Our photo today is from the Strictly Come Dancing Bantry semi final on Saturday night in West Cork. I am sharing an action shot of Edel and Shane in one of the many beautiful dance moments that were part of the whole night. I was honoured to be asked to be one of the three judges on Saturday night and I was touched by the lovely atmosphere, the mighty dancing  and the sense of fun present on the night. Well done to everyone involved!

On This Day 

On March 13th 2012 Encyclopaedia Britannica announced that it was ceasing publication of its print version. It had been the oldest and longest published English-language print encyclopaedia.  Before google and the internet, access to a collection of Encyclopaedia books was one of the best ways to get knowledge on a topic.

On March 13th 2013 Jorge Mario Bergoglio, was elected as the new Pope in the Vatican and he took the name Francis. In the decade since, he has proved to be a very popular Pope all over the world with a great love of the poor and those in prison.

On March 13th 2019 All Boeing 737 Max aircraft were grounded right across the world following the plane type’s second crash in Ethiopia

Birthday’s Today🎂

Adam Clayton (U2 Bass Player) is 63

Emile Hirsch (Actress) is 38

David Neilson (Actor who plays Roy Cropper in Coronation Street) is 74

Pyper Smith (Model) is 26

Saint For Today

Saint Christina or Christine.

Significance Of Today

Today is Commonwealth Day. Every year, on the second Monday of March, 56 countries from around the world hold celebrations to commemorate Commonwealth Day. The Commonwealth is a diverse and vibrant family of nations spanning the globe, united by shared values and a commitment to democracy, justice and prosperity for all.

Interesting Quote for Today

“Things don’t have to change the world to be important.” ~Steve Jobs

Did You Know😇
Did you know that you blink around 20 times per minute. You can blink up to five times per second if you try, which makes the eyes the fastest muscle in the body.

My Latest Video 🎥

A new video will be posted here during the week and a prayer video to Saint Patrick will be posted on Thursday

Thought For The Week

‘God lit a candle of hope for each of us. It’s not waiting in a window somewhere or around a bend. God lit it right inside us so that we need not ever live one moment without it.’ ~Vickie Girard

Hope is a word we sometimes throw around a lot. We often say that we live in hope or that we hope for the best. When the word hope is used to mean everything and anything, it can lose some of its impact. It never loses impact when used in a faith context. Hope is the voice that God uses to speak to our hearts.

It is not a product, you can’t buy it and it is always a part of humanity and the human journey. In many ways hope is prayer. Without it you have nothing and with it you have so many possibilities. During these days of Lent we must have hope. We put our trust and hope in God to guide us through these weeks of reflection.

We pray that Lent will be a journey that will point us to healthy new beginnings. We pray for the courage to let go of what is stale and whatever needs to be let go of. Most importantly we pray that hope will be the energy and inspiration to guide us safely through each day.

We pray for hope in your life. We pray for hope in your family. We pray for hope in those closest and nearest to you. We pray for hope in all our young people making their confirmation during these weeks of Lent. We pray for hope for Irish people living all over the world as we mark St Patrick’s Day next Friday. We pray especially for hope and especially when we need it the most.

The Thought For The Week is updated each Monday