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Monday, 18th July 2016


Susie Keegan


‌‌Maybe the fact that November is the month for remembering the dead has a natural source because now the earth is starting to curl up and go to sleep for the winter. The first frost usually comes and the last of the flowers burn up and die. 

Spring and summer are seasons of activity, and in autumn we begin to slow down, but winter is the season of rest.  When we slow down, our inner creativity blossoms and the long winter evenings is the time for hobbies that give pleasure. 

November, the month of the Holy Souls is the doorway into that season, and maybe in remembering them we will realise that sometimes we need to step aside from the stampede of life.    

(Alice Taylor)


Joy ...



Thought for the Day


You brought harmony where there was conflict.
You brought light to the darkness.
You brought hope to the downcast.
May the mantle of your peace
cover those who are troubled and anxious,
and may peace be firmly rooted in our hearts and in our world.
Inspire us to act justly and to reverence all God has made.
Brigid you were a voice for the wounded and the weary.
Strengthen what is weak within us.
Calm us into a quietness that heals and listens.
May we grow each day into greater
wholeness in mind, body and spirit.




Fionnuala Walsh


The Harvest

At this time of year, as the summer draws to a close, we often speak of the harvest. It is a time of gathering in the fruits of the abundant growth of summer, a time of celebrating all that the earth has produced, and the hard work involved in “bringing in” the crop.

The harvest can also hold another meaning for us. For those of us who have had some time away from work, or studies, over the summer, there can be opportunity, as we return, to reflect on the experience of the summer and to gather in the fruits of that time away. The time of rest and renewal, time spent holidaying at home or abroad, time with family and friends, all has an impact on us, and can be a source of renewed energy and enthusiasm for what lies ahead. It is good to take a moment to appreciate the life-giving times spent over the summer, re-connect with those experiences, and to bring that new life with us to strengthen and nourish us in the weeks and months ahead.




Start where you are

"Start where you are

Deepen what you already have

Realise that you are already there"

- Thomas Merton.



A New Environment

Refugees walking on train tracks


The only thing necessary for the‌‌ triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

Edmund Burke




It's very easy to get overwhelmed by a new chapter in our lives.  We often see the start line and, on the horizon, the finish line and forget that there are many steps in between. Don't set yourself up for a fall; take the time to enjoy the journey because there is so much to see and the picture will most probably look better and bigger when you get to the end line.  Plus, you will appreciate it so much more. Perseverance produces character which then produces hope.  

Romans 5.




Look up

When things seem dark, overwhelming, hard.  When all you want to do is take a deep breath ... look up.  Look up and see the sky, see what's up there and allow yourself to take that breath and take in the view.  It's a different perspective and it can help when you need to continue and look ahead again.



Roger had been through a lot. He had open-heart surgery to repair a leaky valve. Then, within just a couple of weeks, doctors had to perform the surgery again because of complications. He had just begun to heal with physical therapy when he had a biking accident and broke his collarbone. Added to this, Roger also experienced the heartbreak of losing his mother during this time. He became very discouraged. When a friend asked him if he had seen God at work in any small ways, he confessed that he really didn’t feel he had.

I appreciate Roger’s honesty. Feelings of discouragement or doubt are part of my life too. In Romans, the apostle Paul says, “We can rejoice . . . when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation” (5:3-4nlt). But that doesn’t mean we always feel the joy. We may just need someone to sit down and listen to us pour out our hearts to them, and to talk with God. Sometimes it takes looking back on the situation before we see how our faith has grown during trials and doubts.

Knowing that God wants to use our difficulties to strengthen our faith can help us to trust His good heart for us.


Culture Night

“Culture is not the icing on the cake.   Culture is not playing a music cd after cleaning the house. Culture is playing a music cd while cleaning the house.   Culture is the leaven which causes life to rise and soar”  
Mary McAleese
Enjoy Culture Night 2017 on Friday, 22nd of September – May your spirit soar!

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