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Say the Nicest Things


by Fr Duncan McVicar on 31/05/2011

One day a teacher asked her students to list the names of the other students in the room on two sheets of paper, leaving a space between each name Then she told them to think of the nicest thing they could say about each of their classmates and write it down. It took the remainder of the class period to finish their assignment, and as the students left the room, each one handed in the papers. That Saturday, the teacher wrote down the name of each student on a separate sheet of paper, and listed what everyone else had said about that individual. (more…)

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Holy Spirit Soul of My Soul


by Fr. Bryan Cunningham on 29/05/2011

Flames of the Holy SpiritHoly Spirit Life of the World and Soul of my Soul

Our next celebration of Family Mass at the Shrine falls on Pentecost Sunday. As families we are invited into the ‘Upper Room’ to welcome the gift of the Holy Spirit poured out for our time. Our Pentecost reflects the needs of our time. On the one hand, our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI while in England encouraged us to take our place in the pubic square and bear witness to God in our lives. St John tells us: ‘Witness to Jesus is the spirit of prophecy’ (Rev 19:10). This is the experience of the original Pentecost and the challenge to break out from the enclave of our own fear and reach out to many who are searching for God in their lives.

On the other hand we are given the gift of unity through the Holy Spirit. St Luke shows the universality of this unity by listing the number of different peoples present at Pentecost – all of whom understood the word of the Apostles in their own language. But he also knows the Holy Spirit effects the unity within the family and within the individual. The Apostles were united with Mary, the Mother of the Lord in expectation of the Spirit and founded a new community in the birth of the Church through the coming of the Spirit. (to download text: Click here ) (more…)

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Kentenich Talks – Garden of Mary – June


by Fr. Andrew Pastore on 26/05/2011

This coming June – 1st (7.30pm GMT), 8th (8pm GMT) and 15th(7.30pm GMT) Fr. Duncan will be introducing us to the theme of the Garden of Mary in this Year of the Father 2011. Here is what you can expect…

This year’s Kentenich Talks in June 2011 are about the “Garden of Mary” Vision – how it came about in Schoenstatt and its meaning for our spiritual lives today. The Garden of Mary is a symbol for a means of evangelisation, where the relationship to God and to each other becomes the platform for faith. It has a horizontal and vertical dimension.
The horizontal dimension is reflected in the symbolism of a garden that is full of every kind of tree, and flower, pathway and river. However, this great diversity does not diminish the unity of the Garden. The significance for living our faith today is that the Church is made up of very different and unique people, each bringing their own originality and talents, but together make up the one Body of Christ. (more…)
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Change Your Thinking


by Fr Duncan McVicar on 23/05/2011

It will take just 37 seconds to read this and change your thinking. Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room. One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs. His bed was next to the room’s only window. The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back. The men talked for hours on end. They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs, their involvement in the military service, where they had been on vacation. Every afternoon, when the man in the bed by the window could sit up, he would pass the time by describing to his roommate all the things he could see outside the window. (more…)

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Our Covenant is a Covenant leading us to God Father


by Fr. Bryan Cunningham on 18/05/2011

God talks to his PeopleGod the Father carries his Son on the Cross

Father Kentenich pointed out that the great conversation in the history of God’s people lies in their Covenant Dialogue with God. The golden thread which runs through the great events of the Bible is the Covenant. Each of the charismatic leaders Noah, Abraham, Moses and David made their Covenant with God and all their dealings with the people of God fall within the context of this Covenant: I will be your God you will be my people. (cf Ex 6:7, Ez 36:28). The Prophets were continually to remind God’s People that they belonged to God and God alone. Hosea tells us:

“When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.vBut the more they were called, the more they went away from me. They sacrificed to the Baals and they burned incense to images. It was I who taught Ephraim to walk, taking them by the arms; but they did not realize it was I who healed them. I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love. To them I was like one who lifts a little child to the cheek, and I bent down to feed them. (Hosea 11)

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The Smell of God


by Fr Duncan McVicar on 16/05/2011

A cold March wind danced around the dead of night in Birmingham as the doctor walked into the small hospital room of Diana Jones. Still groggy from surgery, her husband David held her hand as they braced themselves for the latest news. That afternoon of March 10 , 1991, complications had forced Diana, only 24-weeks pregnant, to undergo an emergency Cesarean to deliver the couple’s new daughter, Emily. At 12 inches long and weighing only one pound and nine ounces, they already knew she was perilously premature. Still, the doctor’s soft words dropped like bombs. “I don’t think she is going to make it,” he said, as kindly as he could. “There’s only a 10% chance she will live through the night, and even then, if by some slim chance she does make it, her future could be a very cruel one.” Numb with disbelief, David and Diana listened as the doctor described the devastating problems Emily would likely face is she survived. She would never walk. She would never talk. She would probably be blind. She would certainly be prone to other catastrophic conditions from cerebral palsy to complete mental retardation and on and on. (more…)

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May Day Love of Mary School of Life


by Fr. Bryan Cunningham on 06/05/2011

May Day and Pilgrim Mother Rally
Welcome to our May Day this year. Everyone is welcome to this pilgrim day. We want to consider that our deep love of Mary admits us to a School of Life in the Spirit. Blessed  John Paul II said at the beginning of his time as Pope that we should not be afraid to open the door for Christ in our hearts and in our homes. This message and invitation was to continue throughout his Papacy and we are invited to enter into this School of Hope. We are holding a Rally for the Pilgrim Mother and invite all those who belong to the Pilgrim Mother Groups to come along to this day of pilgrimage. The Pilgrim Mother Shrines will be re-dedicated and the group coordinators will be commissioned again to bring the image of Our Lady to the homes of many that their homes may become holy places through the living presence in faith  of Jesus and Mary: That  faith in their family may become alive and that many will be able to bear witness to the goodness of God in their lives. . We look forward to welcoming  you to the Shrine on Sunday 15th May starting at 1.30pm. If you want, you are welcome to come early and bring a picnic lunch.

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