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Celebrating the Feast of the Holy 'Dysfunctional' Family

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Happy feastday of the Holy Family!
Give me one family which doesn’t have its problems...not even the Holy Family!
One of the blessings of having a community in Athlone is that I get to spend some extra time with my family over Christmas. It's great to catch up with people, see what Santy brought and just relax and celebrate the Christ-event.
With my own brothers and sisters, we have our differences because we are different! That said, I know each one of us would go to the end of the world for the other...as they say, "we have each other's back!. Similiarly I see the same in my extended family, people are there for each other in the darkest and saddest moments, for the life-changing and humbling moments of starting from scratch with lives and relationships. 2016 hasn't been an easy year but through it I have seen how life strengthens people through difficulties and brings out the best, brings out strength that people mightn't even think that they have.

For man…

Christmas greetings 2016

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"When we hear the story of the birth of Christ, let us be silent and let the Child speak. Let us take his words to heart in rapt contemplation of his face. If we take him in our arms and let ourselves be embraced by him, he will bring us unending peace of heart. This Child teaches us what is truly essential in our lives." (Pope Francis, Christmas homily, 2015).
My sincere prayers and best wishes for you and your dear ones as we contemplate the mystery of the Word made Flesh, the Emmanuel.
Know of my prayer for each one of you before the Manger.
In the Christ-Child, Sr. M. Louise pddm

To Advent Each Other

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Advent, the season of light, is an invitation to advent each other,
To bring the light of Christ into our own lives and into the lives of others
We can do this in simple ways:
Through the ways in which we welcome each other
And through the ways we recognise the pearl in every human heart.

There is a pearl in every season, a pearl in every heart.
Advent God bring this pearl to birth in us as we journey to Bethlehem.
Advent is a time to take God into all the areas of our lives
To rejoice in our own goodness and to sing the Advent mantra of gratitude.

Advent is the season that offers us the opportunity to let go;
without letting go of hope.
Allowing the Prince of Peace 'space' to be born again in each of us
Then in our hearts we can bless the wounded places in our world,
consecrate the fragile events of our society
And nourish the hearts of the 'unloved and unwanted' at the altar of daily life.
Let us go to our inner 'inn', the 'manger' of our hearts wh…

Celebrating all things ‘pink’!

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Yes, it is that time again. Third week of Advent means Gaudete Sunday, a day which takes its common name from the Latin word Gaudete ("Rejoice"), the first word of the entrance antiphon of this day's Mass:
Gaudete in Domino semper: iterum dico, gaudete. Modestia vestra nota sit omnibus hominibus: Dominus enim prope est. Nihil solliciti sitis: sed in omni oratione petitiones vestræ innotescant apud Deum. Benedixisti Domine terram tuam: avertisti captivitatem Jacob.
I am sure that my Latin class buddies will be able to translate this but just in case, here’s the text! “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Let your forbearance be known to all, for the Lord is near at hand; have no anxiety about anything, but in all things, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God. Lord, you have blessed your land; you have turned away the captivity of Jacob.”

We should remember that Advent is a penitential season, just like Lent is. It i…