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  Saturday
Oct-24
'One of the greatest mysteries in life is the mystery of time. Everything that happens to us happens in and through time. Time is the force that brings every new experience to the door of your heart.' ~John O'Donoghue

We're all very much aware how time goes by so quickly. Our clocks go back an hour later on tonight . Much of our time and what happens within it is outside our control. But much of it is also within our sights too particularly what is happening in the present moment. Nothing is as far away as one minute ago. Nothing is as close as right now. Our faith reminds us how God journeys with us in the right now. Nothing else matters. For all of us the right now is a massive collection of joys, sorrows, pain, happiness, struggles, hopes, fears, weakness, fun, relaxation, anger, freedom, disappointments and so on. We're in there somewhere and so is God.
 
 
 
  Friday
Oct-23
%u2018Goodness is the only investment that never fails.' ~Henry David Thoreau

A young boy was promised an ice cream cone if he was good while accompanying his grandfather on some errands. The longer they were gone the more difficult the boy was finding it to be good. %u2018How much longer will it be?' he asked. %u2018Not too long,' replied the grandfather, %u2018We've just one more stop.' The young boy replied %u2018I don't know if I can make it granddad, I can be good. I just can't be good enough long enough!!' It is always a challenge to be good and to keep doing what we think is best. Formally this is called %u2018a moral conscience'. But scripture puts it much more simply, %u2018Do good to others what you would like them to do to you.'
 
 
 
  Thursday
Oct-22
Thought For The Week

'If I stay in the darkness long enough, my eyes become more accustomed to the dark and I begin to see things of beauty and freedom that I never knew were present' ~Joyce Rupp

Darkness and light are always side by side. You cannot have one without the other. At this time of year we are aware of decreasing daylight as we move further into winter. I have been reading a book by Joyce Rupp called 'The star in my heart' and I was particularly struck by one chapter she wrote on darkness.

She explained that she found it difficult to believe that darkness could be a source of growth. Darkness for many of us is something we are not comfortable with. But even in our mother's womb we had no light. It is where we stretched and grew wonderfully. For seeds to grow they must first be pushed into the darkness of the soil, so that germination can begin. Our planet would also overheat if we did not have darkness at night time for our planet earth to cool, especially during the summer months.

There are also destructive forms of darkness especially the darkness of evil. There is also the unfriendly darkness of hate, anger, depression, greed and exploitation that can wound us mentally, emotionally and spiritually. From a faith perspective we believe that God is our light and hope and is with us through everything including our darkness.

Joyce Rupp says: "If I look back on my life, to those dark times, I can see that I have or could have, grown deeper and wiser from my experience of the darkness." The main point that I got from her book is that darkness can somehow be a moment of growth. If we remain constantly in darkness then it is not something good or positive. But there are times when darkness can be a moment of growth. So instead of running from a moment of darkness, we can possibly turn it into something positive, good and spiritual.

During these darker times of Covid 19 it is so important that we do not allow the darkness to overwhelm us. We continue to be people of light and we continue to be positive and hopeful. But even in the midst of darkness God is still journeying with us. No wonder Jesus said so many times: "Do not be afraid. I am with you."


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Oct-21
Thought For The Week

'If I stay in the darkness long enough, my eyes become more accustomed to the dark and I begin to see things of beauty and freedom that I never knew were present' ~Joyce Rupp

Darkness and light are always side by side. You cannot have one without the other. At this time of year we are aware of decreasing daylight as we move further into winter. I have been reading a book by Joyce Rupp called 'The star in my heart' and I was particularly struck by one chapter she wrote on darkness.

She explained that she found it difficult to believe that darkness could be a source of growth. Darkness for many of us is something we are not comfortable with. But even in our mother's womb we had no light. It is where we stretched and grew wonderfully. For seeds to grow they must first be pushed into the darkness of the soil, so that germination can begin. Our planet would also overheat if we did not have darkness at night time for our planet earth to cool, especially during the summer months.

There are also destructive forms of darkness especially the darkness of evil. There is also the unfriendly darkness of hate, anger, depression, greed and exploitation that can wound us mentally, emotionally and spiritually. From a faith perspective we believe that God is our light and hope and is with us through everything including our darkness.

Joyce Rupp says: "If I look back on my life, to those dark times, I can see that I have or could have, grown deeper and wiser from my experience of the darkness." The main point that I got from her book is that darkness can somehow be a moment of growth. If we remain constantly in darkness then it is not something good or positive. But there are times when darkness can be a moment of growth. So instead of running from a moment of darkness, we can possibly turn it into something positive, good and spiritual.

During these darker times of Covid 19 it is so important that we do not allow the darkness to overwhelm us. We continue to be people of light and we continue to be positive and hopeful. But even in the midst of darkness God is still journeying with us. No wonder Jesus said so many times: "Do not be afraid. I am with you."


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Oct-20
Thought For The Week

'If I stay in the darkness long enough, my eyes become more accustomed to the dark and I begin to see things of beauty and freedom that I never knew were present' ~Joyce Rupp

Darkness and light are always side by side. You cannot have one without the other. At this time of year we are aware of decreasing daylight as we move further into winter. I have been reading a book by Joyce Rupp called 'The star in my heart' and I was particularly struck by one chapter she wrote on darkness.

She explained that she found it difficult to believe that darkness could be a source of growth. Darkness for many of us is something we are not comfortable with. But even in our mother's womb we had no light. It is where we stretched and grew wonderfully. For seeds to grow they must first be pushed into the darkness of the soil, so that germination can begin. Our planet would also overheat if we did not have darkness at night time for our planet earth to cool, especially during the summer months.

There are also destructive forms of darkness especially the darkness of evil. There is also the unfriendly darkness of hate, anger, depression, greed and exploitation that can wound us mentally, emotionally and spiritually. From a faith perspective we believe that God is our light and hope and is with us through everything including our darkness.

Joyce Rupp says: "If I look back on my life, to those dark times, I can see that I have or could have, grown deeper and wiser from my experience of the darkness." The main point that I got from her book is that darkness can somehow be a moment of growth. If we remain constantly in darkness then it is not something good or positive. But there are times when darkness can be a moment of growth. So instead of running from a moment of darkness, we can possibly turn it into something positive, good and spiritual.

During these darker times of Covid 19 it is so important that we do not allow the darkness to overwhelm us. We continue to be people of light and we continue to be positive and hopeful. But even in the midst of darkness God is still journeying with us. No wonder Jesus said so many times: "Do not be afraid. I am with you."


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Monday
Oct-19
Thought For The Week

'If I stay in the darkness long enough, my eyes become more accustomed to the dark and I begin to see things of beauty and freedom that I never knew were present' ~Joyce Rupp

Darkness and light are always side by side. You cannot have one without the other. At this time of year we are aware of decreasing daylight as we move further into winter. I have been reading a book by Joyce Rupp called 'The star in my heart' and I was particularly struck by one chapter she wrote on darkness.

She explained that she found it difficult to believe that darkness could be a source of growth. Darkness for many of us is something we are not comfortable with. But even in our mother's womb we had no light. It is where we stretched and grew wonderfully. For seeds to grow they must first be pushed into the darkness of the soil, so that germination can begin. Our planet would also overheat if we did not have darkness at night time for our planet earth to cool, especially during the summer months.

There are also destructive forms of darkness especially the darkness of evil. There is also the unfriendly darkness of hate, anger, depression, greed and exploitation that can wound us mentally, emotionally and spiritually. From a faith perspective we believe that God is our light and hope and is with us through everything including our darkness.

Joyce Rupp says: "If I look back on my life, to those dark times, I can see that I have or could have, grown deeper and wiser from my experience of the darkness." The main point that I got from her book is that darkness can somehow be a moment of growth. If we remain constantly in darkness then it is not something good or positive. But there are times when darkness can be a moment of growth. So instead of running from a moment of darkness, we can possibly turn it into something positive, good and spiritual.

During these darker times of Covid 19 it is so important that we do not allow the darkness to overwhelm us. We continue to be people of light and we continue to be positive and hopeful. But even in the midst of darkness God is still journeying with us. No wonder Jesus said so many times: "Do not be afraid. I am with you."


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Sunday
Oct-18
Thought For The Week

'My belief throughout has been that God has been part of my experiences and relationships, even when I wasn't aware of it at the time. The people who have enriched my life, have often been my way to God.' ~Edward L. Beck

Our faith is like a little stream. On its own it may seem insignificant but every stream has its own unique energy. It will soon link up with other streams, gathering momentum and a sense of purpose. No one can stop the flow of a stream. You can build a dam to stop it but the stream will fill, back up and flow over it. Its ultimate destination is the sea and nothing can stop it on its journey.

The same goes with the gift of faith and what we believe in. It is something precious and unique. It can't be hidden or swept into some corner. It has an energy that drives it forward. It helps us on the journey of life to find meaning and fulfillment. It never does a solo run but joins and links up with people who share the same vision and hope.

This week marks Mission week which is always set aside during the third week of October, to celebrate many different faith stories across the world. Today is Mission Sunday and Pope Francis is encouraging us to pray for missionaries, reminding us of the missionary character of the Church and of every baptised person. He says: "Every person is a mission, which is why we are here in this world." He is encouraging us not to be afraid of the message of Jesus because it is this message that helps us find the treasure that fills life with joy.

Mission Sunday is a celebration of every faith, flowing from many sources into one. No one faith is the only one or the best one or the exclusive one. Like streams and rivers the variety and number is breath taking. But they all flow into the one great ocean, that of an eternal loving God.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Oct-17
Thought For Week

'To be rooted is perhaps the most important and least recognized need of the human soul.' ~Simone Weil

Our trees are turning a lovely golden colour at the moment. It is part of the cycle of a tree to adapt to the winter months ahead. The leaves will fall but its roots remain active and alive underneath. Spiritually we also need to be rooted to help us withstand the challenges and storms of life. Such roots can be strong sound values, good support structures around us such as family and friends, belief in a loving God and belief in ourselves and what we have to offer. When we take some of these for granted we become more unstable and likely to become uprooted.

The following prayer is one example of a root or anchor in our spiritual lives.

May there be peace within you today.
During this Covid 19 pandemic may you know that God holds all your worries, fears and anxieties.
May you embrace possibilities and blessings that will come your way each day.
May you trust in God knowing that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you use the gifts that you have received and pass on the love given to you.
May you be content knowing you are a child of God.
May you feel unburdened, free and energised by a sense of God in your life.
May you know that it's ok not to have it all worked out and that God will also help you work it out too.
May you treasure this day as a precious gift and be open to some surprise along the way.
May you finish today with a sense of gratitude, knowing you have done your best and that no more is asked of you.
Amen


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Friday
Oct-16
Thought For Week

'To be rooted is perhaps the most important and least recognized need of the human soul.' ~Simone Weil

Our trees are turning a lovely golden colour at the moment. It is part of the cycle of a tree to adapt to the winter months ahead. The leaves will fall but its roots remain active and alive underneath. Spiritually we also need to be rooted to help us withstand the challenges and storms of life. Such roots can be strong sound values, good support structures around us such as family and friends, belief in a loving God and belief in ourselves and what we have to offer. When we take some of these for granted we become more unstable and likely to become uprooted.

The following prayer is one example of a root or anchor in our spiritual lives.

May there be peace within you today.
During this Covid 19 pandemic may you know that God holds all your worries, fears and anxieties.
May you embrace possibilities and blessings that will come your way each day.
May you trust in God knowing that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you use the gifts that you have received and pass on the love given to you.
May you be content knowing you are a child of God.
May you feel unburdened, free and energised by a sense of God in your life.
May you know that it's ok not to have it all worked out and that God will also help you work it out too.
May you treasure this day as a precious gift and be open to some surprise along the way.
May you finish today with a sense of gratitude, knowing you have done your best and that no more is asked of you.
Amen


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Oct-14
Thought For Week

'To be rooted is perhaps the most important and least recognized need of the human soul.' ~Simone Weil

Our trees are turning a lovely golden colour at the moment. It is part of the cycle of a tree to adapt to the winter months ahead. The leaves will fall but its roots remain active and alive underneath. Spiritually we also need to be rooted to help us withstand the challenges and storms of life. Such roots can be strong sound values, good support structures around us such as family and friends, belief in a loving God and belief in ourselves and what we have to offer. When we take some of these for granted we become more unstable and likely to become uprooted.

The following prayer is one example of a root or anchor in our spiritual lives.

May there be peace within you today.
During this Covid 19 pandemic may you know that God holds all your worries, fears and anxieties.
May you embrace possibilities and blessings that will come your way each day.
May you trust in God knowing that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you use the gifts that you have received and pass on the love given to you.
May you be content knowing you are a child of God.
May you feel unburdened, free and energised by a sense of God in your life.
May you know that it's ok not to have it all worked out and that God will also help you work it out too.
May you treasure this day as a precious gift and be open to some surprise along the way.
May you finish today with a sense of gratitude, knowing you have done your best and that no more is asked of you.
Amen


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Monday
Oct-12
Thought For Week

'To be rooted is perhaps the most important and least recognized need of the human soul.' ~Simone Weil

Our trees are turning a lovely golden colour at the moment. It is part of the cycle of a tree to adapt to the winter months ahead. The leaves will fall but its roots remain active and alive underneath. Spiritually we also need to be rooted to help us withstand the challenges and storms of life. Such roots can be strong sound values, good support structures around us such as family and friends, belief in a loving God and belief in ourselves and what we have to offer. When we take some of these for granted we become more unstable and likely to become uprooted.

The following prayer is one example of a root or anchor in our spiritual lives.

May there be peace within you today.
During this Covid 19 pandemic may you know that God holds all your worries, fears and anxieties.
May you embrace possibilities and blessings that will come your way each day.
May you trust in God knowing that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you use the gifts that you have received and pass on the love given to you.
May you be content knowing you are a child of God.
May you feel unburdened, free and energised by a sense of God in your life.
May you know that it's ok not to have it all worked out and that God will also help you work it out too.
May you treasure this day as a precious gift and be open to some surprise along the way.
May you finish today with a sense of gratitude, knowing you have done your best and that no more is asked of you.
Amen
 
 
 
  Sunday
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-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
 
 
 
  Wednesday
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.


Thought For The Week is updated each Monday
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Oct-06
Thought For The Week

'Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love.' ~Francis of Assisi

St Francis whose feast day was on Sunday (Oct 4th) is one of the most popular saints of our time. He is one of those rare saints who has managed to capture the attention and admiration of the entire world. His life has inspired people of all ages and the appeal of this saint, cuts across national boundaries and religious differences. He is most famous for his respect towards God, his simple life and his tender love and attention to all creation. Francis had little time for excess, waste and greed. He always stood up for the poor and downtrodden.

His love of animals has been well documented. Many animals and especially pets always get a treat in honour of St Francis. The life of Francis still challenges all of us today. The invitation is to sort through our lives and discard the unnecessary and useless. There is great freedom in doing with less and using it to our advantage. Francis did it so well and has inspired so many more to do the same.

This weekend also brought a close the season of creation which has been running since the start of September. It is no surprise that it should finish on the feast day of St. Francis. Prayers have been asked for the care of creation. Many have spoken how nature has helped them through Covid 19. The ability to get out for a walk is appreciated so much more now. We have been asked to become more aware of the beauty of creation all around us and we are encouraged to protect our natural environment as best we can.
 
 
 
  Monday
Oct-05
'Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love.' ~Francis of Assisi

St Francis whose feast day was yesterday (Oct 4th) is one of the most popular saints of our time. He is one of those rare saints who has managed to capture the attention and admiration of the entire world. His life has inspired people of all ages and the appeal of this saint, cuts across national boundaries and religious differences. He is most famous for his respect towards God, his simple life and his tender love and attention to all creation. Francis had little time for excess, waste and greed. He always stood up for the poor and downtrodden.

His love of animals has been well documented. Many animals and especially pets always get a treat in honour of St Francis. The life of Francis still challenges all of us today. The invitation is to sort through our lives and discard the unnecessary and useless. There is great freedom in doing with less and using it to our advantage. Francis did it so well and has inspired so many more to do the same.

This weekend also brought a close the season of creation which has been running since the start of September. It is no surprise that it should finish on the feast day of St. Francis. Prayers have been asked for the care of creation. Many have spoken how nature has helped them through Covid 19. The ability to get out for a walk is appreciated so much more now. We have been asked to become more aware of the beauty of creation all around us and we are encouraged to protect our natural environment as best we can.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Oct-04
'Carry this certainty ahead, the Lord is alive and walks beside you through life.' ~Pope Francis

There was some surprise when our new pope took the name Francis. St Francis whose feast day is today was the inspiration. The pope has lived his life close to this down to earth saint. He is one of those rare saints who has managed to capture the attention and admiration of the entire world. His life has inspired people of all ages and the appeal of this saint, cuts across national boundaries and religious differences. He is most famous for his respect towards God, his simple life and his tender love and attention to all creation. Francis had little time for excess, waste and greed. He always stood up for the poor and downtrodden.

His love of animals has been well documented. Many animals and especially pets will get a special treat today in honour of St Francis. The life of Francis still challenges all of us today. The invitation is to sort through our lives and discard the unnecessary and useless. There is great freedom in doing with less and using it to our advantage. Francis did it so well and has inspired so many more to do the same.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Oct-03
'Angels have no philosophy but love.' ~Terri Guillemets

Yesterday (Oct 2nd) was the feast day of our guardian angel. From an early age we have been taught that we have a guardian angel. But before we were even taught we just knew. Today people of all ages have a beautiful and touching belief in angels. We sense that there is someone special watching over us. This is not just a childhood fantasy, it is something real and something that gives us great comfort as we journey through life.

Like many things we take our Guardian Angel for granted. We often forget that they are there as our friend. The complexities of life can take over our lives but they are always there. Our scriptures have many references to angels. They are real, active and can best be described as God's protective love very near and close to us. Today is their feast day but especially of your guardian angel. A fitting prayer today and indeed every day might be:

"O Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God's love commits me here. Ever this day, be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen"
 
 
 
  Friday
Oct-02
'Angels have no philosophy but love.' ~Terri Guillemets

Today (Oct 2nd) is the feast day of our guardian angel. From an early age we have been taught that we have a guardian angel. But before we were even taught we just knew. Today people of all ages have a beautiful and touching belief in angels. We sense that there is someone special watching over us. This is not just a childhood fantasy, it is something real and something that gives us great comfort as we journey through life.

Like many things we take our Guardian Angel for granted. We often forget that they are there as our friend. The complexities of life can take over our lives but they are always there. Our scriptures have many references to angels. They are real, active and can best be described as God's protective love very near and close to us. Today is their feast day but especially of your guardian angel. A fitting prayer today and indeed every day might be:

"O Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God's love commits me here. Ever this day, be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen"
 
 
 
  Thursday
Oct-01
You know well enough that Our Lord does not look so much at the greatness of our actions,nor even at their difficulty, but at the love with which we do them.' ~ Therese de Lisieux

Today (Oct 1st) is the feast of St Therese and she is one of the most popular saints of our time. Her huge appeal is not that she did extra ordinary things but that she did the little things extraordinary well. She found that she was closest to God when she was doing the simplest and most mundane tasks. The spectacular and sensational always attracts interest and sometimes hype. Celebrities are always in the spotlight. But this was never a part of her life.

We may have many things planned for today and across the coming week. The chances are that much of it is nothing extra ordinary. It will not make headlines and most of it we have done so many times before. But the feast of St Therese reminds us that this is where life is meant to be. This is where life really matters. It is comforting to know that in the simple and ordinary events of our lives, we can be quite close to God. This is something we so often take for granted. Getting close to God is not reserved for the elite or the chosen few.

For Therese she dedicated all the seemingly thankless and boring jobs to God. She often said, "I am doing this out of love for you my God." It is little wonder that so many feel drawn to Therese. Her understanding of life makes sense and deep down we know it is something we want too.

We ask her many blessings on each of us. We also reflect on how Therese found happiness and that it was always within her reach. It is also within our reach too. As we journey through this month of October, may we find more contentment and ease, in the simple, ordinary and down to earth moments that make up our every day lives.
 
 

 

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