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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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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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