Photo is by Michael Siebert from Pixabay

This beautiful photo is a lovely close up of a honeybee drawing nectar from a flower. For the bee this flower means everything in terms of gathering nectar. Equally for the flower the presence of the bee means everything for pollination. It is a unique relationship that has evolved over millions of years.

On This Day

On May 24th 1956 the 1st Eurovision Song Contest took place in Switzerland.

Interesting Quote for Today

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

Saint For Today: Saint David of Scotland

Significance of Today to follow

Did You Know: Dead skin cells are a main ingredient in household dust. Here is an interesting science fact for you, humans shed around 200 million skin cells each hour and they have to go somewhere when we’re indoors!!

My Latest Video Saying goodbye is never easy and especially when you have been a school chaplain in an amazing school for seven years in Colaiste Pobail Bheanntrai (Bantry Community College). I will be finishing up as school chaplain at the end of the summer and starting some new appointment in September. The main part of my message is to simply say THANK YOU to everyone who has been a part of my journey in Bantry. What a journey it has been and I am truly blessed to carry with me so many happy memories and blessings.
I have put together a short video message and here is the link Many thanks
Fr. James (Just copy and paste)

Thought on Tuesday – May – 24/05/2022

Many of us look at ourselves and see only the thorns, the defects. We despair, thinking that nothing good can possibly come from us. We neglect to water the good within us and eventually it dies. We never realise our potential.l Author Unknown

There is a story told about a certain man who planted a rose and watered it faithfully and before it blossomed he examined it. He saw that the bud would soon blossom but also saw the thorns. He thought: How can any beautiful flower come from a plant burdened with so many sharp thorns? Saddened by this thought, he neglected to water the rose and before it was ready to bloom, it died.

Sadly this story can happen with us too. Imnot sure is it inbuilt in our human nature, but we tend to see the thorns so easy, particularly in ourselves. In our Gospel stories it is easy to see how Jesus recognised the thorns in everyone’s story. But carefully and lovingly he always saw beyond the thorns to the flower. Most importantly he encouraged each person to see beyond the outer thorns to the great beauty within each person. There is a great hunger and need for more of this today. We need to nurture and celebrate everything good that’s within each of us. This needs to be done, not occasionally but every single today.

There was a beautiful line in Sundays Gospel: It goes, Peace I give to you, my own peace I give you, a peace the world cannot give, this is my gift to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. This can also be our prayer moment too. We are all looking for an inner peace and calm. We live in a world that is troubled and fragile with many visible thorns. Jesus did not live in a bubble or was untouched by the challenges of life. He understands better than anyone else what we are going through. It is a beautiful invitation from Jesus to be open to his gifts to us. These are the gifts of peace, calm, light, hope and so much more. The invitation is to be open to these gifts. They are absolutely free and without any conditions attached. They are ours today and everyday.