Photo is linked to these early days of November when we think of all our loved ones who have died.

Over the next few days and into next week you will see new changes to the website. It will be ongoing for the next few days. The website was working on outdated software and it needed an upgrade and facelift to bring it up to the technology of 2022.

On This Day

On Nov 4th 2001 the first adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s best selling Harry Potter Series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, premiered in London. It became an instant hit with cinemas full for many weeks after its premiere.

On Nov 4th 2008 Barack Obama became the first African American to be elected President of the United States

Birthdays Today

Laura Bush (former US first lady) is 76
Jonny Cooper (Dublin GAA player) is 33
Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs (rapper) is 53

Saint For Today

Saint for November 4th is Saint Charles Borromeo. Even though he came from a wealth Italian family, he is famous for his work with the poor. He challenged religous groups especially in Milan for ignoring the poor and serving their own interests. During a famine in Milan his work for the poor singled him out to eventually becoming a Saint.

Significance of Today

Today is Use Your Common Sense Day. Every day we see complete fails of not using our common sense. Sometimes it is carelessness, people thinking they know it all or just not pausing for a brief moment to think this through and go with common sense.

Interesting Quote For Today

“No one spread more joy in one lifetime” ~Author Unknown (This is a beautiful reference to all our loved ones who haved died especially someone who was very close to you.)

Did You Know

You can actually hear rhubarb growm yes it pops! This is because of how fast it grows, up to an inch per day. It also can squeak and make other noises.

Thought on Tuesday – November – 03/11/2022

Thought For The Week

‘Halloween is an ancient druidic holiday, one the Celtic peoples have celebrated for millennia. It is the crack between the last golden rays of summer and the dark of winter; the delicately balanced tweak of the year before it is given over entirely to the dark; a time for the souls of the departed to squint, to peek and perhaps to travel through the gap.’ ~Jenny Colgan

Some say Halloween is silly nonsense, a commercial opportunity and a waste of money. But Halloween has a lot to offer. Children love it and always will. For adults it brings back childhood memories of snap apple and other simple games that still survive. It puts us in touch with the mystery of life and that some things in life are often clouded in darkness.

It put us in touch with the struggle between light and darkness and the struggle between good and evil. It puts us in touch with the passage of time and the cycles of nature which we so often take for granted. The transition from October into November grounds us. It reminds us of our own mortality and that we are simply pilgrims passing through this world.

The wearing of masks is another common Halloween practice. Some of the masks are funny and some can also be quite scary. A good mask will always hide your identity. They are reflective of life too. Often we put on a false mask, we pretend to be somebody else, we try to give others a different impression of who we are. But over time this drains our energy levels, especially trying to be somebody we are not. Why not remove the false mask and just simply be the beautiful person that we are. There is only one of the amazing you in our world. Why hide it? Why be somebody else? Why not let the beautiful person that God created, bring beauty and blessings to others.

Halloween may have pagan origins but the Christian message is wrapped around it. It’s a simple Halloween message that God loves you as you are, encourages and reassures us especially when we struggle with darkness, evil, mystery and the unknown.