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  Sunday
Jun-30
"The challenge is starting again, into a new family, a new home, a new faith community and once I thought about that, prayed about it, I am really looking forward to that new beginning, that new challenge and getting to know a whole new community and group of people." ~Bishop Elect Fintan Gavin

Today is a special day for Cork as Fr. Fintan Gavin will be ordained the new Bishop of Cork and Ross. He takes over from Bishop John Buckley who is a hugely popular man and much loved across Cork. He has been Bishop of the Cork Diocese since 1997 and fully deserves a happy and relaxed retirement. He is not too comfortable though using the word retirement. Recently he said: "I think the word retirement shouldn't apply to priests and bishops because they're always involved, whether it's doing little things or praying for people in the community." He hopes to continue to play an active role in our Cork community.

Originally from Dublin, Fr. Fintan has worked in many different parts of Dublin Diocese. Fintan is fluent in Italian and Spanish and also enjoys keeping fit, walking, cooking and gardening. He comes with a very impressive CV, with a very wide pastoral experience of working with people in different communities. He has worked closely with young adults through gospel choirs, World Youth Day and the 'Second Chance Saturday' initiative which encourages those who have drifted from the Church to give their faith a second chance, reaching out through street ministry and hospitality.

He believes strongly that young people have a vital role to play in the life of the Church. He says this can be achieved, "by being honest, fair, inclusive, sincere and by being yourself with them." "It's not easy being a young person today in Cork, Ireland or across the world," he said ahead of his ordination today in the North Cathedral.

Speaking directly about the ordination he says: "I hope the ordination today will reflect the different groups within the Diocese, the different traditions of music, the different age groups and that we will be celebrating the faith life of a vibrant community here in Cork and Ross."

There are few certainties in life as we know but one certainty for sure is that the new Bishop will be given a very warm welcome in Cork. He might be from Dublin but nobody in Cork will hold that against him even if the Dublin footballers win the 5 in a row this year! We wish him the very best tomorrow and pray God's many blessings on him during his ordination and in his ministry ahead as Bishop of Cork and Ross. The ordination event will be available to see online at corkandross.org or corkcathedral.ie and it starts at 3pm.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Jun-29
Thought For Week

'Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.' ~Martin Luther King Jr

Last Saturday was midsummer's day in the Northern Hemisphere and is sometimes known as the Summer Solstice. The sun is the source of all human life. As it rises every morning, we celebrate the beginning of a new day and as it gently disappears at dusk, we begin to settle down for sleep and rest. The cycle of human life centres around the sun, it creates all of time and all of life. That is why the generations before us were very tuned into the significance of this date.

Spiritually it also has huge significance. We are sometimes afraid and fear the dark. This is not something new. It stretches back thousands of years. The stories of people throughout scripture were immersed in both darkness and light, in the ups and downs of life, in the challenges and opportunities that they faced. It is true that God is often referred to as light but it's also true that God embraces darkness as well.

What does this mean? Life is a mixture of light and darkness for all of us. We flourish and thrive when we are in the light and we often struggle in the dark. But spiritually God is with us in light but also in darkness too. So no matter how dark, sad, dreary or depressing our lives may be at times, our heartfelt belief is that somehow God is present in there as well, giving us hope, courage and strength to keep going.

As we mark the Summer Solstice, we celebrate and embrace all the beautiful light in our lives. You can't hide light and this means you can't hide all the good in our lives too. This weekend the invitation is to celebrate your light and celebrate all the goodness in your life.
 
 
 
  Friday
Jun-28
Thought For Week

'Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.' ~Martin Luther King Jr

Last Saturday was midsummer's day in the Northern Hemisphere and is sometimes known as the Summer Solstice. The sun is the source of all human life. As it rises every morning, we celebrate the beginning of a new day and as it gently disappears at dusk, we begin to settle down for sleep and rest. The cycle of human life centres around the sun, it creates all of time and all of life. That is why the generations before us were very tuned into the significance of this date.

Spiritually it also has huge significance. We are sometimes afraid and fear the dark. This is not something new. It stretches back thousands of years. The stories of people throughout scripture were immersed in both darkness and light, in the ups and downs of life, in the challenges and opportunities that they faced. It is true that God is often referred to as light but it's also true that God embraces darkness as well.

What does this mean? Life is a mixture of light and darkness for all of us. We flourish and thrive when we are in the light and we often struggle in the dark. But spiritually God is with us in light but also in darkness too. So no matter how dark, sad, dreary or depressing our lives may be at times, our heartfelt belief is that somehow God is present in there as well, giving us hope, courage and strength to keep going.

As we mark the Summer Solstice, we celebrate and embrace all the beautiful light in our lives. You can't hide light and this means you can't hide all the good in our lives too. This weekend the invitation is to celebrate your light and celebrate all the goodness in your life.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Jun-27
Thought For Week

'Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.' ~Martin Luther King Jr

Last Saturday was midsummer's day in the Northern Hemisphere and is sometimes known as the Summer Solstice. The sun is the source of all human life. As it rises every morning, we celebrate the beginning of a new day and as it gently disappears at dusk, we begin to settle down for sleep and rest. The cycle of human life centres around the sun, it creates all of time and all of life. That is why the generations before us were very tuned into the significance of this date.

Spiritually it also has huge significance. We are sometimes afraid and fear the dark. This is not something new. It stretches back thousands of years. The stories of people throughout scripture were immersed in both darkness and light, in the ups and downs of life, in the challenges and opportunities that they faced. It is true that God is often referred to as light but it's also true that God embraces darkness as well.

What does this mean? Life is a mixture of light and darkness for all of us. We flourish and thrive when we are in the light and we often struggle in the dark. But spiritually God is with us in light but also in darkness too. So no matter how dark, sad, dreary or depressing our lives may be at times, our heartfelt belief is that somehow God is present in there as well, giving us hope, courage and strength to keep going.

As we mark the Summer Solstice, we celebrate and embrace all the beautiful light in our lives. You can't hide light and this means you can't hide all the good in our lives too. This weekend the invitation is to celebrate your light and celebrate all the goodness in your life.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Jun-26
Thought For Week

'Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.' ~Martin Luther King Jr

Last Saturday was midsummer's day in the Northern Hemisphere and is sometimes known as the Summer Solstice. The sun is the source of all human life. As it rises every morning, we celebrate the beginning of a new day and as it gently disappears at dusk, we begin to settle down for sleep and rest. The cycle of human life centres around the sun, it creates all of time and all of life. That is why the generations before us were very tuned into the significance of this date.

Spiritually it also has huge significance. We are sometimes afraid and fear the dark. This is not something new. It stretches back thousands of years. The stories of people throughout scripture were immersed in both darkness and light, in the ups and downs of life, in the challenges and opportunities that they faced. It is true that God is often referred to as light but it's also true that God embraces darkness as well.

What does this mean? Life is a mixture of light and darkness for all of us. We flourish and thrive when we are in the light and we often struggle in the dark. But spiritually God is with us in light but also in darkness too. So no matter how dark, sad, dreary or depressing our lives may be at times, our heartfelt belief is that somehow God is present in there as well, giving us hope, courage and strength to keep going.

As we mark the Summer Solstice, we celebrate and embrace all the beautiful light in our lives. You can't hide light and this means you can't hide all the good in our lives too. This weekend the invitation is to celebrate your light and celebrate all the goodness in your life.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Jun-25
Thought For Week

'Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.' ~Martin Luther King Jr

Last Saturday was midsummer's day in the Northern Hemisphere and is sometimes known as the Summer Solstice. The sun is the source of all human life. As it rises every morning, we celebrate the beginning of a new day and as it gently disappears at dusk, we begin to settle down for sleep and rest. The cycle of human life centres around the sun, it creates all of time and all of life. That is why the generations before us were very tuned into the significance of this date.

Spiritually it also has huge significance. We are sometimes afraid and fear the dark. This is not something new. It stretches back thousands of years. The stories of people throughout scripture were immersed in both darkness and light, in the ups and downs of life, in the challenges and opportunities that they faced. It is true that God is often referred to as light but it's also true that God embraces darkness as well.

What does this mean? Life is a mixture of light and darkness for all of us. We flourish and thrive when we are in the light and we often struggle in the dark. But spiritually God is with us in light but also in darkness too. So no matter how dark, sad, dreary or depressing our lives may be at times, our heartfelt belief is that somehow God is present in there as well, giving us hope, courage and strength to keep going.

As we mark the Summer Solstice, we celebrate and embrace all the beautiful light in our lives. You can't hide light and this means you can't hide all the good in our lives too. This weekend the invitation is to celebrate your light and celebrate all the goodness in your life.
 
 
 
  Monday
Jun-24
'Better bend than break.' ~Scottish Proverb

All engineering projects, no matter how small or big have to allow for give. Bridges, walls and steel structures all need room to expand with rising temperatures. Not to allow for such expansion will ultimately lead to the collapse of what was built. There are many situations in our lives where we also need to give and take. We sometimes would like to have done it our way but sometimes the best approach is to allow someone else their say and their opinion.

Today (June 24th) is the feast of St John the Baptist, who was always flexible, allowing people to have their say and their opinion. Many misunderstood him because of his lifestyle and direct approach. But everything he did came from his great belief, that Jesus really was the one who would make the difference. How right he was. Today we ask his many blessings on our communities, families and particularly on each of us when we find it hard to give and take.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Jun-23
Today's Thought For Today is by Triona Doherty from Intercom Magazine called 'Feast of Love'

Pope Benedict XVI once described today's feast as 'a day on which heaven and earth work together.' He said: 'Corpus Christi is an expression of faith in God, in love, in the fact that God is love. Love does not consume: it gives and, in giving, receives.'

This is a wonderful way to approach Communion. When we receive the body and blood of Jesus, it is a gift of love. But if we keep this gift for ourselves, and do not give in return, that is not love. The disciples in today's Gospel have a small amount of food, five loaves and two fish - maybe enough to feed themselves, at a stretch. But Jesus had a very different idea.

Notice that Jesus hands this gift over to them to distribute among the hungry crowd. It is the disciples' responsibility to feed the hungry, to give to those in need, and to love the very crowds that they had earlier suggested sending away.

The Feast of Corpus Christi reminds us of our need to be in communion with the whole body of Christ. There is room for everyone at the banquet, especially the poor and the hungry, and it is up to us to help those in need. Having received this gift of love, we are expected to pass it on. There is more than enough bread for everyone.

'If there is hunger anywhere in the world, then our celebration of the Eucharist is somehow incomplete everywhere in the world. We cannot properly receive the Bread of Life unless at the same time we give the bread of life to those in need, wherever and whoever they may be.'
 
 
 
  Saturday
Jun-22
A friendship blessing by the late John O'Donohue

May you be blessed with good friends. May you learn to be a good friend to yourself. May you be able to journey to that place in your soul where there is great love, warmth, feeling and forgiveness. May this change you. May it transfigure that which is negative, distant or cold in you. May you be brought into real passion, kinship and affinity of belonging. May you treasure your friends. May you be good to them and may you be there for them. May they bring you all the blessings, challenges, truth and light that you need for your journey. May you never be isolated and may you always be in the gentle nest of belonging with your anam cara.
 
 
 
  Friday
Jun-21
With the coming of evening, Jesus said to his disciples, 'Let us cross over to the other side.' And leaving the crowd behind they took him, just as he was, in the boat; and there were other boats with him. Then it began to blow a gale and the waves were breaking into the boat so that it was almost swamped. But he was in the stern, his head on the cushion, asleep. They woke him and said to him, 'Master, do you not care? We are going down!' And he woke up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, 'Quiet now! Be calm!' And the wind dropped, and all was calm again. Then he said to them, 'Why are you so frightened? How is it that you have no faith?' They were filled with awe and said to one another, 'Who can this be? Even the wind and the sea obey him.' ~Mark 4: 35-41

The following reflection has been written by Rev.Joseph Cassidy

In the story about the storm at sea, Jesus calms the storm, the disciples are terrified and he questions their lack of faith. All I can say is 'Our Lord mustn't be in every boat!'. He mustn't have been in the Titanic because that one went down. He mustn't have been in all the merchant ships sent to the bottom of the sea by the U-boats during World War II. An awful lot of ships and planes have gone down with people who trusted in the Lord. Trust is no defence against a torpedo. Trust alone won't keep a boat afloat.

In the course of my life, I've prayed very hard for people who were very dear to me. I put my trust in God as they did. It didn't stop them suffering and it didn't stop them from dying. You've had the same experience. I know it. So whatever the story about the storm at the sea might mean, it cannot mean that if you put your trust in God everything is going to be just fine. Unfortunately that's not the case.

So what does it mean? Well, I think it means that when terrible things happen to us, by way of sickness or death, no matter how abandoned we may feel, God is there behind us. God is there in the thick of it. God is the one who will ultimately make sense of it and put the whole jig saw in place. Even though we sometimes don't know what God is at, according to Jesus it's safe to trust him. 'Why are you so frightened', 'Have you still no faith?'.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Jun-20
Thought For The Week

'God is not a static thing, not even a person, but a dynamic, pulsating activity, a life, almost a kind of drama. Almost, if you will not think me irreverent, a kind of dance.' C.S Lewis

Last Sunday was Trinity Sunday. It is sometimes easy to get caught up in the numbers game, one in three, three in one and then come up with explanations. One certainty in life is that we will never fully understand God. We can never describe God from A to Z. It's a lifetime journey to put all the pieces together. But we do have endless pointers on the journey of life that remind us of God's unique presence in our world and universe.

Some of these describe God as love, as our creator, who is generous, who is with us always, who forgives wholeheartedly, who delights in each of us, who trusts us, encourages us, watches over us, comforts us and someone who brings light and hope to our dark corners. There are thousands of more words that could be added and we would still be short. In trying to understand God we must always remember God's endless love for each of us. Everything else evolves from this.

Trinity Sunday reminds us that there are many things in our world and in our lives that we do not fully understand. It is the bad and sad stories that so often grab the headlines. But God's love will always be visible and wherever its presence or energy is, we have nothing to fear. We are not in isolation but part of a community built on love in all its forms. Trinity may be surrounded in mystery but there is no mystery about the difference God's love makes in our world and lives.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Jun-18
'God is not a static thing, not even a person, but a dynamic, pulsating activity, a life, almost a kind of drama. Almost, if you will not think me irreverent, a kind of dance.' C.S Lewis

Last Sunday was Trinity Sunday. It is sometimes easy to get caught up in the numbers game, one in three, three in one and then come up with explanations. One certainty in life is that we will never fully understand God. We can never describe God from A to Z. It's a lifetime journey to put all the pieces together. But we do have endless pointers on the journey of life that remind us of God's unique presence in our world and universe.

Some of these describe God as love, as our creator, who is generous, who is with us always, who forgives wholeheartedly, who delights in each of us, who trusts us, encourages us, watches over us, comforts us and someone who brings light and hope to our dark corners. There are thousands of more words that could be added and we would still be short. In trying to understand God we must always remember God's endless love for each of us. Everything else evolves from this.

Trinity Sunday reminds us that there are many things in our world and in our lives that we do not fully understand. It is the bad and sad stories that so often grab the headlines. But God's love will always be visible and wherever its presence or energy is, we have nothing to fear. We are not in isolation but part of a community built on love in all its forms. Trinity may be surrounded in mystery but there is no mystery about the difference God's love makes in our world and lives.
 
 
 
  Monday
Jun-17
Today is Father's Day and the following is appropriate for the day that is in it

When I was 4 years old I remember saying 'My Daddy can do anything'.
At 5: 'My Daddy knows a lot'.
At 6: 'My Daddy is smarter than your Dad.'
At 8: 'My Daddy knows everything'.
At 10: 'In the olden years, when my Dad grew up things were different'.
At 12: 'Well naturally, Father doesn't know anything about that. He is too old to remember his childhood'
At 14: 'Don't pay attention to my father, he is so old fashioned'.
At 21: 'Him? My goodness, he is hopelessly out of date'.
At 25: 'Dad knows a little about it, but then he should because he has been around for so long'.
At 30: 'Maybe we should ask Dad what he thinks? After all he's a lot of experience'.
At 35: I'm not doing a single thing until I talk to Dad first'.
At 40: 'I wonder how would Dad have handled this? He was so wise and had a world of experience'.
At 50: I'd give anything if Dad were here now. Too bad I didn't appreciate how smart he was. I could have learned a lot from him'.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Jun-15
%u2018I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.' ~Edward Everett Hale.

This week marks %u2018World Blood Donor Week'. Millions of people around the world owe their lives to individuals they will never meet. These are the people who donate their blood to help others. This week is all about raising awareness about the need for more support. Every country is different in what its own particular needs are. Here in Ireland 3000 donations are needed each week. Only 3% of the Irish population are donors providing blood for a population of 4 million. One in four people will need a transfusion at some point in their lives. We often say, %u2018Sure, it won't be me', %u2018I'll be grand' %u2018I'm fine and healthy'.

But life as we know is fragile and the unexpected is something we can't avoid. A single donation of blood can save up to three lives. Blood is of course our lifeline. It's precious and sacred and we thank God for it. We can give the gift of life to someone else. It is the most precious gift we can give. It's hard to gauge the effectiveness of World Blood Donor Week but if it encourages pockets of people across the world to donate blood who haven't done before, it will have been a very worthwhile week.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Jun-13
Thought For The Week

'It is the work of the Spirit to create, maintain and transmit life in all its forms, especially our spiritual lives. The Spirit is like a gentle breeze, not a whirlwind. It is a whisper and not a yell. To hear and understand it we have to be mindful, with open and attentive hearts.' ~Leonardo Boff

Last Sunday we celebrated Pentecost Sunday. At the heart of this celebration is an acknowledgement of the presence and energy of God in our lives. We often limit the Holy Spirit to our Confirmation day. But even back then we didn't fully understand what it was all about. The real meaning of our Confirmation never really got a hold in our spiritual lives. We limit the Holy Spirit to one day in our lives and forget that the significance of the Holy Spirit is ongoing throughout our lives.

The Holy Spirit is the greatest energy or presence in our world. It is alive, active, creative and prompting us always to God's special presence in our world. As soon as a yacht lifts up its sails to catch a breeze it becomes alive and moves through the water full of purpose, energy and delight. If the sail is taken down and put away the yacht is almost lifeless and just drifts along. It is the same with the Holy Spirit we sometimes forget to put up our sails to catch and harness a unique presence in our world today.

As we pray to the Holy Spirit we get so much back in return. A few words come to mind: light, love, hope, peace, courage, understanding, acceptance, calm, a sense of direction in our lives, energy, creativity, new beginnings, strength, clarity and much more. The following is the beautiful traditional prayer to the Holy Spirit: "Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And you shall renew the face of the earth. Amen"
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Jun-12
Thought For The Week

'It is the work of the Spirit to create, maintain and transmit life in all its forms, especially our spiritual lives. The Spirit is like a gentle breeze, not a whirlwind. It is a whisper and not a yell. To hear and understand it we have to be mindful, with open and attentive hearts.' ~Leonardo Boff

Last Sunday we celebrated Pentecost Sunday. At the heart of this celebration is an acknowledgement of the presence and energy of God in our lives. We often limit the Holy Spirit to our Confirmation day. But even back then we didn't fully understand what it was all about. The real meaning of our Confirmation never really got a hold in our spiritual lives. We limit the Holy Spirit to one day in our lives and forget that the significance of the Holy Spirit is ongoing throughout our lives.

The Holy Spirit is the greatest energy or presence in our world. It is alive, active, creative and prompting us always to God's special presence in our world. As soon as a yacht lifts up its sails to catch a breeze it becomes alive and moves through the water full of purpose, energy and delight. If the sail is taken down and put away the yacht is almost lifeless and just drifts along. It is the same with the Holy Spirit we sometimes forget to put up our sails to catch and harness a unique presence in our world today.

As we pray to the Holy Spirit we get so much back in return. A few words come to mind: light, love, hope, peace, courage, understanding, acceptance, calm, a sense of direction in our lives, energy, creativity, new beginnings, strength, clarity and much more. The following is the beautiful traditional prayer to the Holy Spirit: "Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And you shall renew the face of the earth. Amen"
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Jun-11
Thought For The Week

'It is the work of the Spirit to create, maintain and transmit life in all its forms, especially our spiritual lives. The Spirit is like a gentle breeze, not a whirlwind. It is a whisper and not a yell. To hear and understand it we have to be mindful, with open and attentive hearts.' ~Leonardo Boff

Last Sunday we celebrated Pentecost Sunday. At the heart of this celebration is an acknowledgement of the presence and energy of God in our lives. We often limit the Holy Spirit to our Confirmation day. But even back then we didn't fully understand what it was all about. The real meaning of our Confirmation never really got a hold in our spiritual lives. We limit the Holy Spirit to one day in our lives and forget that the significance of the Holy Spirit is ongoing throughout our lives.

The Holy Spirit is the greatest energy or presence in our world. It is alive, active, creative and prompting us always to God's special presence in our world. As soon as a yacht lifts up its sails to catch a breeze it becomes alive and moves through the water full of purpose, energy and delight. If the sail is taken down and put away the yacht is almost lifeless and just drifts along. It is the same with the Holy Spirit we sometimes forget to put up our sails to catch and harness a unique presence in our world today.

As we pray to the Holy Spirit we get so much back in return. A few words come to mind: light, love, hope, peace, courage, understanding, acceptance, calm, a sense of direction in our lives, energy, creativity, new beginnings, strength, clarity and much more. The following is the beautiful traditional prayer to the Holy Spirit: "Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And you shall renew the face of the earth. Amen"
 
 
 
  Monday
Jun-10
Thought For The Week

'It is the work of the Spirit to create, maintain and transmit life in all its forms, especially our spiritual lives. The Spirit is like a gentle breeze, not a whirlwind. It is a whisper and not a yell. To hear and understand it we have to be mindful, with open and attentive hearts.' ~Leonardo Boff

Yesterday we celebrated Pentecost Sunday. At the heart of this celebration is an acknowledgement of the presence and energy of God in our lives. We often limit the Holy Spirit to our Confirmation day. But even back then we didn't fully understand what it was all about. The real meaning of our Confirmation never really got a hold in our spiritual lives. We limit the Holy Spirit to one day in our lives and forget that the significance of the Holy Spirit is ongoing throughout our lives.

The Holy Spirit is the greatest energy or presence in our world. It is alive, active, creative and prompting us always to God's special presence in our world. As soon as a yacht lifts up its sails to catch a breeze it becomes alive and moves through the water full of purpose, energy and delight. If the sail is taken down and put away the yacht is almost lifeless and just drifts along. It is the same with the Holy Spirit we sometimes forget to put up our sails to catch and harness a unique presence in our world today.

As we pray to the Holy Spirit we get so much back in return. A few words come to mind: light, love, hope, peace, courage, understanding, acceptance, calm, a sense of direction in our lives, energy, creativity, new beginnings, strength, clarity and much more. The following is the beautiful traditional prayer to the Holy Spirit: "Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And you shall renew the face of the earth. Amen"
 
 
 
  Sunday
Jun-09
Our Thought For Today is by Triona Doherty called 'Gifted Communicators' complements of Intercom Magazine

Have you ever watched a TED Talk? There are thousands available to view online. The powerful talks are generally less than 18 minutes long and cover a huge range of topics, from science to business to social and global issues. There are talks in more than 110 languages, and they are used in schools, businesses and many other settings, to educate, motivate, and open minds. While the speakers come from a variety of backgrounds, the one thing they have in common is their ability to communicate. For every talk I've listened to, the speaker has the audience in the palm of their hand. They are gifted communicators, with a passion for a particular subject, and the ability to draw their listeners in.

We often hear that in order to be a good communicator, we have to learn how to speak another person's language. On the day of Pentecost, when the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit, each of the people gathered heard them speaking in his or her own language. The ability to communicate and to be understood was the first gift they received from the Holy Spirit. Today, we need the gift of communication more than ever. There are times when we have the opportunity to share our faith, or to witness to others in the way we live our faith. We might feel that we struggle to share our faith in a way that others can understand. In order to meet people where they are, we first need to 'speak their language' - to know them, listen to them, and recognise God's presence in them. The Spirit that came upon the early believers is the same Spirit that guides us today.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Jun-08
We remember again today all those doing the Junior and Leaving Cert exams which started officially on Wednesday. (In Ireland the state exams get underway each year on the first Wednesday of June). It is easy to say to anyone sitting an exam: "Do your best, to know there is life after the exams and that all will be well." We know this to be true but for those sitting the exams it is still a very anxious time. St.Joseph of Cupertino is the patron saint for those doing exams. He is not a miracle worker but he has been known to grant many favours to those who ask. We entrust into his care all those doing the exams. We pray for inner calm, strength, good memory and to gently guide and direct anyone who is particularly anxious at this time.


Here is a short prayer for students doing the exams:

Loving God, I turn to you today. As the exam approaches I am nervous and so I ask you to help me. You know how important these exams are to me. Set me free from worry, give me your peace and help me to think clearly. Help me to remember what I have learned, to use my time well, not to panic, to do my best and not to worry about the outcome. Help me to realise that the exams are not there to catch me out but to find out how much I know.

Lord, keep me calm so that I can write down all I know. Keep my friends calm too, we're all in this together! Let me sleep each night so that I am refreshed and renewed for the next exam. Even if I struggle I must always remember that there is a bigger picture of which these exams are only a small part of.

Most important of all calm me down, keep me focussed, guide me along, get me through the scary moments and make sure I attempt every question. Thank you for being my friend today and always. Amen
 
 
 
  Thursday
Jun-06
We remember again today all those doing the Junior and Leaving Cert exams which started officially yesterday. (In Ireland the state exams get underway each year on the first Wednesday of June). It is easy to say to anyone sitting an exam: "Do your best, to know there is life after the exams and that all will be well." We know this to be true but for those sitting the exams it is still a very anxious time. St.Joseph of Cupertino is the patron saint for those doing exams. He is not a miracle worker but he has been known to grant many favours to those who ask. We entrust into his care all those doing the exams. We pray for inner calm, strength, good memory and to gently guide and direct anyone who is particularly anxious at this time.


Here is a short prayer for students doing the exams:

Loving God, I turn to you today. As the exam approaches I am nervous and so I ask you to help me. You know how important these exams are to me. Set me free from worry, give me your peace and help me to think clearly. Help me to remember what I have learned, to use my time well, not to panic, to do my best and not to worry about the outcome. Help me to realise that the exams are not there to catch me out but to find out how much I know.

Lord, keep me calm so that I can write down all I know. Keep my friends calm too, we're all in this together! Let me sleep each night so that I am refreshed and renewed for the next exam. Even if I struggle I must always remember that there is a bigger picture of which these exams are only a small part of.

Most important of all calm me down, keep me focussed, guide me along, get me through the scary moments and make sure I attempt every question. Thank you for being my friend today and always. Amen
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Jun-05
Thought For The Week

Today the Junior and Leaving Cert exams begin. It is an anxious time for all students doing the exams, their parents, their extended families and teachers. I keep reminding and assuring our students how many in our communities are praying for them throughout the exams. I invite you to pray for them too and all our little prayers will add up to something special and significant.

Here is a short prayer for students starting the exams next Wednesday:

Loving God, I turn to you today. As the exam approaches I am nervous and so I ask you to help me. You know how important these exams are to me. Set me free from worry, give me your peace and help me to think clearly. Help me to remember what I have learned, to use my time well, not to panic, to do my best and not to worry about the outcome. Help me to realise that the exams are not there to catch me out but to find out how much I know.

Lord, keep me calm so that I can write down all I know. Keep my friends calm too, we're all in this together! Let me sleep each night so that I am refreshed and renewed for the next exam. Even if I struggle I must always remember that there is a bigger picture of which these exams are only a small part of.

Most important of all calm me down, keep me focussed, guide me along, get me through the scary moments and make sure I attempt every question. Thank you for being my friend today and always. Amen
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Jun-04
We remember today all those putting in final preparations for the Junior and Leaving Cert exams which start tomorrow. (In Ireland the state exams get underway each year on the first Wednesday of June). It is easy to say to anyone sitting an exam: "Do your best, to know there is life after the exams and that all will be well." We know this to be true but for those sitting the exams it is still a very anxious time. St.Joseph of Cupertino is the patron saint for those doing exams. He is not a miracle worker but he has been known to grant many favours to those who ask. We entrust into his care all those starting the exams tomorrow. We pray for inner calm, strength, good memory and to gently guide and direct anyone who is particularly anxious at this time.


Here is a short prayer for students starting the exams tomorrow:

Loving God, I turn to you today. As the exam approaches I am nervous and so I ask you to help me. You know how important these exams are to me. Set me free from worry, give me your peace and help me to think clearly. Help me to remember what I have learned, to use my time well, not to panic, to do my best and not to worry about the outcome. Help me to realise that the exams are not there to catch me out but to find out how much I know.

Lord, keep me calm so that I can write down all I know. Keep my friends calm too, we're all in this together! Let me sleep each night so that I am refreshed and renewed for the next exam. Even if I struggle I must always remember that there is a bigger picture of which these exams are only a small part of.

Most important of all calm me down, keep me focussed, guide me along, get me through the scary moments and make sure I attempt every question. Thank you for being my friend today and always. Amen
 
 
 
  Monday
Jun-03
Thought For The Week

Next Wednesday the Junior and Leaving Cert exams begin. It is an anxious time for all students doing the exams, their parents, their extended families and teachers. I keep reminding and assuring our students how many in our communities are praying for them throughout the exams. I invite you to pray for them too and all our little prayers will add up to something special and significant.

Here is a short prayer for students starting the exams next Wednesday:

Loving God, I turn to you today. As the exam approaches I am nervous and so I ask you to help me. You know how important these exams are to me. Set me free from worry, give me your peace and help me to think clearly. Help me to remember what I have learned, to use my time well, not to panic, to do my best and not to worry about the outcome. Help me to realise that the exams are not there to catch me out but to find out how much I know.

Lord, keep me calm so that I can write down all I know. Keep my friends calm too, we're all in this together! Let me sleep each night so that I am refreshed and renewed for the next exam. Even if I struggle I must always remember that there is a bigger picture of which these exams are only a small part of.

Most important of all calm me down, keep me focussed, guide me along, get me through the scary moments and make sure I attempt every question. Thank you for being my friend today and always. Amen
 
 
 
  Sunday
Jun-02
As we start this month of June, did you know that no other month in the year begins on the same day as 1st June? It is a much anticipated month, with schools getting holidays, nature bubbling with life and colour, Father's day is celebrated and the feast of St.John is celebrated on June 24th. June is a time of year when everything peaks with maximum daylight hours.

The pearl is the birthstone for the month of June. It is a symbol of purity and because they are so rare they are considered gems. Spiritually they are a reminder that we are all pearls in God's eyes, precious and uniquely special.

As we begin our journey through June, we ask God's many blessings on each of us. We pray that this month will be fruitful, healthy and life giving for us. We include anyone who has asked us to pray for them, particularly those starting the Junior and Leaving Cert exams.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Jun-01
'Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June.' ~Al Bernstein

It is hard to believe that today is the first day of June. Did you know that no other month in the year begins on the same day as 1st June? It is a much anticipated month, with schools getting holidays, nature bubbling with life and colour, Father's day is celebrated and the feast of St.John is celebrated on June 24th. June is a time of year when everything peaks with maximum daylight hours. The pearl is the birthstone for the month of June. It is a symbol of purity and because they are so rare they are considered gems. Spiritually they are a reminder that we are all pearls in God's eyes, precious and uniquely special. As we begin our journey through June today we ask God's many blessings on each of us. We pray that this month will be fruitful, healthy and life giving for us. We include anyone who has asked us to pray for them, particularly those starting the Junior and Leaving Cert exams. May every day of the coming 30 of this month be a day when you feel God close and near to you.
 
 

 

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