“And it makes me Wonder….” Stairway to Heaven

I officiated at my first civil funeral of an elderly lady which caused me to do a lot of thinking. These reflections were utterly reframed after hearing a wonderful teaching I stumbled upon by Richard Rohr on YouTube, which was based on Franciscan mysticism https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NtUaos9Nus.  In keeping with all grace-filled coincidences, Fiona and Matthew’s own []
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“And Stillness the Dancing”

On Sunday 27th May, I was all set to go to Ignite in Blackrock, followed by lunch with my dear friend Grace.  However, I seemed to be faffing around rather than getting ready.  Eventually, I succumbed to my inner voice to do my prayer-time before leaving. I opened my Jesus Calling and read the page []
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The Resurrection

As we are in the season of Easter and the mystery of the Resurrection, I couldn’t but write on this theme. Marion Smith gave us a wonderful reflection during lent and outlined the various critical questions to think over, including Jesus’ sojourn into the wilderness. Having given this much thought, I also reflected on the []
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Hidden Treasure

The “Hidden Treasure” (Matthew 44) hidden in “Some seeds…” Mark 4  Last Christmas my brother Paul gave me a present of a large ceramic flower pot, covered in stones with an imperative to “water regularly”, which I obediently did.  In early spring, I noticed the stones seemed disturbed, followed by crater-like clay bursting through the []
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‘I have come that you may have life, and have it to the full’

This is a difficult blog to write due to word-count limitation! It is a blog book-ended with coming to terms with compulsory redundancy and the passing of Liam while my family and I celebrated the great joy of new beginnings starting with a wedding, an engagement and then the arrival of Sorcha Keegan, five-week premature. []
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What is Spiritual Guidance?

It occurred to me when preparing to write this blog to tell you about spiritual guidance and what it means.  To do so, I need to give you a very brief overview of its history. Spiritual guidance has several titles such as: “Spiritual Direction”; “Spiritual Accompaniment” or Anam Cara (Soul friend, in Irish). It has []
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Who do you want to become for 2018?

Welcoming in the New Year is full of resolutions, lasting perhaps a week or at most a month.  It can also be a time for more serious goal-setting with statements such as: “I’ve decided to go back to back to college” or “I’ve decided to change jobs” etc.  Whether it be resolutions or specific goals []
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An Epiphany – A Tale Of Three Parts

Part 1 At the last ‘Open Mic’, I shared about a family I had the privilege of meeting during the course of my work in one of our Food Banks.  I shared prematurely because I hadn’t fully unpacked the impact this encounter had had on my heart –  in fact it took another two weeks []
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A Reflection on the “Word” and the Trinity

I was reading a text book by Paulo Freire called: Pedagogy of the Oppressed which was once core reading back in the day when I was studying Community Development and Education.  This time around, I suddenly found myself reading it in the light of Scripture and then the text blew me away. I will do []
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“I AM THE ‘WAY’…

These past few weeks have been an incredible journey of awe, gratitude, adventure and the Lord’s companionship. I started a new Masters in Applied Spirituality in Milltown, followed by my first sliver of a walk on the Camino, deliberately ‘solo mio’ as they say. One of the tasks given to us students after our intensive []
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