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Listing January - 2021
 
  Sunday
Jan-31
'We live in an over stimulated, hyperactive age that makes the practice of stillness very difficult. Peaceful stillness is at the heart of prayer and union with God. It is also at the heart of wholesome sanity.' ~Gillian McVeigh

We all long for some peace and quiet. We know it's important and good for us. But what we hope and wish for, doesn't always work out especially when it comes to quietness and being still. Even if we look back on our day so far, we know we've been particularly busy and active. Sometimes and maybe often, our busyness stifles opportunities to take things a little easier.

One of the most famous lines from Psalm 23 reads: 'Near restful waters he leads me to revive my drooping spirit.'
Where are my restful waters? Have I some place to go where I know it's peaceful and quiet? Is there some space in my home that I can claim as my quiet time even if it's only for a few minutes? Do I see prayer as an opportunity for peace and quiet?
 
 
 
  Saturday
Jan-30
'We live in an over stimulated, hyperactive age that makes the practice of stillness very difficult. Peaceful stillness is at the heart of prayer and union with God. It is also at the heart of wholesome sanity.' ~Gillian McVeigh

We all long for some peace and quiet. We know it's important and good for us. But what we hope and wish for, doesn't always work out especially when it comes to quietness and being still. Even if we look back on our day so far, we know we've been particularly busy and active. Sometimes and maybe often, our busyness stifles opportunities to take things a little easier.

One of the most famous lines from Psalm 23 reads: 'Near restful waters he leads me to revive my drooping spirit.'
Where are my restful waters? Have I some place to go where I know it's peaceful and quiet? Is there some space in my home that I can claim as my quiet time even if it's only for a few minutes? Do I see prayer as an opportunity for peace and quiet?
 
 
 
  Friday
Jan-29
Thought For The Week

'For there is always light,
if only we're brave enough to see it.
If only we're brave enough to be it.' ~Amanda Gorman

There were many stand out moments during the inauguration of President Joe Biden last Wednesday. But it was the recital by poet Amanda Gorman that really captured the attention of everybody who was watching. She had a beautiful youthful spirit, energy, conviction and truly believed everything she was saying.

The last lines of her poem were also so timely in the midst of this Covid 19 pandemic. She said there is always light if we''re brave enough to see it and if we're brave enough to be it. This is a powerful end to her poem. We are reminded that there will always be light but it is something we sometimes have to look for. When life is challenging, difficult, sad or stressful it is often hard to see this light. We need to be brave and turn towards this light even if we do it slowly.

In nature flowers will always turn naturally towards the direction of sunlight but this movement is always done slowly. Our natural inclination is to turn towards the light but sometimes we must make the effort to turn in its direction. Darkness can often have a bigger pull. This is the way life is.

It is great to see so many who are trying to be the light for other members of their families. This week we saw so many touching clips of parents being an amazing light for children with special needs and who are struggling during this latest lockdown. We also have seen many moving clips of our doctors, nurses and caring teams reaching out and being an incredible light for our very sick in hospital the vast majority of them with Covid 19.

Spiritually our scriptures remind us that God is our light. We are reminded that God is source of this light and is the one who helps us through the darkest moments of our lives. As believers we are also called to be the light and to do our best to share this light with others. When others are struggling and in darkness we hold the light for them. We all play our part in different ways.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Thursday
Jan-28
Thought For The Week

'For there is always light,
if only we're brave enough to see it.
If only we're brave enough to be it.' ~Amanda Gorman

There were many stand out moments during the inauguration of President Joe Biden last Wednesday. But it was the recital by poet Amanda Gorman that really captured the attention of everybody who was watching. She had a beautiful youthful spirit, energy, conviction and truly believed everything she was saying.

The last lines of her poem were also so timely in the midst of this Covid 19 pandemic. She said there is always light if we''re brave enough to see it and if we're brave enough to be it. This is a powerful end to her poem. We are reminded that there will always be light but it is something we sometimes have to look for. When life is challenging, difficult, sad or stressful it is often hard to see this light. We need to be brave and turn towards this light even if we do it slowly.

In nature flowers will always turn naturally towards the direction of sunlight but this movement is always done slowly. Our natural inclination is to turn towards the light but sometimes we must make the effort to turn in its direction. Darkness can often have a bigger pull. This is the way life is.

It is great to see so many who are trying to be the light for other members of their families. This week we saw so many touching clips of parents being an amazing light for children with special needs and who are struggling during this latest lockdown. We also have seen many moving clips of our doctors, nurses and caring teams reaching out and being an incredible light for our very sick in hospital the vast majority of them with Covid 19.

Spiritually our scriptures remind us that God is our light. We are reminded that God is source of this light and is the one who helps us through the darkest moments of our lives. As believers we are also called to be the light and to do our best to share this light with others. When others are struggling and in darkness we hold the light for them. We all play our part in different ways.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Jan-26
Thought For The Week

'For there is always light,
if only we're brave enough to see it.
If only we're brave enough to be it.' ~Amanda Gorman

There were many stand out moments during the inauguration of President Joe Biden last Wednesday. But it was the recital by poet Amanda Gorman that really captured the attention of everybody who was watching. She had a beautiful youthful spirit, energy, conviction and truly believed everything she was saying.

The last lines of her poem were also so timely in the midst of this Covid 19 pandemic. She said there is always light if we''re brave enough to see it and if we're brave enough to be it. This is a powerful end to her poem. We are reminded that there will always be light but it is something we sometimes have to look for. When life is challenging, difficult, sad or stressful it is often hard to see this light. We need to be brave and turn towards this light even if we do it slowly.

In nature flowers will always turn naturally towards the direction of sunlight but this movement is always done slowly. Our natural inclination is to turn towards the light but sometimes we must make the effort to turn in its direction. Darkness can often have a bigger pull. This is the way life is.

It is great to see so many who are trying to be the light for other members of their families. This week we saw so many touching clips of parents being an amazing light for children with special needs and who are struggling during this latest lockdown. We also have seen many moving clips of our doctors, nurses and caring teams reaching out and being an incredible light for our very sick in hospital the vast majority of them with Covid 19.

Spiritually our scriptures remind us that God is our light. We are reminded that God is source of this light and is the one who helps us through the darkest moments of our lives. As believers we are also called to be the light and to do our best to share this light with others. When others are struggling and in darkness we hold the light for them. We all play our part in different ways.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Monday
Jan-25
Thought For The Week

'For there is always light,
if only we're brave enough to see it.
If only we're brave enough to be it.' ~Amanda Gorman

There were many stand out moments during the inauguration of President Joe Biden last Wednesday. But it was the recital by poet Amanda Gorman that really captured the attention of everybody who was watching. She had a beautiful youthful spirit, energy, conviction and truly believed everything she was saying.

The last lines of her poem were also so timely in the midst of this Covid 19 pandemic. She said there is always light if we''re brave enough to see it and if we're brave enough to be it. This is a powerful end to her poem. We are reminded that there will always be light but it is something we sometimes have to look for. When life is challenging, difficult, sad or stressful it is often hard to see this light. We need to be brave and turn towards this light even if we do it slowly.

In nature flowers will always turn naturally towards the direction of sunlight but this movement is always done slowly. Our natural inclination is to turn towards the light but sometimes we must make the effort to turn in its direction. Darkness can often have a bigger pull. This is the way life is.

It is great to see so many who are trying to be the light for other members of their families. This week we saw so many touching clips of parents being an amazing light for children with special needs and who are struggling during this latest lockdown. We also have seen many moving clips of our doctors, nurses and caring teams reaching out and being an incredible light for our very sick in hospital the vast majority of them with Covid 19.

Spiritually our scriptures remind us that God is our light. We are reminded that God is source of this light and is the one who helps us through the darkest moments of our lives. As believers we are also called to be the light and to do our best to share this light with others. When others are struggling and in darkness we hold the light for them. We all play our part in different ways.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Jan-24
Private prayer is habit forming, make it part of your life and you will not want to live without it anytime soon. But it would be a mistake to think that it exhausts the possibilities of living the spiritual life. Besides praying by yourself there is much, much more.' ~Barbara Cawthorne Crafton

As we head towards the end of January, it is another reminder just how quickly time can pass by. Sometimes life goes at such a fast pace that we forget about our own quiet time or the need to make space just for ourselves. It is always good to take time out or to make a moment for our own quiet prayer. It is quality time that no one can take away from us, a moment when we can simply be ourselves. It allows us to be honest and express what ever is going on for us.

But it is also good to pray too as part of a community. Praying with others gives us the sense of a journey together and that we are not in isolation. Praying together allows us to support and encourage each other. Most of the major religions in the world actively encourage community participation. It is all about finding the balance between what is private and what we do together. Personal prayer gives so many comfort and a sense of purpose. But it can never be done exclusively on our own.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Jan-23
Private prayer is habit forming, make it part of your life and you will not want to live without it anytime soon. But it would be a mistake to think that it exhausts the possibilities of living the spiritual life. Besides praying by yourself there is much, much more.' ~Barbara Cawthorne Crafton

As we head towards the end of January, it is another reminder just how quickly time can pass by. Sometimes life goes at such a fast pace that we forget about our own quiet time or the need to make space just for ourselves. It is always good to take time out or to make a moment for our own quiet prayer. It is quality time that no one can take away from us, a moment when we can simply be ourselves. It allows us to be honest and express what ever is going on for us.

But it is also good to pray too as part of a community. Praying with others gives us the sense of a journey together and that we are not in isolation. Praying together allows us to support and encourage each other. Most of the major religions in the world actively encourage community participation. It is all about finding the balance between what is private and what we do together. Personal prayer gives so many comfort and a sense of purpose. But it can never be done exclusively on our own.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Jan-21
Private prayer is habit forming, make it part of your life and you will not want to live without it anytime soon. But it would be a mistake to think that it exhausts the possibilities of living the spiritual life. Besides praying by yourself there is much, much more.' ~Barbara Cawthorne Crafton

As we head towards the end of January, it is another reminder just how quickly time can pass by. Sometimes life goes at such a fast pace that we forget about our own quiet time or the need to make space just for ourselves. It is always good to take time out or to make a moment for our own quiet prayer. It is quality time that no one can take away from us, a moment when we can simply be ourselves. It allows us to be honest and express what ever is going on for us.

But it is also good to pray too as part of a community. Praying with others gives us the sense of a journey together and that we are not in isolation. Praying together allows us to support and encourage each other. Most of the major religions in the world actively encourage community participation. It is all about finding the balance between what is private and what we do together. Personal prayer gives so many comfort and a sense of purpose. But it can never be done exclusively on our own.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Jan-20
Private prayer is habit forming, make it part of your life and you will not want to live without it anytime soon. But it would be a mistake to think that it exhausts the possibilities of living the spiritual life. Besides praying by yourself there is much, much more.' ~Barbara Cawthorne Crafton

As we head towards the end of January, it is another reminder just how quickly time can pass by. Sometimes life goes at such a fast pace that we forget about our own quiet time or the need to make space just for ourselves. It is always good to take time out or to make a moment for our own quiet prayer. It is quality time that no one can take away from us, a moment when we can simply be ourselves. It allows us to be honest and express what ever is going on for us.

But it is also good to pray too as part of a community. Praying with others gives us the sense of a journey together and that we are not in isolation. Praying together allows us to support and encourage each other. Most of the major religions in the world actively encourage community participation. It is all about finding the balance between what is private and what we do together. Personal prayer gives so many comfort and a sense of purpose. But it can never be done exclusively on our own.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Jan-19
The following prayer is for our Healthcare workers, doctors, nursers, carers and hospital staff who embody the true meaning of our Gospel. We know they are under huge pressure at the moment with a surge of Covid cases in our hospitals. They ae in our thoughts and prayers this week



Loving God,
We place into your care
all our doctors, nurses
and healthcare workers.
Give them courage of heart
and strength of mind and body.
Keep them safe from harm.
May they know our deep
gratitude for all they are doing
to heal and help those affected by the coronavirus.
God of all consolation may they know your protection and peace.
Bless them in these challenging days and bless their families.
Amen.
 
 
 
  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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