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  Friday
Sep-29
Thought For Week

'Hopelessness has at least as much to do with what we bring to life as it does with what life brings to us. Hopelessness is a spiritual doldrum. It is life without energy and without edge. Hope lies in taking what we have and using every heartbeat within us to turn it into something worthwhile.' Joan Chittister

Today is the feast of St. Finbarr. He is the patron saint of Cork and has very close ties with Gougane Barra in West Cork. The world that Finbarr lived in was radically different to the one we live in now. The world back then was much less complicated, life was lived simply with fewer distractions. But they too had their challenges and difficulties. Finbarr believed strongly that God was the one who gave us hope and strength to get us through everything. This was the message that he brought from Gougane Barra to the people of Cork and beyond. His message is still so relevant today.

Psalm 86 echoes a very similar expression of God. It puts before us an alternative to hopelessness. The psalm reminds us that God is kind and full of compassion. We are told that the God we follow, 'Abounds in love'. If you translate the word 'abound', the dictionary says, 'full of', 'overflowing with', 'teeming with' or 'alive with'. The writer of this psalm adds the word 'love'. This then translates beautifully in the Psalm as 'full of love', overflowing with love', 'teeming with love', 'alive with love'. To say that God is 'alive with love' is such a beautiful description of God.

It means that God is with us right now and with us through everything that is going on in our lives - not last week or next week, but alive in the moment that is now. This is the God St Finbarr believed in, that God is the one who gives us hope and strength to get us through everything and that God is alive with love. It is not some old outdated notion of God but is still so relevant for the world we live in today. It is also very relevant for our own personal lives too.


Thought For Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Thursday
Sep-28
Thought For Week

'Hopelessness has at least as much to do with what we bring to life as it does with what life brings to us. Hopelessness is a spiritual doldrum. It is life without energy and without edge. Hope lies in taking what we have and using every heartbeat within us to turn it into something worthwhile.' Joan Chittister

Today is the feast of St. Finbarr. He is the patron saint of Cork and has very close ties with Gougane Barra in West Cork. The world that Finbarr lived in was radically different to the one we live in now. The world back then was much less complicated, life was lived simply with fewer distractions. But they too had their challenges and difficulties. Finbarr believed strongly that God was the one who gave us hope and strength to get us through everything. This was the message that he brought from Gougane Barra to the people of Cork and beyond. His message is still so relevant today.

Psalm 86 echoes a very similar expression of God. It puts before us an alternative to hopelessness. The psalm reminds us that God is kind and full of compassion. We are told that the God we follow, 'Abounds in love'. If you translate the word 'abound', the dictionary says, 'full of', 'overflowing with', 'teeming with' or 'alive with'. The writer of this psalm adds the word 'love'. This then translates beautifully in the Psalm as 'full of love', overflowing with love', 'teeming with love', 'alive with love'. To say that God is 'alive with love' is such a beautiful description of God.

It means that God is with us right now and with us through everything that is going on in our lives - not last week or next week, but alive in the moment that is now. This is the God St Finbarr believed in, that God is the one who gives us hope and strength to get us through everything and that God is alive with love. It is not some old outdated notion of God but is still so relevant for the world we live in today. It is also very relevant for our own personal lives too.


Thought For Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Sep-27
Thought For Week

'Hopelessness has at least as much to do with what we bring to life as it does with what life brings to us. Hopelessness is a spiritual doldrum. It is life without energy and without edge. Hope lies in taking what we have and using every heartbeat within us to turn it into something worthwhile.' Joan Chittister

Today is the feast of St. Finbarr. He is the patron saint of Cork and has very close ties with Gougane Barra in West Cork. The world that Finbarr lived in was radically different to the one we live in now. The world back then was much less complicated, life was lived simply with fewer distractions. But they too had their challenges and difficulties. Finbarr believed strongly that God was the one who gave us hope and strength to get us through everything. This was the message that he brought from Gougane Barra to the people of Cork and beyond. His message is still so relevant today.

Psalm 86 echoes a very similar expression of God. It puts before us an alternative to hopelessness. The psalm reminds us that God is kind and full of compassion. We are told that the God we follow, 'Abounds in love'. If you translate the word 'abound', the dictionary says, 'full of', 'overflowing with', 'teeming with' or 'alive with'. The writer of this psalm adds the word 'love'. This then translates beautifully in the Psalm as 'full of love', overflowing with love', 'teeming with love', 'alive with love'. To say that God is 'alive with love' is such a beautiful description of God.

It means that God is with us right now and with us through everything that is going on in our lives - not last week or next week, but alive in the moment that is now. This is the God St Finbarr believed in, that God is the one who gives us hope and strength to get us through everything and that God is alive with love. It is not some old outdated notion of God but is still so relevant for the world we live in today. It is also very relevant for our own personal lives too.


Thought For Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Sep-26
Thought For Week

'Hopelessness has at least as much to do with what we bring to life as it does with what life brings to us. Hopelessness is a spiritual doldrum. It is life without energy and without edge. Hope lies in taking what we have and using every heartbeat within us to turn it into something worthwhile.' Joan Chittister

Today is the feast of St. Finbarr. He is the patron saint of Cork and has very close ties with Gougane Barra in West Cork. The world that Finbarr lived in was radically different to the one we live in now. The world back then was much less complicated, life was lived simply with fewer distractions. But they too had their challenges and difficulties. Finbarr believed strongly that God was the one who gave us hope and strength to get us through everything. This was the message that he brought from Gougane Barra to the people of Cork and beyond. His message is still so relevant today.

Psalm 86 echoes a very similar expression of God. It puts before us an alternative to hopelessness. The psalm reminds us that God is kind and full of compassion. We are told that the God we follow, 'Abounds in love'. If you translate the word 'abound', the dictionary says, 'full of', 'overflowing with', 'teeming with' or 'alive with'. The writer of this psalm adds the word 'love'. This then translates beautifully in the Psalm as 'full of love', overflowing with love', 'teeming with love', 'alive with love'. To say that God is 'alive with love' is such a beautiful description of God.

It means that God is with us right now and with us through everything that is going on in our lives - not last week or next week, but alive in the moment that is now. This is the God St Finbarr believed in, that God is the one who gives us hope and strength to get us through everything and that God is alive with love. It is not some old outdated notion of God but is still so relevant for the world we live in today. It is also very relevant for our own personal lives too.


Thought For Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Monday
Sep-25
'Hopelessness has at least as much to do with what we bring to life as it does with what life brings to us. Hopelessness is a spiritual doldrum. It is life without energy and without edge. Hope lies in taking what we have and using every heartbeat within us to turn it into something worthwhile.' Joan Chittister

Today is the feast of St. Finbarr. He is the patron saint of Cork and has very close ties with Gougane Barra in West Cork. The world that Finbarr lived in was radically different to the one we live in now. The world back then was much less complicated, life was lived simply with fewer distractions. But they too had their challenges and difficulties. Finbarr believed strongly that God was the one who gave us hope and strength to get us through everything. This was the message that he brought from Gougane Barra to the people of Cork and beyond. His message is still so relevant today.

Psalm 86 echoes a very similar expression of God. It puts before us an alternative to hopelessness. The psalm reminds us that God is kind and full of compassion. We are told that the God we follow, 'Abounds in love'. If you translate the word 'abound', the dictionary says, 'full of', 'overflowing with', 'teeming with' or 'alive with'. The writer of this psalm adds the word 'love'. This then translates beautifully in the Psalm as 'full of love', overflowing with love', 'teeming with love', 'alive with love'. To say that God is 'alive with love' is such a beautiful description of God.

It means that God is with us right now and with us through everything that is going on in our lives - not last week or next week, but alive in the moment that is now. This is the God St Finbarr believed in, that God is the one who gives us hope and strength to get us through everything and that God is alive with love. It is not some old outdated notion of God but is still so relevant for the world we live in today. It is also very relevant for our own personal lives too.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Sep-24
Thought For The Week

'You say grace before meals. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, grace before the play and pantomime and grace before I open a book. I say grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, walking, boxing, walking, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.' ~G.K Chesterton

It is good to be grateful for all our blessings each day. It puts us very much in touch with the pulse of life. It also puts us in touch with the heartbeat of God. So often we take everything for granted and yet many things happen in our life that are indeed a blessing. These blessings may not be around tomorrow or next week. But they are around today, to be savoured and enjoyed.

To be grateful for blessings reminds us that today is gift and puts us in a much better position to ensure that life doesn't slip by randomly. So many drift through life and never stop to reflect or wonder where they are. If you feel that you let blessings slip you by each day, the following reflection has food for thought. It is called 'The Paradox Of Our Age'

The Paradox Of Our Age
The paradox of our age in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers.
We have wider roads but narrower viewpoints.
We spend more but have less and we buy more but enjoy it less.
We have bigger houses and more conveniences but less time.
We have more experts but more problems, more medicine but less well being.
We have multiplied our possessions but reduced our values.
We've learned to make a living but not a life.
We've added years to life, not life to years.
We've been all the way to the moon and back but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbour.
We've conquered outer space but not inner space.
We've done larger things but not better things.
We've cleaned up the air but polluted the soul, split the atom but not our prejudice.
We plan more but accomplish less.
We've learned to rush but not to wait.
We've become long on quantity but short on quality.
But now is the time to appreciate more, to be grateful and to give thanks for everything that is a gift and a blessing.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Thursday
Sep-21
Thought For The Week

'You say grace before meals. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, grace before the play and pantomime and grace before I open a book. I say grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, walking, boxing, walking, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.' ~G.K Chesterton

It is good to be grateful for all our blessings each day. It puts us very much in touch with the pulse of life. It also puts us in touch with the heartbeat of God. So often we take everything for granted and yet many things happen in our life that are indeed a blessing. These blessings may not be around tomorrow or next week. But they are around today, to be savoured and enjoyed.

To be grateful for blessings reminds us that today is gift and puts us in a much better position to ensure that life doesn't slip by randomly. So many drift through life and never stop to reflect or wonder where they are. If you feel that you let blessings slip you by each day, the following reflection has food for thought. It is called 'The Paradox Of Our Age'

The Paradox Of Our Age
The paradox of our age in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers.
We have wider roads but narrower viewpoints.
We spend more but have less and we buy more but enjoy it less.
We have bigger houses and more conveniences but less time.
We have more experts but more problems, more medicine but less well being.
We have multiplied our possessions but reduced our values.
We've learned to make a living but not a life.
We've added years to life, not life to years.
We've been all the way to the moon and back but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbour.
We've conquered outer space but not inner space.
We've done larger things but not better things.
We've cleaned up the air but polluted the soul, split the atom but not our prejudice.
We plan more but accomplish less.
We've learned to rush but not to wait.
We've become long on quantity but short on quality.
But now is the time to appreciate more, to be grateful and to give thanks for everything that is a gift and a blessing.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Sep-20
Thought For The Week

'You say grace before meals. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, grace before the play and pantomime and grace before I open a book. I say grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, walking, boxing, walking, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.' ~G.K Chesterton

It is good to be grateful for all our blessings each day. It puts us very much in touch with the pulse of life. It also puts us in touch with the heartbeat of God. So often we take everything for granted and yet many things happen in our life that are indeed a blessing. These blessings may not be around tomorrow or next week. But they are around today, to be savoured and enjoyed.

To be grateful for blessings reminds us that today is gift and puts us in a much better position to ensure that life doesn't slip by randomly. So many drift through life and never stop to reflect or wonder where they are. If you feel that you let blessings slip you by each day, the following reflection has food for thought. It is called 'The Paradox Of Our Age'

The Paradox Of Our Age
The paradox of our age in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers.
We have wider roads but narrower viewpoints.
We spend more but have less and we buy more but enjoy it less.
We have bigger houses and more conveniences but less time.
We have more experts but more problems, more medicine but less well being.
We have multiplied our possessions but reduced our values.
We've learned to make a living but not a life.
We've added years to life, not life to years.
We've been all the way to the moon and back but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbour.
We've conquered outer space but not inner space.
We've done larger things but not better things.
We've cleaned up the air but polluted the soul, split the atom but not our prejudice.
We plan more but accomplish less.
We've learned to rush but not to wait.
We've become long on quantity but short on quality.
But now is the time to appreciate more, to be grateful and to give thanks for everything that is a gift and a blessing.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Sep-19
Thought For The Week

'You say grace before meals. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, grace before the play and pantomime and grace before I open a book. I say grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, walking, boxing, walking, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.' ~G.K Chesterton

It is good to be grateful for all our blessings each day. It puts us very much in touch with the pulse of life. It also puts us in touch with the heartbeat of God. So often we take everything for granted and yet many things happen in our life that are indeed a blessing. These blessings may not be around tomorrow or next week. But they are around today, to be savoured and enjoyed.

To be grateful for blessings reminds us that today is gift and puts us in a much better position to ensure that life doesn't slip by randomly. So many drift through life and never stop to reflect or wonder where they are. If you feel that you let blessings slip you by each day, the following reflection has food for thought. It is called 'The Paradox Of Our Age'

The Paradox Of Our Age
The paradox of our age in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers.
We have wider roads but narrower viewpoints.
We spend more but have less and we buy more but enjoy it less.
We have bigger houses and more conveniences but less time.
We have more experts but more problems, more medicine but less well being.
We have multiplied our possessions but reduced our values.
We've learned to make a living but not a life.
We've added years to life, not life to years.
We've been all the way to the moon and back but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbour.
We've conquered outer space but not inner space.
We've done larger things but not better things.
We've cleaned up the air but polluted the soul, split the atom but not our prejudice.
We plan more but accomplish less.
We've learned to rush but not to wait.
We've become long on quantity but short on quality.
But now is the time to appreciate more, to be grateful and to give thanks for everything that is a gift and a blessing.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Monday
Sep-18
Thought For The Week

'You say grace before meals. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, grace before the play and pantomime and grace before I open a book. I say grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, walking, boxing, walking, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.' ~G.K Chesterton

It is good to be grateful for all our blessings each day. It puts us very much in touch with the pulse of life. It also puts us in touch with the heartbeat of God. So often we take everything for granted and yet many things happen in our life that are indeed a blessing. These blessings may not be around tomorrow or next week. But they are around today, to be savoured and enjoyed.

To be grateful for blessings reminds us that today is gift and puts us in a much better position to ensure that life doesn't slip by randomly. So many drift through life and never stop to reflect or wonder where they are. If you feel that you let blessings slip you by each day, the following reflection has food for thought. It is called 'The Paradox Of Our Age'

The Paradox Of Our Age
The paradox of our age in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers.
We have wider roads but narrower viewpoints.
We spend more but have less and we buy more but enjoy it less.
We have bigger houses and more conveniences but less time.
We have more experts but more problems, more medicine but less well being.
We have multiplied our possessions but reduced our values.
We've learned to make a living but not a life.
We've added years to life, not life to years.
We've been all the way to the moon and back but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbour.
We've conquered outer space but not inner space.
We've done larger things but not better things.
We've cleaned up the air but polluted the soul, split the atom but not our prejudice.
We plan more but accomplish less.
We've learned to rush but not to wait.
We've become long on quantity but short on quality.
But now is the time to appreciate more, to be grateful and to give thanks for everything that is a gift and a blessing.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Sunday
Sep-17
Thought For The Week

At the start of a school year there is the annual clean out of drawers and cupboards to make way for new beginnings. I came across the following reflection as part of the clean out. It is from the Book called 'The Invitation' by Oriah Mountain Dreamer

It doesn't interest me what you do for a living, I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your hearts longing.

It doesn't interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk all for your dreams and for the adventures of being alive.

It doesn't interest me what planets square with your moon, I want to know if you have been touched by the centre of your own sorrow, or have you become shriveled and closed from a fear of further pain.

I want to know whether you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it, fade it or fix it. I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own.

I want to know if you can be faithful and therefore trustworthy. I want to know if you can see beauty, even when it's not pretty everyday and if you can source your life from its presence.

It doesn't interest me who you are or how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the centre of the challenges of life with me and not shrink back.

It doesn't interest me where, what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you from the inside when all else fades away. I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.

Finally I want to know that in every fabric of your daily life you will find me. I am the source of your life, the source of your inspiration, sustaining you when all else fails.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Saturday
Sep-16
Thought For The Week

At the start of a school year there is the annual clean out of drawers and cupboards to make way for new beginnings. I came across the following reflection as part of the clean out. It is from the Book called 'The Invitation' by Oriah Mountain Dreamer

It doesn't interest me what you do for a living, I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your hearts longing.

It doesn't interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk all for your dreams and for the adventures of being alive.

It doesn't interest me what planets square with your moon, I want to know if you have been touched by the centre of your own sorrow, or have you become shriveled and closed from a fear of further pain.

I want to know whether you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it, fade it or fix it. I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own.

I want to know if you can be faithful and therefore trustworthy. I want to know if you can see beauty, even when it's not pretty everyday and if you can source your life from its presence.

It doesn't interest me who you are or how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the centre of the challenges of life with me and not shrink back.

It doesn't interest me where, what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you from the inside when all else fades away. I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.

Finally I want to know that in every fabric of your daily life you will find me. I am the source of your life, the source of your inspiration, sustaining you when all else fails.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Friday
Sep-15
Thought For The Week

At the start of a school year there is the annual clean out of drawers and cupboards to make way for new beginnings. I came across the following reflection as part of the clean out. It is from the Book called 'The Invitation' by Oriah Mountain Dreamer

It doesn't interest me what you do for a living, I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your hearts longing.

It doesn't interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk all for your dreams and for the adventures of being alive.

It doesn't interest me what planets square with your moon, I want to know if you have been touched by the centre of your own sorrow, or have you become shriveled and closed from a fear of further pain.

I want to know whether you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it, fade it or fix it. I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own.

I want to know if you can be faithful and therefore trustworthy. I want to know if you can see beauty, even when it's not pretty everyday and if you can source your life from its presence.

It doesn't interest me who you are or how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the centre of the challenges of life with me and not shrink back.

It doesn't interest me where, what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you from the inside when all else fades away. I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.

Finally I want to know that in every fabric of your daily life you will find me. I am the source of your life, the source of your inspiration, sustaining you when all else fails.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Thursday
Sep-14
Thought For The Week

At the start of a school year there is the annual clean out of drawers and cupboards to make way for new beginnings. I came across the following reflection as part of the clean out. It is from the Book called 'The Invitation' by Oriah Mountain Dreamer

It doesn't interest me what you do for a living, I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your hearts longing.

It doesn't interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk all for your dreams and for the adventures of being alive.

It doesn't interest me what planets square with your moon, I want to know if you have been touched by the centre of your own sorrow, or have you become shriveled and closed from a fear of further pain.

I want to know whether you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it, fade it or fix it. I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own.

I want to know if you can be faithful and therefore trustworthy. I want to know if you can see beauty, even when it's not pretty everyday and if you can source your life from its presence.

It doesn't interest me who you are or how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the centre of the challenges of life with me and not shrink back.

It doesn't interest me where, what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you from the inside when all else fades away. I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.

Finally I want to know that in every fabric of your daily life you will find me. I am the source of your life, the source of your inspiration, sustaining you when all else fails.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Sep-13
Thought For The Week

At the start of a school year there is the annual clean out of drawers and cupboards to make way for new beginnings. I came across the following reflection as part of the clean out. It is from the Book called 'The Invitation' by Oriah Mountain Dreamer

It doesn't interest me what you do for a living, I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your hearts longing.

It doesn't interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk all for your dreams and for the adventures of being alive.

It doesn't interest me what planets square with your moon, I want to know if you have been touched by the centre of your own sorrow, or have you become shriveled and closed from a fear of further pain.

I want to know whether you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it, fade it or fix it. I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own.

I want to know if you can be faithful and therefore trustworthy. I want to know if you can see beauty, even when it's not pretty everyday and if you can source your life from its presence.

It doesn't interest me who you are or how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the centre of the challenges of life with me and not shrink back.

It doesn't interest me where, what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you from the inside when all else fades away. I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.

Finally I want to know that in every fabric of your daily life you will find me. I am the source of your life, the source of your inspiration, sustaining you when all else fails.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Sep-12
Thought For The Week

At the start of a school year there is the annual clean out of drawers and cupboards to make way for new beginnings. I came across the following reflection as part of the clean out. I don't know who wrote it but I share it with you today.

It doesn't interest me what you do for a living, I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your hearts longing.

It doesn't interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk all for your dreams and for the adventures of being alive.

It doesn't interest me what planets square with your moon, I want to know if you have been touched by the centre of your own sorrow, or have you become shriveled and closed from a fear of further pain.

I want to know whether you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it, fade it or fix it. I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own.

I want to know if you can be faithful and therefore trustworthy. I want to know if you can see beauty, even when it's not pretty everyday and if you can source your life from its presence.

It doesn't interest me who you are or how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the centre of the challenges of life with me and not shrink back.

It doesn't interest me where, what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you from the inside when all else fades away. I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.

Finally I want to know that in every fabric of your daily life you will find me. I am the source of your life, the source of your inspiration, sustaining you when all else fails.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Monday
Sep-11
Thought For The Week

At the start of a school year there is the annual clean out of drawers and cupboards to make way for new beginnings. I came across the following reflection as part of the clean out. I don't know who wrote it but I share it with you today.

It doesn't interest me what you do for a living, I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your hearts longing.

It doesn't interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk all for your dreams and for the adventures of being alive.

It doesn't interest me what planets square with your moon, I want to know if you have been touched by the centre of your own sorrow, or have you become shriveled and closed from a fear of further pain.

I want to know whether you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it, fade it or fix it. I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own.

I want to know if you can be faithful and therefore trustworthy. I want to know if you can see beauty, even when it's not pretty everyday and if you can source your life from its presence.

It doesn't interest me who you are or how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the centre of the challenges of life with me and not shrink back.

It doesn't interest me where, what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you from the inside when all else fades away. I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.

Finally I want to know that in every fabric of your daily life you will find me. I am the source of your life, the source of your inspiration, sustaining you when all else fails.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Sep-10
Thought For Today is by Triona Doherty called 'Community Living'

No community is without its problems. Wherever two or three are gathered, there will be two or three different opinions! Today's gospel has a valuable message about community. When we think of our own parish or church community, we might feel uncomfortable with the advice on how to deal with sin. But this passage is just as relevant now as it was to the early Church. First of all, it acknowledges that the Church is not perfect; it is made up of sinners, who will go astray and disagree at different times.

It emphasises the importance of dialogue - if a brother (or sister) sins, the first step is to discuss it with them, and then to enlist the help of the community if necessary. Presumably the other members will do the same for you, if and when you need it. We all have a responsibility, as members of the Church, to help those who are struggling or lost.

If you have a spare few minutes, read the passages that come immediately before and after this one in Matthew's Gospel. Before, the parable of the lost sheep tells us that God rejoices when one who has gone astray is found. After, Jesus tells us we should forgive each other as many as seventy-seven times. The context is God's generous love and forgiveness, on which we are expected to model our Church. Jesus is present where two or three meet in his name - even with our human struggles and disagreements and sins. We have a responsibility to be present to each other, and to forgive one another. That's what it means to be Christ's Church.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Sep-09
Thought For Today

'Because time itself is like a spiral, something special happens on your birthday each year: The same energy that God invested in you at birth is present once again.' ~Menachem Mendel Schneerson

The birthday of Mary (Sep 8th) is celebrated today. We don't know for certain when she was born but for some reason Sep 8th is the day that marks her birthday. Every birthday is worthy of celebration and even more so when it comes to Mary. As the mother of God she is hugely popular. It is estimated that her prayer, "Hail Mary" is said two billion times every day across the world. We look forward to our own birthday and that of family and friends. No one grows tired of saying Happy Birthday. Every birthday is our way of saying, "You are special, there's only one of you, we are happy that you exist." Today is our way of saying to Mary that we are happy that she has an important part to play in our lives. We invite her nurturing presence and compassionate love into all we do each day. Today is also a reminder to acknowledge those who are special to us and that we don't just do it every year on their birthday but every day till their birthday!


Thought For The Week

'There was a huge, silent, internal satisfaction when I finally began to do the things I was designed to do. The old tasks of growing food, baking bread, making jam, tending animals and interacting with the natural world in a mutually beneficial way. We were designed by thousands of years of evolution to do these jobs.' ~ Shann Jones

I am currently reading a lovely book called 'Chuckling Goat' by Shann Jones. The book is about her journey from one extreme to another. She was a DJ with a San Francisco radio station. She had her own nightly chat show, with lots of interaction and a huge following. But life on a radio chat show comes with its pressures. Ratings and how many people listen to your show is the fine line between having a job or not. After 10 years at the top, Shann's contract was not renewed. She moved from San Francisco to a small farm in Wales. Her family and friends thought she was crazy but she persisted with her move.

The book is a lovely story about nature, farm life, trying different recipes, cooking, baking, gardening, farming, milking goats, selling the milk, making natural products, drinking lots of cups of tea, making new friends and much more. She uses the word "Texture" to describe the new life she found in Wales. In San Francisco she was burnt out and empty. But in Wales she found herself and she found that all the simple things in life gave her and her family what she calls "texture" and meaning.

Our scripture readings are also a collection of how God is the one who brings texture and meaning to our lives. We are told how rich the depths of God are. Everything comes from God we are told. God is the one who energises us, gives our life meaning and brings richness and a texture to our lives. No money can buy such a richness and texture. It doesn't protect or shield us from the knocks that life can bring to us. But it does put us in a much better position to deal with them. What brings you meaning and texture in your life?


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Thursday
Sep-07
Thought For The Week

'There was a huge, silent, internal satisfaction when I finally began to do the things I was designed to do. The old tasks of growing food, baking bread, making jam, tending animals and interacting with the natural world in a mutually beneficial way. We were designed by thousands of years of evolution to do these jobs.' ~ Shann Jones

I am currently reading a lovely book called 'Chuckling Goat' by Shann Jones. The book is about her journey from one extreme to another. She was a DJ with a San Francisco radio station. She had her own nightly chat show, with lots of interaction and a huge following. But life on a radio chat show comes with its pressures. Ratings and how many people listen to your show is the fine line between having a job or not. After 10 years at the top, Shann's contract was not renewed. She moved from San Francisco to a small farm in Wales. Her family and friends thought she was crazy but she persisted with her move.

The book is a lovely story about nature, farm life, trying different recipes, cooking, baking, gardening, farming, milking goats, selling the milk, making natural products, drinking lots of cups of tea, making new friends and much more. She uses the word "Texture" to describe the new life she found in Wales. In San Francisco she was burnt out and empty. But in Wales she found herself and she found that all the simple things in life gave her and her family what she calls "texture" and meaning.

Our scripture readings are also a collection of how God is the one who brings texture and meaning to our lives. We are told how rich the depths of God are. Everything comes from God we are told. God is the one who energises us, gives our life meaning and brings richness and a texture to our lives. No money can buy such a richness and texture. It doesn't protect or shield us from the knocks that life can bring to us. But it does put us in a much better position to deal with them. What brings you meaning and texture in your life?


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Sep-06
Thought For The Week

'There was a huge, silent, internal satisfaction when I finally began to do the things I was designed to do. The old tasks of growing food, baking bread, making jam, tending animals and interacting with the natural world in a mutually beneficial way. We were designed by thousands of years of evolution to do these jobs.' ~ Shann Jones

I am currently reading a lovely book called 'Chuckling Goat' by Shann Jones. The book is about her journey from one extreme to another. She was a DJ with a San Francisco radio station. She had her own nightly chat show, with lots of interaction and a huge following. But life on a radio chat show comes with its pressures. Ratings and how many people listen to your show is the fine line between having a job or not. After 10 years at the top, Shann's contract was not renewed. She moved from San Francisco to a small farm in Wales. Her family and friends thought she was crazy but she persisted with her move.

The book is a lovely story about nature, farm life, trying different recipes, cooking, baking, gardening, farming, milking goats, selling the milk, making natural products, drinking lots of cups of tea, making new friends and much more. She uses the word "Texture" to describe the new life she found in Wales. In San Francisco she was burnt out and empty. But in Wales she found herself and she found that all the simple things in life gave her and her family what she calls "texture" and meaning.

Our scripture readings are also a collection of how God is the one who brings texture and meaning to our lives. We are told how rich the depths of God are. Everything comes from God we are told. God is the one who energises us, gives our life meaning and brings richness and a texture to our lives. No money can buy such a richness and texture. It doesn't protect or shield us from the knocks that life can bring to us. But it does put us in a much better position to deal with them. What brings you meaning and texture in your life?


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Sep-05
Thought For The Week

'There was a huge, silent, internal satisfaction when I finally began to do the things I was designed to do. The old tasks of growing food, baking bread, making jam, tending animals and interacting with the natural world in a mutually beneficial way. We were designed by thousands of years of evolution to do these jobs.' ~ Shann Jones

I am currently reading a lovely book called 'Chuckling Goat' by Shann Jones. The book is about her journey from one extreme to another. She was a DJ with a San Francisco radio station. She had her own nightly chat show, with lots of interaction and a huge following. But life on a radio chat show comes with its pressures. Ratings and how many people listen to your show is the fine line between having a job or not. After 10 years at the top, Shann's contract was not renewed. She moved from San Francisco to a small farm in Wales. Her family and friends thought she was crazy but she persisted with her move.

The book is a lovely story about nature, farm life, trying different recipes, cooking, baking, gardening, farming, milking goats, selling the milk, making natural products, drinking lots of cups of tea, making new friends and much more. She uses the word "Texture" to describe the new life she found in Wales. In San Francisco she was burnt out and empty. But in Wales she found herself and she found that all the simple things in life gave her and her family what she calls "texture" and meaning.

Our scripture readings are also a collection of how God is the one who brings texture and meaning to our lives. We are told how rich the depths of God are. Everything comes from God we are told. God is the one who energises us, gives our life meaning and brings richness and a texture to our lives. No money can buy such a richness and texture. It doesn't protect or shield us from the knocks that life can bring to us. But it does put us in a much better position to deal with them. What brings you meaning and texture in your life?


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Monday
Sep-04
Thought For The Week

'There was a huge, silent, internal satisfaction when I finally began to do the things I was designed to do. The old tasks of growing food, baking bread, making jam, tending animals and interacting with the natural world in a mutually beneficial way. We were designed by thousands of years of evolution to do these jobs.' ~ Shann Jones

I am currently reading a lovely book called 'Chuckling Goat' by Shann Jones. The book is about her journey from one extreme to another. She was a DJ with a San Francisco radio station. She had her own nightly chat show, with lots of interaction and a huge following. But life on a radio chat show comes with its pressures. Ratings and how many people listen to your show is the fine line between having a job or not. After 10 years at the top, Shann's contract was not renewed. She moved from San Francisco to a small farm in Wales. Her family and friends thought she was crazy but she persisted with her move.

The book is a lovely story about nature, farm life, trying different recipes, cooking, baking, gardening, farming, milking goats, selling the milk, making natural products, drinking lots of cups of tea, making new friends and much more. She uses the word "Texture" to describe the new life she found in Wales. In San Francisco she was burnt out and empty. But in Wales she found herself and she found that all the simple things in life gave her and her family what she calls "texture" and meaning.

Our scripture readings are also a collection of how God is the one who brings texture and meaning to our lives. We are told how rich the depths of God are. Everything comes from God we are told. God is the one who energises us, gives our life meaning and brings richness and a texture to our lives. No money can buy such a richness and texture. It doesn't protect or shield us from the knocks that life can bring to us. But it does put us in a much better position to deal with them. What brings you meaning and texture in your life?


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Sunday
Sep-03
Thought For Today by Triona Doherty called 'Selfless love.'

It can be difficult to understand why anyone would willingly place a burden on themselves. We are bombarded daily with promises of a better, easier life. Magazines and lifestyle gurus offer us a better work-life balance. New gadgets pledge to remove obstacles or irritations and make our lives less stressful. It's all a bit of a contrast to the message of today's gospel, where Jesus says that his followers must take up their cross. Why would we deliberately suffer, or take on a burden? Surely we should aim to make our lives as easy as possible!

Yet, we see self-sacrifice all the time. Parents make sacrifices for their children, and many people tend lovingly to elderly parents or relatives. Friends give up their time to listen and support each other. Teachers go the extra mile for a vulnerable child, and nurses, doctors, and care workers often go beyond the call of duty. Countless people give up their time and resources to help those in need, whether it's raising funds for charities or offering practical support to those who are sick, homeless, or struggling. And it's all done out of love.

When Jesus tells his disciples that he is going to suffer grievously and be put to death, they naturally react with shock, as it seems like a strange path to choose. But he is not doing it simply to make life difficult for himself. His sacrifice stems from his passionate love for us, just as we would sacrifice everything for someone we love dearly. Being a follower of Jesus means being prepared to sometimes put others' needs before our own.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Sep-02
Thought For The Week

How do we restore a new energy to our lives by finding a lost balance? Is there a way of building into our days a ground, a centre and a reminder of what is at the heart of all our endeavours? Is there something that could provide a context and a balance against which to measure and nurture our energies? ~Daniel O'Leary

Many schools re open during the coming week after the summer break. For the most part the weather was good. There was no major heatwave but enough of nice weather to keep everyone happy. The summer break allows many to reenergise, to find balance, to reconnect with themselves, to recharge and to unwind from the hectic pace of life. But so often we can get sucked back into the relentless pace of life. The relaxed pace of the summer months becomes a distant memory. Can we work into our daily routine something to help us find balance and something to keep us grounded each day? Our attitude and openness can make all the difference.

The following story explains this better. Two men were building a wall, long and high and both were at either end. When asked what he was doing, the first said: "I have no interest in this wall. It is boring, tedious and the very same every day. Time just drags and every brick is the same as the one before it. I hate Monday's but love Friday's. How did I get stuck with this?"

The second was asked the same question and his response was: "I am building a church. This wall is the south wall, as I have seen the plans. It will be a beautiful building. I'm delighted to be a part of it. When I watch the young children playing outside I know it's for them and the generations after them. I feel privileged to be part of the story."

We can be open and enthusiastic about what we are doing each day or we can choose to be negative, grumpy and fed up. Finding balance to everything we do is always a challenge but it will energise and enthuse us to keep going. In our Gospel stories Jesus was the one who showed people how to find this balance. He prioritised quiet time, encouraged people to do their best, helped them overcome fear, helped them believe in their own self worth and energised them to embrace the blessings of today. We pray for guidance in finding this balance to life.

Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Friday
Sep-01
Thought For The Week

How do we restore a new energy to our lives by finding a lost balance? Is there a way of building into our days a ground, a centre and a reminder of what is at the heart of all our endeavours? Is there something that could provide a context and a balance against which to measure and nurture our energies? ~Daniel O'Leary

Many schools re open during the coming week after the summer break. For the most part the weather was good. There was no major heatwave but enough of nice weather to keep everyone happy. The summer break allows many to reenergise, to find balance, to reconnect with themselves, to recharge and to unwind from the hectic pace of life. But so often we can get sucked back into the relentless pace of life. The relaxed pace of the summer months becomes a distant memory. Can we work into our daily routine something to help us find balance and something to keep us grounded each day? Our attitude and openness can make all the difference.

The following story explains this better. Two men were building a wall, long and high and both were at either end. When asked what he was doing, the first said: "I have no interest in this wall. It is boring, tedious and the very same every day. Time just drags and every brick is the same as the one before it. I hate Monday's but love Friday's. How did I get stuck with this?"

The second was asked the same question and his response was: "I am building a church. This wall is the south wall, as I have seen the plans. It will be a beautiful building. I'm delighted to be a part of it. When I watch the young children playing outside I know it's for them and the generations after them. I feel privileged to be part of the story."

We can be open and enthusiastic about what we are doing each day or we can choose to be negative, grumpy and fed up. Finding balance to everything we do is always a challenge but it will energise and enthuse us to keep going. In our Gospel stories Jesus was the one who showed people how to find this balance. He prioritised quiet time, encouraged people to do their best, helped them overcome fear, helped them believe in their own self worth and energised them to embrace the blessings of today. We pray for guidance in finding this balance to life.

Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 

 

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