Sunday Reflections – Love is Gentle

It was late in spring and the buds still refused to open. Tightly wrapped up in themselves, they were as hard as stones.

The wind shook them. The hail beat them. The frost squeezed them in a fist of iron.

All three shouted, “Open up! Open up!”
Instead of opening up, the buds reinforced their shells, and retreated even more deeply into themselves.

Then along came the sun.
It issued no threats and made no demands.
It just created a more friendly climate.

And what happened?

Almost overnight the buds began to soften and expand.

Then their shells cracked, and they burst out.

If you love, you are gentle.

And there are certain tasks which only gentleness can accomplish.

Excerpt from the weekly parish bulletin published by the local parish.

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When it rains, it definitely pours and the past couple of weeks have been one of those times where so many things were going on, I just had to take some time out.

I didn’t want to leave you without any posts to read though, so as always when I’m feeling that it’s all getting a bit to hectic and busy, I stop reflect and read. With a cup of hot chamomile see in one hand and some dark chocolate with almonds in the other. Today I was reading through the parish bulletin and loved the above excerpt from it.

So many forceful and violent things are happening around the world and we need to be reminded that gentleness and love is powerful.

It’s the most powerful way to help create change and leave a positive impact.

I will always strive to be that sunshine…to create that friendly climate…we are all human…we are all family. Life is short – sprinkle kindness everywhere.

Have a great week everyone and thanks for stopping by!

What act of kindness or change in attitude will you be engaging in this week?

-xx-

Reflections – Love Thy Neighbour

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It’s been quite a heavy week this past week. Numerous trips to different hospitals visiting different loved ones has really got me thinking about life and what happens at the end of life. I was speaking to a friend who works as a doctor last night and she told me that one of the most rewarding years she’s had so far was the year she spent working in palliative care. Seeing people through the dying process brought to light a lot of change in them and family and people around them. The important things in life rise to the surface like a beautiful shell emerging from the shore as the waves pull away all the sand around it. Suddenly, the things that are around them everyday that they may take for granted or they are too busy to notice, become beautiful and important in their eyes. Attitudes change and there is longing to live a more meaningful and wholesome life.
What if this longing was in all of us, not just at the end but now? Imagine how different our communities would be? Living in harmony and love.
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This pic was taken at UST in the Philippines – thinking & praying for all those in Manila and the surrounding areas affected by the recent quakes. And all those around the world who are suffering hardship and injustice. May we all continue to find light and love in our daily lives. 
Every day we are presented with opportunities to love our neighbor and
help him “carry his cross”. These opportunities aren’t usually big events, they are usually ordinary occurrences like helping someone carry
their groceries or holding the door open for them. The key is putting the other person’s needs before our own and not expecting anything in
return – An excerpt from our parish’s weekly bulletin publication.
Every year during Lent, our parish priest Noel, provides environmentally friendly shopping bags for all those who care to take one so that when we all complete our weekly grocery shopping, we are reminded to add a canned, non-perishable good for those in need. After the six weeks all the bags filled with food and grocery items are then donated to St Vinnie’s in order for them to hand out to members of our community that may need them more than us.
What are some other ways we can love our neighbour?… It’s the simple things.
Hope you have a great week.
-xx-

Sunday Reflections – A reminder

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Sunday mornings are the best. This of course means different things when you have two under four. Even 8am is a sleep in!
Relaxed breakfast time. Maybe even a short walk. And of course we start the week off with an hour to reflect, give thanks and prepare. I love this time of year and even more so when we are surrounded by kindness, peace and like-minded people who are grateful and filled with hope and joy.
As we sat down for our morning coffee and hot chocolate after mass (free of course, and served with a smile!), I saw this little paragraph (see below) in our Parish bulletin. It is always filled with surprising little words of wisdom, stories of the locals and events that help bring people together in unity and love. It is published weekly with a Big Bulletin being published monthly. Something for everyone.
Life may be kicking you around right now, but I’m telling you that you can’t imagine the good that awaits you when you refuse to give up.
Stay focused on your dream, you have the power to change your circumstances.
Let nothing hold you back!
How do you spend the first few hours of your week? ‘Tis the season to spread hope, peace and love, not run around like headless chooks! Just something I need to keep reminding myself 😉
Wishing you a week that’s not too hectic as we draw closer to Christmas.
-xx-

Sunday Reflections – The importance of gratitude

How can I be a blessing to others today?

Once there was a young man who never thought of donating blood. But then his father got very ill and was hospitalised. 

One day the son was sitting by his faher’s beside as he was getting a blood transfusion. As he watched the blood flowing into his father’s veins, he suddenly realised that somebody donated the blood that was now keeping his father alive. Straightaway he made up his mind hat he would become a donor and he was as good as his word.

Many are willing to avail of the generosity of others, but few are willing to give something back. This is why gratitude is so important. It makes us want to give something back.

(Excerpt from the parish’s weekly bulletin which can be found here)

Every night Mr D practices gratitude by telling us the things he is grateful for that day. It’s so heartwarming to hear what he has to say, which lately has been all about family and holidays!

Whether it’s an action that is big or small, how can you be a blessing to someone today? 

Refections – Restoring to Life

There’s nothing else that can put me at ease than coming home to our warm and cozy abode at the end of a long day. After finishing up some meal prep for the week and a quick clean/declutter of the place so we don’t wake up to mess on a Monday morning, I sat down for a moment and had a flick through our Parish bulletin. I thought I’d share the below excerpt in case you wanted something to meditate and reflect upon.

Have a great week everyone. Good night!
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We may not have the capacity to enact a mriaculous ‘resurrection’ as Jesus did with the widow’s son, but we certainly have the capacity and frequent opportunity to restore someone to life in the manner that Jesus restored the life of the widow.

Whenever we encounter someone who has been cast out by life circumstances or by the cruel actions of others, we have the capacity to restore them to a fuller life through our actions. We restore life when we restore dignity; when we refuse to participate in grinding someone down and instead extend a hand to help them up.

How can you extend a hand to help someone up this week?

P.S Other reflection blog posts can be found here and here.