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Tag Archive for ‘grief’

Wednesday 30 August

1 Thessalonians 2:9-13; Psalm 139; Matthew 23:27-32 Whitewashed tombs Jesus has no time at all for hypocrisy. We put so much effort into keeping up appearances. No one wants to look bad in the eyes of others. Putting on ‘a brave face’ might be a way of coping with grief, but it might also be […]

Monday 12 June

Tenth Week of Ordinary Time 2 Corinthians 1:1-7; Psalm 34; Matthew 5:1-12 Signs and promises of the kingdom We can often strengthen others around us because we ourselves have been strengthened. Often when we leave our lives open to God, our weaknesses become our strengths. Those things perceived to be weak — poverty of spirit, […]

Saturday 23 January

2 Samuel 1:1-4, 11-12, 17, 19, 23-27; Ps 80; Mark 3:20-21 Come to our help David was devastated by the deaths of his friend Jonathan, and of King Saul, ‘loved and lovely’ as they were to him. When we are in an agony of grief at the deaths of those who are loved and lovely […]

Tuesday 12 January

1 Samuel 1:9-20; 1 Sam ; Mark 1:21-28 Dejected no longer Hannah’s grief and sorrow is echoed in the lives of many people. There is so much sorrow in the world. Hannah’s plea to God from her broken heart bore fruit; perhaps sometimes our prayers lack power because we have little confidence that they will […]


“It has been said that ‘time heals all wounds.’ I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens, but it is never gone.” Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, 1890-1995. Political wife, mother of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, and eight other children. Recent surveys […]

Friday 16 August

Joshua 24:1-13, Ps.136, Matthew 19:3-12 Love takes grace, trust and gentle acceptance of self We can be afraid of the vulnerability and pain of love. To love is to risk hurt, rejection, loss and grief. The daily challenge needs grace, trust and gentle acceptance of self. When we’re wounded, we face a choice. We can […]

Friday 2 November

COMMEMORATION OF THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED Isaiah 25:6-9, Ps. 26:1-4, 7-9,13-14 Mark 15:33-39, 16:1-6 From darkness to light It is consoling to read that Jesus struggled with death –“My God, my God, why have you deserted me?” Consoling, because we know he can identify with the struggle we have with our own mortality and with the […]

A Hand of Cards

Life’s like a game of cards.  You get dealt a hand with some strong cards and some weak ones.  To win you have to make the best of your strong cards. Like the card game, the trick is to concentrate on your positive talents, and not to let the negative ones dominate your life. The […]