Today Is My Gift To You2023-11-15T15:14:00+00:00 – making your day extra special

I really like this photo taken by Jaromir Chalabal. It shows a beautiful connection between the dog and child, in such a light hearted moment

On This Day 

On February 28th 1983 The final episode of the hugely popular TV series MASH aired and was watched by an estimated 106 million viewers.

On February 28th 2013 Pope Benedict became the first Pope to resign since Pope Gregory XII in 1415.

On February 28th 2022 A 65 kilometre (40 miles)  Russian military convoy approaches the capital city of Kyiv in Ukraine

Birthday’s Today🎂

Barry McGuigan (Former Boxing Champion) is 63

Sarah Bolger (Actress) is 33

Rob Heffernan (Irish Olympic Walking Champion) is 46

Saint For Today

Saint Hilary who was a pope

Significance Of Today

Today is International Rare Disease Day. It is always  held on the last day of February to raise awareness about diseases that most people will not know of, as well as to improve access to treatment.

Interesting Quote for Today

“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.” ~Joseph Campbell

Did You Know😇

Did you know that the lowest part of the Northern Lights are typically around 80 miles (130km) above the Earth’s surface. However, the top of a display may extend several thousand miles/kilometers above the Earth.

Video for the Week🎥🎥


Thought For The Week

We had a Lenten Talk/Prayer Service in Carrigaline last Thursday evening and it was led by Fr. Philip Mulryne O.P who is currently working in St. Mary’s Priory here in Cork. I was very touched by Fr. Philip’s talk and his story is impressive to say the least.

I am a big sports fan myself and that includes football. Since I was a child, I have followed West Ham United and I sometimes say: “Now you know why I am bald!!”. But no matter what team you followed, Man Utd under Alex Ferguson, were a powerful team with massive momentum and simply won everything all around them.

In his talk Fr. Philip talked about his dream coming true of playing for Manchester United. Alex Ferguson was his boss. He was in the same dressing room as Roy Keane, Scholes, Giggs, Schmeichel, Neville and all those great players.

As Man Utd was so competitive because of such great players, Philip wanted more game time and so he signed for Norwich City, where he was a key player in helping them to promotion up to the Premiership. But while Philip had everything, he wasn’t happy deep down. He had so much money he could buy a car and change it in two weeks if he didn’t like it.

But he talked about this restlessness that just wouldn’t go away. At a key time in his life at the age of 29 he took a break from Norwich City, came back home to Belfast, found his faith and the restlessness melted away bit by bit.

He kept searching and nourishing his faith and he went on to become a Dominican priest. Philip’s story can touch ours too. Our lives are restless until we connect with God. Once we connect with the spiritual, in whatever way works for us, the restlessness begins to melt away. This is the invitation of Lent too, to turn to God, to be open to something spiritual and to be open to something positive and good.

Does the melting away of the restlessness happen in a day or two? Of course not. But over time it most certainly does. The journey of Lent is such a lovely time to be open to the spiritual and see what happens.

(Thought For The Week is updated each Monday)

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