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  Monday
Oct-14
Thought For The Week

'We live in a world of measurement. We are constantly comparing ourselves to others. The world of measurement is the driving force of social media. I allowed measurement bring me down. And so I changed my mind set to "I am a contribution." By saying a contribution, I put energy behind everything I can now do within my capabilities. I now do as much as I can do, knowing I'm not perfect. I have allowed myself to just do my best.' ~Dessie Fitzgerald

There was an inspirational talk given last Friday in the Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery by Dessie Fitzgerald to over 400 young people from West Cork Secondary Schools, as part of a student enterprise conference. During his moving speech he spoke about losing two of his brothers and how he suffered a devastating freak accident that left him confined to a wheelchair within the space of just 14 months.

Dessie talked about how he has adopted a new outlook on life and how he wants to help others. His world was turned upside-down in August 2011, when his brother Mike died by suicide. A few months later, Dessie suffered a freak accident in a hurling match that left him confined to a wheelchair. Just over a year later he lost another brother James, who died of adult death syndrome. He was just 16. As Dessie said: "If I was lost beforehand you can imagine what I was like now. Words can't describe how low I was, and how low I felt."

During his talk he gave a captivated audience some great tips and advice, on how to overcome obstacles and challenges. He encouraged the young people present by saying: "Be proud of who you are and everything you have overcome. We are not put in this world to be stagnant and still. We are here to expand and grow. Don't let fear of what others might think of you hold you back. Just be yourself'

These words can also speak to any age group and I hope some of them will resonate with you too.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Sunday
Oct-13
%u2018I need all my energy for living towards your fullness. The energy I expend in anger and resentment is diverted and lost. The energy I use for loving and praying is multiplied.'~Margaret Silf

Some people seem to be naturally bubbly and full of energy, more have far less and for many we fluctuate somewhere in between. It makes sense to conserve and use wisely what we have. It's been well documented how anger, resentment, jealousy and hatred simply eat up much of our energy reserves. Over a long period of time it can leave us feeling totally exhausted. Any time we love, pray and reach out in God's name not only saves our energy levels but multiplies them many times over. Throughout this day I can make an effort to use my energy for living life to the full. We know what doesn't work, we know what does, and the choice will always be mine.
 
 
 
  Friday
Oct-11
Thought For The Week

If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all.' ~Isaiah 7:9

There are lots of things that can be said about having faith in God, in a higher power or in the something more. Everyone's response to what this is for them, will be different but still valued and important. It is when we have nothing that we are vulnerable and exposed. When a crisis hits or something unexpected happens we have nothing to fall back on.

It is said that sorrow looks back, worry looks around, while faith looks up. We need to look up, we need to take that step forward and we need to begin to believe that we can do it. We are invited to believe that God is with us, on our side and the one who can bring meaning and fulfillment into everything we do?

Side by side with our gift of faith is hope. As air is to a tyre or a flame to a candle, we need hope in our lives. The source of our hope is in a God who simply loves us as we are. It's about a God who never stops seeking us and who never gives up on us. St. Paul wrote a lot about this and described it in a lovely way by saying: "Hope does not disappoint us because God's love has been poured into our hearts." In a world that is often dominated by negative news and where good news is often squeezed out, we need to be people of hope. To be a person of hope requires great determination, courage, conviction and inner belief. It is a lifelong task beginning today as best we can.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Thursday
Oct-10
Thought For The Week

If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all.' ~Isaiah 7:9

There are lots of things that can be said about having faith in God, in a higher power or in the something more. Everyone's response to what this is for them, will be different but still valued and important. It is when we have nothing that we are vulnerable and exposed. When a crisis hits or something unexpected happens we have nothing to fall back on.

It is said that sorrow looks back, worry looks around, while faith looks up. We need to look up, we need to take that step forward and we need to begin to believe that we can do it. We are invited to believe that God is with us, on our side and the one who can bring meaning and fulfillment into everything we do?

Side by side with our gift of faith is hope. As air is to a tyre or a flame to a candle, we need hope in our lives. The source of our hope is in a God who simply loves us as we are. It's about a God who never stops seeking us and who never gives up on us. St. Paul wrote a lot about this and described it in a lovely way by saying: "Hope does not disappoint us because God's love has been poured into our hearts." In a world that is often dominated by negative news and where good news is often squeezed out, we need to be people of hope. To be a person of hope requires great determination, courage, conviction and inner belief. It is a lifelong task beginning today as best we can.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Oct-09
Thought For The Week

If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all.' ~Isaiah 7:9

There are lots of things that can be said about having faith in God, in a higher power or in the something more. Everyone's response to what this is for them, will be different but still valued and important. It is when we have nothing that we are vulnerable and exposed. When a crisis hits or something unexpected happens we have nothing to fall back on.

It is said that sorrow looks back, worry looks around, while faith looks up. We need to look up, we need to take that step forward and we need to begin to believe that we can do it. We are invited to believe that God is with us, on our side and the one who can bring meaning and fulfillment into everything we do?

Side by side with our gift of faith is hope. As air is to a tyre or a flame to a candle, we need hope in our lives. The source of our hope is in a God who simply loves us as we are. It's about a God who never stops seeking us and who never gives up on us. St. Paul wrote a lot about this and described it in a lovely way by saying: "Hope does not disappoint us because God's love has been poured into our hearts." In a world that is often dominated by negative news and where good news is often squeezed out, we need to be people of hope. To be a person of hope requires great determination, courage, conviction and inner belief. It is a lifelong task beginning today as best we can.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Oct-08
Thought For The Week

If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all.' ~Isaiah 7:9

There are lots of things that can be said about having faith in God, in a higher power or in the something more. Everyone's response to what this is for them, will be different but still valued and important. It is when we have nothing that we are vulnerable and exposed. When a crisis hits or something unexpected happens we have nothing to fall back on.

It is said that sorrow looks back, worry looks around, while faith looks up. We need to look up, we need to take that step forward and we need to begin to believe that we can do it. We are invited to believe that God is with us, on our side and the one who can bring meaning and fulfillment into everything we do?

Side by side with our gift of faith is hope. As air is to a tyre or a flame to a candle, we need hope in our lives. The source of our hope is in a God who simply loves us as we are. It's about a God who never stops seeking us and who never gives up on us. St. Paul wrote a lot about this and described it in a lovely way by saying: "Hope does not disappoint us because God's love has been poured into our hearts." In a world that is often dominated by negative news and where good news is often squeezed out, we need to be people of hope. To be a person of hope requires great determination, courage, conviction and inner belief. It is a lifelong task beginning today as best we can.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Monday
Oct-07
Thought For The Week

If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all.' ~Isaiah 7:9

There are lots of things that can be said about having faith in God, in a higher power or in the something more. Everyone's response to what this is for them, will be different but still valued and important. It is when we have nothing that we are vulnerable and exposed. When a crisis hits or something unexpected happens we have nothing to fall back on.

It is said that sorrow looks back, worry looks around, while faith looks up. We need to look up, we need to take that step forward and we need to begin to believe that we can do it. We are invited to believe that God is with us, on our side and the one who can bring meaning and fulfillment into everything we do?

Side by side with our gift of faith is hope. As air is to a tyre or a flame to a candle, we need hope in our lives. The source of our hope is in a God who simply loves us as we are. It's about a God who never stops seeking us and who never gives up on us. St. Paul wrote a lot about this and described it in a lovely way by saying: "Hope does not disappoint us because God's love has been poured into our hearts." In a world that is often dominated by negative news and where good news is often squeezed out, we need to be people of hope. To be a person of hope requires great determination, courage, conviction and inner belief. It is a lifelong task beginning today as best we can.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Oct-06
Thought For Today is by Jane Mellett from the Intercom Magazine

'If you start thinking that only your biggest and shiniest moments count, you're setting yourself up to feel like a failure most of the time.' ~Chris Hadfield

A question: do you feel that your faith is strong enough? I'd hazard a guess that for many of us the answer is no. Faith can be a fragile thing. It changes throughout our lives. It is tested and it wanes and wobbles at times, particularly when we go through periods of pain or loss.

A lot of the time we feel like we could be doing better - we should be spending more time in prayer, meditating on the Scriptures, making more effort to put the Gospel into action in our families and in our communities. No matter what stage we're at in our faith journey, there is room for improvement; God always wants to draw us closer.

There is a great image of hope in today's Gospel. The mustard seed brings to mind something that is tiny, weak and insignificant. But Jesus says that if our faith is even the size of a mustard seed, we are capable of great things! God grows strength out of weakness. Once we have a small spark of faith in our hearts, it can grow into something strong. If we nourish it, turn to God more often, make more space for God in our daily routine, wonderful things will follow.

Find that spark, and let it shine!
 
 
 
  Saturday
Oct-05
'I encourage you to tell "good news" stories. The current crisis obliges us to replan our journey, to set ourselves new rules, to discover new forms of commitment, to build on positive experiences and to reject negative ones.' ~Pope Benedict

The importance of good news is not new but we will always need gentle reminders to keep it within our sights. It is so easy to get complacent and allow negativity dominate our lives. All forms of negativity simply drain us of energy. Negative news is super quick. If there is a gap or a space anywhere, it will quickly fill it. Pope Benedict talks about re planning, rebuilding, and setting new ground rules in how we view life. Central to all of this is to prioritise all forms of good news. We need to push aside the thorns and brambles in our lives and discover those green shoots. A prayer today is to ask God to help us nurture those green shoots and all snippets of good news in our lives.
 
 
 
  Friday
Oct-04
Thought For Week

'When people light candles, it is their prayer without words. Candles flicker in churches and before shrines for as many reasons as there are people in the world. It represents you in silent, wordless prayer in God's presence. It is an invitation to be still.' ~ Fr. John Cullen

As chaplain to a busy secondary school, I can safely say I would be lost without candles. Candles are so important when it comes to moments of prayer. They create the right atmosphere, they are a lovely distraction and the flickering flame is therapeutic. Students are always drawn to holding a candle and feel a spiritual connection. During difficult, stressful and challenging occasions, candles have spoken volumes, when all other words were never enough.

I am a big fan of candles and I always have a lovely collection of them in the prayer and quiet room of our school. The electronic candles that you now find in some churches just don't do it for me. They just aren't the same as the real candle. But health and safety is having nearly a say in everything these days.

From a spiritual point of view, a lighted candle is full of meaning and symbolism. It stands for the light of Christ. It stands for hope in the midst of darkness, it reminds us that we are not on our own, it reminds us that darkness and evil will never get the upper hand and it gently reminds us that everything is going to be ok.

We can also light a candle for someone else too. We are connected to this person in some way and we are asking God to bless them, to journey with them and to be their light with whatever might be difficult in their lives right now.

Our prayer for today and this week is: Loving God you are our light and hope. With you there is no darkness. Bring your light and hope into our lives and especially into our own darkness. May we feel your light, hope and compassion in our lives. Give us faith to say with the psalmist; 'Lord, keep my lamp burning, turn my darkness into light. Amen'


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Thursday
Oct-03
Thought For Week

'When people light candles, it is their prayer without words. Candles flicker in churches and before shrines for as many reasons as there are people in the world. It represents you in silent, wordless prayer in God's presence. It is an invitation to be still.' ~ Fr. John Cullen

As chaplain to a busy secondary school, I can safely say I would be lost without candles. Candles are so important when it comes to moments of prayer. They create the right atmosphere, they are a lovely distraction and the flickering flame is therapeutic. Students are always drawn to holding a candle and feel a spiritual connection. During difficult, stressful and challenging occasions, candles have spoken volumes, when all other words were never enough.

I am a big fan of candles and I always have a lovely collection of them in the prayer and quiet room of our school. The electronic candles that you now find in some churches just don't do it for me. They just aren't the same as the real candle. But health and safety is having nearly a say in everything these days.

From a spiritual point of view, a lighted candle is full of meaning and symbolism. It stands for the light of Christ. It stands for hope in the midst of darkness, it reminds us that we are not on our own, it reminds us that darkness and evil will never get the upper hand and it gently reminds us that everything is going to be ok.

We can also light a candle for someone else too. We are connected to this person in some way and we are asking God to bless them, to journey with them and to be their light with whatever might be difficult in their lives right now.

Our prayer for today and this week is: Loving God you are our light and hope. With you there is no darkness. Bring your light and hope into our lives and especially into our own darkness. May we feel your light, hope and compassion in our lives. Give us faith to say with the psalmist; 'Lord, keep my lamp burning, turn my darkness into light. Amen'


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Oct-02
Thought For Week

'When people light candles, it is their prayer without words. Candles flicker in churches and before shrines for as many reasons as there are people in the world. It represents you in silent, wordless prayer in God's presence. It is an invitation to be still.' ~ Fr. John Cullen

As chaplain to a busy secondary school, I can safely say I would be lost without candles. Candles are so important when it comes to moments of prayer. They create the right atmosphere, they are a lovely distraction and the flickering flame is therapeutic. Students are always drawn to holding a candle and feel a spiritual connection. During difficult, stressful and challenging occasions, candles have spoken volumes, when all other words were never enough.

I am a big fan of candles and I always have a lovely collection of them in the prayer and quiet room of our school. The electronic candles that you now find in some churches just don't do it for me. They just aren't the same as the real candle. But health and safety is having nearly a say in everything these days.

From a spiritual point of view, a lighted candle is full of meaning and symbolism. It stands for the light of Christ. It stands for hope in the midst of darkness, it reminds us that we are not on our own, it reminds us that darkness and evil will never get the upper hand and it gently reminds us that everything is going to be ok.

We can also light a candle for someone else too. We are connected to this person in some way and we are asking God to bless them, to journey with them and to be their light with whatever might be difficult in their lives right now.

Our prayer for today and this week is: Loving God you are our light and hope. With you there is no darkness. Bring your light and hope into our lives and especially into our own darkness. May we feel your light, hope and compassion in our lives. Give us faith to say with the psalmist; 'Lord, keep my lamp burning, turn my darkness into light. Amen'


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Oct-01
Thought For Week

'When people light candles, it is their prayer without words. Candles flicker in churches and before shrines for as many reasons as there are people in the world. It represents you in silent, wordless prayer in God's presence. It is an invitation to be still.' ~ Fr. John Cullen

As chaplain to a busy secondary school, I can safely say I would be lost without candles. Candles are so important when it comes to moments of prayer. They create the right atmosphere, they are a lovely distraction and the flickering flame is therapeutic. Students are always drawn to holding a candle and feel a spiritual connection. During difficult, stressful and challenging occasions, candles have spoken volumes, when all other words were never enough.

I am a big fan of candles and I always have a lovely collection of them in the prayer and quiet room of our school. The electronic candles that you now find in some churches just don't do it for me. They just aren't the same as the real candle. But health and safety is having nearly a say in everything these days.

From a spiritual point of view, a lighted candle is full of meaning and symbolism. It stands for the light of Christ. It stands for hope in the midst of darkness, it reminds us that we are not on our own, it reminds us that darkness and evil will never get the upper hand and it gently reminds us that everything is going to be ok.

We can also light a candle for someone else too. We are connected to this person in some way and we are asking God to bless them, to journey with them and to be their light with whatever might be difficult in their lives right now.

Our prayer for today and this week is: Loving God you are our light and hope. With you there is no darkness. Bring your light and hope into our lives and especially into our own darkness. May we feel your light, hope and compassion in our lives. Give us faith to say with the psalmist; 'Lord, keep my lamp burning, turn my darkness into light. Amen'


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 

 

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