Just sharing a recent sight that spoke, indeed is still speaking Hope to my spirit and brought unexpected Joy to my heart; a gift from “the God of Perpetual Surprises” (Pope Francis, Lumen Fidei 35). Having been ill and cocooned for roughly a month my world view was limited to that outside of my apartment patio window; and to be honest,I felt my spirit and heart space had also constricted with our Covid restrictions… Imagine the surprise when on my first outing [...]
This week is designated as Laudato Si week! It is the fifth anniversary of the publication of Pope Francis letter to all about caring for our common home. So as we start Laudato Si week today (16-24th May), I invite you to read one chapter of Laudato Si per day for this week. The text is below, its free and easy to read.Listen – https://bit.ly/2WyMnfERead – https://bit.ly/3fW6mMT More information about Laudato Si week 2020 – https://laudatosiweek.org/ Some good news to start the week –“Today, 42 [...]
On Sunday, 24 May 2020, we are celebrating! The Margaret Aylward centre is delighted to be part of the organising committee for the prestigious event “A Love Letter to the Earth”. An evening of music, poetry and song with internationally known speakers sharing hope!! Register your interest at the email on the poster below. It will book out, so please share this widely with your network as soon as possible!
We continue our Facebook series today here on The Digital Parish asking some questions of priests, religious, bishops, lay people, who have been using digital media before and during the Covid-19 pandemic to reach out online. As well as finding out how people are reaching out online, we are also interested in knowing how they themselves are coping in lockdown and what they miss most at this time of social distancing.Our latest respondent is Nóirin Lynch, Director of the [...]
Saturday, February 29th 2020 It was a great joy to gather together a group of interested, invested participants for a day of reflection and challenge on the theme of eco-justice in our world this February. As a centre, we are convinced that the climate change conversation is the most important of our time, but we are also struck by how challenging it is to discuss it in the face of deep social injustive and poverty in our cities. So we decided [...]
17 October 2019 represents an opportunity to acknowledge the efforts and struggles of people living in poverty, a chance for them to make their concerns heard and a moment to recognize that poor people are in the forefront in the fight against poverty.” United Nations, Report of the Secretary General, A/61/308, para. 58 Testimonies from brave people experiencing the violence of poverty were given at the Dublin Human Rights and Poverty Stone. The focus was on children’s’ suffering because of poverty in [...]
The Season of Creation is our special time for the Creator and each other, when we live out our faith’s call to care for creation. From September 1 to October 4, Christians around the world celebrate the Season of Creation. Some of us pray, some of us do hands-on projects, some of us advocate.We all protect creation. It’s powerfully good work that’s urgently needed. https://www.catholicbishops.ie/2019/07/17/season-of-creation-2019/
We had nine lovely days together in late June, where we meditated, reflected and lived in silence here, by day. Led by Korko Moses SJ, a Jesuit based in Kolkatta diocese in India, over 30 participants were given a taster of Ashram in the beautiful surroundings of the centre here. It was a real blessing for us all.
We were delighted to welcome our own Holy Faith Sisters Extended Leadership Team, for a week of meetings in July. It was a blessed and fruitful time for all, full of hope and good humour. ” Let us therefore take heart again and begin anew” (Margaret Aylward 1:1857)
It was a pleasure to welcome the Parish Pastoral Council of the Parish of the Travelling People to the centre in July. We wish the parish all the very best for the year ahead as they celebrate their 40th anniversary as a faith community. www.ptrav.ie/ Parish of the Travelling People