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Pope Francis blessed the pilgrim Icon ‘Mother of Perpetual Help’, 23rd March 2016

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Reading the Icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help

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The Throwaways

THE THROWAWAYS
we are,
by some
but not
by Him.
Labelled as ‘Not Wanted Here’
we ‘Castaways’
are not!
Some throw their pearls to the swine,
Not Him.
He gathers  Throwaways
as Pearls for His Heart
which is their
Tabernacle
now,
their tent and hiding place.
‘My delight’ He says,
‘is to be with people’,-
children of parents who themselves
might sometimes rubbish their own.
Not He:
He…

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Emptiful

To have the hungering
ear
expectant
of the Word that
certainly will come,-
For why?- Why not?-
For Abba is my Father,
I his child
being trained and
disciplined/
discipled:
of course He will, in His
expected time,
speak to my life
in wondrous
whispered
ways
or surgings of surprise,-
what ways I care not
if I can but be
attending
on His time,
that moment mine
that He has…

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Ash Wednesday… the start of our journey

(The image of Jesus Christ as Clown is very ancient, and is found in art, eg. by George Rouault, a French artist of the 1930’s. Jesus is ridiculed, but remains silent, is laughed at but remains serene. And still is.)

STILL CLOWNING AROUND!
What are the teachings of this
Clown of mine,
that…

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Lent, a Stirring Time?

THE WRESTLER

Soul, Body,
Mind and Heart,
wrestling with the mist
of questions
that surround the
holy all of us.-
Bewildered, helpless, poor of answer
yet living out the joys of
peeking daffodils-
heads thrust above cold clay,
reaching towards the February sun
and filling slowly out;
some weeks remain before we see
the radiance of even one,-
just one,-…

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2012 Programme for Retreat House

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Course Title General Information

January

8 – 13 Redemptorists on Retreat Facilitator: Mr. Derek Poole.
13-15 MAGIS Ireland Retreat
16
16 Priests Gather Afternoon of input, prayer,
confession, tea and chat for priests
27-29 Marriage Preparation Weekend

February

13 Priests Gather afternoon of input, prayer,
confession, tea and chat for priests.
17-19 Bethany Training: for…

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The Esker Youth Village

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