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Reflections

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Sunday Gospel

St Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day is most certainly a day to feel loved and cherished by someone. Sometimes words like “I love you” can make the world of a difference, lift our spirits and help us to feel loved and cherished.  It is a day to celebrate love as a precious gift from God, a gift to be nourished and appreciated not just on Valentine’s Day but indeed every single day.  Valentine’s Day may have its critics and some will say it’s a gimmick but love is far from a gimmick. Someone put it well when they said to love someone is nothing, to be loved by someone is something but to be loved by the one you love is everything.  We also celebrate today, God’s unique love for us.  We are valuable because God loves us and nothing or no person can ever take that away from any of us.                                                                                            Fr  James McSweeney

 

The Beatitudes – A Modern Version

Blessed are the poor...
not the penniless but those whose heart is free.

Blessed are those who mourn...
not because of their grief but because of the love that inspires their tears.

Blessed are the meek...
not the soft but those who are patient and tolerant.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice...
not those who whine but those who work for a better world.

Blessed are the merciful...
not those who forget but those who truly forgive.

Blessed are the pure in heart...
not those who act like angels but those whose life is transparent.

Blessed are the peacemakers...
not those who shun conflict but those who bravely build peace.

Blessed are those who are persecuted for justice...
not because they suffer but because they love.

 

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