Fr. David's Reflections


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Contemplate the Crib

Thirteen hundred euro for a domestic-sized crib! It was on sale in one of the major chain stores, and I stared at it in disbelief. It was an elaborate, wooden structure, with, at a guess, six figures. But it was the outlandish additions and appendages

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Energised by Love

I have always thought of “energy” as a very physical thing. You got it in large quantities when atoms were split or the power of heat or water harnessed. On the personal level, I would feel energetic if I were healthy, ate the right food and took the right amount of sleep and rest and exercise.

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Seeking Freedom Within

The bodily resurrection of Jesus is both fact and symbol. And, strangely, it is as a symbol that it is most important for us. Christ freed us from sin. By ‘sin’ we don’t just mean the personal, sinful acts, whether big or small, that we all commit.

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Correcting the Balance

I’m convinced that ‘unlearning’ is every bit as vital to our growth as ‘learning’. Indeed, perhaps more vital! Unlearning what? Unlearning whatever negative inputs received in early childhood, that may have distorted truth for us.

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Don’t Give Up on Giving Up

Nowadays we all love to be positive; “negative” has become a kind of bad word. After all, who wouldn’t prefer a profit to a loss, an up to a down, to go forward rather than backward, a plus to a minus! Until, that is, we go to the doctor with a suspected illness,

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Two Little Words

In our differences with one another, and even when we remain convinced that the fault lies on the other side, there is still always some element for which we ought to apologise, be it nothing more than a show of slight impatience.

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Workaholism! Or is it?

I was aware, too, through years of pastoral involvement, many examples of the evils of excessive activity. Fathers, with their family lives in shreds, pleading continual late hours of work as evidence of a love that, in fact, acutely needed their time and involvement for family survival;

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Reflecting on the Crib

Make a point of spending time before the Crib this Christmas. Not just the brief visits with your children, but time, real time, for yourself. Time to bow before the mystery of it all. Time to let your eyes wander from figure to figure as you take in the picture and contemplate the message.

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Christmas for the Bereaved

Christmas is a renownedly difficult time for the bereaved. The intrinsic joy of the season with its natural family togetherness, the irrepressible excitement of the children, carols and Christmas music, eating and drinking and sharing gifts with friends and colleagues

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You’re Welcome

It’s a beautiful word, “welcome”! We constantly welcome one another to our home or to a meeting, aboard a plane or to Sunday Mass. Nowadays, “you’re welcome” has become the routine acknowledgement of the frequent “thank yous” that are scattered through our day.

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Another of Life’s Lessons

Yesterday’s “Family Fun Sports” put me in philosophic mood! It was a happy event. Smiles were the order of the day. You exchanged a few friendly words, whether of banter or of atmospheric expectation, with people standing around the running track or queuing for the pony rides.

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The Release

I met a man one day last week. He had troubles. He told me about them. There was a whole litany of devastation he needed to express. How much pain he was feeling! Worse still, how much pain he had inflicted on others, and particularly on those he loved.

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Accidents don’t Happen!

Things don’t “just happen”. Nothing does. Spell it out and underline: “NOTHING!” For God’s all loving Will underpins every single movement in the Universe. Words like “accident” or “coincidence” are not part of God’s vocabulary.

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Nature our Teacher

A phrase I read somewhere, sometime, has haunted me: “Nature, in all its beauty and its violence…….!” I have the National Geographic TV Channel to thank for enabling me to grasp the in-depth reality of it. Once again, seeing is believing!