Photo was taken on Sunday at Blarney, Co.Cork (Irl)

An apple blossom comes into full flower. They are a great source of nectar and pollen for honeybees.

On This Day
On May 5th 1965 the first large-scale US Army ground units arrive in South Vietnam
On May 5th 1981 after 66 days on hunger strike, 26 year old Provisional IRA member and British MP Bobby Sands dies in the Maze Prison. Nine more hunger strikers die in the next 3 months.

Birthdays Today May 5th

Adele (Singer) is 33
Mary Coughlan (Irish singer) is 65
Patrick Horgan (Cork Hurler) is 31

Saint For Today

Today May 5th is the Feast Day of Saint Hilary. He was known for his austerities, his aid to the poor, and for ransoming captives. On two occasions Hilary became embroiled in controversies with Pope St. Leo the Great, but they were reconciled.

Thought on Wednesday – May – 05/05/2021

Thought For The Week

We need to be aware that drifting off course is almost a certainty. As in sailing, the wind – its direction, force and velocity can easily knock us off course. Our job as followers of Christ is to fight to stay on course’ ~Martin Tierney

The phrase ‘drift away’ is a nautical one and describes how a boat or ship can drift off course. Even the most experienced sailor is constantly working to counter drifting away. The same is also true of our own lives. There are many things that happen each day that can throw us off course and allow us to drift.

Sometimes we might not even be aware we are drifting. It is good to check in with ourselves once in a while. The lockdowns have impacted on all of us. As we slowly emerge from the latest lockdown, we look forward to returning to more normal routines. Things we completely took for granted before will be appreciated even more now.

But this is also an ideal time to make some changes. Why should we return to stuff that we know is no longer live giving for us. Only we ourselves know what this might be. This means we are no longer drifting. We are now doing things that are good and life giving for us.

This has spiritual implications too. Any time set aside for quiet time, reflection or prayer is one way of stopping the drift. It is a good place to be. A simple prayer could be: “Lord, I feel I am drifting in life. Please help me back on track again”.