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Overcoming Blue Monday

Posted on
Friday, January 18th, 2019

After the buzz and good cheer of the festive season, January can feel like one long and exhausting slog. Researchers have dubbed January 21st as ‘Blue Monday’ or the most depressing day of the year.

It’s dark and cold outside, summer is nowhere in sight, morale is at an all time low and pay day still seems like miles

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Sr. Wendy Beckett

Posted on
Friday, January 4th, 2019

Sister Wendy Beckett, recently died aged 88, could be dismissive of the high-profile television work that made this hermit nun with owl-like glasses into an unlikely household name during the 1990s. “If I had known how much time it would take, I would never have started it.” She was an iconic lady. She communicated to millions of people her love

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Christmas message 2018

Posted on
Friday, December 21st, 2018

As news and information pile in on top of us at a    faster and faster rate, Christmas is a time when we are presented very starkly with the contradictions that live side by side throughout the year. At other times, we can literally sidestep them more easily. Even through Christmas is intensely busy, these contradictions confront us face to face

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Christmas…..A Time to Ponder

Posted on
Friday, December 14th, 2018

Some years ago, a few weeks before Christmas, I observed a flustered young mother who had been dragged into the toy section of a supermarket by her three small children. They wanted everything and they wanted it now. One of them piped up: “Isn’t Santa very rich, Mammy.” “Not as rich as you think,” she grimly replied.

I sense that

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200 Years of Silent Night …

Posted on
Friday, December 7th, 2018

Christmas carols remind us that Jesus is very much the reason for the Season. In a secular culture, these wonderful traditional hymns seem to be at variance with our current time. For instance no Christmas carol was sung this year on the Late Late Toy Show, however for many people the singing of Christmas carols will continue to offer hope

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Advent…..A Time to Hope

Posted on
Friday, November 30th, 2018

The Advent Season is a time to get ready for the approaching feast of Christmas. Liturgically this is a time when we prepare for the joyful celebration of the Lords birth at Christmas. These dark and chilly days can indeed be a challenging time, where often our vulnerable selves can experience a sense of struggle. Yet, where there is darkness

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Feast of Christ the King

Posted on
Friday, November 23rd, 2018

On this, the last Sunday of the Church’s liturgical year, the Feast of Christ the King, the Gospel reading is about the Last Judgement. It is an extraordinary text which is not just about a future moment in history, but about the very essence of being a follower of Jesus Christ today. It is a challenge to each of us

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