“May Christ inflame the desires of all people to break through the barriers which divide them, to strengthen the bonds of mutual love, to learn to understand one another, and to pardon those who have done them wrong.”
 (John XXIII, Pacem in Terris #171.)”


BUILT WITH BOLDGRID

  • Daily Mass Readings
    Available HERE 
  • Action
    Today connect with family, friends and/or neighbours while keeping apart. Chat on the phone or have a video gathering. Make a particular effort to reach out to someone who lives alone.  
  • Prayer
    Light a candle and place it near a front window in remembrance of all those who have experienced hardship during the pandemic and for all those who have lost their lives.Sit in silence for a moment and prayerfully watch or listen to the YouTube clip. Pray the Breastplate of St Patrick or listen to it on the link below.
    Breastplate of St Patrick Prayer
    I arise today 
    Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
    Through belief in the Threeness,
    Through confession of the Oneness
    of the Creator of creation.I arise today, through
    God’s strength to pilot me,
    God’s might to uphold me,
    God’s wisdom to guide me,
    God’s eye to look before me,
    God’s ear to hear me,
    God’s word to speak for me,
    God’s hand to guard me,
    God’s shield to protect me,
    God’s host to save me
    From snares of devils,
    From temptation of vices,
    From everyone who shall wish me ill,
    afar and near.Christ with me,
    Christ before me,
    Christ behind me,
    Christ in me,
    Christ beneath me,
    Christ above me,
    Christ on my right,
    Christ on my left,
    Christ when I lie down,
    Christ when I sit down,
    Christ when I arise,
    Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
    Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
    Christ in every eye that sees me,
    Christ in every ear that hears me.I arise today
    Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
    Through belief in the Threeness,
     

An Irish Blessing


In early 2020 I was looking forward to my first St Patrick’s day in Ireland. I was looking forward to the celebrations and merriment that I have often heard about. It was not meant to be, and again this year celebrations have been cancelled. Like the rest of the world, Ireland has had a challenging year – Lockdowns, restrictions, masks, illness, isolation, and even deaths.

But even in the darkness of the challenges, there has been light. In Ireland and all over the world people have shown great kindness and human connection; the connectedness of all humanity has been evident. People have come together to strengthen and support each other.

As the first lockdown began, a house rented by students in the street I live in put up a sign inviting the elderly and vulnerable in the neighbourhood to call on them if they need shopping, errands or any assistance. People cared for those cocooning in their family or community, the news showed people sharing street dancing, fitness and companionship while remaining apart. Once again, the Irish met adversity with kindness and compassion for each other.

Another demonstration of our connectedness while isolated was the trend of many people turned to virtual communities. We learnt to zoom and have video hangouts, we adapted to socialising, praying, working and communicating online. The above YouTube clip “The Irish Blessing 2020” saw 300 churches uniting to sing this beautiful hymn. The pandemic seems to invite us to see human kindness overflowing and remind us we are connected in this great web of existence. What unites us is stronger than what divides us.

 

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