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There is a saying that shared joy is double happiness. The aim of this site  is to share information and reflections and in this way to contribute to a positive and optimistic outlook in all that concerns us, men and women and citizens of this world.

There have been well over a hundred  posts published since September 2016, when this blog was started and the diminished publishing in the past few months is due to other obligations which require the author’s full attention. Please, do scroll down to previous posts, at the blog site, in order to get a fuller picture of this blog’s scope.

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About the blogger:

Irene Meerman

Graduated from the National and Kapodistrian University (Athens, Greece) in Economics and pursued one year post-graduate course at the London School of Economics in Sociology.

Very interested in psychology, I have studied on my own free time all the works of Carl Gustav Jung, as well as works by Freud, Adler etc.

Religion has also always been of great interest to me and I have studied Hinduism and Buddhism, mainly out of books in the parental home, since the house was filled with books from floor to ceiling in most rooms!

Tried Hatha Yoga and transcendental meditation.

My spiritual home is the Catholic Church.

As a young teenager, and later, I published articles in the monthly magazine Open Horizons (Anoiktoi Orizintes) in Greece. Also, I have written articles and book reviews in the Synchrona Vimata a theological, philosophical, societal and cultural review (Athens, Greece).

Since November 2006, I write, edit and publish the monthly Informative Bulletin for the Catholic Parish in Paphos where I live. Since March 2017 the bulletin is published in English too.

From time to time, I work with the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation in presenting a half-hour programme on matters concerning the Catholic Community, i.e. reflections on the Faith and history of the Church, her liturgy, feasts, news etc.

I have also organized, hosted and given spiritual retreats in Cyprus and in various countries, where I used to live (Malaysia, Syria, and Gabon).

In September 2016 I started a blog with posts relative to Catholic spirituality, namely the Open Reflections blog.

I am in charge of the weekly informal meetings of “Deepening the Faith” where we study and discuss various themes and aspects of our Christian lives, including history, liturgy, the Bible and so on, something that began in Damascus in January 1990 and which has been going on since, in every country I lived, including Cyprus.

Χαρά μοιρασμένη είναι χαρά διπλή. Σκοπός αυτού του ιστολογίου είναι  να μοιραστεί πληροφορίες και στοχασμούς και μ’ αυτόν τον τρόπο να συνεισφέρει σε μία θετική και αισιόδοξη θεώρηση όλων όσων μας αφορούν σαν άνδρες και γυναίκες και πολίτες  αυτού του κόσμου.

Πάνω από εκατόν είκοσι αναρτήσεις έχουν δημοσιευθεί σ’ αυτό το ιστολόγιο από τον Σεπτέμβριο του 2016 οπότε ξεκίνησε, και η πρόσφατα μειωμένη συγγραφική δραστηριότητα οφείλεται σε αυξημένες υποχρεώσεις της συγγραφέως. Στο Μπλογκ κάνετε “σκρολ” κάτω έτσι ώστε να αποκτήσετε μια πιο ολοκληρωμένη εικόνα του εύρους αυτού του ιστολογίου.

Κάθε ανάρτηση δημοσιεύεται στα ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΑ και στα ΑΓΓΛΙΚΑ. Με ένα κλικ μπορείτε να πάτε από την Ελληνική ανάρτηση στην αντίστοιχή της Αγγλική και αντίστροφα.

Μη αποθαρρύνεστε από ένα ξένο αλφάβητο. Κάνετε κλικ εκεί που σας υποδεικνύεται και βρείτε την ανάρτηση στη γλώσσα που προτιμάτε.

Οταν κοιτάτε τις αναρτήσεις από τη σελίδα BLOG, πηγαίνετε μέχρι κάτω για να δείτε τις παλαιότερες αναρτήσεις.

Nέες κατηγορίες θα προστεθούν εν καιρώ. Η ανταπόκρισή σας υπήρξε εξαιρετική. Σας ευχαριστώ που επισκέπτεστε τις Open Reflections.

Γράψετε τη λέξη που χαρακτηρίζει αυτό που ψάχνετε στη μπάρα αναζήτησης για πιο γρήγορα αποτελέσματα.