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St. Patrick and Faith

Posted on
Friday, March 15th, 2019

On St. Patrick’s Day we celebrate our Irishness and our faith. For so long in our history they have been intertwined, perhaps at times identified. As a result we may have been tempted to take our faith for granted. Admittedly we did not have to fight for it or die for it as our ancestors did. They were challenged by

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Lent – A Time to Embrace Positivity

Posted on
Friday, March 8th, 2019

Lent is an old English word meaning ‘lengthen’. Lent is observed in spring, when the days begin to get longer. Lent is a good time to concentrate on fighting the urge to gossip about others and instead trying to correct one’s own faults and defects, Pope Francis said as part of his Lenten message. “Why do you notice the splinter

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Lent 2019

Posted on
Friday, March 1st, 2019

The Trócaire Lenten Campaign for 2019 focuses on land-rights. The four-sided “Trócaire Box” has stories to tell. One about families forced from their homes, another about the absence of rights for women in terms of inheritance and the third about the grabbing greed of big businesses who take over people’s land for their own profit and gain. The leaflet in

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Where is my Brother?

Posted on
Friday, February 22nd, 2019

WHERE IS MY BROTHER ?

“Where is your brother?” This is the question that God asks each one of us in our hearts regarding our brother who is sick, in prison or hungry. Pope Francis made this reflection recently regarding the fundamental challenge to living a life of faith and suggested that faith without actions of compassion are superficial and

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The Weight of the Glass

Posted on
Friday, February 15th, 2019

The Art of Letting Go is about deciding to stop making the same mistakes and choosing to take a different path. It has been said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. I totally agree. When we hold onto things that weigh us down, that negativity turns into baggage. The more baggage

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Fr John….A lovely man

Posted on
Friday, February 8th, 2019

The recent tragic death of Fr. John Cummins, following a freak car accident has left me numbed and deeply saddened. It resonates with ancient wisdom that life is indeed so very fragile and none of us know what’s around the corner. There has been a huge outpouring of grief, since John’s untimely death. I think of his mother, his beloved

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Beyond Hope to Amazing Grace

Posted on
Friday, February 1st, 2019

John Newton was a cruel and vile man who seemed beyond hope, but he became an example of God’s amazing grace. His true story gives me hope, because his heart and life were so radically changed. The same amazing grace that transformed Newton brought hope to his contemporaries and still reaches our generation with hope today. Newton was a man

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It’s nearly Spring….A Time of Hope

Posted on
Friday, January 25th, 2019

Friday February 1st we celebrate St. Brigid’s Day, a day which brings great hope. St. Brigid brings with her a story of compassion, generosity, healing and renewal. These early February days marks the beginning of Spring. Yes, it may still feel cold but already brighter evenings, emerging green shoots and snowdrops, announce a time for new beginnings. I’m glad

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