I have included this photo today from Pixabay to coincide with the Thought For The Week below

On This Day 

On March 6th 2016 American First Lady Nancy Reagan  and wife of President Ronald Reagan died. She was noted as his most trusted adviser throughout his time as President

On March 6th 2018 The world’s oldest message in a bottle was found in Western Australia. It was thrown from a German ship called ‘Paula’ 132 years previously. The exact date it was thrown into the sea was 12th June 1886

On March 6th 2018 Pope Francis announced that murdered Salvadorean Archbishop Óscar Romero would be made a saint

Birthday’s Today🎂

Ronnie Delany (Irish 1500m Olympic Gold Medallist) is 88

Kiki Dee (Pop Singer) is 76

Saint For Today

Saint For Today is Saint Colette. She was a Franciscan Abbess and a reformer of the Poor Clares

Significance Of Today

Today the spotlight is on the United Nations High Seas Treaty which was agreed on over the weekend. It protects the worlds oceans and aims to place 30% of our seas into protected areas by 2030

Interesting Quote for Today

“A chain is no stronger than its weakest link, and life is after all a chain.” ~William James

Did You Know😇

Did you know that our oceans are a huge body of salt water that covers about 71 percent of the Earth’s surface.

My Latest Video 🎥

My latest video is called ‘The Spirituality of Lent and the 3 Legged Stool’

Thought For The Week

Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain where they could be alone. There in their presence he was transfigured.” ~Matthew 17:1

 A feature of any mountain road is that it usually winds its way up. It never goes from the bottom to the top in a straight line. This makes sense too as it is so much easier to climb the mountain if the path meanders gradually, rather than go straight up. It is a reflection on the journey of Lent too. It has to be done slowly and gradually. 

The views from any part of a mountain allow us to see things from a different perspective. What we see up higher is very different to what we see below in the valley. It is sometimes good to get perspective in life. It is sometimes good to step back and away from the busyness of life, to recharge and find balance again. 

The Gospel story of the Transfiguration makes it clear that it was a special moment for Jesus and his disciples. It was one they would never forget. When difficult, challenging and upsetting days would come, the Transfiguration would give them hope and courage. 

I know the word Transfiguration is a word that is rarely used today. It translates as a change in appearance or a spiritual change. The words spiritual change might help us to understand it better. Lent is a time of change, a time of spiritual change. It is a time to step out and away from those parts of our lives that are no longer life giving. It is a time to step away from negativity and those parts of our lives that no longer energise us.

We all know that even with beautiful views up on a mountain, we must come back down. But one thing is certain: we come back down changed and changed for the better. We come back to where our story continues to unfold. Lent encourages us to allow our story to unfold in new ways, in good ways, in positive ways and in ways that are life giving and good for you. But like any Lenten journey or with any mountain climb, take your time and you will get there.

The Thought For The Week is updated each Monday