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Listing January - 2021
 
  Sunday
Jan-17
The following prayer for strength was written by Pope John 23rd. Some days we struggle to find the right words or just struggle to get going with prayer. This lovely prayer could easily fill those moments.

Every day, I need you Lord, but today especially I need some extra strength to face whatever is to come. This day, more than any other day, I need to feel you near me to strengthen my courage and to overcome my fear. By myself I cannot meet the challenge of the hour. We are frail human creatures and we need a Higher Power to sustain us in all that life may bring. And so dear Lord, hold my trembling hand. Be with me Lord, this day and stretch out your powerful arm to help me. May your love be upon me as I place all my hope in you. Amen
 
 
 
  Saturday
Jan-16
There is a fable told about a robin watching snow fall in a forest. It watched as the flakes of snow tumbled down, landing on a branch before it. It counted each flake all the way up to 4500, 4501, 4502, 4503, 4504 and then on 4505 the little branch snapped with the weight of the snow. It marveled at the strength, power and difference that one tiny flake could make. It thought about the 4504 flakes that fell before it, all making a difference but yet one had the biggest effect of all.

We had a little snow last week. There wasn't enough to get too excited about but still enough to transform the landscape from ordinary into something beautiful. There is nothing like the feeling of walking on snow that nobody else has walked on. It's never the same after lots of footprints.

We are told each flake of snow is different in shape and size. Each one is a little miracle in itself. Snow has the ability to transform the landscape and turn even the bleakest and darkest spots into great beauty. Spiritually snow reminds us that we too are precious and unique. We may think we don't make a difference. But like the tiny flake of snow breaking a branch, we too can leave a mark, imprint and bring a significant difference to every day that is God's gift to us.

Last Sunday we celebrated the feast of the Baptism of Jesus. It also puts the spotlight on our baptism. We sometimes see it as a once off event, somewhere in the past, not worth thinking much about any more. But our baptism is a daily reminder that we are also precious, special and unique. This reminder is not occasional or sometimes but every single day. Our baptism like our fingerprint, marking us out as precious and special in God's constant love for us.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Jan-14
There is a fable told about a robin watching snow fall in a forest. It watched as the flakes of snow tumbled down, landing on a branch before it. It counted each flake all the way up to 4500, 4501, 4502, 4503, 4504 and then on 4505 the little branch snapped with the weight of the snow. It marveled at the strength, power and difference that one tiny flake could make. It thought about the 4504 flakes that fell before it, all making a difference but yet one had the biggest effect of all.

We had a little snow last week. There wasn't enough to get too excited about but still enough to transform the landscape from ordinary into something beautiful. There is nothing like the feeling of walking on snow that nobody else has walked on. It's never the same after lots of footprints.

We are told each flake of snow is different in shape and size. Each one is a little miracle in itself. Snow has the ability to transform the landscape and turn even the bleakest and darkest spots into great beauty. Spiritually snow reminds us that we too are precious and unique. We may think we don't make a difference. But like the tiny flake of snow breaking a branch, we too can leave a mark, imprint and bring a significant difference to every day that is God's gift to us.

Last Sunday we celebrated the feast of the Baptism of Jesus. It also puts the spotlight on our baptism. We sometimes see it as a once off event, somewhere in the past, not worth thinking much about any more. But our baptism is a daily reminder that we are also precious, special and unique. This reminder is not occasional or sometimes but every single day. Our baptism like our fingerprint, marking us out as precious and special in God's constant love for us.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Jan-13
There is a fable told about a robin watching snow fall in a forest. It watched as the flakes of snow tumbled down, landing on a branch before it. It counted each flake all the way up to 4500, 4501, 4502, 4503, 4504 and then on 4505 the little branch snapped with the weight of the snow. It marveled at the strength, power and difference that one tiny flake could make. It thought about the 4504 flakes that fell before it, all making a difference but yet one had the biggest effect of all.

We had a little snow last week. There wasn't enough to get too excited about but still enough to transform the landscape from ordinary into something beautiful. There is nothing like the feeling of walking on snow that nobody else has walked on. It's never the same after lots of footprints.

We are told each flake of snow is different in shape and size. Each one is a little miracle in itself. Snow has the ability to transform the landscape and turn even the bleakest and darkest spots into great beauty. Spiritually snow reminds us that we too are precious and unique. We may think we don't make a difference. But like the tiny flake of snow breaking a branch, we too can leave a mark, imprint and bring a significant difference to every day that is God's gift to us.

Last Sunday we celebrated the feast of the Baptism of Jesus. It also puts the spotlight on our baptism. We sometimes see it as a once off event, somewhere in the past, not worth thinking much about any more. But our baptism is a daily reminder that we are also precious, special and unique. This reminder is not occasional or sometimes but every single day. Our baptism like our fingerprint, marking us out as precious and special in God's constant love for us.
 
 
 
  Monday
Jan-11
There is a fable told about a robin watching snow fall in a forest. It watched as the flakes of snow tumbled down, landing on a branch before it. It counted each flake all the way up to 4500, 4501, 4502, 4503, 4504 and then on 4505 the little branch snapped with the weight of the snow. It marveled at the strength, power and difference that one tiny flake could make. It thought about the 4504 flakes that fell before it, all making a difference but yet one had the biggest effect of all.

We had a little snow last week. There wasn't enough to get too excited about but still enough to transform the landscape from ordinary into something beautiful. There is nothing like the feeling of walking on snow that nobody else has walked on. It's never the same after lots of footprints.

We are told each flake of snow is different in shape and size. Each one is a little miracle in itself. Snow has the ability to transform the landscape and turn even the bleakest and darkest spots into great beauty. Spiritually snow reminds us that we too are precious and unique. We may think we don't make a difference. But like the tiny flake of snow breaking a branch, we too can leave a mark, imprint and bring a significant difference to every day that is God's gift to us.

Yesterday we celebrated the feast of the Baptism of Jesus. It also puts the spotlight on our baptism. We sometimes see it as a once off event, somewhere in the past, not worth thinking much about any more. But our baptism is a daily reminder that we are also precious, special and unique. This reminder is not occasional or sometimes but every single day. Our baptism like our fingerprint, marking us out as precious and special in God's constant love for us.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Jan-10
As we gently say goodbye to Christmas we look forward in hope. We were reminded during Wednesday's feast day of the Epiphany how the wise men went home in a different direction. They changed course, changed plans, adapted to changing circumstances and went with new beginnings.

All our lives have been changed because of Covid 19. During this current third wave of the pandemic many are fearful and worried. Many are wondering will it ever end. The wise men were led by God to safety, security and new beginnings. We pray for so many who are genuinely worried about the current situation, about loved ones in hospital and nursing homes and worried about their own safety.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Jan-09
As we gently say goodbye to Christmas we look forward in hope. We were reminded during Wednesday's feast day of the Epiphany how the wise men went home in a different direction. They changed course, changed plans, adapted to changing circumstances and went with new beginnings.

All our lives have been changed because of Covid 19. During this current third wave of the pandemic many are fearful and worried. Many are wondering will it ever end. The wise men were led by God to safety, security and new beginnings. We pray for so many who are genuinely worried about the current situation, about loved ones in hospital and nursing homes and worried about their own safety.
 
 
 
  Friday
Jan-08
The story of the wise men is fascinating. Like a jigsaw we only have a few of the pieces but we can still put together a very interesting picture of their story. The Epiphany is celebrated all over the world and yet their feast day (January 6th) comes at a time when most people are taking down their Christmas decorations!

It's fair to say that story of the three wise men gets a bit lost. I always have a soft spot for the three wise men! Yes we know some bits about the story and there is also so much more we don't know too. This adds to the mystery of the Magi and the reason why of their visit. I admire their sense of adventure, determination, courage, bravery and their willingness to take a risk. I am fully convinced their story has a message for all of us too especially during these difficult and challenging times that is Covid 19.

I have also put together a short video called 'Who really were the three wise men?' Here is the link: https://youtu.be/uAuq2CnfW3Y
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Jan-06
The story of the wise men is fascinating. Like a jigsaw we only have a few of the pieces but we can still put together a very interesting picture of their story. The Epiphany is celebrated all over the world and yet their feast day (January 6th) comes at a time when most people are taking down their Christmas decorations!

It's fair to say that story of the three wise men gets a bit lost. I always have a soft spot for the three wise men! Yes we know some bits about the story and there is also so much more we don't know too. This adds to the mystery of the Magi and the reason why of their visit. I admire their sense of adventure, determination, courage, bravery and their willingness to take a risk. I am fully convinced their story has a message for all of us too especially during these difficult and challenging times that is Covid 19.

 
 
 
  Tuesday
Jan-05
The story of the wise men is fascinating. Like a jigsaw we only have a few of the pieces but we can still put together a very interesting picture of their story. The Epiphany is celebrated all over the world and yet their feast day (January 6th) comes at a time when most people are taking down their Christmas decorations!

It's fair to say that story of the three wise men gets a bit lost. I always have a soft spot for the three wise men! Yes we know some bits about the story and there is also so much more we don't know too. This adds to the mystery of the Magi and the reason why of their visit. I admire their sense of adventure, determination, courage, bravery and their willingness to take a risk. I am fully convinced their story has a message for all of us too especially during these difficult and challenging times that is Covid 19.

In this video I also touch in on one part of the story - that of the 4th wise man. There is a lot of speculation about him. From a spiritual point of view and as a way of a quiet moment of reflection you can become the 4th wise person! What is your take on the story of the Magi? Do you like their sense of adventure, their connection to the universe story, their ability to take a risk and to not have all the answers at once but knowing there is something meaningful out there. When you put all our stories together we get a wonderful tapestry.
 
 
 
  Monday
Jan-04
Thought For Today resumes on Jan 5th
 
 
 
  Saturday
Jan-02
Thought For Today resumes on Jan 5th....
 
 
 
  Friday
Jan-01
Resumes on Jan 5th.....
 
 

 

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