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  Wednesday
Apr-26
Thought For The Week

'See, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands. You are continually before me.' ~Isaiah 49:16

There are many holy wells to be found throughout Ireland. One that has frequent visitors is the well of St Gobnait at Ballyvourney in Co.Cork . It is a place of quiet reflection that bubbles with the gentle presence of God. Many do the rounds, by walking and praying. There are rocks everywhere with deep imprints of crosses as people rub the imprint with a sharp stone. It is a quiet ritual that touches something deep within.

We are told that each of us is carved upon the hands of God. It means that everything we do matters to God. God has chosen us, we are loved, special and unique. God will never forget any of us. We will always be in God's tender loving care. Even when life throws everything at us, God will never do so. We will be helped to find balance and calm through everything we have to face each day. Anne Costa puts it so well when she says that with a whisper, God can make us whole. We may be off balance today for different reasons but we pray to God to help us to be open to those whispers of God's gentle presence all around us. Easter is a reminder of these many whispers
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Apr-25
Thought For The Week

'See, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands. You are continually before me.' ~Isaiah 49:16

There are many holy wells to be found throughout Ireland. One that has frequent visitors is the well of St Gobnait at Ballyvourney in Co.Cork . It is a place of quiet reflection that bubbles with the gentle presence of God. Many do the rounds, by walking and praying. There are rocks everywhere with deep imprints of crosses as people rub the imprint with a sharp stone. It is a quiet ritual that touches something deep within.

We are told that each of us is carved upon the hands of God. It means that everything we do matters to God. God has chosen us, we are loved, special and unique. God will never forget any of us. We will always be in God's tender loving care. Even when life throws everything at us, God will never do so. We will be helped to find balance and calm through everything we have to face each day. Anne Costa puts it so well when she says that with a whisper, God can make us whole. We may be off balance today for different reasons but we pray to God to help us to be open to those whispers of God's gentle presence all around us. Easter is a reminder of these many whispers
 
 
 
  Monday
Apr-24
'See, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands. You are continually before me.' ~Isaiah 49:16

There are many holy wells to be found throughout Ireland. One that has frequent visitors is the well of St Gobnait at Ballyvourney in Co.Cork . It is a place of quiet reflection that bubbles with the gentle presence of God. Many do the rounds, by walking and praying. There are rocks everywhere with deep imprints of crosses as people rub the imprint with a sharp stone. It is a quiet ritual that touches something deep within.

We are told that each of us is carved upon the hands of God. It means that everything we do matters to God. God has chosen us, we are loved, special and unique. God will never forget any of us. We will always be in God's tender loving care. Even when life throws everything at us, God will never do so. We will be helped to find balance and calm through everything we have to face each day. Anne Costa puts it so well when she says that with a whisper, God can make us whole. We may be off balance today for different reasons but we pray to God to help us to be open to those whispers of God's gentle presence all around us. Easter is a reminder of these many whispers
 
 
 
  Sunday
Apr-23
'People are like stained glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is shining but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.' ~Elizabeth Kuble-Ross

Easter is a celebration of hope and letting the light in. This is the Easter story. The resurrection of Jesus will shatter the darkness. It has no escape. Easter is all about a great sense of hope, new beginnings and a new journey. If the story of Jesus had ended in the tomb it really would have been the end. There would have been no point continuing. The energy and momentum of his life would have been gone forever. But what happened on Holy Saturday night changed this forever. We say ''Jesus is risen' rather than 'Jesus has risen'. There is an important distinction here. In saying that Jesus is risen means he is still with us, still present in our world and is still present in our lives. Every day when we share love, nurture it, encourage it, celebrate it, embrace it and welcome love we are living the Easter message.

No wonder Easter is much more than a one day event. We are Easter people and without the light of the Resurrection we have nothing to hold onto. Life has little meaning without it. This Easter we are invited to be open to the light of Christ in our lives. If we return to the image of stained glass window, it is about recognising the light you have within. So often we take it for granted, ignore it or pretend others have it so much better. But our light is so precious. Allow it to be rekindled and energised this Easter. Wishing you a Happy Easter.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Apr-16
 
 
 
  Saturday
Apr-15
'People are like stained glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is shining but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.' ~Elizabeth Kuble-Ross

Today Holy Saturday is a day of waiting. You could call it the ''in between day''. It would seem that darkness has dominated with light seemingly left behind. The fallout from Good Friday is massive. The disciples have fled. There is total grief, shock, dismay. Everything seems to have collapsed with the death of Jesus. Nothing makes sense. Darkness has truly taken over. We can all recall days when nothing went right for us. It felt as if we were plunged into darkness, almost outside of our control. Then sometimes we have to wait in darkness and wait in the middle of our struggles. Waiting is never easy and it is something we are not comfortable with.

Easter is a celebration of hope and letting the light in. This is the Easter story. The resurrection of Jesus will shatter the darkness. It has no escape. Easter is all about a great sense of hope, new beginnings and a new journey. If the story of Jesus had ended in the tomb it really would have been the end. There would have been no point continuing. The energy and momentum of his life would have been gone forever. But what happened on Holy Saturday night changed this forever. We say ''Jesus is risen' rather than 'Jesus has risen'. There is an important distinction here. In saying that Jesus is risen means he is still with us, still present in our world and is still present in our lives. Every day when we share love, nurture it, encourage it, celebrate it, embrace it and welcome love we are living the Easter message.

No wonder Easter is much more than a one day event. We are Easter people and without the light of the Resurrection we have nothing to hold onto. Life has little meaning without it. This Easter we are invited to be open to the light of Christ in our lives. If we return to the image of stained glass window, it is about recognising the light you have within. So often we take it for granted, ignore it or pretend others have it so much better. But our light is so precious. Allow it to be rekindled and energised this Easter. Wishing you a Happy Easter.
 
 
 
  Friday
Apr-14
'The rose transmits its scent without a movement. I have a definite feeling that if you want us to experience the aroma of Christianity you must copy the rose. It irresistibly draws people to itself and the scent remains with them. A rose does not preach, it simply spreads its fragrance.' ~Mahatma Gandhi

Today is Good Friday and the rose is so symbolic of the cross. The cross is the most recognised symbol in the world. It draws you in and particularly the reason behind the cross and God's love for us. Every difficulty, worry, suffering, pain, loss, disappointment or darkness in our lives can be found on the cross at Calvary. The following prayer puts it all in perspective: I bow down before you as I see you on your cross. Held down by cruel nails, I see your arms stretched out, seeking to embrace the whole world, seeking to embrace me, seeking to love, seeking to forgive, seeking to make whole. Help me to know that because your love for me was so great, I too must love myself. I must recognise my great worth to you and that because of the cross you are with me in all the ups and downs of my life but particularly during those dark moments when little seems to makes sense.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Apr-13
'To lift up the hands in prayer gives God glory, but a man with a dung-fork in his hands, a woman with a slop basin give him glory too. God is so great that all things give glory to God if you mean they should.' ~Gerard Manley Hopkins

Hopkins (1844-1889) was considered an early modern poet ahead of his time. His poetry is notable for his use of sprung rhythm and intricate use of language and rhyme. He was also a Jesuit priest and was very much in touch with the presence of God in everything around him. We may have beautiful churches, cathedrals and places of worship. Many find it easier to make a connection with God when they gather to pray in such places. But this is never exclusive or the best way or the only way. Gerard Manley Hopkins felt that we can connect with God no matter who we are, wherever we are and whenever we want. If this means it is in the middle of a dirty job or maybe not the nicest job in the world then so be it. God doesn't mind. It is we who have created the obstacles and the barriers.

Today is a good day to know that we can find God whenever and wherever we want. God is most certainly not into perfection or a perfect prayer. It is good to start where you are and with what you are doing. Throughout this coming Holy Week we will be reminded of the incredible love that God has for each of us. Holy Week is a good time to get a sense of this love. It is foundation on which many of our lives depend. Sometimes we take it for granted but not so this week.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Apr-12
'To lift up the hands in prayer gives God glory, but a man with a dung-fork in his hands, a woman with a slop basin give him glory too. God is so great that all things give glory to God if you mean they should.' ~Gerard Manley Hopkins

Hopkins (1844-1889) was considered an early modern poet ahead of his time. His poetry is notable for his use of sprung rhythm and intricate use of language and rhyme. He was also a Jesuit priest and was very much in touch with the presence of God in everything around him. We may have beautiful churches, cathedrals and places of worship. Many find it easier to make a connection with God when they gather to pray in such places. But this is never exclusive or the best way or the only way. Gerard Manley Hopkins felt that we can connect with God no matter who we are, wherever we are and whenever we want. If this means it is in the middle of a dirty job or maybe not the nicest job in the world then so be it. God doesn't mind. It is we who have created the obstacles and the barriers.

Today is a good day to know that we can find God whenever and wherever we want. God is most certainly not into perfection or a perfect prayer. It is good to start where you are and with what you are doing. Throughout this coming Holy Week we will be reminded of the incredible love that God has for each of us. Holy Week is a good time to get a sense of this love. It is foundation on which many of our lives depend. Sometimes we take it for granted but not so this week.
 
 
 
  Tuesday
Apr-11
'To lift up the hands in prayer gives God glory, but a man with a dung-fork in his hands, a woman with a slop basin give him glory too. God is so great that all things give glory to God if you mean they should.' ~Gerard Manley Hopkins

Hopkins (1844-1889) was considered an early modern poet ahead of his time. His poetry is notable for his use of sprung rhythm and intricate use of language and rhyme. He was also a Jesuit priest and was very much in touch with the presence of God in everything around him. We may have beautiful churches, cathedrals and places of worship. Many find it easier to make a connection with God when they gather to pray in such places. But this is never exclusive or the best way or the only way. Gerard Manley Hopkins felt that we can connect with God no matter who we are, wherever we are and whenever we want. If this means it is in the middle of a dirty job or maybe not the nicest job in the world then so be it. God doesn't mind. It is we who have created the obstacles and the barriers.

Today is a good day to know that we can find God whenever and wherever we want. God is most certainly not into perfection or a perfect prayer. It is good to start where you are and with what you are doing. Throughout this coming Holy Week we will be reminded of the incredible love that God has for each of us. Holy Week is a good time to get a sense of this love. It is foundation on which many of our lives depend. Sometimes we take it for granted but not so this week.
 
 
 
  Monday
Apr-10
'To lift up the hands in prayer gives God glory, but a man with a dung-fork in his hands, a woman with a slop basin give him glory too. God is so great that all things give glory to God if you mean they should.' ~Gerard Manley Hopkins

Hopkins (1844-1889) was considered an early modern poet ahead of his time. His poetry is notable for his use of sprung rhythm and intricate use of language and rhyme. He was also a Jesuit priest and was very much in touch with the presence of God in everything around him. We may have beautiful churches, cathedrals and places of worship. Many find it easier to make a connection with God when they gather to pray in such places. But this is never exclusive or the best way or the only way. Gerard Manley Hopkins felt that we can connect with God no matter who we are, wherever we are and whenever we want. If this means it is in the middle of a dirty job or maybe not the nicest job in the world then so be it. God doesn't mind. It is we who have created the obstacles and the barriers.

Today is a good day to know that we can find God whenever and wherever we want. God is most certainly not into perfection or a perfect prayer. It is good to start where you are and with what you are doing. Throughout this coming Holy Week we will be reminded of the incredible love that God has for each of us. Holy Week is a good time to get a sense of this love. It is foundation on which many of our lives depend. Sometimes we take it for granted but not so this week.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Apr-09
Humility is above all God's way: God humbles himself to walk with his people, to put up with their infidelity. This is clear when we read the Book of Exodus. How humiliating for the Lord to hear all that grumbling, all those complaints against Moses, but ultimately against him, their Father, who brought them out of slavery and was leading them on the journey through the desert to the land of freedom.

This week, Holy Week, which leads us to Easter, we will take this path of Jesus' own humiliation. Only in this way will this week be 'holy' for us too! ~Pope Francis

Look at Judas and watch him - fearfully betraying Jesus. Look at Jesus as his heart goes out to the weakness of his disciples. In all sorts of weakness in our lives, the love of God is triumphant. Let him be the strength in your weakness and sinfulness. Is Judas motivated by anger and disappointment? Had he a different vision of the messianic kingdom than Jesus? Did he resent that Jesus saw through him when he protested at the waste of Mary's costly ointment at the feast? One thing is clear: he refused to accept Jesus as he was. Like us, he didn't see that it is we, not God, who must change.

From Sacred Space for Lent 2017 Messenger Publications
 
 
 
  Saturday
Apr-08
Thought For The Week

'Before you speak, listen. Before you write, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you invest, investigate. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try. Before you retire, save. Before you die, give.' ~William Arthur Ward

We had April Fools' Day last weekend and it is sometimes called All Fools' Day. Every year it is celebrated on April 1st by playing practical jokes and spreading hoaxes. Newspapers and radio stations go with the flow as well and usually catch people out with some outrageous story. Everyone gets caught at some stage. I was in Lourdes one Easter and it happened to coincide with April 1st. The fact that it was April Fool's Day had not registered with me at all. The river Gave flows through Lourdes and I was told that every few years tidal surges can suddenly flow up through the river to create spectacular effects at the town weir. I was told that one was expected at lunchtime that day. So of course never to miss a photo opportunity I was in prime position looking across at the weir. Of course the tidal surge never happened and the penny dropped with me when I started asking myself why am I the only one trying to watch this? Yes indeed, everyone gets caught at some stage!

It might have been April Fool's Day last Saturday but there is no fooling about when we say that God's love for us is uniquely special. As believers it is the hinge on which we rest everything. Every action of love shared or received has the presence of God flowing through it. Everything is connected in some way. One action on its own is never in isolation and is always connected to something very close by. An obvious example is a smile and we know the difference it always makes. Any action done out of love and in love has immediate effect and is such a powerful force in our world. No wonder we hear so many times in scripture how God is love. When we build our lives on this foundation we are always in a good place. So before we jump headlong into whatever needs to be done next, the message is simple: slow down, think carefully about what really matters, avoid the stuff that does not energise you, be gentle with yourself and to know that everything you do matters a lot.
 
 
 
  Friday
Apr-07
Thought For The Week

'Before you speak, listen. Before you write, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you invest, investigate. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try. Before you retire, save. Before you die, give.' ~William Arthur Ward

We had April Fools' Day last weekend and it is sometimes called All Fools' Day. Every year it is celebrated on April 1st by playing practical jokes and spreading hoaxes. Newspapers and radio stations go with the flow as well and usually catch people out with some outrageous story. Everyone gets caught at some stage. I was in Lourdes one Easter and it happened to coincide with April 1st. The fact that it was April Fool's Day had not registered with me at all. The river Gave flows through Lourdes and I was told that every few years tidal surges can suddenly flow up through the river to create spectacular effects at the town weir. I was told that one was expected at lunchtime that day. So of course never to miss a photo opportunity I was in prime position looking across at the weir. Of course the tidal surge never happened and the penny dropped with me when I started asking myself why am I the only one trying to watch this? Yes indeed, everyone gets caught at some stage!

It might have been April Fool's Day last Saturday but there is no fooling about when we say that God's love for us is uniquely special. As believers it is the hinge on which we rest everything. Every action of love shared or received has the presence of God flowing through it. Everything is connected in some way. One action on its own is never in isolation and is always connected to something very close by. An obvious example is a smile and we know the difference it always makes. Any action done out of love and in love has immediate effect and is such a powerful force in our world. No wonder we hear so many times in scripture how God is love. When we build our lives on this foundation we are always in a good place. So before we jump headlong into whatever needs to be done next, the message is simple: slow down, think carefully about what really matters, avoid the stuff that does not energise you, be gentle with yourself and to know that everything you do matters a lot.
 
 
 
  Thursday
Apr-06
Thought For The Week

'Before you speak, listen. Before you write, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you invest, investigate. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try. Before you retire, save. Before you die, give.' ~William Arthur Ward

We had April Fools' Day this weekend and it is sometimes called All Fools' Day. Every year it is celebrated on April 1st by playing practical jokes and spreading hoaxes. Newspapers and radio stations go with the flow as well and usually catch people out with some outrageous story. Everyone gets caught at some stage. I was in Lourdes one Easter and it happened to coincide with April 1st. The fact that it was April Fool's Day had not registered with me at all. The river Gave flows through Lourdes and I was told that every few years tidal surges can suddenly flow up through the river to create spectacular effects at the town weir. I was told that one was expected at lunchtime that day. So of course never to miss a photo opportunity I was in prime position looking across at the weir. Of course the tidal surge never happened and the penny dropped with me when I started asking myself why am I the only one trying to watch this? Yes indeed, everyone gets caught at some stage!

It might have been April Fool's Day last Saturday but there is no fooling about when we say that God's love for us is uniquely special. As believers it is the hinge on which we rest everything. Every action of love shared or received has the presence of God flowing through it. Everything is connected in some way. One action on its own is never in isolation and is always connected to something very close by. An obvious example is a smile and we know the difference it always makes. Any action done out of love and in love has immediate effect and is such a powerful force in our world. No wonder we hear so many times in scripture how God is love. When we build our lives on this foundation we are always in a good place. So before we jump headlong into whatever needs to be done next, the message is simple: slow down, think carefully about what really matters, avoid the stuff that does not energise you, be gentle with yourself and to know that everything you do matters a lot.
 
 
 
  Wednesday
Apr-05
Thought For The Week

'Before you speak, listen. Before you write, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you invest, investigate. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try. Before you retire, save. Before you die, give.' ~William Arthur Ward

We had April Fools' Day this weekend and it is sometimes called All Fools' Day. Every year it is celebrated on April 1st by playing practical jokes and spreading hoaxes. Newspapers and radio stations go with the flow as well and usually catch people out with some outrageous story. Everyone gets caught at some stage. I was in Lourdes one Easter and it happened to coincide with April 1st. The fact that it was April Fool's Day had not registered with me at all. The river Gave flows through Lourdes and I was told that every few years tidal surges can suddenly flow up through the river to create spectacular effects at the town weir. I was told that one was expected at lunchtime that day. So of course never to miss a photo opportunity I was in prime position looking across at the weir. Of course the tidal surge never happened and the penny dropped with me when I started asking myself why am I the only one trying to watch this? Yes indeed, everyone gets caught at some stage!

It might have been April Fool's Day last Saturday but there is no fooling about when we say that God's love for us is uniquely special. As believers it is the hinge on which we rest everything. Every action of love shared or received has the presence of God flowing through it. Everything is connected in some way. One action on its own is never in isolation and is always connected to something very close by. An obvious example is a smile and we know the difference it always makes. Any action done out of love and in love has immediate effect and is such a powerful force in our world. No wonder we hear so many times in scripture how God is love. When we build our lives on this foundation we are always in a good place. So before we jump headlong into whatever needs to be done next, the message is simple: slow down, think carefully about what really matters, avoid the stuff that does not energise you, be gentle with yourself and to know that everything you do matters a lot.
 
 
 
  Monday
Apr-03
Thought For The Week

'Before you speak, listen. Before you write, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you invest, investigate. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try. Before you retire, save. Before you die, give.' ~William Arthur Ward

We had April Fools' Day this weekend and it is sometimes called All Fools' Day. Every year it is celebrated on April 1st by playing practical jokes and spreading hoaxes. Newspapers and radio stations go with the flow as well and usually catch people out with some outrageous story. Everyone gets caught at some stage. I was in Lourdes one Easter and it happened to coincide with April 1st. The fact that it was April Fool's Day had not registered with me at all. The river Gave flows through Lourdes and I was told that every few years tidal surges can suddenly flow up through the river to create spectacular effects at the town weir. I was told that one was expected at lunchtime that day. So of course never to miss a photo opportunity I was in prime position looking across at the weir. Of course the tidal surge never happened and the penny dropped with me when I started asking myself why am I the only one trying to watch this? Yes indeed, everyone gets caught at some stage!

It might have been April Fool's Day last Saturday but there is no fooling about when we say that God's love for us is uniquely special. As believers it is the hinge on which we rest everything. Every action of love shared or received has the presence of God flowing through it. Everything is connected in some way. One action on its own is never in isolation and is always connected to something very close by. An obvious example is a smile and we know the difference it always makes. Any action done out of love and in love has immediate effect and is such a powerful force in our world. No wonder we hear so many times in scripture how God is love. When we build our lives on this foundation we are always in a good place. So before we jump headlong into whatever needs to be done next, the message is simple: slow down, think carefully about what really matters, avoid the stuff that does not energise you, be gentle with yourself and to know that everything you do matters a lot.
 
 
 
  Sunday
Apr-02
Thought For Today is by Jane Mellett called 'Come Forth Lazarus'

In today's Gospel Jesus is surrounded by a culture of death. The disciples are afraid to go back to Bethany, the Jews want to stone Jesus to death, Mary and Martha are distraught over the death of their brother Lazarus, and Lazarus himself lies bound in the darkness of the tomb. It appears as if there is no hope. Jesus weeps for his friend and for those around him.

Yet, surrounded by a culture of violence and despair, Jesus gives hope, compassion, and resurrection to those in turmoil. It is easy to say that nothing can be done when we are faced with difficult situations in our own lives. Yet Jesus says 'Lazarus, come out' and to the people he says 'Unbind him, let him go.' It is a message for all of us to come away from a culture of death; to help unbind one another and to also allow ourselves to emerge from the tomb. We are called to take away the stone. Today's Gospel is a story of liberation. Jesus gives a new insight into the power of faith over death.

'Hope means to keep living amid desperation and to keep humming in the darkness. Hope is knowing that there is love, it is trust in tomorrow, it is falling asleep and waking to work when the sun rises. In the midst of a gale at sea, it is to discover land. In the eyes of another, it is to see understanding. As long as there is hope, there will also be prayer. And God will be holding you in his loving hands.' ~ Henri Nouwen


Thought 2

'Before you speak, listen. Before you write, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you invest, investigate. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try. Before you retire, save. Before you die, give.' ~William Arthur Ward

Yesterday was April Fools' Day and is sometimes called All Fools' Day. Every year it is celebrated on April 1st by playing practical jokes and spreading hoaxes. Newspapers and radio stations go with the flow as well and usually catch people out with some outrageous story. Everyone gets caught at some stage. I was in Lourdes one Easter and it happened to coincide with April 1st. The fact that it was April Fool's Day had not registered with me at all. The river Gave flows through Lourdes and I was told that every few years tidal surges can suddenly flow up through the river to create spectacular effects at the town weir. I was told that one was expected at lunchtime that day. So of course never to miss a photo opportunity I was in prime position looking across at the weir. Of course the tidal surge never happened and the penny dropped with me when I started asking myself why am I the only one trying to watch this? Yes indeed, everyone gets caught at some stage!

It might have been April Fool's Day yesterday but there is no fooling about when we say that God's love for us is uniquely special. As believers it is the hinge on which we rest everything. Every action of love shared or received has the presence of God flowing through it. Everything is connected in some way. One action on its own is never in isolation and is always connected to something very close by. An obvious example is a smile and we know the difference it always makes. Any action done out of love and in love has immediate effect and is such a powerful force in our world. No wonder we hear so many times in scripture how God is love. When we build our lives on this foundation we are always in a good place. So before we jump headlong into whatever needs to be done next, the message is simple: slow down, think carefully about what really matters, avoid the stuff that does not energise you, be gentle with yourself and to know that everything you do matters a lot.
 
 
 
  Saturday
Apr-01
'Before you speak, listen. Before you write, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you invest, investigate. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try. Before you retire, save. Before you die, give.' ~William Arthur Ward

Today is April Fools' Day and is sometimes called All Fools' Day. Every year it is celebrated on April 1st by playing practical jokes and spreading hoaxes. Newspapers and radio stations go with the flow as well and usually catch people out with some outrageous story. Everyone gets caught at some stage. I was in Lourdes one Easter and it happened to coincide with April 1st. The fact that it was April Fool's Day had not registered with me at all. The river Gave flows through Lourdes and I was told that every few years tidal surges can suddenly flow up through the river to create spectacular effects at the town weir. I was told that one was expected at lunchtime that day. So of course never to miss a photo opportunity I was in prime position looking across at the weir. Of course the tidal surge never happened and the penny dropped with me when I started asking myself why am I the only one trying to watch this? Yes indeed, everyone gets caught at some stage!

It may be April Fool's Day but there is no fooling about when we say that God's love for us is uniquely special. As believers it is the hinge on which we rest everything. Every action of love shared or received has the presence of God flowing through it. Everything is connected in some way. One action on its own is never in isolation and is always connected to something very close by. An obvious example is a smile and we know the difference it always makes. Any action done out of love and in love has immediate effect and is such a powerful force in our world. No wonder we hear so many times in scripture how God is love. When we build our lives on this foundation we are always in a good place. So before we jump headlong into whatever needs to be done next, the message is simple: slow down, think carefully about what really matters, avoid the stuff that does not energise you, be gentle with yourself and to know that everything you do matters a lot.
 
 

 

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