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Muintir Mhuire Christian Community Experience For Young People


I am the vine and you are the branches. Whoever remains in me, and I in him will bear much fruit.

(John 15:5-6,2:)

Member of Community

“For a long time before I joined the community I had a lack of enthusiasm and hope for life, I ended up giving up my job and had even given up wanting to put in an effort to live life.  The reason for this was because I perceived things to be true in relation to dealing with people that were not true and nothing I had tried prior to then to end this suffering had worked.  The main problems were what I thought people were saying about me, how was I coming across to people and a self-consciousness that resulted in me withdrawing from interacting with people.  After going through this for a long time I ended up having a carefree attitude by not caring about myself or anyone else and feeling depression, anxiety and despair.

Then one day when I was in Medjugorje I was introduced by a lady to Muintir Mhuire.

I met and talked with the spiritual director and a member of the community.  I felt what they had to say was very encouraging, hopeful and that the issues I was dealing with would be healed with enough time and prayer.  I brought home and read some of the literature and gave it some thought for a while because joining the community meant leaving home and moving to Cork.  Then eventually I decided I would give it a try and join up for six months or more.Since then I can say in all honesty that many parts of my life have been greatly improved.  Not only do I not suffer anymore from all the problems which I mentioned above, other aspects of my life, which I never intended or even considered needed improving have been greatly developed.  Abilities such as managerial and leadership skills, problem solving, being available for people when they need to talk, giving encouragement and being able to identify and help others who have similar difficulties that I had.  These are abilities I didn’t know I had.  Some of the most valuable things I’ve learned about Christian Community Living is that being preoccupied with the needs of others; I take the emphasis off myself, I stop focusing on what I can’t do or don’t have and start appreciating and being grateful for all I can do and the gifts God has given me.

I would like to finish by saying that I am confident that I would not be where I am now without all the prayer, support and friendship that I experienced while being a member of Muintir Mhuire.  I will always be grateful to all who were involved in the community while I was a member and I strongly believe that it is making a very valuable contribution to the lives of other people and the life of the Church in Ireland and hopefully in time, many other places as well.”

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