Can there be Joy in the midst of Anxiety?

Can there be Joy in the midst of Anxiety?

I’m waiting anxiously, or should I say excitedly, to participate in a webinar JOYFUL WITNESS IN THE SPIRIT OF FRANCIS AND CLARE OF ASSISI.   The webinar promo reads, “St Francis and Clare of Assisi, by their words and deeds encouraged Christians to live out...
REFLECTIONS.  Extracts from Daily Thoughts August 2020

REFLECTIONS. Extracts from Daily Thoughts August 2020

 August 13. Sexuality Education.  “There are many difficult family relationships where men or women or young girls and boys become rebellious and put a lot of strain on a family until it can get out of control.  Men womanise, women also sleep around and the young...
UNDERSTANDING GRIEF AND THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

UNDERSTANDING GRIEF AND THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Adapted with additions from  www.verywellmind.com/understanding-grief-in-the-age-of-the-covid-19-pandemic-4801931 “Grief is a normal response to loss.  Even if you have not yet experienced a direct loss, don’t assume that what you are feeling is not...
REFLECTIONS – Extracts from DAILY THOUGHTS for AUGUST 2020

REFLECTIONS – Extracts from DAILY THOUGHTS for AUGUST 2020

August 5.   Racism and sexism. Andrew referred the group to a discussion Fr Joseph had held on discrimination with some of the catechists at one of their formation sessions.  As the parish was quite mixed culturally it was interesting to hear their opinions which he...
Oh, to be a granny!  So say 10 grannies.

Oh, to be a granny! So say 10 grannies.

You’ve probably heard those words or maybe thought those words?   About yourself or others.   Expressed in different tones of voice, possibly with very different underlying emotions. Grandparents month and their day on 26 July were about more than...
REFLECTIONS extracts from DAILY THOUGHTS JULY – AUGUST 2020

REFLECTIONS extracts from DAILY THOUGHTS JULY – AUGUST 2020

July 30.  Blanche loved to allow her grandchildren to come to her pottery studio and create “beautiful things” as she used to say.   She would tell them to feel the clay in their hands and to shape all kinds of things.  Gradually they did come to make some quite...