Photo is by Beate Bachmann from Pixabay

The BT Young Scientist competition comes to a close later today at the RDS in Dublin. Congratulations to all who participated during the week. The overall winners were Shane O’Connor and Liam Carew, from the Abbey Secondary School, in the town of Tipperary

On This Day

On January 14th 1970 Diana Ross and the Supremes staged their final concert, as Diana Ross subsequently embarked on a solo career.

Birthdays Today

Olive Loughnane (Irish World Champion Race Walker) is 47

Emily Watson (Actress) is 56

Caleb Followill (King Of Leon Singer) is 41

Saint For Today

Saint Save who has close connections with Serbia

Significance Of Today

Today is International Kite Day. Although no one knows exactly when their use began, it is estimated that kites have been around for more than 2,000 years and likely originated in China. One legend is that a Chinese farmer had trouble keeping his hat on in the wind, so he tied it to a string and when it blew away, he hung on to the end of the string. There is nothing like the freedom of playing with a kite and we all have memories of the excitement of getting our first kite flying!

Interesting Quote For Today

‘To every participant – you have been an excellent representative of yourself, your family and your school, and you should be incredibly proud of your achievements.” ~Norma Foley (Minister for Education in Ireland) speaking at last nights Young Scientist award ceremony

Did You Know

Did you know that the ears of an African Elephant can be 6 feet long!

Thought For The Week

You are a child of God, you are wonderfully made, dearly loved and precious in God’s sight” ~Psalm 139

Yesterday we celebrated the Baptism of Jesus. It is always in early January just after Christmas and its meaning is often lost as we adjust our lives back into routine again. January can be a quiet month especially when we compare it to the hectic energy of December. January may be quiet, but it invites us to new beginnings no matter how small. This is at the heart of any baptism.

No one is in doubt about how special any baptism is but over time it has evolved into a once off event. Once the box of baptism is ticked it seems to have no relevance or meaning for anybody. But the effects of our baptism last a lifetime. Our baptism is lived out each day.

It reminds me of the work of an artist and how any painting is like a baptism. An artist patiently takes their time to create their masterpiece. They will use lots of brushes varying in size, but it is the smallest ones that always bring out the finer details.

It is the same in life. Big sweeping changes in life are rare. God always invites us to work with the smallest of brushes. All the small bits and pieces add up to something special. Our baptism is also similar. It is lived out each day. Like an artist working with a small brush, it is the small brushes that bring out the best of the painting. Our baptism brings out the best in each of us. They all add up to something special and of course that special is you.

The Thought For The Week is updated each Monday