Friday, February 14, 2014

St Valentine's Day!

Today is St Valentine's Day, a day when we talk about love more than usual. A lot of the discussion you hear today will be light hearted and fun.
Here's something for discerners to reflect on about love...

Fall in Love
Attributed to Fr. Pedro Arrupe, SJ (1907–1991)

Nothing is more practical than
finding God, than
falling in Love
in a quite absolute, final way.
What you are in love with,
what seizes your imagination, will affect everything.
It will decide
what will get you out of bed in the morning,
what you do with your evenings,
how you spend your weekends,
what you read, whom you know,
what breaks your heart,
and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.
Fall in Love, stay in love,
and it will decide everything.
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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Alpha course about to start in Dublin...

A very helpful step for those who are discerning their vocation in life is to make an effort to deepen their faith. This can be done with private prayer but it is also helpful to be a part of a faith group.
Last autumn, we ran the Alpha faith development course at our house in Glasthule (just south of Dun Laoghaire) in Dublin. It went very well. The folk who attended really enjoyed the content of the course and valued the opportunity to meet other people each night.
We're going to run the course again! It starts on Tuesday night, 25th February at 7.30pm at the Presentation Brothers in Glasthule. It's free of charge. It's relaxed and informal. Why not give the first night a try?
If you'd like to find out more about the course, visit
To book a place at our course, e-mail Brother Andrew at

Monday, February 3, 2014

To Nigeria...

Brother Denis and I have now arrived in Nigeria. There are two communities of Presentation Brothers here.

As we visit we are hearing the upsetting news of the violence in Adamawa State which resulted in the deaths of some 53 innocent people who were attending Mass at the weekend. Another hundred people were killed in a neighbouring village on the same day.

We keep their families in our prayers and we continue to pray for peace.