We are happy to let you know that our next Wellspring is taking place on Saturday, 25th November 2017 in St Patrick’s Church, Dalkey. This is our one day retreat, where we invite you take time out for yourself in order to reconnect with God and with what is deepest within you. During the day you will be nurtured in silence, encouraged to engage with Scripture, healing prayer and mindfulness. There will be time to walk outside; to participate in guided reflections; to avail of one-to-one https://ministryofhealing.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/GCOQ1986-300×300.jpgdiscussion with a spiritual director; or just take time to relax and read.

This day is an opportunity for you to rest and reflect on what is surfacing within you at this time of your life.

The facilitators for the day are Dr Iva Beranek and Carol Casey. Suggested donation to CMH:I is €25. Please bring your own sandwich for lunch and we will provide tea and coffee. The retreat starts at 9.30am and finishes at 4.00pm.

Please note that places must be booked in advance (hello@ministryofhealing.ie).

Compassion card

The Lord is good to all, and his compassion
is over all that he has made. Psalm 145:9

Tender and compassionate God,
you are our steadfast companion in the joyous times of our lives.

When we rejoice, you celebrate with us;
when we are anxious and afraid,
you offer us a relationship where we can
find courage to face the unknown;
when we weep with sadness,
you are our comforter.

Help us, O God,
to believe that you receive us as we are,
and help us to entrust ourselves,
with all our many struggles and hopes,
to your faithful and abiding care.


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Father in the darkness of these days

Father, in the darkness of these days
may the light of your love enfold me.

In my weakness and weariness
may the strength of your love support and hold me.

In my confusion and anxiety may the peace of your presence calm me.
That when the mists of despair finally rise and disperse, I may see that
I was never alone, and that your love, your strength and your peace surround me still.


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Hospital card

Sometimes we want to pray, but it can be hard to find the words.

Whenever I am afraid I will put my trust in you. Ps 56:3

Almighty God, you know me so well, the secrets of my body and soul. Despite my fear and anxiety, help me to trust in you. Bless the doctors and nurses and all who work for my recovery; sustain them in their wisdom and skill that they may be agents of your healing. Amen

Jesus stood still, and called them, saying, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ Matthew 20:32

Jesus, during your life on earth you experienced pain. You prayed to your Father for help in
your struggle. I am in pain now and pray to you for help. Allow me to know your presence in my life. Strengthen my faith and give me the assurance of your everlasting love for me. Amen

I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. Ps 4:8

Father, in the quietness of this night, grant me rest and sleep, an awareness of your presence and knowledge of your love; that I may wake refreshed and strengthened to face the day ahead. Amen

May the light of God surround you,
the presence of God enfold you,
and the power of God heal you,
today and always.

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Bereavement Card

During this difficult time, you may find the following prayers and readings to be helpful.

There is so much that will never now be spoken,
a need to forgive and be forgiven; a need which dwells
within the desire to also speak of gratitude, of love and the pain of parting.
Breathe your life into these longings, Lord Jesus, that even now your gracious
Spirit would bring healing, light and peace.

Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.
In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you.
I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me, that you also may be where I am. John 14:1–4

We give back to you, O God, those whom you gave to us. You did not lose them when you gave them to us, and we do not lose them by their return to you. Your Son has taught us that life is eternal and love cannot die. So death is only a horizon, and a horizon is only the limit of our sight. Open our eyes to see more clearly, and draw us close to you, so that we may know we are nearer to our loved ones, who are with you. You have told us that you are preparing a place for us: prepare us, that where you are, we may be always, O dear Lord of life and death. William Penn

Be gentle with the one who walks with grief. If it is you,
be gentle with yourself. Swiftly forgive;
walk slowly, pausing often.
Take time, be gentle
as you walk with grief.
from Walking with Grief, George MacDonald

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Integrating the summer into daily life

The summer may be nearly over but I decided not to be only a visitor this summer and to enter the season as if the quality of my life depended on it. Our everyday life has challenges, so at times we may feel that we need a deeper restoration. Earlier in the year that’s exactly what I felt, but I was not sure if a dream of a longer summer holiday would be possible.

I don’t know how good you are in looking after your own needs, but I needed a push and an encouragement in order to explore the options. Thankfully it all worked out and I am just back from the extended leave over the summer.

I went to Malta for some of it and enjoyed the beauty and the sunshine, but I let it penetrate my soul too. I am always grateful for holidays in sunshine and near the beach, but summer can be so much more. It can also be an opportunity for deep inner renewal where we let God bring the summer into our heart and soul.

There are benefits of merely enjoying the summer externally, like a visitor to its chambers. But it is much more beneficial to internalise some of its qualities, to store it within in the recesses of our being.

We can take in the peace that inner rest brings and integrate it in the centre of our soul, as a gift from God. It is like finding our centre-point and grounding ourself in such a way that we can weather life’s challenges when they come. Whatever was restoring over the last few months, whatever life-giving, healing, or even fun, is what we can internalise and let it nourish us in the seasons to come. It is good to be attentive to where God was present in our days – in smaller or bigger things, because those encounters with Jesus in daily life is what heal us. When we allow the blessings of summer to touch our soul, the summer has fulfilled its purpose much more fully than when we allow it to only touch us on the outside. It is as if deciding not only to be a visitor in the season of summer, but to be a host and welcome the summer inside our flesh and bones.

September leads us towards a time of harvest. While we are grateful for the fruits that the land gives us, we can also gather the fruits that the Lord gave us over the summer and over this last year. We can ponder on those fruits in thanksgiving and take them as a strength for the season of life that is ahead of us.

May God bless you with the eternal summer of His love.

Iva Beranek
Dr Iva Beranek is the Ministry Facilitator for the CMH: Ireland