Resources – 2012
Cork, Christmas 1775
Here is a Bethlehem
From here went ringing far across the world
the singing news of God.
The poor who waited in the frozen dark
saw Life offered in the radiant Word,
and came with eager haste to find
Christ born for them.
Here is a Bethlehem
a woman pierced by the Spirit’s light,
waiting in stillness on the Spirit’s strength,
empty of aught save the Spirit’s gift.
A woman faithful to the Word received,
whole in her heart and her hands to raise
a house built leaning on the breath of God.
Raphael Consedine pbvm (1975)
“It is Christmas. Light the candles. They have more right to exist than all the darkness. It is the Christmas that lasts forever.” – Karl Rahner
“And then, in that silent moment, the serious wonder of it strikes us: it is we ourselves, lit from within by the radiance of God, who are called to be those candles of hope, shining incarnate light on a world and a Church lost too often in the dark.” – Daniel O’Leary
Presentation Day Novena 2012
You are invited to pray with Presentation Sisters all over the world the Presentation Day Novena 2012 – starting on 12 November and finishing on Presentation Day eve, 20 November.
Click here to download the Novena (619KB) which was beautifully prepared by the Conference of Presentation Sisters in the US who chose to base it on the theme of the recent 6th IPA Assembly – Consciousness Evolving – Rock Sea Fire.
As we move toward the celebration of Presentation Day on 21 November may we continue to experience life in creative ways and to graciously evolve in consciousness.
Human Rights Day – 10 December
This year (2012), the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) focuses on inclusion and the right to participate in public life.
Fulfillment of the right to participate is fundamental to the functioning of a democracy and an effective human rights protection system. Inclusion of all those who have been traditionally locked out of the process is an essential precondition to the achievement of both.
This Human Rights Day, OHCHR aims to highlight that participation in public life can only achieve its full meaning and real significance when everybody is included in decision-making processes.
Click here to download a Reflection and Prayer for Human Rights Day, prepared by the International Presentation Association (749KB).
United Nations Day – 24 October
Click here to download a Reflection and Prayer for United Nations Day, prepared by the International Presentation Association (320KB).
(The United Nations is) the only place where the entire world comes together to sort out its problems… This reminds us of the power of the UN as a house of transformation. It (the UN) has deepened our understanding of integral humanism that marks us as human beings. We know one another as we were never able to know one another before. Communications and transportation are mechanisms to facilitate this. Technology has made me aware that my neighbour is also the person on the other side of the world. It follows for me that just as I expect justice for myself and justice for my neighbour I have to expect justice for people wherever they are. This brings us to the point that you were making of the inherent right to justice that people have wherever they are.
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty – 17 October
Click here to download a prayer for the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, prepared by the International Presentation Association (832KB).
Today, poverty prevails as the gravest human rights challenge in the world. Combating poverty, deprivation and exclusion is not a matter of charity, and it does not depend on how rich a country is… By tackling poverty as a matter of human rights obligation, the world will have a better chance of abolishing this scourge in our lifetime… Poverty eradication is an achievable goal.
Louise Arbour, United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights
Lighting Lanterns… A Self-guided Pilgrimage
An exciting new resource, Lighting Lanterns, is now available for those who are travelling to Ireland and wish to trace some of the steps of Nano Nagle. This invaluable resource, which includes photos, maps, history and reflections, provides a comprehensive and reflective guide for a self-conducted pilgrimage, and may help to make your pilgrimage a more prayerful experience. Click on the links below to download the pdf documents that make up this resource:
- Cover and contents
- Some Branches on the Family Tree – the Founding Houses and some Dublin Connections
- Glendalough – a Place of Pilgrimage
- Ballygriffin – Birthplace of Nano
- Ballygriffin – Cosmic Walk (explanatory booklet available at Nagle Centre)
- Ballygriffin – and its Nagle Connections
- The Cork of Nano
- Some Useful Contacts