‘Nobody expected Him just like that: a baby, a manger in a stable, young parents from a village in the hills. Nobody expected that His first visitors would be shepherds, little thought of in the eyes of the great. Yes He has come; but not as we expected.'

Advent calls us to wake up, to arise from our sleep, shake off the dust of routine, habit, custom... and to prepare to let Christ come alive in our lives.

Thought: ‘In the evening of our lives we shall be examined on love’. (St. John of the Cross)’

‘Those we have loved and have died are never really lost; we carry them with us in our hearts.’

‘You cannot cure or be cured unless you love’ (Catherine de Huek Doherty)

(Tuesday if the feast of All Saints) Thought: At the very depth of ourselves, we are on the threshold to the reality of God

One World Week October 23rd/30th “God speaks in the silence of the heart. Listening is the beginning of prayer.” (St Teresa of Calcutta)

(This week is Prisoners' Week) "There is nothing more important in life than compassion for another human being" (Tolstoy)

We can “fully discover our true selves only in sincere self-giving.” (Vatican II)

‘We write in the sand of the benefits we receive, but the injuries we write on marble.’ (St Thomas More)

‘This is the sum of pity; do nothing to others what would cause you pain if done to you.’ (Hindu teaching)