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Listing June - 2021
 
  Sunday
Jun-20
A Fable of Aesop called 'The Mice in Council'

A cat was chasing all the mice and killing those she caught. The mice called a great meeting to try to think of some way of making themselves safe from the cat. The meeting lasted quite a while. Many ideas were put forward by the mice at the council but none of them seemed any good. Finally one bright young mouse stepped forward. "I've got it!" he said excitedly. "The reason why the cat catches so many of us is that we don't hear her coming. What we need is something to warn us of the cat's approach. I know what to do. We must tie a bell around the cat's neck. That way, every time the cat comes near us, we will hear the bell tinkling and have time to hide." "What a good idea", squeaked the other mice. "Well done! You have solved all our problems. All we have to do is find a bell and tie it round the cat's neck."

The other mice started to cheer and squeal excitedly, but then an old and very wise mouse who had taken no part in the meeting so far spoke up from a corner. "Just a minute", he said. "It may be a good idea, but tell me this. Is anyone here willing to risk their life by going up to the cat and putting the bell around her neck?" No one answered. In a moment all the mice had left the meeting and the room was empty. No one was prepared to put the bell on the cat. It's no point having bright ideas unless we are willing to put them into practice!
 
 
 
  Friday
Jun-18
A Fable of Aesop called 'The Mice in Council'

A cat was chasing all the mice and killing those she caught. The mice called a great meeting to try to think of some way of making themselves safe from the cat. The meeting lasted quite a while. Many ideas were put forward by the mice at the council but none of them seemed any good. Finally one bright young mouse stepped forward. "I've got it!" he said excitedly. "The reason why the cat catches so many of us is that we don't hear her coming. What we need is something to warn us of the cat's approach. I know what to do. We must tie a bell around the cat's neck. That way, every time the cat comes near us, we will hear the bell tinkling and have time to hide." "What a good idea", squeaked the other mice. "Well done! You have solved all our problems. All we have to do is find a bell and tie it round the cat's neck."

The other mice started to cheer and squeal excitedly, but then an old and very wise mouse who had taken no part in the meeting so far spoke up from a corner. "Just a minute", he said. "It may be a good idea, but tell me this. Is anyone here willing to risk their life by going up to the cat and putting the bell around her neck?" No one answered. In a moment all the mice had left the meeting and the room was empty. No one was prepared to put the bell on the cat. It's no point having bright ideas unless we are willing to put them into practice!
 
 
 
  Thursday
Jun-17
A Fable of Aesop called 'The Mice in Council'

A cat was chasing all the mice and killing those she caught. The mice called a great meeting to try to think of some way of making themselves safe from the cat. The meeting lasted quite a while. Many ideas were put forward by the mice at the council but none of them seemed any good. Finally one bright young mouse stepped forward. "I've got it!" he said excitedly. "The reason why the cat catches so many of us is that we don't hear her coming. What we need is something to warn us of the cat's approach. I know what to do. We must tie a bell around the cat's neck. That way, every time the cat comes near us, we will hear the bell tinkling and have time to hide." "What a good idea", squeaked the other mice. "Well done! You have solved all our problems. All we have to do is find a bell and tie it round the cat's neck."

The other mice started to cheer and squeal excitedly, but then an old and very wise mouse who had taken no part in the meeting so far spoke up from a corner. "Just a minute", he said. "It may be a good idea, but tell me this. Is anyone here willing to risk their life by going up to the cat and putting the bell around her neck?" No one answered. In a moment all the mice had left the meeting and the room was empty. No one was prepared to put the bell on the cat. It's no point having bright ideas unless we are willing to put them into practice!
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Jun-16
A Prayer from the book 'Praying Each Day Of The Year'

Lord our God, open us to your Spirit living within us, that we may live fully each day of our lives, particularly during this month of June. Touch us that we may become more aware of all that is around us, growing in a sense of wonder and awe. Help us to appreciate all that we see, hear, touch, taste and smell. May we live in such a way, that we never take anything for granted. May we always be appreciative and express our thanks to those who are part of our lives. Amen
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Jun-15
A Prayer from the book 'Praying Each Day Of The Year'

Lord our God, open us to your Spirit living within us, that we may live fully each day of our lives, particularly during this month of June. Touch us that we may become more aware of all that is around us, growing in a sense of wonder and awe. Help us to appreciate all that we see, hear, touch, taste and smell. May we live in such a way, that we never take anything for granted. May we always be appreciative and express our thanks to those who are part of our lives. Amen
 
 
 
  Monday
Jun-14
A prayer during the month of June from the book 'Praying Each Day Of The Year'

Lord our God, open us to your Spirit living within us, that we may live fully each day of our lives, particularly during this month of June. Touch us that we may become more aware of all that is around us, growing in a sense of wonder and awe. Help us to appreciate all that we see, hear, touch, taste and smell. May we live in such a way, that we never take anything for granted. May we always be appreciative and express our thanks to those who are part of our lives. Amen
 
 
 
  Sunday
Jun-13
The importance of a smile!

One of the essays in Wednesday's Leaving Cert English Paper was: "Write a personal essay in which you reflect on the role of humour, fun and laughter in life."
It was was well received by students. Given all the sadness and stress that has been a part of Covid 19, it was good to write about fun, smiles and laughter too.

A smile may seem small and almost insignificant and yet its impact can last a lifetime. We all know a genuine smile when we see it, radiating the inner beauty of the person within. We certainly need to smile more. We need to allow the simplicity and beauty of a smile, to express the Divine within. We need to allow it to touch others and never to underestimate its beauty. Even when we're stuck for words in the great mystery of life, from joy to great sadness, a smile can often be better than a thousand words.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Jun-12
The importance of a smile!

One of the essays in Wednesday's Leaving Cert English Paper was: "Write a personal essay in which you reflect on the role of humour, fun and laughter in life."
It was was well received by students. Given all the sadness and stress that has been a part of Covid 19, it was good to write about fun, smiles and laughter too.

A smile may seem small and almost insignificant and yet its impact can last a lifetime. We all know a genuine smile when we see it, radiating the inner beauty of the person within. We certainly need to smile more. We need to allow the simplicity and beauty of a smile, to express the Divine within. We need to allow it to touch others and never to underestimate its beauty. Even when we're stuck for words in the great mystery of life, from joy to great sadness, a smile can often be better than a thousand words.
 
 
 
  Friday
Jun-11
The importance of a smile!

One of the essays in Wednesday's Leaving Cert English Paper was: "Write a personal essay in which you reflect on the role of humour, fun and laughter in life."
It was was well received by students. Given all the sadness and stress that has been a part of Covid 19, it was good to write about fun, smiles and laughter too.

A smile may seem small and almost insignificant and yet its impact can last a lifetime. We all know a genuine smile when we see it, radiating the inner beauty of the person within. We certainly need to smile more. We need to allow the simplicity and beauty of a smile, to express the Divine within. We need to allow it to touch others and never to underestimate its beauty. Even when we're stuck for words in the great mystery of life, from joy to great sadness, a smile can often be better than a thousand words.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Jun-10
The importance of a smile!

One of the essays in yesterdays Leaving Cert English Paper was: "Write a personal essay in which you reflect on the role of humour, fun and laughter in life."
It was was well received by students. Given all the sadness and stress that has been a part of Covid 19, it was good to write about fun, smiles and laughter too.

A smile may seem small and almost insignificant and yet its impact can last a lifetime. We all know a genuine smile when we see it, radiating the inner beauty of the person within. We certainly need to smile more. We need to allow the simplicity and beauty of a smile, to express the Divine within. We need to allow it to touch others and never to underestimate its beauty. Even when we're stuck for words in the great mystery of life, from joy to great sadness, a smile can often be better than a thousand words.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Jun-09
Exam Prayer for Students

Lord pour out your Spirit of Wisdom on me
Help me to remain calm
To attend carefully to the questions asked
To think clearly, to remember accurately
and to express myself well.

Grant that I may reflect the best of the work I have done,
and the best of the teaching I have received.
Help me not to become unduly stressed.
Lord I place all my trust in you. Amen
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Jun-08
It's great that our Leaving Cert exams start this coming Wednesday. So much uncertainty has been around for the past two years with Covid. Thankfully the Department of Education have come up with a really good solution this year with the combination of predicted grades and the written exams themselves. It has eased the stress levels considerably.

Everyone who has done exams knows that there is always life after exams but for those doing the exams this is hard to see sometimes. But there is always a bigger picture. Exams are stepping stones in life. Education is life long and many opportunities will unfold no matter what happens with the exams taking place over the next few weeks.

Saint Joseph of Cupertino is the patron saint for those doing exams. He struggled big time with study and exams. Somehow he always scraped through. Today he is a friend to everyone doing exams. We pray to him to gently calm, direct and help every student starting their exams next Wednesday.

Exam Prayer for Students

Lord pour out your Spirit of Wisdom on me
Help me to remain calm
To attend carefully to the questions asked
To think clearly, to remember accurately
and to express myself well.

Grant that I may reflect the best of the work I have done,
and the best of the teaching I have received.
Help me not to become unduly stressed.
Lord I place all my trust in you. Amen
 
 
 
  Monday
Jun-07
It's great that our Leaving Cert exams start this coming Wednesday. So much uncertainty has been around for the past two years with Covid. Thankfully the Department of Education have come up with a really good solution this year with the combination of predicted grades and the written exams themselves. It has eased the stress levels considerably.

Everyone who has done exams knows that there is always life after exams but for those doing the exams this is hard to see sometimes. But there is always a bigger picture. Exams are stepping stones in life. Education is life long and many opportunities will unfold no matter what happens with the exams taking place over the next few weeks.

Saint Joseph of Cupertino is the patron saint for those doing exams. He struggled big time with study and exams. Somehow he always scraped through. Today he is a friend to everyone doing exams. We pray to him to gently calm, direct and help every student starting their exams next Wednesday.

Exam Prayer for Students

Lord pour out your Spirit of Wisdom on me
Help me to remain calm
To attend carefully to the questions asked
To think clearly, to remember accurately
and to express myself well.

Grant that I may reflect the best of the work I have done,
and the best of the teaching I have received.
Help me not to become unduly stressed.
Lord I place all my trust in you. --
 
 
 
  Sunday
Jun-06
"If anybody ever tells you that your problems are too big, or your challenges are too great, that we can't do something, that we shouldn't even try - think about all that we've done together. Remember that whatever hardships the winter may bring, springtime is always just around the corner. And if they keep on arguing with you, just respond with a simple creed: 'Is feidir linn. Yes, we can. Yes, we can. Is féidir linn." ~President Barack Obama speaking in Dublin as part of his official visit to Ireland in June 2011.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Jun-05
A Weekend Prayer

Lord, I ask you to surround me with your love. Just as a flower can radiate its precious beauty and cast its fragrance everywhere. So I ask you to cast the sweet fragrance of your presence over me.
Fill me with your healing love. Enfold me with your peace. Comfort me with your presence. May your fragrance linger in the stillness of my soul. May your healing love renew my very being. Help me to make the most of this day. Be with those nearest and dearest to me. Be with anyone who needs a special prayer today. Amen
 
 
 
  Thursday
Jun-03
A Midweek Prayer

Lord, I ask you to surround me with your love. Just as a flower can radiate its precious beauty and cast its fragrance everywhere. So I ask you to cast the sweet fragrance of your presence over me.
Fill me with your healing love. Enfold me with your peace. Comfort me with your presence. May your fragrance linger in the stillness of my soul. May your healing love renew my very being. Help me to make the most of this day. Be with those nearest and dearest to me. Be with anyone who needs a special prayer today. Amen
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Jun-02
As Leaving Certs finish up in our schools this week the following reflection gives us food for thought:

May you find sincerity and tranquillity in a world that you may not always understand. May the difficulties you have known and the challenges you have experienced give you the strength to walk through life facing each new situation with optimism and courage.

Always know that there are those whose love and understanding will surround you. May a kind word, a reassuring touch, a warm smile, be yours every day of your life and may you give these gifts, as well as receive them. May you remember the sunshine, when a storm seems never ending. Teach love to those who hate and let love embrace you as you go into the world.

Remember those whose lives you have touched and those who have touched yours, they are always a part of you. May you not become too concerned with material matters but instead place immeasurable value on the goodness in your heart. Find time in each day to see the beauty and love in the world around you. Realise that each person has limitless abilities but each of us is different in our own way. May you see your future as one filled with promise and possibility. Learn to view everything as a worthwhile experience and may you always feel loved on your journey throughout life.

May you always have a strong conviction about the beauty of life, a vision of hope that endures in the face of challenge. May the Holy Spirit guide and direct you through each and every day. May you be blessed with wisdom and discernment, determination and patience, kindness and compassion, gifts you bring with you as you make your journey into the new horizon.
 
 

 

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