Icon of Jesus raising Lazarus.

Sunday 29th March – Gospel Reflection

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John’s Gospel puts before the reader a grand assemblage of 7 I AM sentences, rooted in the name of God in Exodus 3:14, I AM WHO I AM.
I am the bread of life. (John 6:35, 48, 51);
I am the light of the world (John 8:12; 9:5);
I am the gate for the sheep (John 10:7, 9);
I am the good shepherd (John 10:11, 14);
I am the resurrection and the life (John 11:25);
I am the way, and the truth, and the life (John 14:6);
I am the true vine (John 15:1, 5).
Anyone one of these images would take us deeply into an encounter with the Risen Lord, but none more so than “I
am the resurrection and the life”, from this Sundays Gospel.

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Jesus and the blind man.

Sunday 22nd March – Gospel Reflection

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How we respond to pressure can vary very much from person to person. The man born blind in this Sunday’s Reading resists pressure and even grows on the strength of it. Part of his energy comes from his experience— no matter what others may say about Jesus, he himself once was blind and now he sees! His courageous attachment to what he knows from his personal encounter with Jesus leads eventually to a full act of faith.
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Covid 19 Update

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Regarding the outbreak of COVID 19 virus, the Augustinians are following the guidance given by the HSE/Government in preventing the spread of the virus. We encourage you to visit the HSE website for ongoing information and updates. The link for which is below. Augustinian communities in your locality will keep you informed in the usual manner about local arrangements. We are keeping all those affected by the virus in our prayers.
Link to HSE Website

Water flowing into a bucket.

Sunday 15th March – Gospel Reflection

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As St. Augustine teaches, the woman at the well represents us. So, what is it that I thirst for? What is the most important thing in my life? Where do I now find God? By relentless challenge and resolute honesty, we too can be led to that encounter with Jesus, which changes everything, “giving life a new horizon and a decisive direction.”

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Poster saying Synod Postponed

Synod – Postponed

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Dear Friends in Saint Augustine,

As the date for our Synod draws ever closer I am very conscious that many people are concerned and even worried about the impact of Covid-19 (The Corona Virus). Many have expressed these concerns to me personally or to other members involved in the planning of this day.

It is with great reluctance that we have taken the decision to postpone our Synod Day. We are, of course, disappointed to do so but it is the right decision and made in the best interests of our participants and all concerned.

There is good news however, and that is that we have already set the new date for our gathering! The Synod will take place in the same location, Lyrath Estate Conference Centre, and follow the same format on Saturday October 10th. The Organising Committee will meet in the coming days to see what we have learned even from this part of the experience and we are sure the resulting Synod Day will be as good if not better, not withstanding this measure which we take in good faith. We will endeavour to continue our planning process in the interim and fine tune the entire process even further.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all who are affected by this virus. Those who have sadly died, those who are ill and those who have the onerous task of managing this crisis. May God direct all efforts to a speedy conclusion and a healthy outcome for all.

Yours in Saint Augustine,
John Hennebry osa and all the Organising Committee.

Sunday 8th March – Gospel Reflection

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Every so often, we catch a glimpse of the “something more” that God has in store for us. These fleeting experiences are to be treasured: the birth of my first child, falling in love, a sense of “being held” by God’s presence. Such experiences may help us approach the Transfiguration. Like all transcendent experiences, it is fleeting and yet it etches a memory and leaves a longing. What should we do? Practice listening to him. Be not afraid. We cannot always be “on the mountain” and yet what happens on the heights can help us on the lowlands of the everyday.

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