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  Sunday
Dec-17
Thought For Today is by Jane Mellett called 'Light And Darkness'

Lord there is much darkness in society and in our church. We become cynical and settle for mediocrity. We thank you that someone always comes on the scene, sent by you as a witness to speak for the light - teachers, community leaders, grandparents, children, a friend -they bear witness to the rest of us that somewhere in the dark a light shines that darkness cannot overcome. Michel de Verteuil


Last week we were introduced to John the Baptist as part of our Advent journey. We hear his story again today, and in this account, from the fourth gospel, we hear John's voice and his testimony about Jesus. Light and darkness is a key theme of the fourth gospel and its opening verses proclaims that this light has always shone in the dark; the darkness cannot overpower it. The evangelist goes on to tell us that John the Baptist's mission is that he has been sent by God to 'speak for the light'. John is a light-bearer, he is not the light, but he points to the light. He is a witness to the light of God in our world, a light that cannot be put out.

We celebrate this light today on Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete means 'rejoice' - we light the pink candle and we celebrate with joy. It might be a good opportunity to ask today: 'who have been the light-bearers on your own faith journey'? Who testified to the Light of God and passed the torch on to you? We thank God for them.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Dec-16
Thought For Week

An Advent Reflection called 'The Advent Road'

Each of us stands at the fork of a road in life. Advent is no exception. In these weeks before Christmas I can make a choice. I can travel the Advent Road or as some people call it 'the road less traveled' or I can travel the main road to Christmas, the dual carriageway of busyness, rushing here and there, endless shopping lists, deadlines, parties, running out of time exhaustion..

The Advent Road isn't a bypass. It has its twists and turns. It has its bumps and sharp turns. Along that road we feel the pinch at times with the tasks that honesty imposes upon us.

The Advent Road invites us to take a closer look at our lives, to see what areas we could improve in, what areas we would like Jesus to be born into this Christmas. At the end of the Advent road we will experience something special, something worthwhile and something that will last. Which road you choose is up to you. It is possible to travel both roads and finding the balance between the two is possible. But the Advent road has so much going for it, with the best views and a very worthwhile destination.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Dec-14
Thought For Week

An Advent Reflection called 'The Advent Road'

Each of us stands at the fork of a road in life. Advent is no exception. In these weeks before Christmas I can make a choice. I can travel the Advent Road or as some people call it 'the road less traveled' or I can travel the main road to Christmas, the dual carriageway of busyness, rushing here and there, endless shopping lists, deadlines, parties, running out of time exhaustion..

The Advent Road isn't a bypass. It has its twists and turns. It has its bumps and sharp turns. Along that road we feel the pinch at times with the tasks that honesty imposes upon us.

The Advent Road invites us to take a closer look at our lives, to see what areas we could improve in, what areas we would like Jesus to be born into this Christmas. At the end of the Advent road we will experience something special, something worthwhile and something that will last. Which road you choose is up to you. It is possible to travel both roads and finding the balance between the two is possible. But the Advent road has so much going for it, with the best views and a very worthwhile destination.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Dec-13
Thought For Week

An Advent Reflection called 'The Advent Road'

Each of us stands at the fork of a road in life. Advent is no exception. In these weeks before Christmas I can make a choice. I can travel the Advent Road or as some people call it 'the road less traveled' or I can travel the main road to Christmas, the dual carriageway of busyness, rushing here and there, endless shopping lists, deadlines, parties, running out of time exhaustion..

The Advent Road isn't a bypass. It has its twists and turns. It has its bumps and sharp turns. Along that road we feel the pinch at times with the tasks that honesty imposes upon us.

The Advent Road invites us to take a closer look at our lives, to see what areas we could improve in, what areas we would like Jesus to be born into this Christmas. At the end of the Advent road we will experience something special, something worthwhile and something that will last. Which road you choose is up to you. It is possible to travel both roads and finding the balance between the two is possible. But the Advent road has so much going for it, with the best views and a very worthwhile destination.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Dec-12
Thought For Week

An Advent Reflection called 'The Advent Road'

Each of us stands at the fork of a road in life. Advent is no exception. In these weeks before Christmas I can make a choice. I can travel the Advent Road or as some people call it 'the road less traveled' or I can travel the main road to Christmas, the dual carriageway of busyness, rushing here and there, endless shopping lists, deadlines, parties, running out of time exhaustion..

The Advent Road isn't a bypass. It has its twists and turns. It has its bumps and sharp turns. Along that road we feel the pinch at times with the tasks that honesty imposes upon us.

The Advent Road invites us to take a closer look at our lives, to see what areas we could improve in, what areas we would like Jesus to be born into this Christmas. At the end of the Advent road we will experience something special, something worthwhile and something that will last. Which road you choose is up to you. It is possible to travel both roads and finding the balance between the two is possible. But the Advent road has so much going for it, with the best views and a very worthwhile destination.
 
 
 
  Monday
Dec-11
Thought For Week

An Advent Reflection called 'The Advent Road'

Each of us stands at the fork of a road in life. Advent is no exception. In these weeks before Christmas I can make a choice. I can travel the Advent Road or as some people call it 'the road less traveled' or I can travel the main road to Christmas, the dual carriageway of busyness, rushing here and there, endless shopping lists, deadlines, parties, running out of time exhaustion..

The Advent Road isn't a bypass. It has its twists and turns. It has its bumps and sharp turns. Along that road we feel the pinch at times with the tasks that honesty imposes upon us.

The Advent Road invites us to take a closer look at our lives, to see what areas we could improve in, what areas we would like Jesus to be born into this Christmas. At the end of the Advent road we will experience something special, something worthwhile and something that will last. Which road you choose is up to you. It is possible to travel both roads and finding the balance between the two is possible. But the Advent road has so much going for it, with the best views and a very worthwhile destination.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Dec-10
Thought For The Week

'At Christmas we celebrate gift, generosity and open expressions of love. You don't need religion to understand that all of those things make life worth living. The Christian story suggests that gift, generosity and love are basic to what God does at Christmas. It also suggests that religious people sometimes need to relearn this truth from others who have the Christmas spirit, even if they don't know the Christmas story. ~Jane Williams

For many people across Ireland Christmas begins officially when the Late Late Toy Show is on. Last Friday many people tuned in to watch the official start of Christmas and it didn't disappoint with a lovely mix of fun, song, dance, positivity and colour.

This weekend also marks the beginning of our journey through Advent. The season of Advent can be a lovely time to think and reflect about the important things in life. Everyone agrees that Christmas can be a busy and stressful. But Advent can allow us to pause and reflect. It can also be a time to celebrate gift, generosity and ways to express our love for each other in meaningful ways.

We know the world we live in today can best be described as fragile, frantic and often seems to have no anchor. The same can sometimes be described of our own lives too. No matter how busy we are, there is an in built need to mind ourselves, to relax, to be ourselves, to recharge and to prioritise what is important. The only way this can happen is when we slow down enough to do it. Advent can be a lovely time to slow down but as we so well know doing this is always a challenge.

Advent 2017 has a powerful message that no matter how dark things may get there will always be light and hope. The prayers of Advent touch in on each person walking in some darkness and yet awaiting and anticipating a great light. The prayers also include prayers for peace. These prayers are not wishful thinking but genuine heartfelt prayers that can and will find results. Even if these results come in whispers we will gladly embrace them. Advent is a time for us to hear those other quiet whispers in our lives of a God gently calling us from darkness to light. I hope and pray that the coming weeks of Advent will have some meaning for you.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday with a photo change each day
 
 
 
  Friday
Dec-08
Thought For The Week

'At Christmas we celebrate gift, generosity and open expressions of love. You don't need religion to understand that all of those things make life worth living. The Christian story suggests that gift, generosity and love are basic to what God does at Christmas. It also suggests that religious people sometimes need to relearn this truth from others who have the Christmas spirit, even if they don't know the Christmas story. ~Jane Williams

For many people across Ireland Christmas begins officially when the Late Late Toy Show is on. Last Friday many people tuned in to watch the official start of Christmas and it didn't disappoint with a lovely mix of fun, song, dance, positivity and colour.

This weekend also marks the beginning of our journey through Advent. The season of Advent can be a lovely time to think and reflect about the important things in life. Everyone agrees that Christmas can be a busy and stressful. But Advent can allow us to pause and reflect. It can also be a time to celebrate gift, generosity and ways to express our love for each other in meaningful ways.

We know the world we live in today can best be described as fragile, frantic and often seems to have no anchor. The same can sometimes be described of our own lives too. No matter how busy we are, there is an in built need to mind ourselves, to relax, to be ourselves, to recharge and to prioritise what is important. The only way this can happen is when we slow down enough to do it. Advent can be a lovely time to slow down but as we so well know doing this is always a challenge.

Advent 2017 has a powerful message that no matter how dark things may get there will always be light and hope. The prayers of Advent touch in on each person walking in some darkness and yet awaiting and anticipating a great light. The prayers also include prayers for peace. These prayers are not wishful thinking but genuine heartfelt prayers that can and will find results. Even if these results come in whispers we will gladly embrace them. Advent is a time for us to hear those other quiet whispers in our lives of a God gently calling us from darkness to light. I hope and pray that the coming weeks of Advent will have some meaning for you.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday with a photo change each day
 
 
 
  Thursday
Dec-07
Thought For The Week

'At Christmas we celebrate gift, generosity and open expressions of love. You don't need religion to understand that all of those things make life worth living. The Christian story suggests that gift, generosity and love are basic to what God does at Christmas. It also suggests that religious people sometimes need to relearn this truth from others who have the Christmas spirit, even if they don't know the Christmas story. ~Jane Williams

For many people across Ireland Christmas begins officially when the Late Late Toy Show is on. Last Friday many people tuned in to watch the official start of Christmas and it didn't disappoint with a lovely mix of fun, song, dance, positivity and colour.

This weekend also marks the beginning of our journey through Advent. The season of Advent can be a lovely time to think and reflect about the important things in life. Everyone agrees that Christmas can be a busy and stressful. But Advent can allow us to pause and reflect. It can also be a time to celebrate gift, generosity and ways to express our love for each other in meaningful ways.

We know the world we live in today can best be described as fragile, frantic and often seems to have no anchor. The same can sometimes be described of our own lives too. No matter how busy we are, there is an in built need to mind ourselves, to relax, to be ourselves, to recharge and to prioritise what is important. The only way this can happen is when we slow down enough to do it. Advent can be a lovely time to slow down but as we so well know doing this is always a challenge.

Advent 2017 has a powerful message that no matter how dark things may get there will always be light and hope. The prayers of Advent touch in on each person walking in some darkness and yet awaiting and anticipating a great light. The prayers also include prayers for peace. These prayers are not wishful thinking but genuine heartfelt prayers that can and will find results. Even if these results come in whispers we will gladly embrace them. Advent is a time for us to hear those other quiet whispers in our lives of a God gently calling us from darkness to light. I hope and pray that the coming weeks of Advent will have some meaning for you.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday with a photo change each day
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Dec-06
"Believe in love. Believe in magic. Believe in Santa. Believe in others. Believe in yourself. Believe in your dreams. If you don't, who will?" ~Jon Bon Jovi

When you hear the first Christmas song on the radio you really know Christmas is getting close! To be fair to radio stations, they may run with early Christmas advertising but they do hold off on the Christmas songs until early December. The build up to Christmas is something we really like and look forward to or something we struggle through. Today (Dec 6th) is the feast of St Nicholas. I am surprised at how this day comes and goes and little is made of it. Because of the many miracles attributed to his intercession, he is also known as Nicholas the wonderworker. He came from a wealthy family and decided to share all his money with the poor. He always did so quietly and without fuss. He would drop some gold coins down the chimney of those who were really poor. People wondered who the generous donor was. One day someone found out it was Nicholas. His name and fame began to spread to many countries and so Santa Claus as we know him today came into being.

We give gifts at Christmas because we know deep within that it's good to express our love for those who are special and important to us. Thanks to Nicholas, Santa is alive and well. Our world would be such a darker place without his inspiring presence. There is already enough darkness, hatred, bitterness, and division across our world today. It craves for light, hope and stability. There is no greater joy than that which comes with giving and sharing. St Nicholas led the way by example. Little did he know how popular he would become or how he would get completely wrapped around the Christmas story and the birth of Jesus. Today we ask his special blessings on each of us. We pray too that the spirit of Christmas and the gift of sharing will make a real difference in the coming weeks.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Dec-05
Thought For The Week

'At Christmas we celebrate gift, generosity and open expressions of love. You don't need religion to understand that all of those things make life worth living. The Christian story suggests that gift, generosity and love are basic to what God does at Christmas. It also suggests that religious people sometimes need to relearn this truth from others who have the Christmas spirit, even if they don't know the Christmas story. ~Jane Williams

For many people across Ireland Christmas begins officially when the Late Late Toy Show is on. Last Friday many people tuned in to watch the official start of Christmas and it didn't disappoint with a lovely mix of fun, song, dance, positivity and colour.

This weekend also marks the beginning of our journey through Advent. The season of Advent can be a lovely time to think and reflect about the important things in life. Everyone agrees that Christmas can be a busy and stressful. But Advent can allow us to pause and reflect. It can also be a time to celebrate gift, generosity and ways to express our love for each other in meaningful ways.

We know the world we live in today can best be described as fragile, frantic and often seems to have no anchor. The same can sometimes be described of our own lives too. No matter how busy we are, there is an in built need to mind ourselves, to relax, to be ourselves, to recharge and to prioritise what is important. The only way this can happen is when we slow down enough to do it. Advent can be a lovely time to slow down but as we so well know doing this is always a challenge.

Advent 2017 has a powerful message that no matter how dark things may get there will always be light and hope. The prayers of Advent touch in on each person walking in some darkness and yet awaiting and anticipating a great light. The prayers also include prayers for peace. These prayers are not wishful thinking but genuine heartfelt prayers that can and will find results. Even if these results come in whispers we will gladly embrace them. Advent is a time for us to hear those other quiet whispers in our lives of a God gently calling us from darkness to light. I hope and pray that the coming weeks of Advent will have some meaning for you.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday with a photo change each day
 
 
 
  Monday
Dec-04
Thought For The Week

'At Christmas we celebrate gift, generosity and open expressions of love. You don't need religion to understand that all of those things make life worth living. The Christian story suggests that gift, generosity and love are basic to what God does at Christmas. It also suggests that religious people sometimes need to relearn this truth from others who have the Christmas spirit, even if they don't know the Christmas story. ~Jane Williams

For many people across Ireland Christmas begins officially when the Late Late Toy Show is on. Last Friday many people tuned in to watch the official start of Christmas and it didn't disappoint with a lovely mix of fun, song, dance, positivity and colour.

This weekend also marks the beginning of our journey through Advent. The season of Advent can be a lovely time to think and reflect about the important things in life. Everyone agrees that Christmas can be a busy and stressful. But Advent can allow us to pause and reflect. It can also be a time to celebrate gift, generosity and ways to express our love for each other in meaningful ways.

We know the world we live in today can best be described as fragile, frantic and often seems to have no anchor. The same can sometimes be described of our own lives too. No matter how busy we are, there is an in built need to mind ourselves, to relax, to be ourselves, to recharge and to prioritise what is important. The only way this can happen is when we slow down enough to do it. Advent can be a lovely time to slow down but as we so well know doing this is always a challenge.

Advent 2017 has a powerful message that no matter how dark things may get there will always be light and hope. The prayers of Advent touch in on each person walking in some darkness and yet awaiting and anticipating a great light. The prayers also include prayers for peace. These prayers are not wishful thinking but genuine heartfelt prayers that can and will find results. Even if these results come in whispers we will gladly embrace them. Advent is a time for us to hear those other quiet whispers in our lives of a God gently calling us from darkness to light. I hope and pray that the coming weeks of Advent will have some meaning for you.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Dec-03
Thought For The Week

'I know for sure the world is enriched whenever and wherever we enact blessing' ~Dan Miller

A key question to ask of anyone and especially ourselves is "What do you know for sure?" It's a question that is usually followed by a pause because the answer doesn't always jump out. In terms of spiritual matters we can say for sure that we are loved by God, that we are precious and special, with much to offer and celebrate. We can also say that any day is less, if we can't pause to reflect and give thanks for blessings received.

It is also good and important to give blessings too. Dan Miller puts it well when he says: "Like God we bless because we care, because we love, because we can and must. Blessings can be given to anyone and should be. To bless is an equal opportunity adventure. Blessings can be offered by elders, spouses, mothers, fathers, children, teenagers, friends, teachers, coaches, co-workers, neighbours and strangers."

Some people think it's just a priest who can give a blessing. A priest's blessing is special but even more special is your blessing or someone else blessing you. Everything in life is connected. It's the way it is. So every blessing filled with love is not an isolated gesture but something real, active, alive and making such a difference. From a spiritual point of view when we bless we are saying: "God be with you" or "God is with you". We can bless anyone, anything and everything. There are no limits or never can be.

We bless because we care and because we love. To bless is to pray in a simple but beautiful way. You don't have to be expert. Once you are open and willing to share some love, healing, light, kindness, encouragement and much more, you are doing something really worthwhile. You will receive the same in return and often much more. During the coming week it will be nice to extend blessings to whoever you want. Your blessing is the one that matters the most.



Thought For The Week is updated each Monday with a photo change each day
 
 
 
  Saturday
Dec-02
Thought For The Week

'I know for sure the world is enriched whenever and wherever we enact blessing' ~Dan Miller

A key question to ask of anyone and especially ourselves is "What do you know for sure?" It's a question that is usually followed by a pause because the answer doesn't always jump out. In terms of spiritual matters we can say for sure that we are loved by God, that we are precious and special, with much to offer and celebrate. We can also say that any day is less, if we can't pause to reflect and give thanks for blessings received.

It is also good and important to give blessings too. Dan Miller puts it well when he says: "Like God we bless because we care, because we love, because we can and must. Blessings can be given to anyone and should be. To bless is an equal opportunity adventure. Blessings can be offered by elders, spouses, mothers, fathers, children, teenagers, friends, teachers, coaches, co-workers, neighbours and strangers."

Some people think it's just a priest who can give a blessing. A priest's blessing is special but even more special is your blessing or someone else blessing you. Everything in life is connected. It's the way it is. So every blessing filled with love is not an isolated gesture but something real, active, alive and making such a difference. From a spiritual point of view when we bless we are saying: "God be with you" or "God is with you". We can bless anyone, anything and everything. There are no limits or never can be.

We bless because we care and because we love. To bless is to pray in a simple but beautiful way. You don't have to be expert. Once you are open and willing to share some love, healing, light, kindness, encouragement and much more, you are doing something really worthwhile. You will receive the same in return and often much more. During the coming week it will be nice to extend blessings to whoever you want. Your blessing is the one that matters the most.



Thought For The Week is updated each Monday with a photo change each day
 
 
 
  Friday
Dec-01
Thought For The Week

'I know for sure the world is enriched whenever and wherever we enact blessing' ~Dan Miller

A key question to ask of anyone and especially ourselves is "What do you know for sure?" It's a question that is usually followed by a pause because the answer doesn't always jump out. In terms of spiritual matters we can say for sure that we are loved by God, that we are precious and special, with much to offer and celebrate. We can also say that any day is less, if we can't pause to reflect and give thanks for blessings received.

It is also good and important to give blessings too. Dan Miller puts it well when he says: "Like God we bless because we care, because we love, because we can and must. Blessings can be given to anyone and should be. To bless is an equal opportunity adventure. Blessings can be offered by elders, spouses, mothers, fathers, children, teenagers, friends, teachers, coaches, co-workers, neighbours and strangers."

Some people think it's just a priest who can give a blessing. A priest's blessing is special but even more special is your blessing or someone else blessing you. Everything in life is connected. It's the way it is. So every blessing filled with love is not an isolated gesture but something real, active, alive and making such a difference. From a spiritual point of view when we bless we are saying: "God be with you" or "God is with you". We can bless anyone, anything and everything. There are no limits or never can be.

We bless because we care and because we love. To bless is to pray in a simple but beautiful way. You don't have to be expert. Once you are open and willing to share some love, healing, light, kindness, encouragement and much more, you are doing something really worthwhile. You will receive the same in return and often much more. During the coming week it will be nice to extend blessings to whoever you want. Your blessing is the one that matters the most.



Thought For The Week is updated each Monday with a photo change each day
 
 

 

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