Lent and Well-being: Ash Wednesday

In a 2010 Ash Wednesday sermon, the Rev Darren McCallig talks about sin and self-examination in a thought-provoking way. Referencing Barbara Brown Taylor, the American priest and author, he says this:



The trick is to identify what sin is for you, to really know yourself. And to do this, she says, you look for the experience that makes part of you die.


Look for the experience that makes part of you die.

Look for the things you do which make you a smaller person than you know you really are.


Look for the experience that makes part of you die.

Look for the habits in your life that make you a less generous, a less forgiving, a less compassionate person than what God wants you to be.


Look for the experience that makes part of you die.

Look for the things you do that kill your joy and your peace and replace them with bitterness and anger.


Look for the experience that makes part of you die.


We have a tradition of giving up and/or taking up something during Lent, and sometimes it can be difficult to choose our ‘punishment’, so to speak. Wine again this year, or chocolate? Definitely not coffee.


What if we extend this concept of death, and its correlative, life, to our Lenten discipline? What if we ask:

What’s life-reducing, life-distracting, life-sapping in our daily routines? And give that up.

And what’s life-nourishing, life-creating, life-sustaining that’s missing from our daily routines?

And take that up.


How does your Lenten discipline this year relate to your sense of well-being in body, mind and spirit?

Lent and Well-being: Where the good way lies

This year in CMHI, we look at the theme of well-being in body, mind and spirit.


Beginning tomorrow, Ash Wednesday, we take advantage of the Lenten season to ‘stand at the crossroads, and lookand ask for the ancient paths, where the good way liesand walk in it, and find rest for [our] souls.’ (Jeremiah 6.16)


Lent may have a reputation for misery and deprivation, but it invites us to examine ourselves and our lives, to bring focus to that which points the way to Resurrection and the abundant life of Christ’s promise. It beckons us to pay attention.

Quiet Day

All are welcome to attend a Lenten Quiet Day on Saturday, 9th March 2013.

Led by Bishop Patrick Rooke, the event will take place at the Mageough Home, Rathmines, from 10am to 3pm.

The event is organized by the Dublin & Glendalough Diocesan Committee, who will provide soup, tea, and coffee. Attendees are encouraged to bring a sandwich to complete their lunch.

To enquire further or to register your attendance, please contact the central office using the contact page on this website or by calling (1) 872 7876.

The photograph below is by the Revd Patrick Comerford and used with his permission.

Service on RTE Radio 1 Extra

The Revd Daniel Nuzum, chaplain at Cork University Hospital, will be performing the broadcast Service on Sunday, 27 January, at 11:45am on RTE Radio 1 Extra (LW252 & online). The theme will be modern epiphanies and finding God in unexpected places. The service will explore healing, suicide, birth, and hope , featuring the story of Talia, a little girl Daniel cared for as a chaplain, and the spiritual journey of her parents through a very difficult time.

Closing Date for Applications

CMH:  Ireland is now recruiting for a part-time Ministry Facilitator. Closing date for applications is 4th February 2013.


To request a job description and application form, contact the Ministry Co-ordinator, Jessica Stone:


T (o1) 872 7876

E careers@ministryofhealing.ie


Applications should be sent to:







Now Recruiting

The Church’s Ministry of Healing: Ireland wishes to appoint a part-time Ministry Facilitator to develop and grow the Healing Ministry.


The successful candidate will be ordained and have a commitment to and knowledge of the Healing Ministry at parish level.


To request a job description and application form, contact the Ministry Co-ordinator, Jessica Stone:


T (o1) 872 7876

E careers@ministryofhealing.ie


Applications must be received by 4th February 2013.

May joy, peace, and hope remain with you this Christmas

For many, the Christmas season is a source of joy, a welcome brightness in the dark, cold winter. But for many others, the holidays can bring with them a sense of loneliness, or stress, or open afresh the wounds of bereavement.


Whether you’re buzzing with excitement or burdened with care, I’d like to share this benediction from Following the Star:


Move quietly now through your day.

Joy, peace and hope remain.

Seek out the company of friends,

Remind yourself that God is near,

And allow small moments of joy to return

For the healing of your heart.

Rev Baden Stanley and Canon Susan Watterson Honoured at AGM

At CMH: Ireland’s AGM on 4th December 2012, two very special people were honoured for their work in the Ministry of Healing.


The Chairman, the Rt Rev Patrick Rooke, paid tribute to the Rev Baden Stanley, a former Chairman of CMH:I who retired from the Board earlier this year. Baden was unable to be present at the AGM, but the Chairman spoke of how Baden had given so much of himself to the role during difficult times and how greatly his contributions were appreciated by all. Baden remains a member of CMH: Ireland and a member of the Dublin & Glendalough Diocesan Committee.

The Rev Baden Stanley, former Chairman of CMH: Ireland


Also honoured at the AGM was the Rev Canon Susan Watterson, who served first as Warden and for the last five years as Training and Resources Advisor. In a farewell tribute, the Chairman remarked that Sue’s “quiet, but dependable personality, coupled with her expertise, made her ideally suited to this ministry”. Mrs Avril Gillatt presented Sue with a gift on behalf of CMH:I, thanking Sue for her constant encouragement and for “pointing and guiding us as to how we should behave as Prayer Ministers and in the Ministry of Healing”. Accepting the gift, Sue observed that in 25 years of ministry, she believed she’d learned the most from the 10 spent in the Ministry of Healing, adding, “Thank you for sharing those years with me.”


CMH: Ireland wish Baden and Sue all the very best and are grateful for their continued support of this ministry.

Psalm 23 Card

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.

He makes me lie down in green pastures;

he leads me beside still waters;

he restores my soul.

He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through

the darkest valley, I fear no evil;

for you are with me;

your rod and your staff

they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me

in the presence of my enemies;

you anoint my head with oil;

my cup overflows.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me

all the days of my life,

and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord

my whole life long.


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Psalm 121 Card

I lift up my eyes to the Hills—

from where will my help come?

My help comes from the Lord,

who made heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot be moved;

he who keeps you will not slumber.

He who keeps Israel

will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper;

the Lord is your shade at your right hand.

The sun shall not strike you by day,

nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all evil;

he will keep your life.

The Lord will keep your going out

and your coming in

from this time on and for evermore.


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