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Martha, Martha! You worry and fret!

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Today as Church we celebrate the feastday of St. Martha.It is not just a celebration for us but she is venerated as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church and Eastern Orthodox churches, and commemorated by the Lutheran Church and the Anglican Communion. Personally, I always feel that Martha gets a bit of a raw deal, something like St. Thomas. She is remembered for fussing about and being anxious and yet we forget that hers was a great acclamation of faith “I believe that you are the Lord, the one who is to come”. This is quite similar to St. Thomas who is renowned for his disbelief and wanting to touch the wounds of Christ before He would believe. Yet from him we have one of the most poignant prayers, “My Lord and my God”.

As we reflect upon the Bethany scene of Mary and Martha, with Martha being somewhat admonished for fretting and worrying, Jesus says to her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but only one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the better …

The Bethany icon and a lesson in hospitality

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For today's liturgy, we are presented with the scene of Mary and Mary who welcome the Lord into their house at Bethany. Mary ‘sat and listened’. This was the usual posture of a disciple of any teacher in the ancient world. However the disciples were usually male, so Mary must have been quietly breaking the rule that reserved study for males, not females. Maybe this was also a fact which irked Martha. She was not merely asking for help. She was also demanding that Mary keep to the traditional way of behaving.

For years I used to think that this Gospel was something like the Enneagram or the Myer Briggs personality tests: "Am I ‘a Mary?" or "Am I a ‘Martha?".  Yep, I was convinced, I was a ‘Martha’, running around all the time doing bits and pieces. Making sure everyone has what they need, trying to anticipate what is happening next to make sure everything is ready. Martha was the micro-manager per excellence! However, after a decent number of yea…

Wait by Russell Kefler

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Desperately, helplessly, longingly, I cried;
Quietly, patiently, lovingly, God replied....
I pled and I wept for a clue to my fate . . .
And the Master so gently said, "Wait."

"Wait? you say wait?" my indignant reply.
"Lord, I need answers, I need to know why!
Is your hand shortened? Or have you not heard?
By faith I have asked, and I'm claiming your Word.

"My future and all to which I relate
Hangs in the balance, and you tell me to wait?
I'm needing a 'yes', a go-ahead sign,
Or even a 'no' to which I can resign.

"You promised, dear Lord, that if we believe,
We need but to ask, and we shall receive.
And Lord I've been asking, and this is my cry:
I'm weary of asking! I need a reply."

Then quietly, softly, I learned of my fate,
As my Master replied again, "Wait."
So I slumped in my chair, defeated and taut,
And grumbled to God, "So, I'm waiting for what?"

He seemed then to kneel, and His eyes met wi…

The Rise of the Roses Tour comes to Athlone- July 11th

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The Rise of the Roses National Tour will be making its fifth stop as it arrives at the Disciples of the Divine Master Convent, 8 Castle Street, Athlone, Co. Westmeath on the 11th of July 2015.
The event begins at 2 pm in the beautiful Church of St. Peter and St. Paul's with a time of Eucharistic Adoration, song, silent prayer and intercessions.
After that, we will head over to the Divine Master Convent for some tea and refreshments. All are welcome to join with us! We feel very blessed to be part of this adventure which is taking place throughout Ireland and are equally as blessed to have our Bishop present with us for the event.
We will then have time to give you a little insight into our daily life and the mission that God calls us to carry out! Hear the sisters share the interesting ways that God called them to follow Him....no story is the same! The Lord has great creativity and a sense of humour! We look forward to an afternoon of good company and wonderful experiences of sha…

Rise of the Roses National Tour

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