross.

Life as we know can be fragile and unpredictable at the best of times. The important point here is that God never deliberately sends a cross our way. A cross is never sent our way to test us, to punish us or to keep us in our place. That would be such a cruel and horrible God.

Why would we even bother if we thought that this was the way with God? It isn't or never will be. Jesus assures us that whatever our cross, we will find hope, light, courage and strength to help us through.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Sep-21
Thought For The Week

'The only thing that stands between us and extinction is six inches of soil and the fact that it rains.' ~Anna Krzywoszynska

During the month of September we celebrate the Season Of Creation and it finishes on October 4th, the feast day of Saint Francis. It is a time to reflect on bigger issues, particularly on climate change and what we can do to play our part to limit its effects. But the Season Of Creation is much wider than just climate change. It is also about noticing the little moments, in the beauty of creation all around us.

We believe that the presence of God can be found in many places but can also be found in the beauty of nature all around us. It is the little moments of beauty that catch our eye, that remind us there must be something more, a creator who makes all of this possible.

The season of creation reminds us that our world resources are finite. For example every minute we lost the equivalent of thirty football pitches of fertile soil across the world. Climate change, the spread of intensive agriculture, deforestation and industrial activity have accelerated the loss of soil in almost every country.

We are encouraged to appreciate the gift of soil and not to take it for granted. This summer there has been a huge swing towards growing vegetables in our gardens. There has been a bumper harvest thanks to the lovely warm weather. The savings are significant too particularly with the price of food going up so much. It is also well known that your own vegetables taste so much better. So instead of using chemical fertilisers, we are encouraged to use natural mulch and organic matter in our garden soil. The soil needs to be nurtured and minded too.

This season of creation is a lovely time of year. I encourage you if you can this week to go for a walk, a stroll, sit in your garden and notice the beauty of creation all around you. It is God's most precious gift to us. We are encouraged to enjoy it and allow it to touch our soul.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Sep-20
Thought For The Week

'The only thing that stands between us and extinction is six inches of soil and the fact that it rains.' ~Anna Krzywoszynska

During the month of September we celebrate the Season Of Creation and it finishes on October 4th, the feast day of Saint Francis. It is a time to reflect on bigger issues, particularly on climate change and what we can do to play our part to limit its effects. But the Season Of Creation is much wider than just climate change. It is also about noticing the little moments, in the beauty of creation all around us.

We believe that the presence of God can be found in many places but can also be found in the beauty of nature all around us. It is the little moments of beauty that catch our eye, that remind us there must be something more, a creator who makes all of this possible.

The season of creation reminds us that our world resources are finite. For example every minute we lost the equivalent of thirty football pitches of fertile soil across the world. Climate change, the spread of intensive agriculture, deforestation and industrial activity have accelerated the loss of soil in almost every country.

We are encouraged to appreciate the gift of soil and not to take it for granted. This summer there has been a huge swing towards growing vegetables in our gardens. There has been a bumper harvest thanks to the lovely warm weather. The savings are significant too particularly with the price of food going up so much. It is also well known that your own vegetables taste so much better. So instead of using chemical fertilisers, we are encouraged to use natural mulch and organic matter in our garden soil. The soil needs to be nurtured and minded too.

This season of creation is a lovely time of year. I encourage you if you can this week to go for a walk, a stroll, sit in your garden and notice the beauty of creation all around you. It is God's most precious gift to us. We are encouraged to enjoy it and allow it to touch our soul.
 
 
 
  Monday
Sep-19
Thought For The Week

'The only thing that stands between us and extinction is six inches of soil and the fact that it rains.' ~Anna Krzywoszynska

During the month of September we celebrate the Season Of Creation and it finishes on October 4th, the feast day of Saint Francis. It is a time to reflect on bigger issues, particularly on climate change and what we can do to play our part to limit its effects. But the Season Of Creation is much wider than just climate change. It is also about noticing the little moments, in the beauty of creation all around us.

We believe that the presence of God can be found in many places but can also be found in the beauty of nature all around us. It is the little moments of beauty that catch our eye, that remind us there must be something more, a creator who makes all of this possible.

The season of creation reminds us that our world resources are finite. For example every minute we lost the equivalent of thirty football pitches of fertile soil across the world. Climate change, the spread of intensive agriculture, deforestation and industrial activity have accelerated the loss of soil in almost every country.

We are encouraged to appreciate the gift of soil and not to take it for granted. This summer there has been a huge swing towards growing vegetables in our gardens. There has been a bumper harvest thanks to the lovely warm weather. The savings are significant too particularly with the price of food going up so much. It is also well known that your own vegetables taste so much better. So instead of using chemical fertilisers, we are encouraged to use natural mulch and organic matter in our garden soil. The soil needs to be nurtured and minded too.

This season of creation is a lovely time of year. I encourage you if you can this week to go for a walk, a stroll, sit in your garden and notice the beauty of creation all around you. It is God's most precious gift to us. We are encouraged to enjoy it and allow it to touch our soul.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Sep-18
"Each day is a new beginning, I know that the only way to live my life is to try to do what is right, to take the long view, to give of my best in all that the day brings, and to put my trust in God." ~Queen Elizabeth II

The death of Queen Elizabeth II has been a big story over the past week. As we know, worldwide tributes have been pouring in for her from all over the world and rightly so too. We here in Cork will never forget her visit on May 20th 2011. I have a personal memory of that visit. At the time I was chaplain in Colaiste Choilm, Ballincollig. We were one of a handful of schools that got an invitation to be present for this historic visit. We were to line the street opposite the English Market along the Grand Parade. So only one bus could go from the school and those lucky enough to get a place were thrilled which included myself.

So we were all standing in front of the English market and when the Queen did arrive there was such excitement. We know how successful the visit was within the English market and we know she particularly enjoyed the tour. But afterwards she walked across the street and spoke to so many of the young people present, including those from Colaiste Choilm. The Queen and her husband, Prince Philip, were in no rush. It was not part of the itinerary but that did not matter. We were touched by the generosity of her time, her smile, her relaxed presence and how relaxed the whole occasion was. You can also imagine the excitement amongst the students as well with constant chirpings of "We met the Queen!"

There are so many stories and memories of the Queen been shared but from a spirtual point of view, I was always impressed with her Christmas Day message each year. She always made a direct reference to the birth of Jesus, its significane, how it was a highlight for her as a Christian and how relevant it was in our modern world. She never shyed away from not mentioning it and you could always sense that she was a deeply spiritual woman who treasured her faith and beliefs. May her gentle soul rest in peace.
 
 
 
  Friday
Sep-16
"Each day is a new beginning, I know that the only way to live my life is to try to do what is right, to take the long view, to give of my best in all that the day brings, and to put my trust in God." ~Queen Elizabeth II

The death of Queen Elizabeth II has been a big story over the past week. As we know, worldwide tributes have been pouring in for her from all over the world and rightly so too. We here in Cork will never forget her visit on May 20th 2011. I have a personal memory of that visit. At the time I was chaplain in Colaiste Choilm, Ballincollig. We were one of a handful of schools that got an invitation to be present for this historic visit. We were to line the street opposite the English Market along the Grand Parade. So only one bus could go from the school and those lucky enough to get a place were thrilled which included myself.

So we were all standing in front of the English market and when the Queen did arrive there was such excitement. We know how successful the visit was within the English market and we know she particularly enjoyed the tour. But afterwards she walked across the street and spoke to so many of the young people present, including those from Colaiste Choilm. The Queen and her husband, Prince Philip, were in no rush. It was not part of the itinerary but that did not matter. We were touched by the generosity of her time, her smile, her relaxed presence and how relaxed the whole occasion was. You can also imagine the excitement amongst the students as well with constant chirpings of "We met the Queen!"

There are so many stories and memories of the Queen been shared but from a spirtual point of view, I was always impressed with her Christmas Day message each year. She always made a direct reference to the birth of Jesus, its significane, how it was a highlight for her as a Christian and how relevant it was in our modern world. She never shyed away from not mentioning it and you could always sense that she was a deeply spiritual woman who treasured her faith and beliefs. May her gentle soul rest in peace.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Sep-15
"Each day is a new beginning, I know that the only way to live my life is to try to do what is right, to take the long view, to give of my best in all that the day brings, and to put my trust in God." ~Queen Elizabeth II

The death of Queen Elizabeth II has been a big story over the past week. As we know, worldwide tributes have been pouring in for her from all over the world and rightly so too. We here in Cork will never forget her visit on May 20th 2011. I have a personal memory of that visit. At the time I was chaplain in Colaiste Choilm, Ballincollig. We were one of a handful of schools that got an invitation to be present for this historic visit. We were to line the street opposite the English Market along the Grand Parade. So only one bus could go from the school and those lucky enough to get a place were thrilled which included myself.

So we were all standing in front of the English market and when the Queen did arrive there was such excitement. We know how successful the visit was within the English market and we know she particularly enjoyed the tour. But afterwards she walked across the street and spoke to so many of the young people present, including those from Colaiste Choilm. The Queen and her husband, Prince Philip, were in no rush. It was not part of the itinerary but that did not matter. We were touched by the generosity of her time, her smile, her relaxed presence and how relaxed the whole occasion was. You can also imagine the excitement amongst the students as well with constant chirpings of "We met the Queen!"

There are so many stories and memories of the Queen been shared but from a spirtual point of view, I was always impressed with her Christmas Day message each year. She always made a direct reference to the birth of Jesus, its significane, how it was a highlight for her as a Christian and how relevant it was in our modern world. She never shyed away from not mentioning it and you could always sense that she was a deeply spiritual woman who treasured her faith and beliefs. May her gentle soul rest in peace.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Sep-14
"Each day is a new beginning, I know that the only way to live my life is to try to do what is right, to take the long view, to give of my best in all that the day brings, and to put my trust in God." ~Queen Elizabeth II

The death of Queen Elizabeth II has been a big story over the weekend. As we know, worldwide tributes have been pouring in for her from all over the world and rightly so too. We here in Cork will never forget her visit on May 20th 2011. I have a personal memory of that visit. At the time I was chaplain in Colaiste Choilm, Ballincollig. We were one of a handful of schools that got an invitation to be present for this historic visit. We were to line the street opposite the English Market along the Grand Parade. So only one bus could go from the school and those lucky enough to get a place were thrilled which included myself.

So we were all standing in front of the English market and when the Queen did arrive there was such excitement. We know how successful the visit was within the English market and we know she particularly enjoyed the tour. But afterwards she walked across the street and spoke to so many of the young people present, including those from Colaiste Choilm. The Queen and her husband, Prince Philip, were in no rush. It was not part of the itinerary but that did not matter. We were touched by the generosity of her time, her smile, her relaxed presence and how relaxed the whole occasion was. You can also imagine the excitement amongst the students as well with constant chirpings of "We met the Queen!"

There are so many stories and memories of the Queen been shared but from a spirtual point of view, I was always impressed with her Christmas Day message each year. She always made a direct reference to the birth of Jesus, its significane, how it was a highlight for her as a Christian and how relevant it was in our modern world. She never shyed away from not mentioning it and you could always sense that she was a deeply spiritual woman who treasured her faith and beliefs. May her gentle soul rest in peace.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Sep-13
"Each day is a new beginning, I know that the only way to live my life is to try to do what is right, to take the long view, to give of my best in all that the day brings, and to put my trust in God." ~Queen Elizabeth II

The death of Queen Elizabeth II has been a big story over the weekend. As we know, worldwide tributes have been pouring in for her from all over the world and rightly so too. We here in Cork will never forget her visit on May 20th 2011. I have a personal memory of that visit. At the time I was chaplain in Colaiste Choilm, Ballincollig. We were one of a handful of schools that got an invitation to be present for this historic visit. We were to line the street opposite the English Market along the Grand Parade. So only one bus could go from the school and those lucky enough to get a place were thrilled which included myself.

So we were all standing in front of the English market and when the Queen did arrive there was such excitement. We know how successful the visit was within the English market and we know she particularly enjoyed the tour. But afterwards she walked across the street and spoke to so many of the young people present, including those from Colaiste Choilm. The Queen and her husband, Prince Philip, were in no rush. It was not part of the itinerary but that did not matter. We were touched by the generosity of her time, her smile, her relaxed presence and how relaxed the whole occasion was. You can also imagine the excitement amongst the students as well with constant chirpings of "We met the Queen!"

There are so many stories and memories of the Queen been shared but from a spirtual point of view, I was always impressed with her Christmas Day message each year. She always made a direct reference to the birth of Jesus, its significane, how it was a highlight for her as a Christian and how relevant it was in our modern world. She never shyed away from not mentioning it and you could always sense that she was a deeply spiritual woman who treasured her faith and beliefs. May her gentle soul rest in peace.
 
 
 
  Monday
Sep-12
"Each day is a new beginning, I know that the only way to live my life is to try to do what is right, to take the long view, to give of my best in all that the day brings, and to put my trust in God." ~Queen Elizabeth II

The death of Queen Elizabeth II has been a big story over the weekend. As we know, worldwide tributes have been pouring in for her from all over the world and rightly so too. We here in Cork will never forget her visit on May 20th 2011. I have a personal memory of that visit. At the time I was chaplain in Colaiste Choilm, Ballincollig. We were one of a handful of schools that got an invitation to be present for this historic visit. We were to line the street opposite the English Market along the Grand Parade. So only one bus could go from the school and those lucky enough to get a place were thrilled which included myself.

So we were all standing in front of the English market and when the Queen did arrive there was such excitement. We know how successful the visit was within the English market and we know she particularly enjoyed the tour. But afterwards she walked across the street and spoke to so many of the young people present, including those from Colaiste Choilm. The Queen and her husband, Prince Philip, were in no rush. It was not part of the itinerary but that did not matter. We were touched by the generosity of her time, her smile, her relaxed presence and how relaxed the whole occasion was. You can also imagine the excitement amongst the students as well with constant chirpings of "We met the Queen!"

There are so many stories and memories of the Queen been shared but from a spirtual point of view, I was always impressed with her Christmas Day message each year. She always made a direct reference to the birth of Jesus, its significane, how it was a highlight for her as a Christian and how relevant it was in our modern world. She never shyed away from not mentioning it and you could always sense that she was a deeply spiritual woman who treasured her faith and beliefs. May her gentle soul rest in peace.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Sep-11
"The Spirit reaches the depths of everything, even the depths of God." (St Paul's letter to the Corinthians 2:10)

As we begin this month of September there is an invitation to appreciate our depth. St. Paul speaks about depth and the greater the depth of our spiritual lives, the greater the spiritual blessings will be. But the world we live in today does not use the word depth much.

The world we live in today moves at such a fast pace that there is little time for depth. Life can often be shallow and one story moves so quickly into the next one, with no time for reflection or time to be grateful or time to appreciate our blessings. There is such a need for depth in all of our lives today. As we return to more normal routines now after our summer, we are invited to be a person of depth in everything we do.

We also congratulate all those who received their Leaving Cert results on Friday. It has been a long wait during the summer and for many students the wait continues for a few more days to see if they will get their preferred course.

But it is important to say as well that the results last week only tell one story. The results don't always tell the story about the beautiful person that is each student. As you make the transition from secondary school to new beginnings, always remember who you are, always be yourself, always be proud of what you bring to each day and always remember how precious, special and unique you are today and everyday.
 
 
 
  Friday
Sep-09
"The Spirit reaches the depths of everything, even the depths of God." (St Paul's letter to the Corinthians 2:10)

As we begin this month of September there is an invitation to appreciate our depth. St. Paul speaks about depth and the greater the depth of our spiritual lives, the greater the spiritual blessings will be. But the world we live in today does not use the word depth much.

The world we live in today moves at such a fast pace that there is little time for depth. Life can often be shallow and one story moves so quickly into the next one, with no time for reflection or time to be grateful or time to appreciate our blessings. There is such a need for depth in all of our lives today. As we return to more normal routines now after our summer, we are invited to be a person of depth in everything we do.

We also congratulate all those who received their Leaving Cert results on Friday. It has been a long wait during the summer and for many students the wait continues for a few more days to see if they will get their preferred course.

But it is important to say as well that the results last week only tell one story. The results don't always tell the story about the beautiful person that is each student. As you make the transition from secondary school to new beginnings, always remember who you are, always be yourself, always be proud of what you bring to each day and always remember how precious, special and unique you are today and everyday.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Sep-08
"The Spirit reaches the depths of everything, even the depths of God." (St Paul's letter to the Corinthians 2:10)

As we begin this month of September there is an invitation to appreciate our depth. St. Paul speaks about depth and the greater the depth of our spiritual lives, the greater the spiritual blessings will be. But the world we live in today does not use the word depth much.

The world we live in today moves at such a fast pace that there is little time for depth. Life can often be shallow and one story moves so quickly into the next one, with no time for reflection or time to be grateful or time to appreciate our blessings. There is such a need for depth in all of our lives today. As we return to more normal routines now after our summer, we are invited to be a person of depth in everything we do.

We also congratulate all those who received their Leaving Cert results on Friday. It has been a long wait during the summer and for many students the wait continues for a few more days to see if they will get their preferred course.

But it is important to say as well that the results last week only tell one story. The results don't always tell the story about the beautiful person that is each student. As you make the transition from secondary school to new beginnings, always remember who you are, always be yourself, always be proud of what you bring to each day and always remember how precious, special and unique you are today and everyday.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Sep-07
"The Spirit reaches the depths of everything, even the depths of God." (St Paul's letter to the Corinthians 2:10)

As we begin this month of September there is an invitation to appreciate our depth. St. Paul speaks about depth and the greater the depth of our spiritual lives, the greater the spiritual blessings will be. But the world we live in today does not use the word depth much.

The world we live in today moves at such a fast pace that there is little time for depth. Life can often be shallow and one story moves so quickly into the next one, with no time for reflection or time to be grateful or time to appreciate our blessings. There is such a need for depth in all of our lives today. As we return to more normal routines now after our summer, we are invited to be a person of depth in everything we do.

We also congratulate all those who received their Leaving Cert results on Friday. It has been a long wait during the summer and for many students the wait continues for a few more days to see if they will get their preferred course.

But it is important to say as well that the results last week only tell one story. The results don't always tell the story about the beautiful person that is each student. As you make the transition from secondary school to new beginnings, always remember who you are, always be yourself, always be proud of what you bring to each day and always remember how precious, special and unique you are today and everyday.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Sep-06
"The Spirit reaches the depths of everything, even the depths of God." (St Paul's letter to the Corinthians 2:10)

As we begin this month of September there is an invitation to appreciate our depth. St. Paul speaks about depth and the greater the depth of our spiritual lives, the greater the spiritual blessings will be. But the world we live in today does not use the word depth much.

The world we live in today moves at such a fast pace that there is little time for depth. Life can often be shallow and one story moves so quickly into the next one, with no time for reflection or time to be grateful or time to appreciate our blessings. There is such a need for depth in all of our lives today. As we return to more normal routines now after our summer, we are invited to be a person of depth in everything we do.

We also congratulate all those who received their Leaving Cert results on Friday. It has been a long wait during the summer and for many students the wait continues for a few more days to see if they will get their preferred course.

But it is important to say as well that the results last week only tell one story. The results don't always tell the story about the beautiful person that is each student. As you make the transition from secondary school to new beginnings, always remember who you are, always be yourself, always be proud of what you bring to each day and always remember how precious, special and unique you are today and everyday.
 
 
 
  Monday
Sep-05
"The Spirit reaches the depths of everything, even the depths of God." (St Paul's letter to the Corinthians 2:10)

As we begin this month of September there is an invitation to appreciate our depth. St. Paul speaks about depth and the greater the depth of our spiritual lives, the greater the spiritual blessings will be. But the world we live in today does not use the word depth much.

The world we live in today moves at such a fast pace that there is little time for depth. Life can often be shallow and one story moves so quickly into the next one, with no time for reflection or time to be grateful or time to appreciate our blessings. There is such a need for depth in all of our lives today. As we return to more normal routines now after our summer, we are invited to be a person of depth in everything we do.

We also congratulate all those who received their Leaving Cert results on Friday. It has been a long wait during the summer and for many students the wait continues for a few more days to see if they will get their preferred course.

But it is important to say as well that the results yesterday only tell one story. The results don't always tell the story about the beautiful person that is each student. As you make the transition from secondary school to new beginnings, always remember who you are, always be yourself, always be proud of what you bring to each day and always remember how precious, special and unique you are today and everyday.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Sep-03
'The following has been written by a 5th year student and it's called 'Prayer in my life'

When I was a child my parents taught me how to pray. At first I learned the 'Our Father'. At that time I did not realise the great effect that this prayer would have on my life. I particularly remember my confirmation. Although it was a long time ago I know it was a turning point in my life. I realised that God was not a myth or a man in the sky but rather a very real energy in the world.

I didn't feel alone anymore. I pray best when I am being artistic in drama or through craft work. God speaks to me in the enjoyment I get from this creativity. I truly believe that I would not survive without God. God is the love and beauty that I find in my life. Sometimes I don't pray as much as I should and I feel empty inside. I feel sad that some people cannot find God. God is a feeling that can never be taken from us, a feeling called love. I pray because I need the warmth that God gives to me each day.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Sep-01
'The following has been written by a 5th year student and it's called 'Prayer in my life'

When I was a child my parents taught me how to pray. At first I learned the 'Our Father'. At that time I did not realise the great effect that this prayer would have on my life. I particularly remember my confirmation. Although it was a long time ago I know it was a turning point in my life. I realised that God was not a myth or a man in the sky but rather a very real energy in the world.

I didn't feel alone anymore. I pray best when I am being artistic in drama or through craft work. God speaks to me in the enjoyment I get from this creativity. I truly believe that I would not survive without God. God is the love and beauty that I find in my life. Sometimes I don't pray as much as I should and I feel empty inside. I feel sad that some people cannot find God. God is a feeling that can never be taken from us, a feeling called love. I pray because I need the warmth that God gives to me each day.
 
 

 

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