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  Tuesday
Mar-26
Thought For The Week

'Across time and throughout history, God's love has touched countless people. No matter which approach or path we take, God's presence experienced in fleeting moments creates a longing for God's continual presence that never ends.' ~Gayle Beebe

The recent St Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin had as its theme storytelling. It was a good theme with plenty of room for creativity and imagination. Storytelling is not something ancient or new, it is part of our DNA makeup. We like stories, we share stories, we listen to stories, we celebrate stories and we create stories each day.

Our scripture readings are quite simply a collection of many stories. Some of these stories are sometimes strange and hard to understand. Some stand out much more easily and we can connect with the story and the message. Some are exaggerated and we need to understand them carefully in the context of the time in which they were written. But each story is about a person's understanding of God and the difference God has made in their life.

These stories continue today as well. The stories about God are not just limited to scripture readings. These stories about God continue to unfold today and you are an important part of these stories. It can be so uplifting and energising to hear how God's love has touched so many people. There are many stories and so many collections of beautiful moments. They all add up to something really special which doesn't always make the headlines. It doesn't need to either, because these stories and moments continue to evolve as part of God's ongoing journey with us.

In our modern world, there are some who see these stories and moments as a worn out and irrelevant view of the world. It is worn out and irrelevant if we choose not to be open to the Spirit of God and choose to live in some fearful dark corner. God's presence and energy in our world, is exciting, colourful and constantly evolving. It is a privilege to be a part of it, no matter what size that part is for us, be it tiny or something much bigger. If it has worn you out, perhaps you have been looking in the wrong place?
 
 
 
  Monday
Mar-25
'Across time and throughout history, God's love has touched countless people. No matter which approach or path we take, God's presence experienced in fleeting moments creates a longing for God's continual presence that never ends.' ~Gayle Beebe

The recent St Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin had as its theme storytelling. It was a good theme with plenty of room for creativity and imagination. Storytelling is not something ancient or new, it is part of our DNA makeup. We like stories, we share stories, we listen to stories, we celebrate stories and we create stories each day.

Our scripture readings are quite simply a collection of many stories. Some of these stories are sometimes strange and hard to understand. Some stand out much more easily and we can connect with the story and the message. Some are exaggerated and we need to understand them carefully in the context of the time in which they were written. But each story is about a person's understanding of God and the difference God has made in their life.

These stories continue today as well. The stories about God are not just limited to scripture readings. These stories about God continue to unfold today and you are an important part of these stories. It can be so uplifting and energising to hear how God's love has touched so many people. There are many stories and so many collections of beautiful moments. They all add up to something really special which doesn't always make the headlines. It doesn't need to either, because these stories and moments continue to evolve as part of God's ongoing journey with us.

In our modern world, there are some who see these stories and moments as a worn out and irrelevant view of the world. It is worn out and irrelevant if we choose not to be open to the Spirit of God and choose to live in some fearful dark corner. God's presence and energy in our world, is exciting, colourful and constantly evolving. It is a privilege to be a part of it, no matter what size that part is for us, be it tiny or something much bigger. If it has worn you out, perhaps you have been looking in the wrong place?
 
 
 
  Saturday
Mar-23
God's strength to direct me, God's might to uphold me, God's wisdom to guide me, God's eye to look before me, God's ear to hear me, God's word to speak to me, God's hand to guard me, God's way to lie before me, God's shield to protect and save me.' ~St.Patrick

There is always something special about St Patrick's Day and this year because it fell at the weekend made it extra special. Patrick has massive connections and influence. All over the world, there are churches and cathedrals named after him. There are also schools, hospitals, clubs, streets and shopping centres proudly bearing the name St. Patrick. There are many names too, Patrick, Patricia, Pat, Patie, Paddy, Pakie, Pádraig and Paudge. I am sure there are other names too. He is the world's most recognisable patron saint and that is some achievement over time.

St.Patrick had great devotion to God and was always sensitive to God's presence in creation. In today's world where many people drift aimlessly in life, Patrick is a voice of hope. He took great confidence from God's presence in his life. In his own personal writings he explains how prayer helped him with his own struggles. He talks about how he overcame seemingly impossible difficulties through prayer.

The feast of St. Patrick is a time to celebrate all that is good in our lives and all around us. It's a time to acknowledge God's gentle presence in our lives. It's a time to pause for a moment in prayer and like Patrick not to be afraid to ask God for guidance, direction and an abundance of blessings.
 
 
 
  Friday
Mar-22
'Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another' ~ George Eliot

There can be many different types of influences ranging from weak to strong and from negative to positive/good. The world we live in today can so often get caught up in a lot of negativity. This of course rubs off on us too but it's up to us to make sure that as little as possible of it gets clung to us. As our journey through Lent is coming to a close next week, the focus has been very much on good news and especially in our own lives. Perhaps we take for granted the influence we have on each other, particularly the good and positive. No matter how ordinary today may be, you will have a unique influence on someone, perhaps without even knowing it. We ask God today to help us believe in our own self worth and our own abilities. May we never take for granted our good and positive influences on other people.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Mar-21
'Water is not the limitless resource that we often think it is. We use on average 1,050 litres of water a week and the result is that the natural water tables are lowering.' ~Ruth Valerio

Many missionaries are working with the marginalised and poor across the world. Much of their work evolves around access to clean fresh water for the people whom they live and work with. We assume it is plentiful, endless and free. It is not. Currently 41% of the world's population live in areas where there is a shortage of water and by 2025 this figure will have risen to 2 out of 3 people. Access to clean water is the most basic need we have. Many missionaries in different parts of the world work hard for this basic need to be met. Even when there is access to water it is often contaminated and dirty. What can we do? We can be mindful of the need not to waste water. It is a precious gift from God. Like all gifts we can take it for granted, we can waste it or we can choose to treasure and care for it as best we can.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Mar-20
God's strength to direct me, God's might to uphold me, God's wisdom to guide me, God's eye to look before me, God's ear to hear me, God's word to speak to me, God's hand to guard me, God's way to lie before me, God's shield to protect and save me.' ~St.Patrick

There is always something special about St Patrick's Day and this year because it fell at the weekend made it extra special. Patrick has massive connections and influence. All over the world, there are churches and cathedrals named after him. There are also schools, hospitals, clubs, streets and shopping centres proudly bearing the name St. Patrick. There are many names too, Patrick, Patricia, Pat, Patie, Paddy, Pakie, Pádraig and Paudge. I am sure there are other names too. He is the world's most recognisable patron saint and that is some achievement over time.

St.Patrick had great devotion to God and was always sensitive to God's presence in creation. In today's world where many people drift aimlessly in life, Patrick is a voice of hope. He took great confidence from God's presence in his life. In his own personal writings he explains how prayer helped him with his own struggles. He talks about how he overcame seemingly impossible difficulties through prayer.

The feast of St. Patrick is a time to celebrate all that is good in our lives and all around us. It's a time to acknowledge God's gentle presence in our lives. It's a time to pause for a moment in prayer and like Patrick not to be afraid to ask God for guidance, direction and an abundance of blessings.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Mar-19
God's strength to direct me, God's might to uphold me, God's wisdom to guide me, God's eye to look before me, God's ear to hear me, God's word to speak to me, God's hand to guard me, God's way to lie before me, God's shield to protect and save me.' ~St.Patrick

There is always something special about St Patrick's Day and this year because it fell at the weekend made it extra special. Patrick has massive connections and influence. All over the world, there are churches and cathedrals named after him. There are also schools, hospitals, clubs, streets and shopping centres proudly bearing the name St. Patrick. There are many names too, Patrick, Patricia, Pat, Patie, Paddy, Pakie, Pádraig and Paudge. I am sure there are other names too. He is the world's most recognisable patron saint and that is some achievement over time.

St.Patrick had great devotion to God and was always sensitive to God's presence in creation. In today's world where many people drift aimlessly in life, Patrick is a voice of hope. He took great confidence from God's presence in his life. In his own personal writings he explains how prayer helped him with his own struggles. He talks about how he overcame seemingly impossible difficulties through prayer.

The feast of St. Patrick is a time to celebrate all that is good in our lives and all around us. It's a time to acknowledge God's gentle presence in our lives. It's a time to pause for a moment in prayer and like Patrick not to be afraid to ask God for guidance, direction and an abundance of blessings.
 
 
 
  Monday
Mar-18
God's strength to direct me, God's might to uphold me, God's wisdom to guide me, God's eye to look before me, God's ear to hear me, God's word to speak to me, God's hand to guard me, God's way to lie before me, God's shield to protect and save me.' ~St.Patrick

There is always something special about St Patrick's Day and this year because it falls on a weekend makes it extra special. Patrick has massive connections and influence. All over the world, there are churches and cathedrals named after him. There are also schools, hospitals, clubs, streets and shopping centres proudly bearing the name St. Patrick. There are many names too, Patrick, Patricia, Pat, Patie, Paddy, Pakie, Pádraig and Paudge. I am sure there are other names too. He is the world's most recognisable patron saint and that is some achievement over time.

St.Patrick had great devotion to God and was always sensitive to God's presence in creation. In today's world where many people drift aimlessly in life, Patrick is a voice of hope. He took great confidence from God's presence in his life. In his own personal writings he explains how prayer helped him with his own struggles. He talks about how he overcame seemingly impossible difficulties through prayer.

Today the feast of St. Patrick is a day to celebrate all that is good in our lives and all around us. It's a day to acknowledge God's gentle presence in our lives. It's a day to pause for a moment in prayer and like Patrick not to be afraid to ask God for guidance, direction and an abundance of blessings.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Mar-16
Thought For The Week

'We have probably overdone the emphasis on practice in our religion. In our gospels Jesus was constantly telling the Pharisees and Scribes that they worried too much about regulations and practices. Instead he stressed: Look into your hearts.' ~Paul Andrews

Historically the emphasis has always been on the need to go to Church or go to Mass. It was a case of clocking up points every time you went and if you didn't go you fell down the list fast in terms of favour with God. It was an unhealthy emphasis. Think of the guilt that built up around this way of thinking. It certainly was not the way Jesus would want it.

Even today many grandparents and parents worry unnecessarily about their children not attending Church. If you ask young people do they pray, (different to asking do they go to church) and the answer is always positive. Of course we need religion, church liturgies and a sense of community but we also need to nurture the spiritual yearnings of many who are searching. The spirit of God is to be found in so many places.

Our journey through Lent is an opportunity to 'Look into our hearts'. We live in a world of externals, instant communication, endless news stories, opinions and open communication. The pace of all this external stuff can be relentless with little connection to anything. It leaves little time for personal reflection, for spiritual nourishment and for taking quiet time. There is not much time for looking within or 'looking into our hearts'. This is a loss and from what I can see the loss is getting bigger and deeper.

Our Lenten journey is such an opportune time to look within, to make time for personal reflection, to pause and to be quiet. We will all do this differently but whatever way works for us is always the best way. We have got to mind ourselves. We need to nourish our spirit/soul and to know that in this sometimes chaotic world, we are loved, cherished and special. Lent gives us six weeks to change the emphasis or at least try it out. I hope you will get the chance during the coming weeks.
 
 
 
  Friday
Mar-15
Thought For The Week

'We have probably overdone the emphasis on practice in our religion. In our gospels Jesus was constantly telling the Pharisees and Scribes that they worried too much about regulations and practices. Instead he stressed: Look into your hearts.' ~Paul Andrews

Historically the emphasis has always been on the need to go to Church or go to Mass. It was a case of clocking up points every time you went and if you didn't go you fell down the list fast in terms of favour with God. It was an unhealthy emphasis. Think of the guilt that built up around this way of thinking. It certainly was not the way Jesus would want it.

Even today many grandparents and parents worry unnecessarily about their children not attending Church. If you ask young people do they pray, (different to asking do they go to church) and the answer is always positive. Of course we need religion, church liturgies and a sense of community but we also need to nurture the spiritual yearnings of many who are searching. The spirit of God is to be found in so many places.

Our journey through Lent is an opportunity to 'Look into our hearts'. We live in a world of externals, instant communication, endless news stories, opinions and open communication. The pace of all this external stuff can be relentless with little connection to anything. It leaves little time for personal reflection, for spiritual nourishment and for taking quiet time. There is not much time for looking within or 'looking into our hearts'. This is a loss and from what I can see the loss is getting bigger and deeper.

Our Lenten journey is such an opportune time to look within, to make time for personal reflection, to pause and to be quiet. We will all do this differently but whatever way works for us is always the best way. We have got to mind ourselves. We need to nourish our spirit/soul and to know that in this sometimes chaotic world, we are loved, cherished and special. Lent gives us six weeks to change the emphasis or at least try it out. I hope you will get the chance during the coming weeks.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Mar-13
Thought For The Week

'We have probably overdone the emphasis on practice in our religion. In our gospels Jesus was constantly telling the Pharisees and Scribes that they worried too much about regulations and practices. Instead he stressed: Look into your hearts.' ~Paul Andrews

Historically the emphasis has always been on the need to go to Church or go to Mass. It was a case of clocking up points every time you went and if you didn't go you fell down the list fast in terms of favour with God. It was an unhealthy emphasis. Think of the guilt that built up around this way of thinking. It certainly was not the way Jesus would want it.

Even today many grandparents and parents worry unnecessarily about their children not attending Church. If you ask young people do they pray, (different to asking do they go to church) and the answer is always positive. Of course we need religion, church liturgies and a sense of community but we also need to nurture the spiritual yearnings of many who are searching. The spirit of God is to be found in so many places.

Our journey through Lent is an opportunity to 'Look into our hearts'. We live in a world of externals, instant communication, endless news stories, opinions and open communication. The pace of all this external stuff can be relentless with little connection to anything. It leaves little time for personal reflection, for spiritual nourishment and for taking quiet time. There is not much time for looking within or 'looking into our hearts'. This is a loss and from what I can see the loss is getting bigger and deeper.

Our Lenten journey is such an opportune time to look within, to make time for personal reflection, to pause and to be quiet. We will all do this differently but whatever way works for us is always the best way. We have got to mind ourselves. We need to nourish our spirit/soul and to know that in this sometimes chaotic world, we are loved, cherished and special. Lent gives us six weeks to change the emphasis or at least try it out. I hope you will get the chance during the coming weeks.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Mar-12
The following reflection is by Flor McCarthy

In general we reap what we sow.
We can't expect to reap good if what we have sown is evil.
We must sow peace if we do not want to reap conflict.
We must sow loyalty if we do not want to reap betrayal.
We must sow honesty if we do not want to reap deceit.
Even though we have no absolute guarantee that what we sow will always fall on good ground or that someone else may not come along and sow contrary seed,
nevertheless, if we are careful to sow good seeds we can within reason, trust our expectations
because nature has shown that if what is planted bears fruit at all, it will yield more of itself.
So, let us sow good seed.
 
 
 
  Monday
Mar-11
Thought For The Week

'We have probably overdone the emphasis on practice in our religion. In our gospels Jesus was constantly telling the Pharisees and Scribes that they worried too much about regulations and practices. Instead he stressed: Look into your hearts.' ~Paul Andrews

Historically the emphasis has always been on the need to go to Church or go to Mass. It was a case of clocking up points every time you went and if you didn't go you fell down the list fast in terms of favour with God. It was an unhealthy emphasis. Think of the guilt that built up around this way of thinking. It certainly was not the way Jesus would want it.

Even today many grandparents and parents worry unnecessarily about their children not attending Church. If you ask young people do they pray, (different to asking do they go to church) and the answer is always positive. Of course we need religion, church liturgies and a sense of community but we also need to nurture the spiritual yearnings of many who are searching. The spirit of God is to be found in so many places.

Our journey through Lent is an opportunity to 'Look into our hearts'. We live in a world of externals, instant communication, endless news stories, opinions and open communication. The pace of all this external stuff can be relentless with little connection to anything. It leaves little time for personal reflection, for spiritual nourishment and for taking quiet time. There is not much time for looking within or 'looking into our hearts'. This is a loss and from what I can see the loss is getting bigger and deeper.

Our Lenten journey is such an opportune time to look within, to make time for personal reflection, to pause and to be quiet. We will all do this differently but whatever way works for us is always the best way. We have got to mind ourselves. We need to nourish our spirit/soul and to know that in this sometimes chaotic world, we are loved, cherished and special. Lent gives us six weeks to change the emphasis or at least try it out. I hope you will get the chance during the coming weeks.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Mar-10
'There must be something strangely sacred in salt. It is in our tears and in the sea.' ~Kahlil Gibran

Salt is something we can't do without. Even during this cold weather it is used on our roads to keep them from icing over. Salt is involved in regulating the water content and balance of our body. Too little of it and we're in trouble and too much also puts us in trouble. It's all about finding the right balance. There are 35 references to salt in our scriptures. It's no surprise that Jesus used it in his teaching. To use something that was so familiar to people was a great starting point. He said we are the salt of the earth. In other words we are crucially important, valued and loved. The main purpose of salt is not just to add taste to food but to bring balance to our bodies. So it is with us. Finding the right balance in all we do is a life long challenge. Many search and long for this balance. Putting our trust and faith in a loving God gives us a great foundation to find and build this balance.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Mar-09
Thought For The Week

'All the goodness, love, value and tenderness we experience in life fall short precisely because we already know something deeper. When we feel frustrated, angry, betrayed, violated or enraged, it is in fact because our outside experience is so different from what we already hold dear inside.' ~Ronald Rolheiser

Life as we know has a unique ability to uplift and energise us. But just as quick it can shatter and bring us back down to reality in the blink of an eye. Our expectations in life are often not met, particularly values that are precious to us such as love, trust, honesty, goodness and so on. What we hold dear and precious to us is not always reflected back to us in how people relate to us.

We need to begin to understand that this is not our fault. No one can take away our own sense of worth, our identity, our fingerprint, our energy, our gifts and talents and all those things that are precious to us. Others may not understand us but we are assured that God understands us, loves us and will always stand by our side.

We began our journey through Lent on Wednesday. The journey through Lent can be a time of personal reflection. In the past Lent was often seen as a penance, difficult and at times severe. But putting all the emphasis on hardship may not always have been the best approach. Look at sport; for many years when you trained the emphasis was on tough hard physical training. Unless you went home exhausted you really hadn't trained. Today the emphasis has changed, with a realisation in how important a more balanced approach is, to avoid burnout.

A balanced spiritual approach to Lent is always a good start. Lent can be a time to reflect on God's love for us, a time to reflect that we are unique and special and that our contribution to life is valued and cherished. Lent is also so much more. I hope your journey through Lent, will be personal and special for you.

Thought For The Week is updated each Monday

 
 
 
  Thursday
Mar-07
Thought For The Week

'All the goodness, love, value and tenderness we experience in life fall short precisely because we already know something deeper. When we feel frustrated, angry, betrayed, violated or enraged, it is in fact because our outside experience is so different from what we already hold dear inside.' ~Ronald Rolheiser

Life as we know has a unique ability to uplift and energise us. But just as quick it can shatter and bring us back down to reality in the blink of an eye. Our expectations in life are often not met, particularly values that are precious to us such as love, trust, honesty, goodness and so on. What we hold dear and precious to us is not always reflected back to us in how people relate to us.

We need to begin to understand that this is not our fault. No one can take away our own sense of worth, our identity, our fingerprint, our energy, our gifts and talents and all those things that are precious to us. Others may not understand us but we are assured that God understands us, loves us and will always stand by our side.

We began our journey through Lent with Ash Wednesday yesterday. The journey through Lent can be a time of personal reflection. In the past Lent was often seen as a penance, difficult and at times severe. But putting all the emphasis on hardship may not always have been the best approach. Look at sport; for many years when you trained the emphasis was on tough hard physical training. Unless you went home exhausted you really hadn't trained. Today the emphasis has changed, with a realisation in how important a more balanced approach is, to avoid burnout.

A balanced spiritual approach to Lent is always a good start. Lent can be a time to reflect on God's love for us, a time to reflect that we are unique and special and that our contribution to life is valued and cherished. Lent is also so much more. I hope your journey through Lent, will be personal and special for you.

Thought For The Week is updated each Monday

 
 
 
  Wednesday
Mar-06
Thought For The Week

'All the goodness, love, value and tenderness we experience in life fall short precisely because we already know something deeper. When we feel frustrated, angry, betrayed, violated or enraged, it is in fact because our outside experience is so different from what we already hold dear inside.' ~Ronald Rolheiser

Life as we know has a unique ability to uplift and energise us. But just as quick it can shatter and bring us back down to reality in the blink of an eye. Our expectations in life are often not met, particularly values that are precious to us such as love, trust, honesty, goodness and so on. What we hold dear and precious to us is not always reflected back to us in how people relate to us.

We need to begin to understand that this is not our fault. No one can take away our own sense of worth, our identity, our fingerprint, our energy, our gifts and talents and all those things that are precious to us. Others may not understand us but we are assured that God understands us, loves us and will always stand by our side.

We begin our journey through Lent starting with Ash Wednesday today. The journey through Lent can be a time of personal reflection. In the past Lent was often seen as a penance, difficult and at times severe. But putting all the emphasis on hardship may not always have been the best approach. Look at sport; for many years when you trained the emphasis was on tough hard physical training. Unless you went home exhausted you really hadn't trained. Today the emphasis has changed, with a realisation in how important a more balanced approach is, to avoid burnout.

A balanced spiritual approach to Lent is always a good start. Lent can be a time to reflect on God's love for us, a time to reflect that we are unique and special and that our contribution to life is valued and cherished. Lent is also so much more. I hope your journey through Lent, will be personal and special for you.

Thought For The Week is updated each Monday

 
 
 
  Tuesday
Mar-05
Thought For The Week

'All the goodness, love, value and tenderness we experience in life fall short precisely because we already know something deeper. When we feel frustrated, angry, betrayed, violated or enraged, it is in fact because our outside experience is so different from what we already hold dear inside.' ~Ronald Rolheiser

Life as we know has a unique ability to uplift and energise us. But just as quick it can shatter and bring us back down to reality in the blink of an eye. Our expectations in life are often not met, particularly values that are precious to us such as love, trust, honesty, goodness and so on. What we hold dear and precious to us is not always reflected back to us in how people relate to us.

We need to begin to understand that this is not our fault. No one can take away our own sense of worth, our identity, our fingerprint, our energy, our gifts and talents and all those things that are precious to us. Others may not understand us but we are assured that God understands us, loves us and will always stand by our side.

We begin our journey through Lent starting with Ash Wednesday tomorrow. The journey through Lent can be a time of personal reflection. In the past Lent was often seen as a penance, difficult and at times severe. But putting all the emphasis on hardship may not always have been the best approach. Look at sport; for many years when you trained the emphasis was on tough hard physical training. Unless you went home exhausted you really hadn't trained. Today the emphasis has changed, with a realisation in how important a more balanced approach is, to avoid burnout.

A balanced spiritual approach to Lent is always a good start. Lent can be a time to reflect on God's love for us, a time to reflect that we are unique and special and that our contribution to life is valued and cherished. Lent is also so much more. I hope your journey through Lent, will be personal and special for you.

Thought For The Week is updated each Monday

 
 
 
  Monday
Mar-04
Thought For The Week

'All the goodness, love, value and tenderness we experience in life fall short precisely because we already know something deeper. When we feel frustrated, angry, betrayed, violated or enraged, it is in fact because our outside experience is so different from what we already hold dear inside.' ~Ronald Rolheiser

Life as we know has a unique ability to uplift and energise us. But just as quick it can shatter and bring us back down to reality in the blink of an eye. Our expectations in life are often not met, particularly values that are precious to us such as love, trust, honesty, goodness and so on. What we hold dear and precious to us is not always reflected back to us in how people relate to us.

We need to begin to understand that this is not our fault. No one can take away our own sense of worth, our identity, our fingerprint, our energy, our gifts and talents and all those things that are precious to us. Others may not understand us but we are assured that God understands us, loves us and will always stand by our side.

We begin our journey through Lent starting with Ash Wednesday this coming week. The journey through Lent can be a time of personal reflection. In the past Lent was often seen as a penance, difficult and at times severe. But putting all the emphasis on hardship may not always have been the best approach. Look at sport; for many years when you trained the emphasis was on tough hard physical training. Unless you went home exhausted you really hadn't trained. Today the emphasis has changed, with a realisation in how important a more balanced approach is, to avoid burnout.

A balanced spiritual approach to Lent is always a good start. Lent can be a time to reflect on God's love for us, a time to reflect that we are unique and special and that our contribution to life is valued and cherished. Lent is also so much more. I hope your journey through Lent, will be personal and special for you.

Thought For The Week is updated each Monday

 
 
 
  Saturday
Mar-02
Thought For The Week

'God didn't promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, sun without rain, but God did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears and light for the way' ~Author Unknown

There is a story about a Sufi master who once set himself up at a crossroads. He lit a very bright lamp and a distance away, a candle. Then he sat by the candle and read his book. People watching him were confused. Why didn't he read by the bright light? The bright lamp, he explained, attracted all the moths, leaving him to read in peace!

In the world we live in today we are like the moth attracted to the bright light. There are many distractions and so many things to do. Often we're trying to keep up, the pace is hectic and we often miss out on the quiet and peaceful moments that pass us by. These quiet moments are represented by the candle in our story.

There is definitely a recent swing towards the candle in our story. Mindfulness is the new buzz word, but mindfulness was present thousands of years ago. The writers of the psalms knew exactly what it meant. The most famous mindful quotation comes from Psalm 23: "Near restful waters God leads me, to revive my drooping spirit."

The quieter moments represented by the candle may not make the headlines or be the brightest of lights but it is often a good place to be. Another way of describing the candle is a moment in prayer. Any quiet moment in prayer is always a good place to be, it nourishes our soul and spirit. Which appeals to you more, the moths next to the big bright light or the quiet space created by the candle?
 
 
 
  Friday
Mar-01
What grows larger the more you take away?

A hole! The image of a hole is one that can be applied to many areas in life. In golf there is a hole in one, we talk about a hole in a shoe or jumper or we talk about plugging a hole in a wall. We also talk about holes in our spiritual lives. These are areas that we may have neglected and ignored. With time these have grown larger and more noticeable. Every hole can be filled in and the same goes for those areas in our spiritual lives that need filling. How can we do this? It can happen through some quiet time, through prayer, through reflection, through time out and through a thoughtful deed or a good word. The options are many but whichever one is chosen its best to do it in small measures.
 
 

 

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