January /Eanair 2020
Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God.
World Day of Peace: Theme for 2020: Peace as a Journey of Hope: Dialogue, Reconciliation and Ecological Conversion. Pope Francis
Action: Reflect on these words from paragraph 1 of Pope Francis’ Message
Peace, a journey of hope in the face of obstacles and trial
Peace is a great and precious value, the object of our hope and the aspiration of the entire human family. As a human attitude, our hope for peace is marked by an existential tension that makes it possible for the present, with all its difficulties, to be “lived and accepted if it leads towards a goal, if we can be sure of this goal, and if this goal is great enough to justify the effort of the journey”.Hope is thus the virtue that inspires us and keeps us moving forward, even when obstacles seem insurmountable.( We think of all the suffering in Australia right now)
And see a further piece re ‘ecological conversion’ under 25th January..Conversion of St Paul (below)
Epiphany & Women’s Christmas
Action: Celebrate all women, young and old who are following the star of justice in our global village.
Martin Luther King Day
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”. Martin Luther King
Action: Be a voice for justice in your workplace, school, parish….
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
Theme: “They Showed Us Unusual Kindness” (cf. Acts 28:28)
The materials for the 2020 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity have been prepared by the Christian churches in Malta and Gozo (Christians Together in Malta)
On 10th February many Christians in Malta celebrate the Feast of the Shipwreck of St Paul, marking and giving thanks for the arrival of Christian faith on these islands. The reading from the Acts of the Apostles used for the feast is the text chosen for this year’s Week of Prayer.
Hospitality is a much needed virtue in our search for Christian unity. It calls us to a greater generosity to those in need. The people who showed unusual kindness to Paul and his companions did not yet know Christ, and yet it is through their unusual kindness that a divided people were drawn closer together. Our own Christian unity will be discovered not only through showing hospitality to one another, but also through loving encounters with those who do not share our language, culture or faith.
In such tempestuous journeys and chance encounters, God’s will for his Church and all people comes to fulfillment. As Paul will proclaim in Rome, this salvation of God has been sent to all peoples (see Acts 28:28)
Action: Accept this invitation to pray by taking part in your local ecumenical celebration. Resources
World Religion Day (Baha’i)
Instituted in 1950 to help foster interfaith understanding and harmony.
Action: Consider what you can do to foster harmony. Take time to visit the Baha’i Meditation Garden in Patrick Pearse Park Tralee (bottom of Denny Street).
Birth of John Main OSB
“We encounter the living Lord in our own hearts and then find him everywhere: in our lives, relationships, and in the living word of Scripture”.
“Learning to pray is learning to live as fully as possible in the present moment” John Main.
Action: Consider your own call to contemplative prayer, the prayer of the heart.
Foundation Day, Sisters of Bon Secours
Show compassion today.
Conversion of St. Paul
“Blinded by the light Paul fell to the ground”. Acts 22
Think about an area of your life in need of conversion.
“This (ecological) conversion must be understood in an integral way,as a transformation of how we relate to our sisters and brothers , to other living beings, tocreation in all its rich variety and to the \creator who is the origin and source of all life” Pope Francis, Jan 1st 2020
Holocaust Memorial Day 2020 marks 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Theme for 2020: Stand Together.
Don’t be content in your life just to do no wrong, be prepared every day to try and do some good.
A day to pray and remember and pray again….
Action: Visit here.
Did you make a New Year’s Resolution?
What about this one….