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Strengthen those who hope in you

The post Christmas period can be somewhat of an anti climax as the hustle and bustle of the festivities unwinds and the routine of ordinary living takes over from the joyous occasion, however the new year affords us with an opportunity to ponder as to what might unfold for the coming months.

For many the ongoing process of meeting the demands of daily living will be a priority. Students returning to school, public servants returning  to the work place; and for others it will be the undertaking of new ventures, others will continue to battle with ongoing illness. For some an unfortunate family bereavement. All of such experiences will be addressed in humility and patience, but also in the hope that some consolation can be provided by the support structures that are available.

The church also in welcoming the new year invites us to look inwardly by shedding the anxieties of living and renew a spirit of optimism by submitting our cares to a God of mercy who shares our pilgrimage in life. Despite the global tragedies the heroic efforts of those who engage in the struggle for peace and justice must be supported.

Francis our Pope is a beacon of hope in a disturbed world and through his ministry inspires all people to reach out to those who are oppressed by poverty and injustice. Led by his example the faithful are empowered to continue to live their faith with renewed energy.

Under the direction of our new Bishop Fintan Monahan the diocese of Killaloe will continue to engage in the implementation of the Pastoral Plan “Builders of Hope”. This is a call and an invitation for a more active / inclusive understanding of what this plan requires.

“We who have so much to do seek quiet spaces to hear our voice each day.

We who are anxious over many things look forward to your coming among us.

We who are blessed in so many ways  long for the complete joy of your kingdom”.

(Henri Nouwen)