Photo was taken at Killarney National Park, Co.Kerry (Irl)

Getting out early for a walk has many benefits and in paticular spotting the deer closer to the walkways.

On This Day

On January 20th 2021 Joe Biden is inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States of America and Kamala Harris as the 49th Vice President, the first female, Asian Vice President. Amanda Gorman recited “The Hill We Climb”.

Birthday’s Today

Gary Barlow (Pop singer) is 51

Interesting Quote for Today

“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the now the primary focus of your life.” ~ Eckhart Tolle

Saint For Today: Saint Sebastian and is the patron saint of soldiers and archers and who was also commonly invoked as a protector against the plague.

Significane of today Today January 20th is International Day of Acceptance promoting equality, respect and understanding

Did You Know: A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes

My latest video is a prayer to remember with love Ashling Murphy (Just copy and paste and it will play for you)

Thought on Thursday – January – 20/01/2022

Thought For The Week

‘They have no wine’ ~John 2:3

The shocking death of Ashling Murphy has made headlines near and far. We have all been touched and deeply moved that such a young beautiful life was ended in such a cruel horrible way. So many people have marked it in their own way. So many candles have been lit, prayers have been said, vigils have been held and the clear message is enough is enough.

This cannot happen again. Violence to women has to stop. Our world and community needs to be safer for everyone especially women. Out of total darkness, a great swell of light and hope has risen. I don’t think it’s short term. It can’t be. With this great swell of light and hope something good has to come out of the awfulness that has happened.

The Gospel story of the wedding at Cana has a key message. You can read the story literally but it also has a much deeper meaning. It is a sign of God’s incredible generosity. When it seems all is over, when it seems everything has run out or when there is no more – the message is that out of nothing comes an overflowing of generosity. It is an overflowing of God’s amazing love for each of us. It is an overflowing of hope, of kindness, of blessings and so much more.

A question we can all ask is where was God when Ashling ran along that canal and walkway? The words of Jesus are also relevant: “My God My God why have you forsaken me.” But God hasn’t forsaken us. From the depth of darkness, from seemingly nothing, God is with us. The great outpouring of love and light in every parish and community over the past few days is a clear sign of God’s love and generosity. No one can take that away from us.