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Lockdown

Posted on
Friday, April 3rd, 2020

Yes there is fear.

Yes there is isolation.

Yes there is panic buying.

Yes there is sickness.

Yes there is even death.

But,

They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise

You can hear the birds again.

They say that after just a few weeks of quiet

The sky is no longer thick with fumes

But blue

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Spiritual Nuggets of Hope in Difficult Times

Posted on
Saturday, March 21st, 2020

This is a particularly tough time in human history where the new coronavirus has many people worried, unsure as to how to act and often undermined by fear. There can be for some a tendency to behave in a selfish or irrational way, where emotions can often override good decision making. Already we have seen examples of people behaving irresponsibly

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Cases of Coronavirus rising daily – The Challenges…….

Posted on
Friday, March 13th, 2020

With cases of coronavirus rising each day, the challenges posed to health services, workplaces, vital national infrastructure, and the social and communal fabric of our lives come to the forefront of our attention. It is already apparent that the economic impact of the virus as it spreads will be felt worldwide, with growth forecasts downgraded and travel and tourism industries

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Lent….A Time to Pause

Posted on
Friday, February 28th, 2020

Last Wednesday we began Lent, the season of reflection that leads us towards the three days of the Triduum, with Easter Sunday falling on April 12th.

It is a time to ask questions, a pause time on a journey, a time when we might re-examine the baggage we carry from month to month, maybe a time to lighten the

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Lent – A Time to Grow

Posted on
Friday, February 21st, 2020

Lent begins on Wednesday 26th February. Christians around the world mark the beginning of Lent with the celebration of Ash Wednesday. This ancient day and season has a surprising modern appeal. I experience outside of Christmas, more people attend Church on Ash Wednesday than any other day of the year, including Easter. But this mystique isn’t reserved for Christians

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Don’t judge others before you know them

Posted on
Friday, February 14th, 2020

A 24 year old boy looking out the train window shouted…

‘Dad, look the trees are going behind!’

Dad smiled and a young couple sitting nearby, looked at the 24 year old’s childish behaviour with pity, suddenly he again exclaimed…

‘Dad, look the clouds are running with us!’

The couple couldn’t resist and said to the old man…

‘Why don’t

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