Photo was taken yesterday at Monkstown, Co.Cork (Irl)

A full moon rises over the horizon opposite Monkstown at 4.15pm.

At this stage you will have noticed new changes to the website. There has been such positive feedback. Your own feedback is welcome too. 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  The website was working on outdated software and it needed an upgrade and facelift to bring it up to the technology of 2022/23.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 December 8th 1941 the USA and Britain declare war on Japan, US enters World War II after the bombing of Pearl Harbour

On December 8th 2021 Olaf Scholz is sworn as the new Chancellor of Germany, replacing Angela Merkel after 16 years

Birthdays Today

Sinead O’Connr (Singer) is 56

Kim Basinger (Actress) is 69

James Galway (Musician and Composer) is 83

Geoff Hurst (the only player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final is 81

Raheen Sterling (Chelsea and England striker) is 28

Nicki Minaj (Rap musician and singer) is 40

Saint For Today

Today is the feast day of Mary (Dec 8th) (Immaculate Conception).

Significance Of Today

For many people in the past the feast day of Mary (Dec 8th) marked the official countdown to Christmas in Ireland .

Talking Point Today

In Ireland it is certainly the cold weather and the cold snap we are currently experiencing.

Interesting Quote For Today

“To succeed in your intentions, entrust yourselves to Mary but especially in moments of difficulty and darkness. From Mary we learn to trust even when all hope seems gone and that nothing is impossible with God.’” – St. John Paul II

Did You Know

Did you know Bananas are curved because of how they grow,  towards the sun.

Thought For The Week

“The wolf lives with the lamb, the panther lies down with the kid, calf and lion cub feed together with a little boy to lead them. The cow and the bear make friends, their young lie down together.”  ~Isaiah 11:4-6

The film ‘Cast Away’ featuring Tom Hanks was very popular. There is a similar story told about the only survivor of a shipwreck who got washed up on a small uninhabited island. He prayed constantly to God to rescue him and every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed to be coming. Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect him from the elements and to store his few possessions.

But then one day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames and the smoke rolling up to the sky. The worst had happened and everything was lost. He was stung with grief and anger. “God how could you do this to me”, he cried.

Exhausted with his anger he fell asleep on the beach, only to be awakened by the sound of a ship that was approaching. It had come to rescue him. “How did you know I was here?” asked the weary man of his rescuers. “We saw your smoke signal.” they replied

There is a message here for all of us too on our journey through Advent and as we count down the days to Christmas. It is easy to get discouraged when things are not going well. The message of Advent is to never lose hope. Isaiah who wrote just over 2,700 years ago, still had the same problems that we have today. He sensed and felt the unease of people, who were tired, without hope and had given up. He wrote some beautiful scripture pieces to remind them of the presence of light, hope and new beginnings. These came to be with the arrival of Jesus at Christmas. For Isaiah he believed that the impossible can become possible.

The message of Advent is to know that God is with us, that there is light to be found in our dark world, that there is hope even when all seems lost and that our lives do have purpose and meaning.

The Thought For The Week is updated each Monday