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Time to Be Calm

Posted on
Friday, November 16th, 2018

A motivational speaker walked confidently around the room holding a glass of water while leading a seminar on stress management. Everyone guessed she was going to ask the ultimate question, ‘half empty or half full?’ She fooled them all. “How heavy is this glass of water?” she inquired with a smile. Answers called out ranged from 8oz. to 20oz. She

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Sleep when the wind blows

Posted on
Friday, November 9th, 2018

ow do you handle adversity? What are you thinking when the sun goes down on those cold, windy nights, when you’re trying to get to sleep and the wind keeps swirling and howling through your bedroom windows?

Sleep Soundly When the Wind Blows

Years ago a farmer owned land along the Atlantic seacoast. He constantly advertised for hired help. Most

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The Gift of Generosity

Posted on
Friday, November 2nd, 2018

Generosity is a wonderful gift. To have a big heart is a blessing, that is to be open and compassionate in love to the needs of others. Generosity is contagious and beneficial. Fact…The more we give the more we receive. Generosity is measured in our ability to engage and be present to the needs of others. It is also very

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November…..A Time to Remember

Posted on
Friday, October 26th, 2018

It’s the time of year when the shadows lengthen, evenings fall quickly and our busy lives slow down, all of which is this is reflected in the world of nature. Leaves that have died fall to make room for the newness of colour and hope contained inthe womb of spring. In pre-Christian times people grappled with the mystery of life

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The Monkey Trap

Posted on
Friday, October 19th, 2018

Anything that you have to control, controls you.

There are many variations to this story, but it’s quite instructive. In South America, Africa and Asia, the natives have devised a very effective method of trapping monkeys. The plan is deceptively simple: the natives take a gourd or some similar object and drill a hole just large enough for a monkey’s

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Prophets of a future not our own …

Posted on
Friday, October 12th, 2018

This week Oscar Romero will become Saint, a life that gave tremendous witness to the poor and vulnerable people from South America. Archbishop Romero was assassinated in San Salvador, capital of El Salvador, in March 1980 by a right-wing death squad because he refused to be silenced in condemning the murder and torture of the people by the country’s regime

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St. Francis of Assisi

Posted on
Friday, October 5th, 2018

Recently, on 4th October, we celebrated the feast of St. Francis of Assisi. Francis the radical reformer of the 13th century, although in our time he is honoured principally for his love for creation. By his very name, Pope Francis, calls the Church to embrace the radical witness of this much loved saint. St. Francis’ life and mission,

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How best can we celebrate Sacraments

Posted on
Friday, September 28th, 2018

Current debate and reflection regarding school patronage is both necessary and relevant. Recent Census statistics however regarding the vast majority of citizens subscribing to faith membership needs serious analysis. What exactly does it mean to be a member of a faith community at this time in our present culture. Are Sacraments for the vast majority of people Rites of passage,

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