Thought for the Week

27th Sunday, A

Day for Life

"Happiness is something we all want, but one of the great tragedies in this world is that so many people never find it, because they look for it in the wrong places. The key to it is very simple - true happiness is to be found in God. We need to have the courage to place our deepest hopes in God alone, not in money, in a career, in worldly success, or in our relationships with others, but in God. Only he can satisfy the deepest needs of our hearts".

Pope Benedict XVI

God has created me to do Him some definite service.

He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission. I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. He has not created me for naught. I shall do good; I shall do His work. I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it if I do but keep His commandments. Therefore, I will trust Him, whatever I am, I can never be thrown away. If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him, in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him. If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him. He does nothing in vain. He knows what He is about. He may take away my friends. He may throw me among strangers. He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide my future from me.

Still, He knows what He is about.

Blessed John Henry Newman

If you are concerned about someone with suicidal feelings, phone the Samaritans or consult your GP. Samaritans 1850 60 90 90.
Details of further resources and support can be found on the Samaritans website
Turning the Tide of Suicide
National Office for Suicide Prevention
Irish Association of Suicidology
Pieta House

Year of Saint Paul June 2008--June 2009
St Paul, the apostle of the Gentiles
Paul's missionary journeys
Basilica of St Paul Outside-the-Walls
Click to go to Vatican website

Prayer for Vocations
Vocations Websites: 1; 2.

Scripture Ireland website.

SPE SALVI (In Hope we were Saved)

Daily Reflections

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Pope Benedict's,
Deus Caritas est

SACRAMENTUM CARITATIS, exhortation on the Eucharist


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