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Listing January - 2018
 
  Wednesday
Jan-24
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Jan-23
A Franciscan blessing..

May God bless you with a relentless discomfort about easy answers, half truths and superficial relationships, so that you may seek truth boldly and love deeply in your hearts.

May God bless you with holy anger at injustice, oppression and exploitation of people, so that you may tirelessly work for justice, freedom and peace among all people.

May God bless you with the gift of tears to shed with those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation or the loss of all that they cherish so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and transform their pain into joy.

May God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you really can make a difference in the world, so that you are able with God's grace, to do what others claim cannot be done.

And the blessing of God the Supreme Majesty and our Creator, the blessing of Jesus our brother and Saviour and the blessing of the Holy Spirit, our advocate and guide be with you and remain with you this day and forevermore. Amen
 
 
 
  Monday
Jan-22
A Franciscan blessing..

May God bless you with a relentless discomfort about easy answers, half truths and superficial relationships, so that you may seek truth boldly and love deeply in your hearts.

May God bless you with holy anger at injustice, oppression and exploitation of people, so that you may tirelessly work for justice, freedom and peace among all people.

May God bless you with the gift of tears to shed with those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation or the loss of all that they cherish so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and transform their pain into joy.

May God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you really can make a difference in the world, so that you are able with God's grace, to do what others claim cannot be done.

And the blessing of God the Supreme Majesty and our Creator, the blessing of Jesus our brother and Saviour and the blessing of the Holy Spirit, our advocate and guide be with you and remain with you this day and forevermore. Amen
 
 
 
  Sunday
Jan-21
Thought For Today is by Triona Doherty called 'The call'

'Will you come and follow me if I but call your name? Will you go where you don't know and never be the same? Will you let my love be shown, will you let my name be known, Will you let my life be grown in you, and you in me?'

The hymn 'The Summons,' by John L. Bell, consists of a list of questions from Jesus as he calls each one of us to be disciples. Each one begins with the words 'Will you?' The final verse is our response as disciples: 'Let me turn and follow you and never be the same.'

Today we reflect on Jesus' call to the very first disciples. There is a simplicity to the scenes where Jesus gathers his first disciples. He issues the invitation to follow him, and the fishermen respond with a resounding yes, leaving their nets, boats, and even their families behind, no questions asked. In the opening chapters of Mark's gospel everything happens 'at once' or immediately. There is a sense of urgency; the time has come, the kingdom of God is near, and Jesus needs helpers to work alongside him.

Jesus asks the same of us, his modern-day disciples: 'Follow me'. We are summoned too. We are challenged to leave aside our worldly concerns, see the world in a new way, and to begin a new adventure with Jesus.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Jan-20
Thought For The Week

As we journey through this month of January we are keenly aware of new beginnings and a fresh start that comes with 2018. For some people this month of January can be a difficult one for lots of reasons. A lot of bills seem to have a habit of arriving at the same time this month. Our energy levels can also be low at this time of year which makes us more vulnerable to getting sick. It is no surprise that hospitals can't cope with the numbers coming in during January.

'Blue Monday' is a day in January that has been described as the most depressing day of the year. It fell last Monday Jan 15th and is decided by factors such as the weather, debt level, the amount of time since Christmas, time since our new year's resolutions failed, low motivational levels and the feeling of a need to take charge of the situation. Some mental health charities would say that the concept has no foundation in scientific research and that it can be very misleading. The key point is that those who live with depression, know that feeling down is not dictated by a certain date.

It is good to know that there are two sides to this story. Some people might think that they should have been feeling down last Monday, when in fact they are doing just fine. It is good to also be aware that people struggle during this month of January including last Monday sometimes called 'Blue Monday'. You too can make a difference. Why not turn 'Blue Monday' into 'Reaching Out Week'? Why not have a cuppa with someone today, catch up with someone you know who might be struggling, ring someone you haven't contacted with a while or take time out to say a prayer for someone who needs a prayer at this time.

Clearly during the month of January we need to mind ourselves. It is not an easy month for everyone. It's ok to feel not ok. You are not on your own. There is a beautiful uplifting spiritual line in St Paul's letter to the Romans (15:13). It says: "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." As you journey through this month of January I hope and pray that you also will feel this hope and that it will be your inspiration to keep taking those small steps through each day. By taking it one day at a time, by feeling and trusting in a God who loves us, we will have no fear whatsoever of a 'Blue Monday' or indeed any day that may be difficult or a challenge to us.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Jan-18
Thought For The Week

As we journey through this month of January we are keenly aware of new beginnings and a fresh start that comes with 2018. For some people this month of January can be a difficult one for lots of reasons. A lot of bills seem to have a habit of arriving at the same time this month. Our energy levels can also be low at this time of year which makes us more vulnerable to getting sick. It is no surprise that hospitals can't cope with the numbers coming in during January.

'Blue Monday' is a day in January that has been described as the most depressing day of the year. It fell last Monday Jan 15th and is decided by factors such as the weather, debt level, the amount of time since Christmas, time since our new year's resolutions failed, low motivational levels and the feeling of a need to take charge of the situation. Some mental health charities would say that the concept has no foundation in scientific research and that it can be very misleading. The key point is that those who live with depression, know that feeling down is not dictated by a certain date.

It is good to know that there are two sides to this story. Some people might think that they should have been feeling down last Monday, when in fact they are doing just fine. It is good to also be aware that people struggle during this month of January including last Monday sometimes called 'Blue Monday'. You too can make a difference. Why not turn 'Blue Monday' into 'Reaching Out Week'? Why not have a cuppa with someone today, catch up with someone you know who might be struggling, ring someone you haven't contacted with a while or take time out to say a prayer for someone who needs a prayer at this time.

Clearly during the month of January we need to mind ourselves. It is not an easy month for everyone. It's ok to feel not ok. You are not on your own. There is a beautiful uplifting spiritual line in St Paul's letter to the Romans (15:13). It says: "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." As you journey through this month of January I hope and pray that you also will feel this hope and that it will be your inspiration to keep taking those small steps through each day. By taking it one day at a time, by feeling and trusting in a God who loves us, we will have no fear whatsoever of a 'Blue Monday' or indeed any day that may be difficult or a challenge to us.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Jan-17
Thought For The Week

As we journey through this month of January we are keenly aware of new beginnings and a fresh start that comes with 2018. For some people this month of January can be a difficult one for lots of reasons. A lot of bills seem to have a habit of arriving at the same time this month. Our energy levels can also be low at this time of year which makes us more vulnerable to getting sick. It is no surprise that hospitals can't cope with the numbers coming in during January.

'Blue Monday' is a day in January that has been described as the most depressing day of the year. It fell last Monday Jan 15th and is decided by factors such as the weather, debt level, the amount of time since Christmas, time since our new year's resolutions failed, low motivational levels and the feeling of a need to take charge of the situation. Some mental health charities would say that the concept has no foundation in scientific research and that it can be very misleading. The key point is that those who live with depression, know that feeling down is not dictated by a certain date.

It is good to know that there are two sides to this story. Some people might think that they should have been feeling down last Monday, when in fact they are doing just fine. It is good to also be aware that people struggle during this month of January including last Monday sometimes called 'Blue Monday'. You too can make a difference. Why not turn 'Blue Monday' into 'Reaching Out Week'? Why not have a cuppa with someone today, catch up with someone you know who might be struggling, ring someone you haven't contacted with a while or take time out to say a prayer for someone who needs a prayer at this time.

Clearly during the month of January we need to mind ourselves. It is not an easy month for everyone. It's ok to feel not ok. You are not on your own. There is a beautiful uplifting spiritual line in St Paul's letter to the Romans (15:13). It says: "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." As you journey through this month of January I hope and pray that you also will feel this hope and that it will be your inspiration to keep taking those small steps through each day. By taking it one day at a time, by feeling and trusting in a God who loves us, we will have no fear whatsoever of a 'Blue Monday' or indeed any day that may be difficult or a challenge to us.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Jan-16
Thought For The Week

As we journey through this month of January we are keenly aware of new beginnings and a fresh start that comes with 2018. For some people this month of January can be a difficult one for lots of reasons. A lot of bills seem to have a habit of arriving at the same time this month. Our energy levels can also be low at this time of year which makes us more vulnerable to getting sick. It is no surprise that hospitals can't cope with the numbers coming in during January.

'Blue Monday' is a day in January that has been described as the most depressing day of the year. It fell yesterday, Monday Jan 15th and is decided by factors such as the weather, debt level, the amount of time since Christmas, time since our new year's resolutions failed, low motivational levels and the feeling of a need to take charge of the situation. Some mental health charities would say that the concept has no foundation in scientific research and that it can be very misleading. The key point is that those who live with depression, know that feeling down is not dictated by a certain date.

It is good to know that there are two sides to this story. Some people might think that they should have been feeling down yesterday, when in fact they are doing just fine. It is good to also be aware that people struggle during this month of January including yesterday sometimes called 'Blue Monday'. You too can make a difference. Why not turn 'Blue Monday' into 'Reaching Out Week'? Why not have a cuppa with someone today, catch up with someone you know who might be struggling, ring someone you haven't contacted with a while or take time out to say a prayer for someone who needs a prayer at this time.

Clearly during the month of January we need to mind ourselves. It is not an easy month for everyone. It's ok to feel not ok. You are not on your own. There is a beautiful uplifting spiritual line in St Paul's letter to the Romans (15:13). It says: "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." As you journey through this month of January I hope and pray that you also will feel this hope and that it will be your inspiration to keep taking those small steps through each day. By taking it one day at a time, by feeling and trusting in a God who loves us, we will have no fear whatsoever of a 'Blue Monday' or indeed any day that may be difficult or a challenge to us.
 
 
 
  Monday
Jan-15
Thought For The Week

As we journey through this month of January we are keenly aware of new beginnings and a fresh start that comes with 2018. For some people this month of January can be a difficult one for lots of reasons. A lot of bills seem to have a habit of arriving at the same time this month. Our energy levels can also be low at this time of year which makes us more vulnerable to getting sick. It is no surprise that hospitals can't cope with the numbers coming in during January.

'Blue Monday' is a day in January that has been described as the most depressing day of the year. It falls today Monday Jan 15th and is decided by factors such as the weather, debt level, the amount of time since Christmas, time since our new year's resolutions failed, low motivational levels and the feeling of a need to take charge of the situation. Some mental health charities would say that the concept has no foundation in scientific research and that it can be very misleading. The key point is that those who live with depression, know that feeling down is not dictated by a certain date.

It is good to know that there are two sides to this story. Some people might think that they should be feeling down on Monday, when in fact they are doing just fine. It is good to also be aware that people struggle during this month of January including today Monday sometimes called 'Blue Monday'. You too can make a difference. Why not turn 'Blue Monday' into 'Reaching Out Monday'? Why not have a cuppa with someone today, catch up with someone you know who might be struggling, ring someone you haven't contacted with a while or take time out to say a prayer for someone who needs a prayer at this time.

Clearly during the month of January we need to mind ourselves. It is not an easy month for everyone. It's ok to feel not ok. You are not on your own. There is a beautiful uplifting spiritual line in St Paul's letter to the Romans (15:13). It says: "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." As you journey through this month of January I hope and pray that you also will feel this hope and that it will be your inspiration to keep taking those small steps through each day. By taking it one day at a time, by feeling and trusting in a God who loves us, we will have no fear whatsoever of a 'Blue Monday' or indeed any day that may be difficult or a challenge to us.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Jan-14
 
 
 
  Monday
Jan-08
 
 
 
  Monday
Jan-01
'I am not alone as I thought I was. I am never alone at all. And that of course is the message of Christmas. We are never alone. Not when the night is darkest, the wind coldest, the world seemingly most indifferent. For this is still the time God chooses.' ~Taylor Caldwell

We have all experienced those dark nights, the cold winds and a world that seems far removed from our own personal story. It is easy to feel alone, down hearted and struggling. Christmas though reminds us that we are not on our own. God is very much on our side and with us every step of the way. God chooses to be a part of our lives when we least expect it.

Christmas reminds us that the God we celebrate and follow is a God of love. This has incredible and powerful implications even when we don't fully understand them. God as love means we have a reason to keep going, we are encouraged and we have a sense of hope to keep walking the journey. Those who came to the first crib were made welcome. The same goes with us this Christmas. No matter what our story, background or situation, we are all welcome at God's crib. There are no barriers and no exceptions. Everyone is welcome and we are never alone. Wishing you a happy, holy and peaceful Christmas. Wishing you God's many blessings throughout 2018.
 
 

 

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