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  Monday
Oct-15
'Life is a bowl of cherries. Some cherries are rotten while others are good; it's your job to throw out the rotten ones and forget about them while you enjoy eating the ones that are good! There are two kinds of people: those who choose to throw out the good cherries and wallow in all the rotten ones, and those who choose to throw out all the rotten ones and savour all the good ones.' ~C. Joybell

Sometimes it's our attitude that can make all the difference. The following story sums it all up. A man was travelling from one town to another when he met an old man sitting on a rock at the side of the road. Wanting to know about the people in the town he was travelling to, he stopped and asked the old man, "What are the people like in the next town?" The old man looked up and asked, "How did you find the people in the town from which you came?" The traveller answered, "Oh they were wonderful, kind, courteous and friendly." The old man said, "Well you will find the people the very same in the next town."

The same day another traveller met the same old man and with the same question. The old man looked up and asked. "How did you find the people in the town from which you came?" The traveller answered, "Oh they were terrible, the meanest, most unfriendly people that you could meet." The old man looked at him and said, "I'm afraid you will find the people the very same in the next town."

As we know so much depends on our attitude and a question from the story is: Do I gravitate towards the good and positive or do I gravitate towards the negative and bad news?
 
 
 
  Sunday
Oct-14
Thought For Week

"I find God in the everyday. We have that divinity in us and we can make choices to help our fellow human beings. Nobody needs to tell us, it is in our hearts and souls, whether we've heard of God before or not." ~Cathy Kelly

Cathy Kelly is a well known writer who has published many books. These books have been printed in many languages and there are millions of them in print across the world. She has written some thoughts down too about spirituality and the whole concept of God. She says that God is the spirit of kindness when we help others. God is the friend who listens to another persons pain and offers them kind words. God doesn't really care what religion or race you are. She says that what's really important is that God, your kindness, is present in all individuals.

This is something worth reflecting on. Far too often we put God on the fringes. This seems a safe place for us. We turn to God if there is a crisis or something unexpected happens in our life. When the crisis is resolved we tend to push God back out to the fringes. What if we were to think of God as present in our lives right now? and that this divinity is present within each person. This very simply means that God is present with us not just in the difficult times but with us through absolutely everything.

Our Celtic ancestors, including our grandparents, great-grandparents and the generations before them, were so in touch with this sense of God all around them. They never had God on the fringes. For them God was the center of everything. God was the one who energised, directed, comforted and encouraged them through the complexities of life. Their sense of God with and around them was so natural and organic. We have lost this sense of God and I firmly believe it's a loss. Is God on the fringes for me? or is God someone more personal and meaningful in my life
 
 
 
  Thursday
Oct-11
Thought For Week

"I find God in the everyday. We have that divinity in us and we can make choices to help our fellow human beings. Nobody needs to tell us, it is in our hearts and souls, whether we've heard of God before or not." ~Cathy Kelly

Cathy Kelly is a well known writer who has published many books. These books have been printed in many languages and there are millions of them in print across the world. She has written some thoughts down too about spirituality and the whole concept of God. She says that God is the spirit of kindness when we help others. God is the friend who listens to another persons pain and offers them kind words. God doesn't really care what religion or race you are. She says that what's really important is that God, your kindness, is present in all individuals.

This is something worth reflecting on. Far too often we put God on the fringes. This seems a safe place for us. We turn to God if there is a crisis or something unexpected happens in our life. When the crisis is resolved we tend to push God back out to the fringes. What if we were to think of God as present in our lives right now? and that this divinity is present within each person. This very simply means that God is present with us not just in the difficult times but with us through absolutely everything.

Our Celtic ancestors, including our grandparents, great-grandparents and the generations before them, were so in touch with this sense of God all around them. They never had God on the fringes. For them God was the center of everything. God was the one who energised, directed, comforted and encouraged them through the complexities of life. Their sense of God with and around them was so natural and organic. We have lost this sense of God and I firmly believe it's a loss. Is God on the fringes for me? or is God someone more personal and meaningful in my life
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Oct-10
'Some people are suspicious of sacred scripture, believing that these texts are so closely bound to a distant time and culture that they couldn't possibly have anything worthwhile to say to a technocratic third millennium mind.' ~Conor Cunningham

The bible is the most read book in the world and in ways it is the most misunderstood book as well. The bible didn't fall out of the sky one day complete and bound, with God's signature at the end of it. The books of the bible have evolved with time and are a collection of many different communities and their experiences of God. There is no doubt that cultures, backgrounds, and mindsets have evolved considerably as the years have gone on. But the human heart and spiritual needs of each person are just the same. The story of God continues to unfold each day and will do so for many generations to come. We have a huge important part to play in that unfolding.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Oct-09
Thought For Week

"I find God in the everyday. We have that divinity in us and we can make choices to help our fellow human beings. Nobody needs to tell us, it is in our hearts and souls, whether we've heard of God before or not." ~Cathy Kelly

Cathy Kelly is a well known writer who has published many books. These books have been printed in many languages and there are millions of them in print across the world. She has written some thoughts down too about spirituality and the whole concept of God. She says that God is the spirit of kindness when we help others. God is the friend who listens to another persons pain and offers them kind words. God doesn't really care what religion or race you are. She says that what's really important is that God, your kindness, is present in all individuals.

This is something worth reflecting on. Far too often we put God on the fringes. This seems a safe place for us. We turn to God if there is a crisis or something unexpected happens in our life. When the crisis is resolved we tend to push God back out to the fringes. What if we were to think of God as present in our lives right now? and that this divinity is present within each person. This very simply means that God is present with us not just in the difficult times but with us through absolutely everything.

Our Celtic ancestors, including our grandparents, great-grandparents and the generations before them, were so in touch with this sense of God all around them. They never had God on the fringes. For them God was the center of everything. God was the one who energised, directed, comforted and encouraged them through the complexities of life. Their sense of God with and around them was so natural and organic. We have lost this sense of God and I firmly believe it's a loss. Is God on the fringes for me? or is God someone more personal and meaningful in my life
 
 
 
  Monday
Oct-08
Thought For Week

"I find God in the everyday. We have that divinity in us and we can make choices to help our fellow human beings. Nobody needs to tell us, it is in our hearts and souls, whether we've heard of God before or not." ~Cathy Kelly

Cathy Kelly is a well known writer who has published many books. These books have been printed in many languages and there are millions of them in print across the world. She has written some thoughts down too about spirituality and the whole concept of God. She says that God is the spirit of kindness when we help others. God is the friend who listens to another persons pain and offers them kind words. God doesn't really care what religion or race you are. She says that what's really important is that God, your kindness, is present in all individuals.

This is something worth reflecting on. Far too often we put God on the fringes. This seems a safe place for us. We turn to God if there is a crisis or something unexpected happens in our life. When the crisis is resolved we tend to push God back out to the fringes. What if we were to think of God as present in our lives right now? and that this divinity is present within each person. This very simply means that God is present with us not just in the difficult times but with us through absolutely everything.

Our Celtic ancestors, including our grandparents, great-grandparents and the generations before them, were so in touch with this sense of God all around them. They never had God on the fringes. For them God was the center of everything. God was the one who energised, directed, comforted and encouraged them through the complexities of life. Their sense of God with and around them was so natural and organic. We have lost this sense of God and I firmly believe it's a loss. Is God on the fringes for me? or is God someone more personal and meaningful in my life
 
 
 
  Sunday
Oct-07
'Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.' ~Proverbs 16:24

Every person, young or old, famous or unknown, large or small, black or white, successful or less successful, male or female, who receives encouragement is changed by it. This change is always positive, good and wholesome. It is also at the heart of our scripture readings. The history of God's journey with people down through the years is a collection of uplifting stories. People were encouraged and instilled with hope, particularly when they needed it most. These stories continue today. A word of encouragement can be uplifting, it can strengthen and you simply never know when a few sincere words can have an impact on someone's life.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Oct-06
'Generosity is not giving me that which I need more than you do, but it is giving me that which you need more than I do.' ~Kahlil Gibran

There were two brothers who worked on the family land. At harvest time they each received half of the crop and put it in the store in their barns. The younger brother who wasn't married said to himself, 'It isn't fair that I should have half of the crop when my brother must also look after his wife and family.' So each night, he would secretly take some of his own grain and leave it in his brother's barn. Meanwhile the elder brother said to himself, 'It isn't fair that I should have half the crop. When I grow old I will have my children to support me but he will not.' So each night he would secretly take a bag of grain and leave it in his brother's barn. Both were surprised at how long their grain lasted until one night they both bumped into each other. Rather than laugh or shout they both embraced knowing that no grain or money could buy the depth of their relationship.
 
 
 
  Friday
Oct-05
'Every great mistake has a halfway moment, a split second when it can be recalled and perhaps remedied.' ~Pearl Buck

We make mistakes because we are human and because we have our limitations. A mistake happens when we are out of touch with the rhythms of the moment. Or using an image from photography a mistake happens when we are out of focus. The halfway moment in any mistake is to look back and say 'What can I learn from that.' Then it's time to move on. There is nothing to be gained from wallowing in self pity and remorse. The Christian response is to use every mistake as an opportunity to be a better and a stronger person. Mistakes can keep all our lives very much in focus and their role may be of greater significance than we had ever imagined.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Oct-04
Today Thursday (Oct 4th) is the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi. He is one of those rare saints who has managed to capture the attention and admiration of the entire world. His life has inspired people of all ages and the appeal of this saint, cuts across national boundaries and religious differences. He is most famous for his respect towards God, his simple life and his tender love and attention to all creation. Francis had little time for excess, waste and greed. The life of Francis still challenges all of us today. The invitation is to sort through our lives and discard the unnecessary and useless. There is great freedom in doing with less and using it to our advantage. St Francis did it so well and has inspired so many more to do the same.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Oct-03
'Remember that nothing is small in the eyes of God. Do all that you do with love.' ~Therese de Lisieux

The start of October last Monday has a blend of some beautiful feast days, each one as special as the next. Monday (Oct 1st) is the feast of St Therese and she is one of the most popular saints of our time. Her huge appeal is not that she did extra ordinary things but that she did the little things extraordinary well. She found that she was closest to God when she was doing the simplest and most mundane tasks. The spectacular and sensational always attracts interest and sometimes hype. Celebrities are always in the spotlight. But this was never a part of her life.

We may have many things planned for today and across the coming week. The chances are that much of is nothing extra ordinary. It will not make headlines and most of it we have done so many times before. But the feast of St Therese reminds us that this is where life is meant to be. This is where life really matters. It is comforting to know that in the simple and ordinary events of our lives, we can be quite close to God. This is something we so often take for granted. Getting close to God is not reserved for the elite or the chosen few. It is always within our reach.

On Tuesday (Oct 2nd) we had the feast day of our guardian angel. From an early age we have been taught that we have a guardian angel. But before we were even taught we just knew. We sensed that there was someone special watching over us. This is not just a childhood fantasy, it is something real and something that gives us great comfort as we journey through life. Like many things we take our Guardian Angel for granted. We often forget that they are there as we allow the complexities of life take over our lives. A fitting prayer on Tuesday and indeed every day might be: "O Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God's love commits me here. Ever this day, be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen"

Finally tomorrow Thursday (Oct 4th) we have the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi. He is one of those rare saints who has managed to capture the attention and admiration of the entire world. His life has inspired people of all ages and the appeal of this saint, cuts across national boundaries and religious differences. He is most famous for his respect towards God, his simple life and his tender love and attention to all creation. Francis had little time for excess, waste and greed. The life of Francis still challenges all of us today. The invitation is to sort through our lives and discard the unnecessary and useless. There is great freedom in doing with less and using it to our advantage. St Francis did it so well and has inspired so many more to do the same.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Oct-02
On today Tuesday (Oct 2nd) we have the feast day of our guardian angel. From an early age we have been taught that we have a guardian angel. But before we were even taught we just knew. We sensed that there was someone special watching over us. This is not just a childhood fantasy, it is something real and something that gives us great comfort as we journey through life. Like many things we take our Guardian Angel for granted. We often forget that they are there as we allow the complexities of life take over our lives. A fitting prayer on Tuesday and indeed every day might be: "O Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God's love commits me here. Ever this day, be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen"
 
 
 
  Monday
Oct-01
'Remember that nothing is small in the eyes of God. Do all that you do with love.' ~Therese de Lisieux

The start of October today has a blend of some beautiful feast days, each one as special as the next. Today Monday (Oct 1st) is the feast of St Therese and she is one of the most popular saints of our time. Her huge appeal is not that she did extra ordinary things but that she did the little things extraordinary well. She found that she was closest to God when she was doing the simplest and most mundane tasks. The spectacular and sensational always attracts interest and sometimes hype. Celebrities are always in the spotlight. But this was never a part of her life.

We may have many things planned for today and across the coming week. The chances are that much of is nothing extra ordinary. It will not make headlines and most of it we have done so many times before. But the feast of St Therese reminds us that this is where life is meant to be. This is where life really matters. It is comforting to know that in the simple and ordinary events of our lives, we can be quite close to God. This is something we so often take for granted. Getting close to God is not reserved for the elite or the chosen few. It is always within our reach.
 
 

 

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