As we draw towards the close of January we find ouselves looking forward to the awakening of nature as Spring gradually breaks in upon us. This raises our hearts and spirits as the days gradually lengthen and the quality of light slowly grows brighter and even warmer. For us in Ireland the Feasts of Brigid and Patrick are makstones as this awakening unfolds. I will add resources as you send them to me. I thought this Utube video gives us all a great overview of the dawn of Christianity in Ireland This is available through Utube on the scoilnetwebsite that provides primary and seconary school teaching resources. Check out the following link https://www.scoilnet.ie/index.php?id=959
Other Resources to download and use.
Checkout this library of ideas and resources https://study.com/academy/lesson/st-patrick-lesson-for-kids-facts-biography.html
Pilgrimage to St Patrick’s Purgatory Lough Derg.
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Bishop Robert Barron speaks about the meaning of Lough Derg
Those who come to Lough Derg take their spiritual lives with utter seriousness, and that is precisely why they are willing to endure hardship—even imposing it on themselves—in order to deepen their communion with God. They know that there are certain tendencies within their bodies and souls that are preventing the achievement of full friendship with God and therefore they seek, quite sensibly, to discipline themselves. John Henry Newman commented that the ascetical principle is basic to a healthy Christianity. He meant that Christians, at their best, understand that our sinful nature has to be chastised, disciplined, and rightly ordered. When the ascetical instinct disappears (as it has in much of Western Christianity), the spiritual life rapidly becomes superficial and attenuated, devolving into an easy “I’m okay and you’re okay” attitude.
The whole point of the Christian life is to find joy, but the attainment of true joy comes, in a sinful world, at the cost of some suffering. That’s why I, for one, am glad that a place like Lough Derg exists.
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Spring Meditation music and images from utube Spring Mediatio
prayer for students
the canticle of brother sun
like a sunflower
St Brigid Blessing and Litany
feb 1 St Brigid.
st Brigid pray for us pic to colour
St Patrick and Early Christianity
St Patrick – a Reflection
the Deer’s Cry
St Brigid ..her life
St Brigid Blessing Prayer
LENT AND EASTER RESOURCES 2019
Louise kindly sent me this piece for ASH WEDNESDAY
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ash wednesday service
what does it mean to fast
lent around the world
lent – a reflection
ash wed & lenten services inc penance ser.
ashes & penance in lentopen my eyes and ears
patient god (reconciliation)
empty tomb Colouring page
easter breakfast in galilee
holy week Ppt on Holy week
stations of the cross
For Trocaire Resources this year check out
Activities to make connections between land and Human Rights in Ireland and the wider world
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This Lent Your Love Can Help Change Lives from Trocaire on Vimeo.