Category Archives: New Life

Going round in circles

Charles Swindoll tells of a bazaar in India where a man had some birds for sale, each tied by the leg to a ring which fitted over a post stuck in the ground. Consequently, all that the birds could do … Continue reading

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Conforming to the mask

Fredrick Beuchner wrote a story called ‘The Happy Hypocrite,’ about a man born with a facial deformity. He grew up alone and lonely. When reaching adulthood, he decided to move from his town to begin a new life. On his … Continue reading

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It’s never too late to get back on track

Pilgrimage is one of the great themes of the Bible. Our present life is not a destination, it’s a journey to a greater life. Many of us who are well into the second half of life look back on opportunities … Continue reading

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‘One string – and Paganini.’

Nicolo Paganini was one of the greatest violinists of the nineteenth century. His most memorable concert was in Italy, performing before a packed house, when suddenly one string on his violin snapped. He never missed a beat but continued to … Continue reading

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Reflect on the ‘Maggies’

Hidden away in a Dublin park is a bench with a plaque that says: ‘To the women who worked in the Magdalen laundry institutions — reflect here upon their lives.’ The Magdalen laundries, named after Mary Magdalene, belonged to an … Continue reading

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Transferring rights and privileges

Robert Louis Stevenson once gave a rather odd gift to a friend’s daughter, Annie, who had the misfortune to have been born on Christmas, and every Christmas complained that she never got to have her own birthday party. So Robert … Continue reading

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He can make something out of you

Some years ago, Mohammed Ali, arguably the world’s greatest boxer, was asked by a kid from a city ghetto whether he should quit school and start a boxing career, since he had such bad grades. Ali smiled at the young … Continue reading

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