Photo of the oak tree was taken heading towards Carrigaline Park and the Seagull Walkway, Carrigaline, Co.Cork

As we move into the middle of November we are moving into the transition from autumn into winter. Most of the leaves have now fallen and this transition from autumn to winter still creates lots of beautiful moments.

At this stage you will have noticed new changes to the website. There has been such positive feedback. Regular viewers have seen some big changes and new viewers are also pleased with the new layout.  The website was working on outdated software and it needed an upgrade and facelift to bring it up to the technology of 2022/23.

On This Day

On November 14th 1908 Albert Einstein presented his quantum theory of light

On November 14th 1985 A volcano eruption of Mount Ruiz in west central Colombia, caused the deaths of 23,000 people. The mountain had been dormant for 69 years and caught many unawares. Mud and lava flows, landslides and debris engulfed the town of Armero, killing 20,000 of its 29,000 inhabitants.

On November 14th 2015 the terrorist attacks took place in Paris. The deadliest took place at the Bataclan theatre and concert hall. In all 130 people were killed and more than 350 were wounded

Birthdays Today

Bernard Hinault (Five time Tour de France winner) is 68

King Charles (Newly crowned King of the United Kingdom) is 74

Brian Gleeson (Actor) is 35

Andrew Strong (Singer) is 49

Saint For Today

Saint for November 14th is Laurence O’Toole. He was a Benedictine Abbot and Archbishop of Dublin. He is buried at a monastery in Eu, (Normandy) and his tomb rapidly became a place of pilgrimage and many miracles are attributed to his intercession.

Significance of Today

Today Nov 14th is World Orphans Day. Tragically, millions of children all over the world have become orphaned for many reasons: war, famine, displacement, disease or poverty. To make sure that they are not forgotten, once a year there is a special day dedicated just to them.  World Orphans Day always falls on the second Monday of each November.

Today Nov 14th is also World Diabetes Day. Diabetes is the cause of a myriad of dangerous health issues and building awareness is the key to lowering these problems.

Interesting Quote For Today

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” ~Albert Einstein

Did You Know

Did you know Mount Everest is now higher than when it was last measured. Experts have now stated thatMount Everest stands at a massive 29,031 feet due to a shift in plate tectonics.

Thought For The Week

‘Don’t we have divinity at our fingertips each day? We need but reach out in friendship to another human being to touch the face of God. For if not there, where else?’ ~Tom Cahill

Trying to explain what divine means is a tough task. Look at how the dictionary struggles to describe ‘Divine’: “the state of things that come from a supernatural power or deity, such as a God or spirit beings and are therefore regarded as sacred and holy.” But such a wide definition of what divine could mean falls well short for us. For most of us the language used in explaining things about God is often in a language we don’t understand. We want to understand it but it is beyond us.

We need more simple language to try and explain God. A good starting place to define God in the following way: “The divine is at our fingertips each day. When we reach out in friendship and love to someone else, we touch the face of God”. This can only mean that God is so near to us, closer than we can possibly imagine. So where there is love we also find God. This God is not distant, not judgmental and we are never given out to. We are wrapped in divine love and nothing can change this.

This month of November is a good month to be wrapped in love, in kindness and in gentleness. It can be a long month especially as it gets dark so early now. It is sometimes hard to be enthusiastic during November. We need to be gentle and kind to ourselves. We also need to be gentle and kind to each other. We reach out in friendship to each other. We believe wholeheartedly that when we do this, we are indeed close to God. It is what real love is all about.

The Thought For The Week is updated each Monday