“Break your mirrors! Yes, indeed — shatter the glass. In our society that is so self-absorbed, begin to look less at yourself and more at each other. Learn more about the face of your neighbor, and less about your own. I suggest this: when you get to be 30, 40, 50, or even 70 years old, you’ll get more happiness and contentment out of counting your friends than counting your dollars. You’ll get more satisfaction from having improved your neighborhood, your town, your state, your country and your fellow human beings than you’ll ever get from your muscles, your figure, your automobile, your house, or your credit ratings. You’ll get more from being a peacemaker than a warrior. I’ve been both, so I speak from experience. Break the mirrors! Be peacemakers of the community, and you and your family will be happy.” -- A quote from Sargent Shriver - American peace builder, political leader and activist. He was the first leader of the Peace Corps under President John F. Kennedy. The husband of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, he was also a beloved father.
- A Reflection on the Beatitudes - - To be Blessed: An Attitude
- Rediscovering the meaning of sacramentals, for those that are married, did you ever consider that your wedding bank is one? And for those who can't remember what a sacramental is as opposed to a Sacrament!
- A reminder that when we look at refugees and migrants that we Christians have to be very careful in our care and repect for them, after all, our Messiah was a refugee too!
- A permenant Deacon ministers where he didn't expect to be and reminds us of the importance of chaplains in a culture of cutbacks in our public health services!
- Ever wonder what the impact is when one partner converts?
- The need for contemplation and action in our every day lives. Another reflection on how a daily life can be interrupted by God
- Have we become too protective of our children and not allowed them to play and act as children? Are parents too anxious?
- We all have doubts about faith, Jennifer over at Conversion Diary reminds us that we should Explore your doubts but do so in peace.
Pondering the idea of praying through time
The New York Times had an interesting piece on How meditation can change the brain
I would safely say that the editors had a serious case of tongue in cheek when they were looking at this story - Vatican has the highest rate of misdemeanor crime
The Pope's strong message for World Communications Day was summed up by America magazine as "Pope says join Facebook, but love is offline"
The Irish Times religious affairs correspondant Patsy McGarry reminds us all that "Churches have duty to give hope"
Further insights to a modern saint - Dorothy Day's letters show heartache, faith
Elizabeth Scalia reminds us that qualifications do not define a person and their worth.
As we count down the days to the beginning of the Lenten season, a short piece about the Compelling Spiritual Discipline of Ascetisism
A moving Carmelite tribute to a Bishop's final benediction
Would be interested to hear what people think of this new version of the Gloria. It is a new musical arrangement to the prayer using the new translation which we will be using in the English speaking churches around the world from Advent 2011 so the words are a little different to what we use at the minute. The new setting is written by Jeff Ostrowski.
Continuing another story from the Trappist monks killed in Algeria, one of the survivors speaks about how he continues to pray for for the conversion of his attackers.
Irelands only Benedictine Abbot reflects on how during the Celtic Tiger, it was a really crazy fantasyland we were in