Samhain…our clocks have gone back and we enter a darker time in our natural world, a time of rest, of stillness, a time to listen. May we too use this time to grow calm and grounded deep within.
Now we long for peace…and in Isaiah 11, 6 we read “The wolf shall dwell with the lamb”
but all around the world we hear and see the sounds and sights of war: tears, anguish, missiles, death… especially right now in the Holy Land and continuing in Ukraine.
“They will not hurt or destroy
on all my holy mountain…” —Isaiah 11:9
As we ‘listen to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor’ , why not learn what Pope Francis is saying to us in his most recent Apostolic Exortation Laudate Deum
Register now for 2x online one-hour sessions (21 & 28 Nov@7pm) on this document, being hosted by St John’s Parish Tralee. The presenter will be Dr Suzanne Mulligan of Maynooth.
1st November /Samhain
Feast of All Saints
‘Let us all rejoice in the Lord….. at whose festival the Angels rejoice….
Entrance Antiphon of the mass for November 1st
Action: Open your eyes today and you might see some ‘saints in the making’. Remember to pray in union with those many ordinary good people who walked with God in their daily lives who now live in God’s presence.
2nd November /Samhain
Feast of All Souls
A time when we remember all those who have gone before us, family, friends, neighbours, and all who have died across Ireland and the world, in the Holy Land, Ukraine, Yemen, Afghanistan…sadly the list goes on… due to war, poverty and climate change
Action: Keep them close to your heart in prayer during these November days.
Consider planting a sapling, a seed or a bulb as a way of remembering them and let its growth be a sign of life and resurrection.
All Saints of Ireland
Action: Think about your favourite Irish saint… Brendan the Navigator, Brigid, Columba, Columbanus, Gobnait, Ita, Kevin, Kieran, Moling, Nessan, Oliver Plunkett, Patrick and so many many more and remember to call on those special friends when you need them!
Birthday of Dorothy Day
“…What we would like to do is change the world—make it a little simpler for people to feed, clothe, and shelter themselves as God intended them to do. And to a certain extent, by fighting for better conditions, by crying out unceasingly for the rights of the workers, of the poor, of the destitute…we can to a certain extent change the world; we can work for the oasis, the little cell of joy and peace in a harried world. We can throw our pebble in the pond and be confident that its ever widening circle will reach around the world.
We repeat, there is nothing that we can do but love, and dear God, please enlarge our hearts to love each other, to love our neighbour, to love our enemy as well as our friend” Love Is The Measure The Catholic Worker, June 1942
Action: Listen to the cry of the poor, and let us respond with loving hearts.
St. Martin of Tours
“I am a soldier of Christ, I cannot fight”. St. Martin of Tours.
Action: Pray for lasting peace in Yemen, Syria, Iraq, the Holy Land and South Sudan.
Universal Children’s Day
Always try to support and listen to children. Speak up for those who are exploited in child slavery,in war, in climate change and experience violence in any place.
Action: Support groups that offer activities for children in your community.
“Come before him singing for joy”. Ps. 99
Action: Sing a new song this week by reaching out to someone lonely, maybe a phone call or just a smile! Remember to maintain a safe social distance.
23rd November/ Samhain
“Interreligious dialogue is a part of the Church’s evangelising mission”
Pope John Paul II
‘It is profoundly true that there can be no world peace without religious peace, and there can be no religious peace without religious dialogue.’ Cyril Lovett SSC
Action: Read ‘The Far East’ and learn of the work of Columban missionaries.
Visit the Columban website
Watch the Mission Month webinar with Tony O’ Riordan SJ, Jesuit Missionary in Syria as speaker.
25th November /Samhain
United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
This is the beginning of the 16 Days against Gender Based Violence, which is an annual international campaign from 25 November until 10 December, Human Rights Day. started in 1991, t is used as an organizing strategy by individuals and organizations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.
Action: Get to know about services in your area to support women suffering from gender based violence.
Open your eyes to the awful reality of Sex Trafficking and help to STOP THE DEMAND.
Opening of COP28
Conference of the Parties to the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).