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  Friday
May-31
Thought For The Week

"In the same way you too must build your life on good solid foundations that will last and endure." ~Matthew 7:27

In secondary schools all over Ireland during the week, Graduation Masses and Graduation Ceremonies took place for Leaving Cert students. Every school puts great planning into the ceremony and it is always one of the highlights of the school year. It is a celebration of the journey of each student through the school, a celebration of their unique gifts and talents, a celebration of their contribution to life so far and looking forward in hope to new beginnings. It is a time to pause and reflect on the many memories made during their time in school.

I had the privilege during the week of celebrating Leaving Cert Graduation Masses in Rosscarbery and Bantry. Both occasions were uplifting, spiritual, meaningful, respectful and a wonderful celebration of the young people present. It was an acknowledgement of how important good solid foundations are for all of us on our journey through life. The fast pace of the world we live in today does not always guarantee such solid foundations. Building solid foundations is a lifelong task and we all have a part to play.

In Col"iste Pobail Bheanntra" (Bantry Community College), we finished with a ceremony of light. A candle was passed from a Grandparent to a Parent and then to their child. Here are the words that were used:
"Parents, this light encompasses all the love and care you have showered on these young adults over the years. You have helped, advised, assisted and no doubt you will continue to do so for many years to come. To all our young people, you are the future. Within you, you embody change, hope and enthusiasm for a brighter, better tomorrow. Cherish this light, protect it and mind it. At times it may grow dim, it may even flicker and struggle but with your guidance, care and attention it will remain strong and thrive. It is something valuable; a gift, that in time you will pass on to others."
 
 
 
  Thursday
May-30
Thought For The Week

"In the same way you too must build your life on good solid foundations that will last and endure." ~Matthew 7:27

In secondary schools all over Ireland during the week, Graduation Masses and Graduation Ceremonies took place for Leaving Cert students. Every school puts great planning into the ceremony and it is always one of the highlights of the school year. It is a celebration of the journey of each student through the school, a celebration of their unique gifts and talents, a celebration of their contribution to life so far and looking forward in hope to new beginnings. It is a time to pause and reflect on the many memories made during their time in school.

I had the privilege during the week of celebrating Leaving Cert Graduation Masses in Rosscarbery and Bantry. Both occasions were uplifting, spiritual, meaningful, respectful and a wonderful celebration of the young people present. It was an acknowledgement of how important good solid foundations are for all of us on our journey through life. The fast pace of the world we live in today does not always guarantee such solid foundations. Building solid foundations is a lifelong task and we all have a part to play.

In Col"iste Pobail Bheanntra" (Bantry Community College), we finished with a ceremony of light. A candle was passed from a Grandparent to a Parent and then to their child. Here are the words that were used:
"Parents, this light encompasses all the love and care you have showered on these young adults over the years. You have helped, advised, assisted and no doubt you will continue to do so for many years to come. To all our young people, you are the future. Within you, you embody change, hope and enthusiasm for a brighter, better tomorrow. Cherish this light, protect it and mind it. At times it may grow dim, it may even flicker and struggle but with your guidance, care and attention it will remain strong and thrive. It is something valuable; a gift, that in time you will pass on to others."
 
 
 
  Wednesday
May-29
Thought For The Week

"In the same way you too must build your life on good solid foundations that will last and endure." ~Matthew 7:27

In secondary schools all over Ireland during the week, Graduation Masses and Graduation Ceremonies took place for Leaving Cert students. Every school puts great planning into the ceremony and it is always one of the highlights of the school year. It is a celebration of the journey of each student through the school, a celebration of their unique gifts and talents, a celebration of their contribution to life so far and looking forward in hope to new beginnings. It is a time to pause and reflect on the many memories made during their time in school.

I had the privilege during the week of celebrating Leaving Cert Graduation Masses in Rosscarbery and Bantry. Both occasions were uplifting, spiritual, meaningful, respectful and a wonderful celebration of the young people present. It was an acknowledgement of how important good solid foundations are for all of us on our journey through life. The fast pace of the world we live in today does not always guarantee such solid foundations. Building solid foundations is a lifelong task and we all have a part to play.

In Coláiste Pobail Bheanntraí (Bantry Community College), we finished with a ceremony of light. A candle was passed from a Grandparent to a Parent and then to their child. Here are the words that were used:
"Parents, this light encompasses all the love and care you have showered on these young adults over the years. You have helped, advised, assisted and no doubt you will continue to do so for many years to come. To all our young people, you are the future. Within you, you embody change, hope and enthusiasm for a brighter, better tomorrow. Cherish this light, protect it and mind it. At times it may grow dim, it may even flicker and struggle but with your guidance, care and attention it will remain strong and thrive. It is something valuable; a gift, that in time you will pass on to others."
 
 
 
  Tuesday
May-28
'Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.' ~Napoleon Hill

There is an old story told about a village that did not have a watchmaker. As the years went by many of the clocks became inaccurate and many of their owners decided to let them run down. But there were others, who maintained that as long as the clocks ran, they should not be abandoned. So they wound their clocks day after day even though they knew that they were not accurate. One day news spread through the village that a watchmaker had arrived. Everyone rushed to him with their clocks but the only ones that could be repaired were the ones that had been kept running. The abandoned clocks had grown so full of rust that nothing could be done with them. There are things we do too, that outwardly seem pointless and a waste of time. But in time what might seem foolish and futile now, can become precious and special. God always encourages us to patiently persist with the little and small things. With time they always add up to something of much more significance.
 
 
 
  Monday
May-27
Thought For The Week

"In the same way you too must build your life on good solid foundations that will last and endure." ~Matthew 7:27

In secondary schools all over Ireland during the week, Graduation Masses and Graduation Ceremonies took place for Leaving Cert students. Every school puts great planning into the ceremony and it is always one of the highlights of the school year. It is a celebration of the journey of each student through the school, a celebration of their unique gifts and talents, a celebration of their contribution to life so far and looking forward in hope to new beginnings. It is a time to pause and reflect on the many memories made during their time in school.

I had the privilege during the week of celebrating Leaving Cert Graduation Masses in Rosscarbery and Bantry. Both occasions were uplifting, spiritual, meaningful, respectful and a wonderful celebration of the young people present. It was an acknowledgement of how important good solid foundations are for all of us on our journey through life. The fast pace of the world we live in today does not always guarantee such solid foundations. Building solid foundations is a lifelong task and we all have a part to play.

In Coláiste Pobail Bheanntraí (Bantry Community College), we finished with a ceremony of light. A candle was passed from a Grandparent to a Parent and then to their child. Here are the words that were used:
"Parents, this light encompasses all the love and care you have showered on these young adults over the years. You have helped, advised, assisted and no doubt you will continue to do so for many years to come. To all our young people, you are the future. Within you, you embody change, hope and enthusiasm for a brighter, better tomorrow. Cherish this light, protect it and mind it. At times it may grow dim, it may even flicker and struggle but with your guidance, care and attention it will remain strong and thrive. It is something valuable; a gift, that in time you will pass on to others."
 
 
 
  Sunday
May-26
Thought For Today is by Jane Mellett called 'We will come to them'

In a verse preceding today's Gospel, the disciples ask Jesus why he will not show the whole world who he is. It's an excellent question. Surely this whole faith-journey experience and relationship with God would be far easier if there were fireworks and clear instructions. Jesus' response to the disciples is: 'Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.'

This is the opening line of today's Gospel. It reminds us that what is required first is an inner relationship with God, so that God can come and make a home with us: 'we will come to them and make our home with them.' It is there where we discover who Jesus is.

The peace (shalom) that Jesus gives to the disciples has a much richer meaning than we might first think. This 'shalom' is not simply a good wish for a nice evening; it is, rather, a peace that this world cannot offer. It is a peace that comes from a loving relationship with God; a peace of body, of mind and of spirit. Jesus is asking the disciples to be an unending witness to God's love. They (and we) must be for others what Jesus has been for them. In this way we, and the world, will come to see who Jesus is.
 
 
 
  Saturday
May-25
Thought For The Week

"Every child, every person needs to know that they are a source of joy; every child, every person, needs to be celebrated. Only when all of our weaknesses are accepted as part of our humanity can our negative, broken self-images be transformed." ~Jean Vanier

The recent death of Jean Vanier was announced on May 7th. For many people he was often referred to as a living saint. He was the founder of the L'Arche Community which accompanies people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. He worked to build a community where people with and without a disability could live and work alongside each other as equals. Jean Vanier started the first L'Arche Community in a rundown cottage in Paris 55 years ago. Today there are 154 communities across 38 countries.

Jean Vanier was also a deeply spiritual man. His faith was a source of strength and energy for him. He also recognised the struggles one can go through with faith matters. There comes a point in everyone's life when we struggle to get around the idea of God or what it means in our life. Any person who claims to understand God or knows everything about God, are best listened to with great caution. No one, not even Pope Francis, is close to understanding God fully. When we talk about God we are talking about the infinite and so we will always be limited in understanding God completely.

When talking about God, it is like reflecting a significant and special beam of light. It lights up our darkness, fills our soul with hope, it energises us and keeps us going. But we can only touch and feel some of these beams. There are hundreds, thousands, probably millions of them. They are all over the world and we experience a few or some of them. What a privilege to be able to experience God's presence in our daily stories constantly unfolding. Jean Vanier was one person who was a beam of light for so many people. May he rest in peace.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Friday
May-24
Thought For The Week

"Every child, every person needs to know that they are a source of joy; every child, every person, needs to be celebrated. Only when all of our weaknesses are accepted as part of our humanity can our negative, broken self-images be transformed." ~Jean Vanier

The recent death of Jean Vanier was announced on May 7th. For many people he was often referred to as a living saint. He was the founder of the L'Arche Community which accompanies people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. He worked to build a community where people with and without a disability could live and work alongside each other as equals. Jean Vanier started the first L'Arche Community in a rundown cottage in Paris 55 years ago. Today there are 154 communities across 38 countries.

Jean Vanier was also a deeply spiritual man. His faith was a source of strength and energy for him. He also recognised the struggles one can go through with faith matters. There comes a point in everyone's life when we struggle to get around the idea of God or what it means in our life. Any person who claims to understand God or knows everything about God, are best listened to with great caution. No one, not even Pope Francis, is close to understanding God fully. When we talk about God we are talking about the infinite and so we will always be limited in understanding God completely.

When talking about God, it is like reflecting a significant and special beam of light. It lights up our darkness, fills our soul with hope, it energises us and keeps us going. But we can only touch and feel some of these beams. There are hundreds, thousands, probably millions of them. They are all over the world and we experience a few or some of them. What a privilege to be able to experience God's presence in our daily stories constantly unfolding. Jean Vanier was one person who was a beam of light for so many people. May he rest in peace.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Thursday
May-23
Thought For The Week

"Every child, every person needs to know that they are a source of joy; every child, every person, needs to be celebrated. Only when all of our weaknesses are accepted as part of our humanity can our negative, broken self-images be transformed." ~Jean Vanier

The recent death of Jean Vanier was announced on May 7th. For many people he was often referred to as a living saint. He was the founder of the L'Arche Community which accompanies people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. He worked to build a community where people with and without a disability could live and work alongside each other as equals. Jean Vanier started the first L'Arche Community in a rundown cottage in Paris 55 years ago. Today there are 154 communities across 38 countries.

Jean Vanier was also a deeply spiritual man. His faith was a source of strength and energy for him. He also recognised the struggles one can go through with faith matters. There comes a point in everyone's life when we struggle to get around the idea of God or what it means in our life. Any person who claims to understand God or knows everything about God, are best listened to with great caution. No one, not even Pope Francis, is close to understanding God fully. When we talk about God we are talking about the infinite and so we will always be limited in understanding God completely.

When talking about God, it is like reflecting a significant and special beam of light. It lights up our darkness, fills our soul with hope, it energises us and keeps us going. But we can only touch and feel some of these beams. There are hundreds, thousands, probably millions of them. They are all over the world and we experience a few or some of them. What a privilege to be able to experience God's presence in our daily stories constantly unfolding. Jean Vanier was one person who was a beam of light for so many people. May he rest in peace.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Tuesday
May-21
Thought For The Week

"Every child, every person needs to know that they are a source of joy; every child, every person, needs to be celebrated. Only when all of our weaknesses are accepted as part of our humanity can our negative, broken self-images be transformed." ~Jean Vanier

The recent death of Jean Vanier was announced on May 7th. For many people he was often referred to as a living saint. He was the founder of the L'Arche Community which accompanies people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. He worked to build a community where people with and without a disability could live and work alongside each other as equals. Jean Vanier started the first L'Arche Community in a rundown cottage in Paris 55 years ago. Today there are 154 communities across 38 countries.

Jean Vanier was also a deeply spiritual man. His faith was a source of strength and energy for him. He also recognised the struggles one can go through with faith matters. There comes a point in everyone's life when we struggle to get around the idea of God or what it means in our life. Any person who claims to understand God or knows everything about God, are best listened to with great caution. No one, not even Pope Francis, is close to understanding God fully. When we talk about God we are talking about the infinite and so we will always be limited in understanding God completely.

When talking about God, it is like reflecting a significant and special beam of light. It lights up our darkness, fills our soul with hope, it energises us and keeps us going. But we can only touch and feel some of these beams. There are hundreds, thousands, probably millions of them. They are all over the world and we experience a few or some of them. What a privilege to be able to experience God's presence in our daily stories constantly unfolding. Jean Vanier was one person who was a beam of light for so many people. May he rest in peace.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Monday
May-20
Thought For The Week

"Every child, every person needs to know that they are a source of joy; every child, every person, needs to be celebrated. Only when all of our weaknesses are accepted as part of our humanity can our negative, broken self-images be transformed." ~Jean Vanier

The recent death of Jean Vanier was announced on May 7th. For many people he was often referred to as a living saint. He was the founder of the L'Arche Community which accompanies people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. He worked to build a community where people with and without a disability could live and work alongside each other as equals. Jean Vanier started the first L'Arche Community in a rundown cottage in Paris 55 years ago. Today there are 154 communities across 38 countries.

Jean Vanier was also a deeply spiritual man. His faith was a source of strength and energy for him. He also recognised the struggles one can go through with faith matters. There comes a point in everyone's life when we struggle to get around the idea of God or what it means in our life. Any person who claims to understand God or knows everything about God, are best listened to with great caution. No one, not even Pope Francis, is close to understanding God fully. When we talk about God we are talking about the infinite and so we will always be limited in understanding God completely.

When talking about God, it is like reflecting a significant and special beam of light. It lights up our darkness, fills our soul with hope, it energises us and keeps us going. But we can only touch and feel some of these beams. There are hundreds, thousands, probably millions of them. They are all over the world and we experience a few or some of them. What a privilege to be able to experience God's presence in our daily stories constantly unfolding. Jean Vanier was one person who was a beam of light for so many people. May he rest in peace.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Sunday
May-19
'The following story is called 'Even Eagles Need A Push' by David McNally.

The mother eagle gently coaxed her off-spring toward the edge of her nest. Her heart quivered with conflicting emotions as she felt their resistance to persistent nudging. "Why does the thrill of soaring have to begin with the fear of falling?" she thought. This ageless question was still unanswered for her.

As in the nature of eagles, her nest was located high on the shelf of a sheer rock face. Below there was nothing but air to support the wings of each young eagle, "It is possible that this time it will not work?" the mother eagle thought. Despite her fears, the eagle knew it was time. Her parental mission was almost complete. There remained one final task - the push.

The mother eagle drew courage from an innate wisdom. Until her young discovered their wings, there was no purpose for their lives. Until they learned how to soar, they would fail to understand the privilege it was to have been born an eagle. The push was the greatest gift the mother eagle had to offer. It was her supreme act of love. And so one by one she pushed them and they flew!

Sometimes we all need a push in life. A push to get something done, a push to get our lives sorted, a push to say sorry, a push to make a new beginning happen, a push to do something that has been put off for far too long. Whatever the push, there comes a time when it needs to happen. Do I need a push in life right now or does someone close and important to me need a push?


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Saturday
May-18
'The following story is called 'Even Eagles Need A Push' by David McNally.

The mother eagle gently coaxed her off-spring toward the edge of her nest. Her heart quivered with conflicting emotions as she felt their resistance to persistent nudging. "Why does the thrill of soaring have to begin with the fear of falling?" she thought. This ageless question was still unanswered for her.

As in the nature of eagles, her nest was located high on the shelf of a sheer rock face. Below there was nothing but air to support the wings of each young eagle, "It is possible that this time it will not work?" the mother eagle thought. Despite her fears, the eagle knew it was time. Her parental mission was almost complete. There remained one final task - the push.

The mother eagle drew courage from an innate wisdom. Until her young discovered their wings, there was no purpose for their lives. Until they learned how to soar, they would fail to understand the privilege it was to have been born an eagle. The push was the greatest gift the mother eagle had to offer. It was her supreme act of love. And so one by one she pushed them and they flew!

Sometimes we all need a push in life. A push to get something done, a push to get our lives sorted, a push to say sorry, a push to make a new beginning happen, a push to do something that has been put off for far too long. Whatever the push, there comes a time when it needs to happen. Do I need a push in life right now or does someone close and important to me need a push?


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Thursday
May-16
'The following story is called 'Even Eagles Need A Push' by David McNally.

The mother eagle gently coaxed her off-spring toward the edge of her nest. Her heart quivered with conflicting emotions as she felt their resistance to persistent nudging. "Why does the thrill of soaring have to begin with the fear of falling?" she thought. This ageless question was still unanswered for her.

As in the nature of eagles, her nest was located high on the shelf of a sheer rock face. Below there was nothing but air to support the wings of each young eagle, "It is possible that this time it will not work?" the mother eagle thought. Despite her fears, the eagle knew it was time. Her parental mission was almost complete. There remained one final task - the push.

The mother eagle drew courage from an innate wisdom. Until her young discovered their wings, there was no purpose for their lives. Until they learned how to soar, they would fail to understand the privilege it was to have been born an eagle. The push was the greatest gift the mother eagle had to offer. It was her supreme act of love. And so one by one she pushed them and they flew!

Sometimes we all need a push in life. A push to get something done, a push to get our lives sorted, a push to say sorry, a push to make a new beginning happen, a push to do something that has been put off for far too long. Whatever the push, there comes a time when it needs to happen. Do I need a push in life right now or does someone close and important to me need a push?


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Wednesday
May-15
'The following story is called 'Even Eagles Need A Push' by David McNally.

The mother eagle gently coaxed her off-spring toward the edge of her nest. Her heart quivered with conflicting emotions as she felt their resistance to persistent nudging. "Why does the thrill of soaring have to begin with the fear of falling?" she thought. This ageless question was still unanswered for her.

As in the nature of eagles, her nest was located high on the shelf of a sheer rock face. Below there was nothing but air to support the wings of each young eagle, "It is possible that this time it will not work?" the mother eagle thought. Despite her fears, the eagle knew it was time. Her parental mission was almost complete. There remained one final task - the push.

The mother eagle drew courage from an innate wisdom. Until her young discovered their wings, there was no purpose for their lives. Until they learned how to soar, they would fail to understand the privilege it was to have been born an eagle. The push was the greatest gift the mother eagle had to offer. It was her supreme act of love. And so one by one she pushed them and they flew!

Sometimes we all need a push in life. A push to get something done, a push to get our lives sorted, a push to say sorry, a push to make a new beginning happen, a push to do something that has been put off for far too long. Whatever the push, there comes a time when it needs to happen. Do I need a push in life right now or does someone close and important to me need a push?


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Tuesday
May-14
'The following story is called 'Even Eagles Need A Push' by David McNally.

The mother eagle gently coaxed her off-spring toward the edge of her nest. Her heart quivered with conflicting emotions as she felt their resistance to persistent nudging. "Why does the thrill of soaring have to begin with the fear of falling?" she thought. This ageless question was still unanswered for her.

As in the nature of eagles, her nest was located high on the shelf of a sheer rock face. Below there was nothing but air to support the wings of each young eagle, "It is possible that this time it will not work?" the mother eagle thought. Despite her fears, the eagle knew it was time. Her parental mission was almost complete. There remained one final task - the push.

The mother eagle drew courage from an innate wisdom. Until her young discovered their wings, there was no purpose for their lives. Until they learned how to soar, they would fail to understand the privilege it was to have been born an eagle. The push was the greatest gift the mother eagle had to offer. It was her supreme act of love. And so one by one she pushed them and they flew!

Sometimes we all need a push in life. A push to get something done, a push to get our lives sorted, a push to say sorry, a push to make a new beginning happen, a push to do something that has been put off for far too long. Whatever the push, there comes a time when it needs to happen. Do I need a push in life right now or does someone close and important to me need a push?


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Monday
May-13
'The following story is called 'Even Eagles Need A Push' by David McNally.

The mother eagle gently coaxed her off-spring toward the edge of her nest. Her heart quivered with conflicting emotions as she felt their resistance to persistent nudging. "Why does the thrill of soaring have to begin with the fear of falling?" she thought. This ageless question was still unanswered for her.

As in the nature of eagles, her nest was located high on the shelf of a sheer rock face. Below there was nothing but air to support the wings of each young eagle, "It is possible that this time it will not work?" the mother eagle thought. Despite her fears, the eagle knew it was time. Her parental mission was almost complete. There remained one final task - the push.

The mother eagle drew courage from an innate wisdom. Until her young discovered their wings, there was no purpose for their lives. Until they learned how to soar, they would fail to understand the privilege it was to have been born an eagle. The push was the greatest gift the mother eagle had to offer. It was her supreme act of love. And so one by one she pushed them and they flew!

Sometimes we all need a push in life. A push to get something done, a push to get our lives sorted, a push to say sorry, a push to make a new beginning happen, a push to do something that has been put off for far too long. Whatever the push, there comes a time when it needs to happen. Do I need a push in life right now or does someone close and important to me need a push?


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Sunday
May-12
Thought For Week

'People who pray for miracles usually don't get miracles. But people who pray for courage and strength to bear the unbearable, for the grace to remember what they have left instead of what they have lost, very often find their prayers answered. Their prayers helped them to tap hidden reserves of faith and courage which were not available to them before.' ~Harold S.Kushner

It has been said that miracles do happen but miracles are also rare and infrequent. We hear sometimes of miracles in places of pilgrimage like Lourdes. The word miracle is often outside what we experience each day. So what do we mean by a miracle? In our dictionary it is defined as an extraordinary and welcome event that is not explained by natural or scientific laws and is therefore attributed to something divine. But even this explanation means that miracles still feel outside of what we experience each day.

Maybe a better explanation is to move away from some big or spectacular event to something much simpler. If we hope to win the Lotto or are waiting for some life changing event to happen, then we have misunderstood the word miracle. Yes miracles do happen but they are much more quiet and subtle.

Little miracles happen quietly around us each day, like the miracle of a smile, a word of thanks, an encouraging word, a friendly gesture, a helping hand and so much more. Many miracles also happen through prayer particularly those prayers that are open, honest and heartfelt.

Our journey through Easter is currently coinciding with nature's great explosion of colour, growth and energy as we head towards summer. The miracles of nature are impressive but we can often be so busy that we miss them. The same can happen with the little miracles that flourish each day in our own lives. We can often miss them, not appreciate them but they are there.

As we journey through these weeks of Easter it is a good time to celebrate the miracles that are present in all our lives. We can also make a little miracle happen for someone else. To us it might be almost insignificant but for another person it could mean the world.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Friday
May-10
Thought For Week

'People who pray for miracles usually don't get miracles. But people who pray for courage and strength to bear the unbearable, for the grace to remember what they have left instead of what they have lost, very often find their prayers answered. Their prayers helped them to tap hidden reserves of faith and courage which were not available to them before.' ~Harold S.Kushner

It has been said that miracles do happen but miracles are also rare and infrequent. We hear sometimes of miracles in places of pilgrimage like Lourdes. The word miracle is often outside what we experience each day. So what do we mean by a miracle? In our dictionary it is defined as an extraordinary and welcome event that is not explained by natural or scientific laws and is therefore attributed to something divine. But even this explanation means that miracles still feel outside of what we experience each day.

Maybe a better explanation is to move away from some big or spectacular event to something much simpler. If we hope to win the Lotto or are waiting for some life changing event to happen, then we have misunderstood the word miracle. Yes miracles do happen but they are much more quiet and subtle.

Little miracles happen quietly around us each day, like the miracle of a smile, a word of thanks, an encouraging word, a friendly gesture, a helping hand and so much more. Many miracles also happen through prayer particularly those prayers that are open, honest and heartfelt.

Our journey through Easter is currently coinciding with nature's great explosion of colour, growth and energy as we head towards summer. The miracles of nature are impressive but we can often be so busy that we miss them. The same can happen with the little miracles that flourish each day in our own lives. We can often miss them, not appreciate them but they are there.

As we journey through these weeks of Easter it is a good time to celebrate the miracles that are present in all our lives. We can also make a little miracle happen for someone else. To us it might be almost insignificant but for another person it could mean the world.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Thursday
May-09
Thought For Week

'People who pray for miracles usually don't get miracles. But people who pray for courage and strength to bear the unbearable, for the grace to remember what they have left instead of what they have lost, very often find their prayers answered. Their prayers helped them to tap hidden reserves of faith and courage which were not available to them before.' ~Harold S.Kushner

It has been said that miracles do happen but miracles are also rare and infrequent. We hear sometimes of miracles in places of pilgrimage like Lourdes. The word miracle is often outside what we experience each day. So what do we mean by a miracle? In our dictionary it is defined as an extraordinary and welcome event that is not explained by natural or scientific laws and is therefore attributed to something divine. But even this explanation means that miracles still feel outside of what we experience each day.

Maybe a better explanation is to move away from some big or spectacular event to something much simpler. If we hope to win the Lotto or are waiting for some life changing event to happen, then we have misunderstood the word miracle. Yes miracles do happen but they are much more quiet and subtle.

Little miracles happen quietly around us each day, like the miracle of a smile, a word of thanks, an encouraging word, a friendly gesture, a helping hand and so much more. Many miracles also happen through prayer particularly those prayers that are open, honest and heartfelt.

Our journey through Easter is currently coinciding with nature's great explosion of colour, growth and energy as we head towards summer. The miracles of nature are impressive but we can often be so busy that we miss them. The same can happen with the little miracles that flourish each day in our own lives. We can often miss them, not appreciate them but they are there.

As we journey through these weeks of Easter it is a good time to celebrate the miracles that are present in all our lives. We can also make a little miracle happen for someone else. To us it might be almost insignificant but for another person it could mean the world.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Wednesday
May-08
Thought For Week

'People who pray for miracles usually don't get miracles. But people who pray for courage and strength to bear the unbearable, for the grace to remember what they have left instead of what they have lost, very often find their prayers answered. Their prayers helped them to tap hidden reserves of faith and courage which were not available to them before.' ~Harold S.Kushner

It has been said that miracles do happen but miracles are also rare and infrequent. We hear sometimes of miracles in places of pilgrimage like Lourdes. The word miracle is often outside what we experience each day. So what do we mean by a miracle? In our dictionary it is defined as an extraordinary and welcome event that is not explained by natural or scientific laws and is therefore attributed to something divine. But even this explanation means that miracles still feel outside of what we experience each day.

Maybe a better explanation is to move away from some big or spectacular event to something much simpler. If we hope to win the Lotto or are waiting for some life changing event to happen, then we have misunderstood the word miracle. Yes miracles do happen but they are much more quiet and subtle.

Little miracles happen quietly around us each day, like the miracle of a smile, a word of thanks, an encouraging word, a friendly gesture, a helping hand and so much more. Many miracles also happen through prayer particularly those prayers that are open, honest and heartfelt.

Our journey through Easter is currently coinciding with nature's great explosion of colour, growth and energy as we head towards summer. The miracles of nature are impressive but we can often be so busy that we miss them. The same can happen with the little miracles that flourish each day in our own lives. We can often miss them, not appreciate them but they are there.

As we journey through these weeks of Easter it is a good time to celebrate the miracles that are present in all our lives. We can also make a little miracle happen for someone else. To us it might be almost insignificant but for another person it could mean the world.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
May-07
Thought For Week

'People who pray for miracles usually don't get miracles. But people who pray for courage and strength to bear the unbearable, for the grace to remember what they have left instead of what they have lost, very often find their prayers answered. Their prayers helped them to tap hidden reserves of faith and courage which were not available to them before.' ~Harold S.Kushner

It has been said that miracles do happen but miracles are also rare and infrequent. We hear sometimes of miracles in places of pilgrimage like Lourdes. The word miracle is often outside what we experience each day. So what do we mean by a miracle? In our dictionary it is defined as an extraordinary and welcome event that is not explained by natural or scientific laws and is therefore attributed to something divine. But even this explanation means that miracles still feel outside of what we experience each day.

Maybe a better explanation is to move away from some big or spectacular event to something much simpler. If we hope to win the Lotto or are waiting for some life changing event to happen, then we have misunderstood the word miracle. Yes miracles do happen but they are much more quiet and subtle.

Little miracles happen quietly around us each day, like the miracle of a smile, a word of thanks, an encouraging word, a friendly gesture, a helping hand and so much more. Many miracles also happen through prayer particularly those prayers that are open, honest and heartfelt.

Our journey through Easter is currently coinciding with nature's great explosion of colour, growth and energy as we head towards summer. The miracles of nature are impressive but we can often be so busy that we miss them. The same can happen with the little miracles that flourish each day in our own lives. We can often miss them, not appreciate them but they are there.

As we journey through these weeks of Easter it is a good time to celebrate the miracles that are present in all our lives. We can also make a little miracle happen for someone else. To us it might be almost insignificant but for another person it could mean the world.
 
 
 
  Sunday
May-05
Thought For Today by Jane Mellett called 'Come and Have Breakfast'

The theme of light and darkness in John's Gospel is strong. In today's reading, we hear that it was 'just after daybreak' when Jesus appeared to the disciples. The disciples had been fishing all night but caught nothing. Then, with the dawn, Jesus appears on the beach and gently suggests that they cast the nets on the other side of the boat. We are invited to reflect on resurrection here, moments where we were given a sense of new life, and with that, an abundance of gifts.

Perhaps a friendship had broken down or we were dealing with a crisis. Like the disciples, we may have simply been going through the motions of day to day life, in the dark, without much enthusiasm. And then daybreak. A gentle voice guided us, a friend or in a moment of prayer. In time, we realised that this was Jesus' voice pointing us in the right direction, and once we allowed ourselves to be guided by Him, the 'catch' was huge.

The end of the passage sees Jesus asks Peter three times if he loves him. Peter is once again by a charcoal fire so this scene mirrors the three denials of Peter during the trial of Jesus. Peter becomes upset, and one can understand the regrets he must have. Yet here, Jesus is giving Peter the space to undo his denials. There is healing, new life. We can imagine Jesus' question to Peter at the end of the passage being addressed to us: 'Simon, son of John, do you love me?... Tend my sheep!' Place yourself in this story throughout the week.
 
 
 
  Saturday
May-04
Thought For Week

'I am only one but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. What I can do, I should do and with the help of God I will do.' ~from 'Taste and See' by Margaret Silf

What a contrast in one week. We had beautiful sunshine over the Easter weekend and last weekend it was all about Storm Hannah and the damage she left behind her. Storms at this time of year are unusual and can produce lots of damage. Trees are coming into full leaf, so high winds can do much more damage compared to a bare tree in winter.

A storm has always had a spiritual connection. It represents the times in our lives that are difficult, challenging and overwhelming. We face the storm and know that the best place to be is to find shelter until the storm passes. We find shelter in family and friends and we find shelter from community support. We find shelter in our faith and that we are not on our own. We also find shelter in knowing we can't do everything but that we can do something small and do it well.

This is also the message of Easter. Easter is not just a one day celebration. It is celebrated over six weeks to remind us that storms will pass and do pass. We need to hear this message over and over. There is enough darkness, cynicism, evil and negativity in our world, that it sometimes feels like the storms just keep rolling in. Easter reminds us that there is life and hope after every storm.

The greatest gift Easter gives us is the gift of today. It is our day, our new beginning, our opportunity to do something knowing we can't do everything. Our something may feel small and insignificant. Easter reminds us strongly that our something small is indeed very significant. Be proud of it. Storms can stifle and stagnate our energy to do something. But storms always pass. This is what Easter is all about - you - and your ability to make something happen today.
 
 
 
  Friday
May-03
Thought For Week

'I am only one but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. What I can do, I should do and with the help of God I will do.' ~from 'Taste and See' by Margaret Silf

What a contrast in one week. We had beautiful sunshine over the Easter weekend and last weekend it was all about Storm Hannah and the damage she left behind her. Storms at this time of year are unusual and can produce lots of damage. Trees are coming into full leaf, so high winds can do much more damage compared to a bare tree in winter.

A storm has always had a spiritual connection. It represents the times in our lives that are difficult, challenging and overwhelming. We face the storm and know that the best place to be is to find shelter until the storm passes. We find shelter in family and friends and we find shelter from community support. We find shelter in our faith and that we are not on our own. We also find shelter in knowing we can't do everything but that we can do something small and do it well.

This is also the message of Easter. Easter is not just a one day celebration. It is celebrated over six weeks to remind us that storms will pass and do pass. We need to hear this message over and over. There is enough darkness, cynicism, evil and negativity in our world, that it sometimes feels like the storms just keep rolling in. Easter reminds us that there is life and hope after every storm.

The greatest gift Easter gives us is the gift of today. It is our day, our new beginning, our opportunity to do something knowing we can't do everything. Our something may feel small and insignificant. Easter reminds us strongly that our something small is indeed very significant. Be proud of it. Storms can stifle and stagnate our energy to do something. But storms always pass. This is what Easter is all about - you - and your ability to make something happen today.
 
 
 
  Thursday
May-02
Thought For Week

'I am only one but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. What I can do, I should do and with the help of God I will do.' ~from 'Taste and See' by Margaret Silf

What a contrast in one week. We had beautiful sunshine over the Easter weekend and this weekend it is all about Storm Hannah and the damage she left behind her. Storms at this time of year are unusual and can produce lots of damage. Trees are coming into full leaf, so high winds can do much more damage compared to a bare tree in winter.

A storm has always had a spiritual connection. It represents the times in our lives that are difficult, challenging and overwhelming. We face the storm and know that the best place to be is to find shelter until the storm passes. We find shelter in family and friends and we find shelter from community support. We find shelter in our faith and that we are not on our own. We also find shelter in knowing we can't do everything but that we can do something small and do it well.

This is also the message of Easter. Easter is not just a one day celebration. It is celebrated over six weeks to remind us that storms will pass and do pass. We need to hear this message over and over. There is enough darkness, cynicism, evil and negativity in our world, that it sometimes feels like the storms just keep rolling in. Easter reminds us that there is life and hope after every storm.

The greatest gift Easter gives us is the gift of today. It is our day, our new beginning, our opportunity to do something knowing we can't do everything. Our something may feel small and insignificant. Easter reminds us strongly that our something small is indeed very significant. Be proud of it. Storms can stifle and stagnate our energy to do something. But storms always pass. This is what Easter is all about - you - and your ability to make something happen today.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
May-01
Thought For Week

'I am only one but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. What I can do, I should do and with the help of God I will do.' ~from 'Taste and See' by Margaret Silf

What a contrast in one week. We had beautiful sunshine over the Easter weekend and this weekend it is all about Storm Hannah and the damage she left behind her. Storms at this time of year are unusual and can produce lots of damage. Trees are coming into full leaf, so high winds can do much more damage compared to a bare tree in winter.

A storm has always had a spiritual connection. It represents the times in our lives that are difficult, challenging and overwhelming. We face the storm and know that the best place to be is to find shelter until the storm passes. We find shelter in family and friends and we find shelter from community support. We find shelter in our faith and that we are not on our own. We also find shelter in knowing we can't do everything but that we can do something small and do it well.

This is also the message of Easter. Easter is not just a one day celebration. It is celebrated over six weeks to remind us that storms will pass and do pass. We need to hear this message over and over. There is enough darkness, cynicism, evil and negativity in our world, that it sometimes feels like the storms just keep rolling in. Easter reminds us that there is life and hope after every storm.

The greatest gift Easter gives us is the gift of today. It is our day, our new beginning, our opportunity to do something knowing we can't do everything. Our something may feel small and insignificant. Easter reminds us strongly that our something small is indeed very significant. Be proud of it. Storms can stifle and stagnate our energy to do something. But storms always pass. This is what Easter is all about - you - and your ability to make something happen today.
 
 

 

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