“Take the plank out of your own eye first”

I’ve been spending a lot of time reflecting on the outcome of Brexit but not necessarily from a ‘political’ point of view.  For me, the under-belly of this narrative is a cohort of working-class people – the disenfranchised, finding a voice having being ignored for so long.  I’m not clear if the outcome attained was []
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Transformative ‘No’

There’s a wonderful poem by Rumi called “The Howling Necessity” where the protagonist is asked: “Why did you stop praising?” “Because I’ve never heard anything back”. “This longing you express is the return message”. “Listen to the moan of a dog for its master. That whining is the connection”. Throughout the various quests in my []
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“YES” as Transformation

In preparing for this blog, I was reflecting on the importance of saying “Yes”. In my reflections I recognised that to make transformation a reality continually lived, was contingent on my ‘Yes’ to life itself and ‘Yes’ to using my innate gifts and talents. In so doing, I could then trust that I was co-creating []
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What do Good Friday & the Resurrection mean to me?

During the Easter Holidays, a Muslim acquaintance asked me the above question – the following is an attempt to answer this question succinctly – not an easy task for one subject to bursts of enthusiasm. For me, Good Friday is the time to reflect on: the suffering of Jesus with respect to the dance between []
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A Hidden Wholeness

I recently listened to a wonderful talk given by Jean Vanier (founder of L’Arche Communities) on “Entering into Silent Prayer” – when asking this young woman how she prayed, she replied: “I wait!” Jean Vanier goes on to say: “The whole of scripture is ‘to wait’ ending with the “Spirit and the Bride saying ‘Come, []
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A Dedication To Family Carers

Family carers are those who care for a family member with a long-term illness of one description or another whether it be a neurological condition, mental health or caring for elderly parents, or those terminally ill etc. – the list goes on. As a result of these caring roles, family carers can experience social isolation, []
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The Universal Christ

I spent the weekend of the Ignite picnic on a two-day silent retreat in the beautiful setting of Stella Maris on Howth Head looking over at Wicklow. The view, putting me in mind of Psalm 8:3 “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set []
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Vocation – A Call to Mission

I’ve never written a blog before so instead of feeling intimidated by the task, I’m simply going to share with you what’s been on my mind of late especially around the question of vocation. This interest in ‘vocation’ has come about mainly by my own struggles between where I am now and where my spirit []
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