Photo as taken yesterday at Knock Shrine, Co.Mayo (Irl)

Over 3000 Transition Year Students from all over Ireland gathered for a day of prayer at Knock yesterday. Our picture today started as a photo of some Col√°iste Choilm students from Ballincollig. But within a few short moments lots of other students photo bombed in! It was all part of the energy and spirit of the day.

Thought on Wednesday – October – 08/10/2014

Thought For The Week

‘All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.’ ~Francis Of Assisi

Last Saturday Oct 4th was the feast of St Francis. Francis is one of the most popular saints of modern time. Francis knew better than anyone else how much darkness and evil exists in the world we live in today. For many years he was caught in the middle of it as he lived a lavish and carefree lifestyle. But something was missing in his life and for him the missing link was God. You could say that he did a massive turn around but one that changed his life for ever. Down through the years his message of peace and love has inspired so many. He is one of those rare saints who has managed to capture the attention and admiration of the entire world. His life has inspired people of all ages and the appeal of this saint, cuts across national boundaries and religious differences. He is most famous for his respect towards God, his simple life and his tender love and attention to all creation. Francis had little time for excess, waste and greed. He always stood up for the poor and downtrodden. His love of animals has been well documented. Many animals and especially pets always get a special treat in honour of St Francis. The life of Francis still challenges all of us today. The invitation is to sort through our lives and discard the unnecessary and useless. There is great freedom in doing with less and using it to our advantage. Francis did it so well and has inspired so many more to do the same.

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