Photo was taken at Carrigaline, Co.Cork (Irl)

Despite winter sunshine, it was just too cold for the frost to melt yesterday. Much of Ireland and western Europe is now experiencing some very cold weather.

On This Day

On December 10th 1868 The world’s first traffic light was erected near Westminster Bridge in London; however, it was removed a month later after a gas leak caused one of the lights to explode.

On December 10th 1901 the first Nobel Peace Prizes were awarded to Red Cross founder Jean Henri Dunant and peace activist Frederic Passy

On Decemeber 10th 2019 World Anti-Doping Agency bans Russia from all major sporting events including the current football World Cup in Qatar for manipulating laboratory data

Birthdays Today

Loraine Barry (Ireland’s Dancing With The Stars Judge) is 58

Saint For Today

The Saint for today is Catherine McAuley. She found her God where ever there was a human need. Her religious rue of life was simply loving people inspired by God’s love. Before the switch to Euro notes she featured on the old Irish 5 Pounds note.

Significance Of Today

Today is International Animal Rights Day. Humans, who share the planet with all kinds of different creatures, sometimes need to be reminded that animals deserve to be treated with dignity, respect and care.

Toda is also Nobel Prize Day. One of the highest honours that can be earned in various forms of science and other admirable works, the Nobel Prize is awarded annually on Nobel Prize Day.

Talking Point Today

The exit of Brazil in the quarter finals of the World Cup as Croatia beat then on penalites

Interesting Quote For Today

“Tis better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all.” ~Alrded Lord Tennyson

Did You Know

Did you know that it only takes 6 minutes for alcohol to affect your brain 

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