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  Thursday
May-31
'Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is God's gift, that's why we call it the present.' ~Joan Rivers

Last Sunday was Trinity Sunday and reminds us that much about God and life is mystery. But what does this really mean? Thomas Aquinas probably answers it best when he said that whenever we speak about God there is only one thing we can be sure of, that we are wrong! Any attempt to speak about God can never be too far wrong though if we say that God is love. We have heard the saying that two is company but three is a crowd.

So where does this leave the Trinity? 3 as we know is a very significant number. Three is the first number to which the meaning "all" was given. It is The Triad, being the number of the whole as it contains the beginning, a middle and an end. The power of three is universal and from early days referred to heaven, earth, and waters. It is human as body, soul and spirit. Three is the number of time: past, present and future. It is about birth, life and death. It is about beginning, middle and end. Three is a sacred number in many religions.

Three is a number that occurs regularly in the Gospels: three wise men, Jesus tempted three times in the desert, Peter denied Jesus three times, Jesus fell three times on the road to Calvary, three days in the tomb and so on. While we may not fully be able to explain the mystery of the Trinity it is good to acknowledge that much of life is a mystery. Life can be unpredictable, uncertain and at times cruel. In the mystery of life we believe that God is somewhere in the middle, helping us to cope and adapt.

Somewhere in the middle of it all are three forces working together as one and hopefully making a difference to all our lives. There are many things in our world and in our lives that we do not 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.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
May-30
'Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is God's gift, that's why we call it the present.' ~Joan Rivers

Last Sunday was Trinity Sunday and reminds us that much about God and life is mystery. But what does this really mean? Thomas Aquinas probably answers it best when he said that whenever we speak about God there is only one thing we can be sure of, that we are wrong! Any attempt to speak about God can never be too far wrong though if we say that God is love. We have heard the saying that two is company but three is a crowd.

So where does this leave the Trinity? 3 as we know is a very significant number. Three is the first number to which the meaning "all" was given. It is The Triad, being the number of the whole as it contains the beginning, a middle and an end. The power of three is universal and from early days referred to heaven, earth, and waters. It is human as body, soul and spirit. Three is the number of time: past, present and future. It is about birth, life and death. It is about beginning, middle and end. Three is a sacred number in many religions.

Three is a number that occurs regularly in the Gospels: three wise men, Jesus tempted three times in the desert, Peter denied Jesus three times, Jesus fell three times on the road to Calvary, three days in the tomb and so on. While we may not fully be able to explain the mystery of the Trinity it is good to acknowledge that much of life is a mystery. Life can be unpredictable, uncertain and at times cruel. In the mystery of life we believe that God is somewhere in the middle, helping us to cope and adapt.

Somewhere in the middle of it all are three forces working together as one and hopefully making a difference to all our lives. There are many things in our world and in our lives that we do not 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
May-29
'Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is God's gift, that's why we call it the present.' ~Joan Rivers

Last Sunday was Trinity Sunday and reminds us that much about God and life is mystery. But what does this really mean? Thomas Aquinas probably answers it best when he said that whenever we speak about God there is only one thing we can be sure of, that we are wrong! Any attempt to speak about God can never be too far wrong though if we say that God is love. We have heard the saying that two is company but three is a crowd.

So where does this leave the Trinity? 3 as we know is a very significant number. Three is the first number to which the meaning "all" was given. It is The Triad, being the number of the whole as it contains the beginning, a middle and an end. The power of three is universal and from early days referred to heaven, earth, and waters. It is human as body, soul and spirit. Three is the number of time: past, present and future. It is about birth, life and death. It is about beginning, middle and end. Three is a sacred number in many religions.

Three is a number that occurs regularly in the Gospels: three wise men, Jesus tempted three times in the desert, Peter denied Jesus three times, Jesus fell three times on the road to Calvary, three days in the tomb and so on. While we may not fully be able to explain the mystery of the Trinity it is good to acknowledge that much of life is a mystery. Life can be unpredictable, uncertain and at times cruel. In the mystery of life we believe that God is somewhere in the middle, helping us to cope and adapt.

Somewhere in the middle of it all are three forces working together as one and hopefully making a difference to all our lives. There are many things in our world and in our lives that we do not 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
May-28
'Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is God's gift, that's why we call it the present.' ~Joan Rivers

Yesterday was Trinity Sunday and reminds us that much about God and life is mystery. But what does this really mean? Thomas Aquinas probably answers it best when he said that whenever we speak about God there is only one thing we can be sure of, that we are wrong! Any attempt to speak about God can never be too far wrong though if we say that God is love. We have heard the saying that two is company but three is a crowd.

So where does this leave the Trinity? 3 as we know is a very significant number. Three is the first number to which the meaning "all" was given. It is The Triad, being the number of the whole as it contains the beginning, a middle and an end. The power of three is universal and from early days referred to heaven, earth, and waters. It is human as body, soul and spirit. Three is the number of time: past, present and future. It is about birth, life and death. It is about beginning, middle and end. Three is a sacred number in many religions.

Three is a number that occurs regularly in the Gospels: three wise men, Jesus tempted three times in the desert, Peter denied Jesus three times, Jesus fell three times on the road to Calvary, three days in the tomb and so on. While we may not fully be able to explain the mystery of the Trinity it is good to acknowledge that much of life is a mystery. Life can be unpredictable, uncertain and at times cruel. In the mystery of life we believe that God is somewhere in the middle, helping us to cope and adapt.

Somewhere in the middle of it all are three forces working together as one and hopefully making a difference to all our lives. There are many things in our world and in our lives that we do not 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.
 
 
 
  Sunday
May-27
Thought For The Week

'The presence of the Holy Spirit is the keystone of all our hopes.' ~John Nelson Darby

Last weekend we celebrated Pentecost Sunday. The past six weeks of Easter have gone by so quickly. What is the Holy Spirit? 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 water full with purpose, energy and delight. If the sail is taken down and put away the yacht is almost lifeless and just drifts along. With regard to the Holy Spirit we have sometimes forgotten to put up our sails to catch and harness a unique presence in our world today.

The presence of the Holy Spirit reaches all aspects of our lives. From a faith point of view we are assured that God is with us through every journey, through the difficult twists and turns, through the good times and those straight runs but also with us when the unexpected crisis or tumble happens. When we do hit those difficult times we often have nothing to fall back on and that is why the famous spiritual writer Henri Nouwen calls it a spiritual crisis. In the generations past many had their faith to fall back on when life became difficult. Having a belief in something spiritual, gave a foundation or a solid grounding when there was a crisis. It wasn't about having all the answers but it allowed one to put the crisis in an overall context and that the crisis would pass. Today this solid foundation is no longer present or as widespread as it once was.

Whatever our own personal spiritual beliefs may be, we know that they have great value. Too often we compare ourselves to others and feel we fall well short. We are encouraged to nurture and celebrate everything spiritual in our own lives. This is at the heart of Pentecost Sunday. Life as we know can be wonderful and great but also so fragile. When the unexpected fall or crisis happens, it is good to have something to hold onto. We pray that the energy and spirit of God will be our compass, our anchor, our shield, our inspiration, our hope, our strength, our foundation and to continue making a unique difference in our lives each day.
 
 
 
  Friday
May-25
Thought For The Week

'The presence of the Holy Spirit is the keystone of all our hopes.' ~John Nelson Darby

Last weekend we celebrated Pentecost Sunday. The past six weeks of Easter have gone by so quickly. What is the Holy Spirit? 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 water full with purpose, energy and delight. If the sail is taken down and put away the yacht is almost lifeless and just drifts along. With regard to the Holy Spirit we have sometimes forgotten to put up our sails to catch and harness a unique presence in our world today.

The presence of the Holy Spirit reaches all aspects of our lives. From a faith point of view we are assured that God is with us through every journey, through the difficult twists and turns, through the good times and those straight runs but also with us when the unexpected crisis or tumble happens. When we do hit those difficult times we often have nothing to fall back on and that is why the famous spiritual writer Henri Nouwen calls it a spiritual crisis. In the generations past many had their faith to fall back on when life became difficult. Having a belief in something spiritual, gave a foundation or a solid grounding when there was a crisis. It wasn't about having all the answers but it allowed one to put the crisis in an overall context and that the crisis would pass. Today this solid foundation is no longer present or as widespread as it once was.

Whatever our own personal spiritual beliefs may be, we know that they have great value. Too often we compare ourselves to others and feel we fall well short. We are encouraged to nurture and celebrate everything spiritual in our own lives. This is at the heart of Pentecost Sunday. Life as we know can be wonderful and great but also so fragile. When the unexpected fall or crisis happens, it is good to have something to hold onto. We pray that the energy and spirit of God will be our compass, our anchor, our shield, our inspiration, our hope, our strength, our foundation and to continue making a unique difference in our lives each day.
 
 
 
  Thursday
May-24
Thought For The Week

'The presence of the Holy Spirit is the keystone of all our hopes.' ~John Nelson Darby

Last weekend we celebrated Pentecost Sunday. The past six weeks of Easter have gone by so quickly. What is the Holy Spirit? 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 water full with purpose, energy and delight. If the sail is taken down and put away the yacht is almost lifeless and just drifts along. With regard to the Holy Spirit we have sometimes forgotten to put up our sails to catch and harness a unique presence in our world today.

The presence of the Holy Spirit reaches all aspects of our lives. From a faith point of view we are assured that God is with us through every journey, through the difficult twists and turns, through the good times and those straight runs but also with us when the unexpected crisis or tumble happens. When we do hit those difficult times we often have nothing to fall back on and that is why the famous spiritual writer Henri Nouwen calls it a spiritual crisis. In the generations past many had their faith to fall back on when life became difficult. Having a belief in something spiritual, gave a foundation or a solid grounding when there was a crisis. It wasn't about having all the answers but it allowed one to put the crisis in an overall context and that the crisis would pass. Today this solid foundation is no longer present or as widespread as it once was.

Whatever our own personal spiritual beliefs may be, we know that they have great value. Too often we compare ourselves to others and feel we fall well short. We are encouraged to nurture and celebrate everything spiritual in our own lives. This is at the heart of Pentecost Sunday. Life as we know can be wonderful and great but also so fragile. When the unexpected fall or crisis happens, it is good to have something to hold onto. We pray that the energy and spirit of God will be our compass, our anchor, our shield, our inspiration, our hope, our strength, our foundation and to continue making a unique difference in our lives each day.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
May-23
Thought For The Week

'The presence of the Holy Spirit is the keystone of all our hopes.' ~John Nelson Darby

Last weekend we celebrated Pentecost Sunday. The past six weeks of Easter have gone by so quickly. What is the Holy Spirit? 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 water full with purpose, energy and delight. If the sail is taken down and put away the yacht is almost lifeless and just drifts along. With regard to the Holy Spirit we have sometimes forgotten to put up our sails to catch and harness a unique presence in our world today.

The presence of the Holy Spirit reaches all aspects of our lives. From a faith point of view we are assured that God is with us through every journey, through the difficult twists and turns, through the good times and those straight runs but also with us when the unexpected crisis or tumble happens. When we do hit those difficult times we often have nothing to fall back on and that is why the famous spiritual writer Henri Nouwen calls it a spiritual crisis. In the generations past many had their faith to fall back on when life became difficult. Having a belief in something spiritual, gave a foundation or a solid grounding when there was a crisis. It wasn't about having all the answers but it allowed one to put the crisis in an overall context and that the crisis would pass. Today this solid foundation is no longer present or as widespread as it once was.

Whatever our own personal spiritual beliefs may be, we know that they have great value. Too often we compare ourselves to others and feel we fall well short. We are encouraged to nurture and celebrate everything spiritual in our own lives. This is at the heart of Pentecost Sunday. Life as we know can be wonderful and great but also so fragile. When the unexpected fall or crisis happens, it is good to have something to hold onto. We pray that the energy and spirit of God will be our compass, our anchor, our shield, our inspiration, our hope, our strength, our foundation and to continue making a unique difference in our lives each day.
 
 
 
  Monday
May-21
Thought For The Week

'The presence of the Holy Spirit is the keystone of all our hopes.' ~John Nelson Darby

This weekend we celebrated Pentecost Sunday. The past six weeks of Easter have gone by so quickly. What is the Holy Spirit? 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 water full with purpose, energy and delight. If the sail is taken down and put away the yacht is almost lifeless and just drifts along. With regard to the Holy Spirit we have sometimes forgotten to put up our sails to catch and harness a unique presence in our world today.

The presence of the Holy Spirit reaches all aspects of our lives. From a faith point of view we are assured that God is with us through every journey, through the difficult twists and turns, through the good times and those straight runs but also with us when the unexpected crisis or tumble happens. When we do hit those difficult times we often have nothing to fall back on and that is why the famous spiritual writer Henri Nouwen calls it a spiritual crisis. In the generations past many had their faith to fall back on when life became difficult. Having a belief in something spiritual, gave a foundation or a solid grounding when there was a crisis. It wasn't about having all the answers but it allowed one to put the crisis in an overall context and that the crisis would pass. Today this solid foundation is no longer present or as widespread as it once was.

Whatever our own personal spiritual beliefs may be, we know that they have great value. Too often we compare ourselves to others and feel we fall well short. We are encouraged to nurture and celebrate everything spiritual in our own lives. This is at the heart of Pentecost Sunday. Life as we know can be wonderful and great but also so fragile. When the unexpected fall or crisis happens, it is good to have something to hold onto. We pray that the energy and spirit of God will be our compass, our anchor, our shield, our inspiration, our hope, our strength, our foundation and to continue making a unique difference in our lives each day.
 
 
 
  Sunday
May-20
A little story...

A young boy spent many hours building a little sailboat, crafting it down to the finest detail. He then took it to a nearby river to sail it. When he put it in the water it moved away from him very quickly. Though he chased it along the bank, he couldn't keep up with it. The strong wind and current carried the boat away. The heartbroken boy knew how hard he would have to work to build another sailboat. Further down the river, a man found the little boat, took it to town and sold it to a shopkeeper. Later that day, as the boy was walking through town he noticed the boat in a store window. Entering the store, he told the owner that the boat belonged to him. It had his own little marks on it, but he couldn't prove to the shopkeeper that the boat was his. The man told him the only way he could get the boat was to buy it. The boy wanted it back so badly that he did exactly that. As he took the boat from the hand of the shopkeeper, he looked at it and said, "Little boat, you're twice mine. I made you and I bought you." Easter is all about God's love for us, not just once or even twice but every single day all year round.
 
 
 
  Friday
May-18
Thought For Week

'Do not be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners.' ~Matthew 6:5

In our Gospels Jesus was quick to point out the difference between sincerity and hypocrisy. He saw much hypocrisy particularly with the Scribes and Pharisees. These were the people who loved to show off that they were important and special, who stood at street corners while they prayed and who took the best seats in their synagogues. There was no heart or sincerity in what they were doing but empty meaningless ritual and doing things just because it seemed the right thing to do.

There are still hypocrites today and there are those who have no heart or sincerity in what they do. It is often false and shallow. Nothing can hide it and others quickly pick up on how false it actually is. But for many people and this is important to say, there is genuine warmth, openness and sincerity in everything they do. Despite sometimes difficult challenges, there is a genuine commitment to doing ones best.

In terms of faith matters there is still a genuine openness in finding and connecting to what gives meaning and fulfillment in our lives. People still pray and thankfully much of it is open, honest and far from hypocritical. Young people certainly fall into this category. They have the added benefit of not carrying any negative baggage that so many have carried in recent decades. For many years people were told "You must", "You have to" and "If you don't". Today there is such freedom with young people and their outlook is "I can", "I'll try" and "I'll give it a go." What is our outlook this week?
 
 
 
  Thursday
May-17
Thought For Week

'Do not be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners.' ~Matthew 6:5

In our Gospels Jesus was quick to point out the difference between sincerity and hypocrisy. He saw much hypocrisy particularly with the Scribes and Pharisees. These were the people who loved to show off that they were important and special, who stood at street corners while they prayed and who took the best seats in their synagogues. There was no heart or sincerity in what they were doing but empty meaningless ritual and doing things just because it seemed the right thing to do.

There are still hypocrites today and there are those who have no heart or sincerity in what they do. It is often false and shallow. Nothing can hide it and others quickly pick up on how false it actually is. But for many people and this is important to say, there is genuine warmth, openness and sincerity in everything they do. Despite sometimes difficult challenges, there is a genuine commitment to doing ones best.

In terms of faith matters there is still a genuine openness in finding and connecting to what gives meaning and fulfillment in our lives. People still pray and thankfully much of it is open, honest and far from hypocritical. Young people certainly fall into this category. They have the added benefit of not carrying any negative baggage that so many have carried in recent decades. For many years people were told "You must", "You have to" and "If you don't". Today there is such freedom with young people and their outlook is "I can", "I'll try" and "I'll give it a go." What is our outlook this week?
 
 
 
  Wednesday
May-16
Thought For Week

'Do not be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners.' ~Matthew 6:5

In our Gospels Jesus was quick to point out the difference between sincerity and hypocrisy. He saw much hypocrisy particularly with the Scribes and Pharisees. These were the people who loved to show off that they were important and special, who stood at street corners while they prayed and who took the best seats in their synagogues. There was no heart or sincerity in what they were doing but empty meaningless ritual and doing things just because it seemed the right thing to do.

There are still hypocrites today and there are those who have no heart or sincerity in what they do. It is often false and shallow. Nothing can hide it and others quickly pick up on how false it actually is. But for many people and this is important to say, there is genuine warmth, openness and sincerity in everything they do. Despite sometimes difficult challenges, there is a genuine commitment to doing ones best.

In terms of faith matters there is still a genuine openness in finding and connecting to what gives meaning and fulfillment in our lives. People still pray and thankfully much of it is open, honest and far from hypocritical. Young people certainly fall into this category. They have the added benefit of not carrying any negative baggage that so many have carried in recent decades. For many years people were told "You must", "You have to" and "If you don't". Today there is such freedom with young people and their outlook is "I can", "I'll try" and "I'll give it a go." What is our outlook this week?
 
 
 
  Tuesday
May-15
Thought For Week

'Do not be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners.' ~Matthew 6:5

In our Gospels Jesus was quick to point out the difference between sincerity and hypocrisy. He saw much hypocrisy particularly with the Scribes and Pharisees. These were the people who loved to show off that they were important and special, who stood at street corners while they prayed and who took the best seats in their synagogues. There was no heart or sincerity in what they were doing but empty meaningless ritual and doing things just because it seemed the right thing to do.

There are still hypocrites today and there are those who have no heart or sincerity in what they do. It is often false and shallow. Nothing can hide it and others quickly pick up on how false it actually is. But for many people and this is important to say, there is genuine warmth, openness and sincerity in everything they do. Despite sometimes difficult challenges, there is a genuine commitment to doing ones best.

In terms of faith matters there is still a genuine openness in finding and connecting to what gives meaning and fulfillment in our lives. People still pray and thankfully much of it is open, honest and far from hypocritical. Young people certainly fall into this category. They have the added benefit of not carrying any negative baggage that so many have carried in recent decades. For many years people were told "You must", "You have to" and "If you don't". Today there is such freedom with young people and their outlook is "I can", "I'll try" and "I'll give it a go." What is our outlook this week?
 
 
 
  Monday
May-14
Thought For Week

'Do not be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners.' ~Matthew 6:5

In our Gospels Jesus was quick to point out the difference between sincerity and hypocrisy. He saw much hypocrisy particularly with the Scribes and Pharisees. These were the people who loved to show off that they were important and special, who stood at street corners while they prayed and who took the best seats in their synagogues. There was no heart or sincerity in what they were doing but empty meaningless ritual and doing things just because it seemed the right thing to do.

There are still hypocrites today and there are those who have no heart or sincerity in what they do. It is often false and shallow. Nothing can hide it and others quickly pick up on how false it actually is. But for many people and this is important to say, there is genuine warmth, openness and sincerity in everything they do. Despite sometimes difficult challenges, there is a genuine commitment to doing ones best.

In terms of faith matters there is still a genuine openness in finding and connecting to what gives meaning and fulfillment in our lives. People still pray and thankfully much of it is open, honest and far from hypocritical. Young people certainly fall into this category. They have the added benefit of not carrying any negative baggage that so many have carried in recent decades. For many years people were told "You must", "You have to" and "If you don't". Today there is such freedom with young people and their outlook is "I can", "I'll try" and "I'll give it a go." What is our outlook this week?
 
 
 
  Sunday
May-13
Today is World Communications Day. This is prayer is often shared at social media gatherings and it is a useful reminder of the importance of the Church putting out into the deep of the internet: It is by Meredith Gould and is from The Intercom Magazine

Christ has no online presence but yours,
No blog, no Facebook page but yours.
Yours are the tweets through which love touches the world.
Yours are the posts through which the gospel is shared.
Yours are the updates through which hope is revealed.
Christ has no online presence but yours.
No blog, no Facebook page but yours.



Also today

Thought For Today by Triona Doherty called 'Forgotten feast'

Sandwiched between Easter and Pentecost, the feast of the Ascension can sometimes tend to be overlooked. It can be hard to make sense of the artistic images we see of Jesus disappearing into the clouds as the disciples stand stare after him. But the Ascension does more than simply mark the culmination of Jesus' earthly life; it opens up for us a path to God. Where Jesus has gone, we hope one day to follow.

As Pope Francis puts it, 'the Ascension does not point to Jesus' absence, but tells us that he is alive in our midst in a new way. He is no longer in a specific place in the world as he was before the Ascension. He is now present in every space and time, close to each one of us. We are never alone: the Crucified and Risen Lord guides us.'

It is this very presence of Jesus that gave the disciples, and gives us, the strength for mission. Immediately before he is taken into heaven, Jesus issues his final and most important instruction: 'Go out to the whole world; proclaim the good news to all creation.' And after he goes, the disciples straight away set about the task. Far from being suddenly absent, we are told the Lord is now working with them in a new way. The Ascension is less a loss than a transition, a promise that Jesus will always be with us.
 
 
 
  Saturday
May-12
Thought For The Week

"Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, then it's not the end" ~Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran kicked off the first of his sell-out nine-concert Irish tour in Cork last Friday night. His three concerts in Cork were an outstanding success.

Ed Sheeran is the classic example of someone who hit some serious tough and rough patches in his life. He had a stammer and worked his way through that. He was homeless at one stage in his life but his determination helped him through. He always knew he had something to offer with his music and singing. It was a guitar that his uncle gave him at a young age that became his lifeline.

He has made many speeches and has spoken in some detail about his personal life and his Irish connections. One of my favourite quotes from him is: "Be yourself, because there's no one in the world that can be a better you than you. And if you try to be the cool kid from class, you'll end up being very boring. Be yourself, embrace your quirks. Being weird is a wonderful thing. Don't ever treat it as an issue and don't see it as a plight on your life. Carry on pushing forward and I did alright. You can do all right as well!"

We so often take music for granted and yet it is the pulse and heartbeat of life. Music is there for every occasion. It can uplift and it can calm and relax. It can unite and break down barriers. The way we listen to music has changed so much over the years from vinyl, tape, CD and now digital. But whatever format the music is, it never loses its importance or impact. Music can often lead us to the gentle quiet presence of God. Today we thank God for the great gift of music. As the old saying puts it so well: 'When words fail, music can so often speak to us.'
 
 
 
  Friday
May-11
Thought For The Week

"Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, then it's not the end" ~Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran kicked off the first of his sell-out nine-concert Irish tour in Cork last Friday night. His three concerts in Cork were an outstanding success.

Ed Sheeran is the classic example of someone who hit some serious tough and rough patches in his life. He had a stammer and worked his way through that. He was homeless at one stage in his life but his determination helped him through. He always knew he had something to offer with his music and singing. It was a guitar that his uncle gave him at a young age that became his lifeline.

He has made many speeches and has spoken in some detail about his personal life and his Irish connections. One of my favourite quotes from him is: "Be yourself, because there's no one in the world that can be a better you than you. And if you try to be the cool kid from class, you'll end up being very boring. Be yourself, embrace your quirks. Being weird is a wonderful thing. Don't ever treat it as an issue and don't see it as a plight on your life. Carry on pushing forward and I did alright. You can do all right as well!"

We so often take music for granted and yet it is the pulse and heartbeat of life. Music is there for every occasion. It can uplift and it can calm and relax. It can unite and break down barriers. The way we listen to music has changed so much over the years from vinyl, tape, CD and now digital. But whatever format the music is, it never loses its importance or impact. Music can often lead us to the gentle quiet presence of God. Today we thank God for the great gift of music. As the old saying puts it so well: 'When words fail, music can so often speak to us.'
 
 
 
  Thursday
May-10
Thought For The Week

"Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, then it's not the end" ~Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran kicked off the first of his sell-out nine-concert Irish tour in Cork last Friday night. His three concerts in Cork were an outstanding success.

Ed Sheeran is the classic example of someone who hit some serious tough and rough patches in his life. He had a stammer and worked his way through that. He was homeless at one stage in his life but his determination helped him through. He always knew he had something to offer with his music and singing. It was a guitar that his uncle gave him at a young age that became his lifeline.

He has made many speeches and has spoken in some detail about his personal life and his Irish connections. One of my favourite quotes from him is: "Be yourself, because there's no one in the world that can be a better you than you. And if you try to be the cool kid from class, you'll end up being very boring. Be yourself, embrace your quirks. Being weird is a wonderful thing. Don't ever treat it as an issue and don't see it as a plight on your life. Carry on pushing forward and I did alright. You can do all right as well!"

We so often take music for granted and yet it is the pulse and heartbeat of life. Music is there for every occasion. It can uplift and it can calm and relax. It can unite and break down barriers. The way we listen to music has changed so much over the years from vinyl, tape, CD and now digital. But whatever format the music is, it never loses its importance or impact. Music can often lead us to the gentle quiet presence of God. Today we thank God for the great gift of music. As the old saying puts it so well: 'When words fail, music can so often speak to us.'
 
 
 
  Wednesday
May-09
Thought For The Week

"Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, then it's not the end" ~Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran kicked off the first of his sell-out nine-concert Irish tour in Cork last Friday night. His three concerts in Cork were an outstanding success.

Ed Sheeran is the classic example of someone who hit some serious tough and rough patches in his life. He had a stammer and worked his way through that. He was homeless at one stage in his life but his determination helped him through. He always knew he had something to offer with his music and singing. It was a guitar that his uncle gave him at a young age that became his lifeline.

He has made many speeches and has spoken in some detail about his personal life and his Irish connections. One of my favourite quotes from him is: "Be yourself, because there's no one in the world that can be a better you than you. And if you try to be the cool kid from class, you'll end up being very boring. Be yourself, embrace your quirks. Being weird is a wonderful thing. Don't ever treat it as an issue and don't see it as a plight on your life. Carry on pushing forward and I did alright. You can do all right as well!"

We so often take music for granted and yet it is the pulse and heartbeat of life. Music is there for every occasion. It can uplift and it can calm and relax. It can unite and break down barriers. The way we listen to music has changed so much over the years from vinyl, tape, CD and now digital. But whatever format the music is, it never loses its importance or impact. Music can often lead us to the gentle quiet presence of God. Today we thank God for the great gift of music. As the old saying puts it so well: 'When words fail, music can so often speak to us.'
 
 
 
  Tuesday
May-08
Thought For The Week

"Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, then it's not the end" ~Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran kicked off the first of his sell-out nine-concert Irish tour in Cork last Friday night. His three concerts in Cork were an outstanding success.

Ed Sheeran is the classic example of someone who hit some serious tough and rough patches in his life. He had a stammer and worked his way through that. He was homeless at one stage in his life but his determination helped him through. He always knew he had something to offer with his music and singing. It was a guitar that his uncle gave him at a young age that became his lifeline.

He has made many speeches and has spoken in some detail about his personal life and his Irish connections. One of my favourite quotes from him is: "Be yourself, because there's no one in the world that can be a better you than you. And if you try to be the cool kid from class, you'll end up being very boring. Be yourself, embrace your quirks. Being weird is a wonderful thing. Don't ever treat it as an issue and don't see it as a plight on your life. Carry on pushing forward and I did alright. You can do all right as well!"

We so often take music for granted and yet it is the pulse and heartbeat of life. Music is there for every occasion. It can uplift and it can calm and relax. It can unite and break down barriers. The way we listen to music has changed so much over the years from vinyl, tape, CD and now digital. But whatever format the music is, it never loses its importance or impact. Music can often lead us to the gentle quiet presence of God. Today we thank God for the great gift of music. As the old saying puts it so well: 'When words fail, music can so often speak to us.'
 
 
 
  Monday
May-07
Thought For Today is by Triona Doherty called 'A brief history of love'

God does not have favourites, Peter tells us. You wouldn't think that was the case sometimes, listening to some of the people who purport to speak on his behalf. When Professor Stephen Hawking passed away earlier this year, people from all walks of life paid tribute to his brilliance, his scientific legacy, his courage and his sense of humour. Professor Hawking's work taught the world so much about the boundless mysteries of the universe. Though he considered himself an atheist, he believed that life had meaning, and that we should always be curious about how the universe came into existence. He believed in love, and is quoted as saying 'It would not be much of a universe if it wasn't home to the people you love.'

And yet, after his death, there were some who couldn't resist the opportunity to ask: where is he now, this man who did not believe in God? The judgement and lack of compassion was staggering, coming as it did from 'Christian' commentators. Where is the love in such attitudes?

Today we bring everything back to one word: love. There are more than 20 references to love in today's readings. God's love does not discriminate. In the second reading we hear that 'everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God', while 'anyone who fails to love can never have known God, because God is love.' That love that God showed by sending his Son for us, is the same generous, wholehearted, self-sacrificing love we are called to show others - whether their beliefs align with ours or not. God does not have favourites.
 
 
 
  Sunday
May-06
Thought For Today is by Triona Doherty called 'A brief history of love'

God does not have favourites, Peter tells us. You wouldn't think that was the case sometimes, listening to some of the people who purport to speak on his behalf. When Professor Stephen Hawking passed away earlier this year, people from all walks of life paid tribute to his brilliance, his scientific legacy, his courage and his sense of humour. Professor Hawking's work taught the world so much about the boundless mysteries of the universe. Though he considered himself an atheist, he believed that life had meaning, and that we should always be curious about how the universe came into existence. He believed in love, and is quoted as saying 'It would not be much of a universe if it wasn't home to the people you love.'

And yet, after his death, there were some who couldn't resist the opportunity to ask: where is he now, this man who did not believe in God? The judgement and lack of compassion was staggering, coming as it did from 'Christian' commentators. Where is the love in such attitudes?

Today we bring everything back to one word: love. There are more than 20 references to love in today's readings. God's love does not discriminate. In the second reading we hear that 'everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God', while 'anyone who fails to love can never have known God, because God is love.' That love that God showed by sending his Son for us, is the same generous, wholehearted, self-sacrificing love we are called to show others - whether their beliefs align with ours or not. God does not have favourites.
 
 
 
  Saturday
May-05
Thought For The Week

'When I called you answered me, you built up strength within me.' ~Psalm 138

It is always a question that is asked and will be repeatedly asked: are our prayers answered? Sometimes we get a strong sense that yes our prayers are answered and then there are other times when we felt it was a complete waste of time. We can all remember a prayer for someone that worked. The cynic and sceptic will say it was all pure coincidence and good luck. They will add that it was all going to happen without our intervention and prayers.

But if you look at stories of people down through the years and the generations gone before us, there is overwhelming evidence to suggest that prayer really does work. The psalms are filled with the experiences of people who prayed and who felt it worked for them. Even if our prayers are not answered exactly in the way we want, we are given the strength to face whatever we have to face in life.

If prayer is not our thing at the moment, then it is good to know that there are others praying for us. At different times of the day, 'The Divine Office' which is the universal prayer of the church is read and said by people in every corner of the world. This prayer embraces the needs, concerns and intentions of everyone. So it is good to know that someone is praying for you right now and later on and at times you might not expect.

The reason these prayers are said is from a heartfelt and core belief that prayer does work and is not a waste of time. If we say that everything is energy and that everything in our universe is connected, then prayer is the on switch. When we pray for someone we send God's love, light and hope in their direction. There are very few who would say 'No Thanks' to this beautiful and natural inclination that is prayer. There are lots of people today and this weekend touching the 'On Switch' that is prayer. We can be a part of it too and if not it is good to know that many are doing it on our behalf.


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  Friday
May-04
Thought For The Week

'When I called you answered me, you built up strength within me.' ~Psalm 138

It is always a question that is asked and will be repeatedly asked: are our prayers answered? Sometimes we get a strong sense that yes our prayers are answered and then there are other times when we felt it was a complete waste of time. We can all remember a prayer for someone that worked. The cynic and sceptic will say it was all pure coincidence and good luck. They will add that it was all going to happen without our intervention and prayers.

But if you look at stories of people down through the years and the generations gone before us, there is overwhelming evidence to suggest that prayer really does work. The psalms are filled with the experiences of people who prayed and who felt it worked for them. Even if our prayers are not answered exactly in the way we want, we are given the strength to face whatever we have to face in life.

If prayer is not our thing at the moment, then it is good to know that there are others praying for us. At different times of the day, 'The Divine Office' which is the universal prayer of the church is read and said by people in every corner of the world. This prayer embraces the needs, concerns and intentions of everyone. So it is good to know that someone is praying for you right now and later on and at times you might not expect.

The reason these prayers are said is from a heartfelt and core belief that prayer does work and is not a waste of time. If we say that everything is energy and that everything in our universe is connected, then prayer is the on switch. When we pray for someone we send God's love, light and hope in their direction. There are very few who would say 'No Thanks' to this beautiful and natural inclination that is prayer. There are lots of people today and this weekend touching the 'On Switch' that is prayer. We can be a part of it too and if not it is good to know that many are doing it on our behalf.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday with a new photograph each day
 
 
 
  Thursday
May-03
Thought For The Week

'When I called you answered me, you built up strength within me.' ~Psalm 138

It is always a question that is asked and will be repeatedly asked: are our prayers answered? Sometimes we get a strong sense that yes our prayers are answered and then there are other times when we felt it was a complete waste of time. We can all remember a prayer for someone that worked. The cynic and sceptic will say it was all pure coincidence and good luck. They will add that it was all going to happen without our intervention and prayers.

But if you look at stories of people down through the years and the generations gone before us, there is overwhelming evidence to suggest that prayer really does work. The psalms are filled with the experiences of people who prayed and who felt it worked for them. Even if our prayers are not answered exactly in the way we want, we are given the strength to face whatever we have to face in life.

If prayer is not our thing at the moment, then it is good to know that there are others praying for us. At different times of the day, 'The Divine Office' which is the universal prayer of the church is read and said by people in every corner of the world. This prayer embraces the needs, concerns and intentions of everyone. So it is good to know that someone is praying for you right now and later on and at times you might not expect.

The reason these prayers are said is from a heartfelt and core belief that prayer does work and is not a waste of time. If we say that everything is energy and that everything in our universe is connected, then prayer is the on switch. When we pray for someone we send God's love, light and hope in their direction. There are very few who would say 'No Thanks' to this beautiful and natural inclination that is prayer. There are lots of people today and this weekend touching the 'On Switch' that is prayer. We can be a part of it too and if not it is good to know that many are doing it on our behalf.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday with a new photograph each day
 
 
 
  Tuesday
May-01
Thought For The Week

'When I called you answered me, you built up strength within me.' ~Psalm 138

It is always a question that is asked and will be repeatedly asked: are our prayers answered? Sometimes we get a strong sense that yes our prayers are answered and then there are other times when we felt it was a complete waste of time. We can all remember a prayer for someone that worked. The cynic and sceptic will say it was all pure coincidence and good luck. They will add that it was all going to happen without our intervention and prayers.

But if you look at stories of people down through the years and the generations gone before us, there is overwhelming evidence to suggest that prayer really does work. The psalms are filled with the experiences of people who prayed and who felt it worked for them. Even if our prayers are not answered exactly in the way we want, we are given the strength to face whatever we have to face in life.

If prayer is not our thing at the moment, then it is good to know that there are others praying for us. At different times of the day, 'The Divine Office' which is the universal prayer of the church is read and said by people in every corner of the world. This prayer embraces the needs, concerns and intentions of everyone. So it is good to know that someone is praying for you right now and later on and at times you might not expect.

The reason these prayers are said is from a heartfelt and core belief that prayer does work and is not a waste of time. If we say that everything is energy and that everything in our universe is connected, then prayer is the on switch. When we pray for someone we send God's love, light and hope in their direction. There are very few who would say 'No Thanks' to this beautiful and natural inclination that is prayer. There are lots of people today and this weekend touching the 'On Switch' that is prayer. We can be a part of it too and if not it is good to know that many are doing it on our behalf.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday with a new photograph each day
 
 

 

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