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Listing October - 2021
 
  Thursday
Oct-21
Thought For The Week

'One of the most enlightening moments on my spirtual journey is that I do not have to be perfect to have God's love. All I have to do is accept it, stay in touch and believe God is journeying with me as the incomplete person I am.' ~Siobhan Murphy

I was reading a lovely article by Siobhan Murphy during the week called 'Finding God in all things'. She said she was sitting in a coffee shop one morning feeling that life was a burden. She decided to start writing down the worries that were weighing her down. On the other side of the page she wrote down all the things that were going well and smoothly in her life. After that short exercise she described how she suddenly felt much better and her mood had lifted. Significantly Siobhan then wrote: "A sense of calm, peace and well being came over me and I thought 'God is in this."

The experts tell us that you need ten positives to counteract one negative. This gives us food for thought. Negativity is clearly heavy, limiting and is a heavy drain on energy levels. To balance this out we need lots of love, positives, kindness and TLC (tender loving care). It will need ten times the amount to balance out each negative. This seems a big cost and an effort.

Our Gospels remind us that this is what we need to do. Jesus led the way by example. Everywhere he went Jesus met a lot of negativity, hostility and resistance. He responded with love, kindness, positivity, healing, forgiveness, encouragement, gratitude, built peace bridges, inspired new beginnings and so much more. It made an amazing difference. People felt renewed, energised and ready to start again.

But Jesus never did it exclusively on his own. He encouraged others to do the same. We need to start harnessing those positives. It might help if you get a sheet of paper and start writing them down. If this seems a difficult task right now just get a small piece of paper and write down one or two. That is a good start. You need to do it, I need to do it, in fact we all need to do it. As you do it you will also sense somewhere that God is actually in this too.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Oct-20
Thought For The Week

'One of the most enlightening moments on my spirtual journey is that I do not have to be perfect to have God's love. All I have to do is accept it, stay in touch and believe God is journeying with me as the incomplete person I am.' ~Siobhan Murphy

I was reading a lovely article by Siobhan Murphy during the week called 'Finding God in all things'. She said she was sitting in a coffee shop one morning feeling that life was a burden. She decided to start writing down the worries that were weighing her down. On the other side of the page she wrote down all the things that were going well and smoothly in her life. After that short exercise she described how she suddenly felt much better and her mood had lifted. Significantly Siobhan then wrote: "A sense of calm, peace and well being came over me and I thought 'God is in this."

The experts tell us that you need ten positives to counteract one negative. This gives us food for thought. Negativity is clearly heavy, limiting and is a heavy drain on energy levels. To balance this out we need lots of love, positives, kindness and TLC (tender loving care). It will need ten times the amount to balance out each negative. This seems a big cost and an effort.

Our Gospels remind us that this is what we need to do. Jesus led the way by example. Everywhere he went Jesus met a lot of negativity, hostility and resistance. He responded with love, kindness, positivity, healing, forgiveness, encouragement, gratitude, built peace bridges, inspired new beginnings and so much more. It made an amazing difference. People felt renewed, energised and ready to start again.

But Jesus never did it exclusively on his own. He encouraged others to do the same. We need to start harnessing those positives. It might help if you get a sheet of paper and start writing them down. If this seems a difficult task right now just get a small piece of paper and write down one or two. That is a good start. You need to do it, I need to do it, in fact we all need to do it. As you do it you will also sense somewhere that God is actually in this too.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Oct-19
Thought For The Week

'One of the most enlightening moments on my spirtual journey is that I do not have to be perfect to have God's love. All I have to do is accept it, stay in touch and believe God is journeying with me as the incomplete person I am.' ~Siobhan Murphy

I was reading a lovely article by Siobhan Murphy during the week called 'Finding God in all things'. She said she was sitting in a coffee shop one morning feeling that life was a burden. She decided to start writing down the worries that were weighing her down. On the other side of the page she wrote down all the things that were going well and smoothly in her life. After that short exercise she described how she suddenly felt much better and her mood had lifted. Significantly Siobhan then wrote: "A sense of calm, peace and well being came over me and I thought 'God is in this."

The experts tell us that you need ten positives to counteract one negative. This gives us food for thought. Negativity is clearly heavy, limiting and is a heavy drain on energy levels. To balance this out we need lots of love, positives, kindness and TLC (tender loving care). It will need ten times the amount to balance out each negative. This seems a big cost and an effort.

Our Gospels remind us that this is what we need to do. Jesus led the way by example. Everywhere he went Jesus met a lot of negativity, hostility and resistance. He responded with love, kindness, positivity, healing, forgiveness, encouragement, gratitude, built peace bridges, inspired new beginnings and so much more. It made an amazing difference. People felt renewed, energised and ready to start again.

But Jesus never did it exclusively on his own. He encouraged others to do the same. We need to start harnessing those positives. It might help if you get a sheet of paper and start writing them down. If this seems a difficult task right now just get a small piece of paper and write down one or two. That is a good start. You need to do it, I need to do it, in fact we all need to do it. As you do it you will also sense somewhere that God is actually in this too.
 
 
 
  Monday
Oct-18
Thought For The Week

'One of the most enlightening moments on my spirtual journey is that I do not have to be perfect to have God's love. All I have to do is accept it, stay in touch and believe God is journeying with me as the incomplete person I am.' ~Siobhan Murphy

I was reading a lovely article by Siobhan Murphy during the week called 'Finding God in all things'. She said she was sitting in a coffee shop one morning feeling that life was a burden. She decided to start writing down the worries that were weighing her down. On the other side of the page she wrote down all the things that were going well and smoothly in her life. After that short exercise she described how she suddenly felt much better and her mood had lifted. Significantly Siobhan then wrote: "A sense of calm, peace and well being came over me and I thought 'God is in this."

The experts tell us that you need ten positives to counteract one negative. This gives us food for thought. Negativity is clearly heavy, limiting and is a heavy drain on energy levels. To balance this out we need lots of love, positives, kindness and TLC (tender loving care). It will need ten times the amount to balance out each negative. This seems a big cost and an effort.

Our Gospels remind us that this is what we need to do. Jesus led the way by example. Everywhere he went Jesus met a lot of negativity, hostility and resistance. He responded with love, kindness, positivity, healing, forgiveness, encouragement, gratitude, built peace bridges, inspired new beginnings and so much more. It made an amazing difference. People felt renewed, energised and ready to start again.

But Jesus never did it exclusively on his own. He encouraged others to do the same. We need to start harnessing those positives. It might help if you get a sheet of paper and start writing them down. If this seems a difficult task right now just get a small piece of paper and write down one or two. That is a good start. You need to do it, I need to do it, in fact we all need to do it. As you do it you will also sense somewhere that God is actually in this too.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Oct-17
'Every day cannot be a feast of lanterns.' ~Chinese Proverb

We sometimes may feel that life is boring and that everything is too predictable and routine. Maybe different aspects of our lives that were full of energy, now feel as if they're gone stale. We begin to whisper to ourselves, "I'm missing something", "There's more to life than this." So we begin to push the boundaries out and this can be a very good thing to do.

But sometimes we begin to push out unhealthy boundaries. To compensate for boredom we try and have it all. But life doesn't work like that and if it does, it catches up on us very quickly. No one can ever have it all and that's why routine in our lives can be a good and healthy thing. It may not always be good looking or attractive but at least it brings some stability into our lives. The moment we're restless and feel we're missing out, is always a good time to take stock and just realize how lucky we actually are.

There is a lovely line in Psalm 89: "In the morning fill us with your love, Give us joy to balance our affliction." The psalms are always open and honest. There is never any hiding of emotions or difficulties. The writer uses the word affliction which means pain and suffering. Clearly life was difficult and challenging. Yet the writer of the psalm prays for balance knowing that joy, happiness and some good days would return too. We know every day cannot be a feast of lanterns and we long for balance in our lives. We do our best to find that balance in life, we pray that we will find that healthy balance in our lives and sometimes we must make some change for balance to happen.
 
 
 
  Friday
Oct-15
'Every day cannot be a feast of lanterns.' ~Chinese Proverb

We sometimes may feel that life is boring and that everything is too predictable and routine. Maybe different aspects of our lives that were full of energy, now feel as if they're gone stale. We begin to whisper to ourselves, "I'm missing something", "There's more to life than this." So we begin to push the boundaries out and this can be a very good thing to do.

But sometimes we begin to push out unhealthy boundaries. To compensate for boredom we try and have it all. But life doesn't work like that and if it does, it catches up on us very quickly. No one can ever have it all and that's why routine in our lives can be a good and healthy thing. It may not always be good looking or attractive but at least it brings some stability into our lives. The moment we're restless and feel we're missing out, is always a good time to take stock and just realize how lucky we actually are.

There is a lovely line in Psalm 89: "In the morning fill us with your love, Give us joy to balance our affliction." The psalms are always open and honest. There is never any hiding of emotions or difficulties. The writer uses the word affliction which means pain and suffering. Clearly life was difficult and challenging. Yet the writer of the psalm prays for balance knowing that joy, happiness and some good days would return too. We know every day cannot be a feast of lanterns and we long for balance in our lives. We do our best to find that balance in life, we pray that we will find that healthy balance in our lives and sometimes we must make some change for balance to happen.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Oct-14
'Every day cannot be a feast of lanterns.' ~Chinese Proverb

We sometimes may feel that life is boring and that everything is too predictable and routine. Maybe different aspects of our lives that were full of energy, now feel as if they're gone stale. We begin to whisper to ourselves, "I'm missing something", "There's more to life than this." So we begin to push the boundaries out and this can be a very good thing to do.

But sometimes we begin to push out unhealthy boundaries. To compensate for boredom we try and have it all. But life doesn't work like that and if it does, it catches up on us very quickly. No one can ever have it all and that's why routine in our lives can be a good and healthy thing. It may not always be good looking or attractive but at least it brings some stability into our lives. The moment we're restless and feel we're missing out, is always a good time to take stock and just realize how lucky we actually are.

There is a lovely line in Psalm 89: "In the morning fill us with your love, Give us joy to balance our affliction." The psalms are always open and honest. There is never any hiding of emotions or difficulties. The writer uses the word affliction which means pain and suffering. Clearly life was difficult and challenging. Yet the writer of the psalm prays for balance knowing that joy, happiness and some good days would return too. We know every day cannot be a feast of lanterns and we long for balance in our lives. We do our best to find that balance in life, we pray that we will find that healthy balance in our lives and sometimes we must make some change for balance to happen.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Oct-13
'Every day cannot be a feast of lanterns.' ~Chinese Proverb

We sometimes may feel that life is boring and that everything is too predictable and routine. Maybe different aspects of our lives that were full of energy, now feel as if they're gone stale. We begin to whisper to ourselves, "I'm missing something", "There's more to life than this." So we begin to push the boundaries out and this can be a very good thing to do.

But sometimes we begin to push out unhealthy boundaries. To compensate for boredom we try and have it all. But life doesn't work like that and if it does, it catches up on us very quickly. No one can ever have it all and that's why routine in our lives can be a good and healthy thing. It may not always be good looking or attractive but at least it brings some stability into our lives. The moment we're restless and feel we're missing out, is always a good time to take stock and just realize how lucky we actually are.

There is a lovely line in Psalm 89: "In the morning fill us with your love, Give us joy to balance our affliction." The psalms are always open and honest. There is never any hiding of emotions or difficulties. The writer uses the word affliction which means pain and suffering. Clearly life was difficult and challenging. Yet the writer of the psalm prays for balance knowing that joy, happiness and some good days would return too. We know every day cannot be a feast of lanterns and we long for balance in our lives. We do our best to find that balance in life, we pray that we will find that healthy balance in our lives and sometimes we must make some change for balance to happen.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Oct-12
'Every day cannot be a feast of lanterns.' ~Chinese Proverb

We sometimes may feel that life is boring and that everything is too predictable and routine. Maybe different aspects of our lives that were full of energy, now feel as if they're gone stale. We begin to whisper to ourselves, "I'm missing something", "There's more to life than this." So we begin to push the boundaries out and this can be a very good thing to do.

But sometimes we begin to push out unhealthy boundaries. To compensate for boredom we try and have it all. But life doesn't work like that and if it does, it catches up on us very quickly. No one can ever have it all and that's why routine in our lives can be a good and healthy thing. It may not always be good looking or attractive but at least it brings some stability into our lives. The moment we're restless and feel we're missing out, is always a good time to take stock and just realize how lucky we actually are.

There is a lovely line in Psalm 89: "In the morning fill us with your love, Give us joy to balance our affliction." The psalms are always open and honest. There is never any hiding of emotions or difficulties. The writer uses the word affliction which means pain and suffering. Clearly life was difficult and challenging. Yet the writer of the psalm prays for balance knowing that joy, happiness and some good days would return too. We know every day cannot be a feast of lanterns and we long for balance in our lives. We do our best to find that balance in life, we pray that we will find that healthy balance in our lives and sometimes we must make some change for balance to happen.
 
 
 
  Monday
Oct-11
'Every day cannot be a feast of lanterns.' ~Chinese Proverb

We sometimes may feel that life is boring and that everything is too predictable and routine. Maybe different aspects of our lives that were full of energy, now feel as if they're gone stale. We begin to whisper to ourselves, "I'm missing something", "There's more to life than this." So we begin to push the boundaries out and this can be a very good thing to do.

But sometimes we begin to push out unhealthy boundaries. To compensate for boredom we try and have it all. But life doesn't work like that and if it does, it catches up on us very quickly. No one can ever have it all and that's why routine in our lives can be a good and healthy thing. It may not always be good looking or attractive but at least it brings some stability into our lives. The moment we're restless and feel we're missing out, is always a good time to take stock and just realize how lucky we actually are.

There is a lovely line in Psalm 89: "In the morning fill us with your love, Give us joy to balance our affliction." The psalms are always open and honest. There is never any hiding of emotions or difficulties. The writer uses the word affliction which means pain and suffering. Clearly life was difficult and challenging. Yet the writer of the psalm prays for balance knowing that joy, happiness and some good days would return too. We know every day cannot be a feast of lanterns and we long for balance in our lives. We do our best to find that balance in life, we pray that we will find that healthy balance in our lives and sometimes we must make some change for balance to happen.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Oct-10
'Angels have a hidden agenda - love.' ~Author Unknown

As a child we were reminded about our guardian angel watching over and protecting us. It was comforting and consoling to know that we had someone special looking after us. But our guardian angel journeys with us every step of our life's journey and not just our childhood.

A guardian angel isn't fantasy or some form of magic. We all have one and only one. We cannot sell it and we cannot share it with anyone. The relationship between our guardian angel and ourselves is uniquely personal and special. Some immediately dismiss the notion of a guardian angel as total nonsense and made-up fantasy. But there is a huge swell of believers including myself who have great devotion to our guardian angel.

Our scriptures have also many references to angels. They are real, active and can best be beautifully described as God's protective love very near and close to us. They will never force us to do anything. We are always free to make our choices. As our silent and trustworthy advisor, our angel stays by our side and encourages us to be a person of light and love. In a world where there is often so much uncertainty, divisions and fear, it is good to know that God's protective love is near and close to us constantly.

Last weekend (Oct 2nd) was their feast day and it was a celebration of your guardian angel. A fitting prayer each 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-07
'Angels have a hidden agenda - love.' ~Author Unknown

As a child we were reminded about our guardian angel watching over and protecting us. It was comforting and consoling to know that we had someone special looking after us. But our guardian angel journeys with us every step of our life's journey and not just our childhood.

A guardian angel isn't fantasy or some form of magic. We all have one and only one. We cannot sell it and we cannot share it with anyone. The relationship between our guardian angel and ourselves is uniquely personal and special. Some immediately dismiss the notion of a guardian angel as total nonsense and made-up fantasy. But there is a huge swell of believers including myself who have great devotion to our guardian angel.

Our scriptures have also many references to angels. They are real, active and can best be beautifully described as God's protective love very near and close to us. They will never force us to do anything. We are always free to make our choices. As our silent and trustworthy advisor, our angel stays by our side and encourages us to be a person of light and love. In a world where there is often so much uncertainty, divisions and fear, it is good to know that God's protective love is near and close to us constantly.

Last weekend (Oct 2nd) was their feast day and it was a celebration of your guardian angel. A fitting prayer each 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"
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Oct-05
'Angels have a hidden agenda - love.' ~Author Unknown

As a child we were reminded about our guardian angel watching over and protecting us. It was comforting and consoling to know that we had someone special looking after us. But our guardian angel journeys with us every step of our life's journey and not just our childhood.

A guardian angel isn't fantasy or some form of magic. We all have one and only one. We cannot sell it and we cannot share it with anyone. The relationship between our guardian angel and ourselves is uniquely personal and special. Some immediately dismiss the notion of a guardian angel as total nonsense and made-up fantasy. But there is a huge swell of believers including myself who have great devotion to our guardian angel.

Our scriptures have also many references to angels. They are real, active and can best be beautifully described as God's protective love very near and close to us. They will never force us to do anything. We are always free to make our choices. As our silent and trustworthy advisor, our angel stays by our side and encourages us to be a person of light and love. In a world where there is often so much uncertainty, divisions and fear, it is good to know that God's protective love is near and close to us constantly.

Last weekend (Oct 2nd) was their feast day and it was a celebration of your guardian angel. A fitting prayer each 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"
 
 
 
  Monday
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.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Oct-03
'Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is injury, pardon. Where there is doubt, faith. Where there is despair, hope. Where there is darkness, light and where there is sadness, joy.' ~St.Francis Of Assisi

Today (Oct 4th) is the feast of St.Francis and 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-02
(Oct 1st) was the feast day 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.

Her message has great relevance for the world we live in today. The need to focus on quality rather than drifting aimlessly through hype and sensationalism is important. The good news is that there is so much quality to be found in the small and ordinary moments of our everyday lives. The feast day of St Therese reminds us to celebrate our quality moments. We don't have to live up to the many shallow moments that the world sometimes encourages us to follow. We need to be proud of our quality and to know that no other person has the unique qualities that you have.
 
 

 

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