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"Love alone is worth the fight", as Switchfoot say. https://youtu.be/rk9Pj3ID0UE

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A prayer for our pupils and young adults in our Mennaisian network

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(panoramic photo) During today's Provincial Council meeting in Ploërmel (with Assistant General Bro. Vincent Ssekate - Uganda) we had a time of prayer before the tomb of our Founder, Fr. Jean-Marie De La Mennais. Rather chilly in the Mother House chapel, but the Spirit's fire and the passion for serving young people that filled our Founder's heart still fills ours today. #lamennais #ploermel

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Fire in our hearts, still

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During today's Provincial Council meeting in Ploërmel (with Assistant General Bro. Vincent Ssekate - Uganda) we had a time of prayer before the tomb of our Founder, Fr. Jean-Marie De La Mennais. Rather chilly in the Mother House chapel, but the Spirit's fire and the passion for serving young people that filled our Founder's heart still fills ours today.

Quote of the day.

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Pope Francis - St. Paul and “idol worshippers”

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Here’s an excellent, sensitive, Bible-centred riposte from Pope Francis, in this week’s Catholic Herald, to those who have accused him of idol worshipping, etc... showing that St. Paul announced Christ to “idol worshippers” without attacking them.

https://catholicherald.co.uk/news/2019/11/07/pope-francis-st-paul-announced-christ-to-idol-worshippers-without-attacking-them




Remembrance + Gratitude - adapted from the my school bulletin reflection for 04/11/19

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Remembrance + Gratitude

We recently celebrated the Feast of All Saints (Nov. 1st) and the Commemoration of all the faithful departed (Nov. 2nd, All Souls). Tomorrow is Remembrance Sunday. Let us look back with gratitude at all we have received in our lives from those who have gone before us. Let us thank God for the sacrifices made by those brave men and women who have fought to defend our country (and others). Let us also be thankful for all the experiences, the encounters, the little quiet moments that have brought us joy, the little successes, etc… that we have experienced since the start of term. And let us hand over to God the tough stuff, the challenges that we have found hard to deal with, the little failures, etc…And most importantly, let's look to the future in confidence and trust, putting ourselves in God's hands. In Him, we can do all things, or to quote the intro. to one of my favourite '80s songs by one of my all-time favourite bands, The Icicle Works (who hap…

Respectful relationships + the inviolable dignity of the human person - adapted from my school bulletin reflection for 23/09/19

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Respectful relationships and the inviolable dignity of the human personI'd like to share a passage translated from a book in French by a 20th century Swiss Catholic spiritual writer and mystic, Fr. Maurice Zundel. He recounts an anecdote shared by a Russian journalist, Koriakoff, from the latter's 2nd WW experiences. It expresses most powerfully how mutual respect based on Christian values can transcend barriers of race, cultural identity, difference, etc… It reminds me of of what the 20th century Franco-Jewish philosopher, Emmanuel Levinas, said about how the inviolable diginity of the human person is communicated through the “face of the other”, in particular through eye contact. When I think I this, I always come back to the fact that in art (paintings, film/tv…) the representation of an execution will invariably involve the person being executed having their eyes covered, making it easier for the executioner to do their duty, because otherwise the visible humanity of the v…

Our Founder, guide and mentor. Fr. Jean-Marie De La Mennais

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A Facebook memory from a 2006 young adult event in Ploërmel with #TeamWin. I am still at the feet of our Founder, guide and mentor. Fr. Jean-Marie De La Mennais, help us to know how to respond to the needs of young people today.



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Thought For the Day - 05/11/19

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Help me, Lord, to trust in God, to abandon myself to Him, to let go of all that binds me and closes my heart from Him. Hi/T to Terence Harrington. 
Thought for the Day Compiled by Deirdre Powell Catholicireland.net  Source: Living Faith, Daily Catholic Devotions (adapted).
A Trusted Companion. If we are fortunate, there is at least one person in our lives who knows our flaws and likes us anyway. When we are in their presence, we do not have to put on a good face when we are hurting or pretend that life is all “together”—in other words, we can relax and breathe. These people reveal the face of God to us in a tangible way, whether or not we are aware of it.
Unfortunately, there are some people with whom we are guarded—we somehow sense that it is not safe to share our wounded hearts, our doubts and our fears. We fear being judged; therefore, we remain silent in our pain.
Prayer constitutes an opportunity to reveal our true selves to God—we can approach God as a trusted companion or remain …