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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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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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