This is the magnolia flower and is always such a delight in any garden at this time of year. If we are lucky to avoid heavy frosts, it will never fail to put on superb spring display. I took this photo at Altamount, in Millstreet, Co.Cork

On This Day 

On March 27th 1977 Two airplanes, a Pan Am 747 and a KLM 747, collided on a runway in the Canary Islands, killing 583. With 583 fatalities, the disaster is the deadliest accident in aviation history. Pilot error was the cause of the crash, with one of the planes deciding to take off, in the mistaken belief that a takeoff clearance from air traffic control had been issued. Foggy conditions also contributed significantly to the disaster.

On March 27th 2020 North Macedonia became the 30th country to join Nato

Birthday’s Today🎂

Mariah Carey (Singer) is 53

Jessie J (Singer) is 34

Saint For Today

Today’s Saint is St Rupert

Significance Of Today

Today is International Scribble Day. With a stroke of a pen or a swipe on a screen, ideas can come to life through scribbling. It’s a day to let your creativity flow. Ranging from some of the smallest children to the oldest of adults and everyone in between, just about anyone can scribble! And scribbling can be a delightful relief from stress. International Scribble Day is here to show appreciation for and celebrate the simplicity of the activity of scribbling. All it takes is just a piece of paper and something to write with.

Interesting Quote for Today

“You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.” ~Rabindranath Tagore

Did You Know😇
The most commonly used letter in the English alphabet is the letter E
My Latest Video 🎥

With the very heavy rain last week and especially in West Cork, I am reminded of this video I made last year. The contrast of standing on a rock in a moment of calm and then looking at the same spot when the river is in flood, is some contrast!!! And yes we all need those moments of quiet and calm in our lives.

Thought For The Week

There was a man named Lazarus who lived in the village of Bethany who had two sisters, Mary and Martha, and he was ill.’ ~John 11:1

We have a very human story in our Gospel that was read at the weekend and it is the story of the death of Lazarus and how Jesus brought him back to life. There are so many angles to this story but at the heart of the story is the human side of Jesus. Lazarus was a good friend of Jesus, Martha and Mary. They were a close circle of friends who had a lot in common and enjoyed each other’s company. The death of Lazarus touched Jesus deeply and we are told in the story that he cried such was the depth of his grief.

It’s a story that tells us all about the human side of Jesus. He wasn’t distant, posh, cold, aloof, clinical or above everybody else. He was a beautiful human person, who shared a new story about God’s love of each person and that there was meaning and purpose to life. He instilled hope and belief into every person he met.

Jesus was like you and me. He liked his friends; he enjoyed the chat, and he had his favourite foods. He liked to share a funny story, to eat a good meal and to have a cuppa. Jesus was a people’s person, but he also valued his quiet time. He liked his walks, having time out, visiting family, appreciating the beauty of nature, getting out and about, working with wood, appreciating the moment that is now and so much more.

Sometimes we say the church is out of touch and that it has lost its connection to where it really matters. Jesus was someone who was always in touch with everybody and when you met him, you were the only person in the whole world that mattered.

As we move into these last few days of Lent, it is a time to know that Jesus values you and that your story is the most important of all. You are loved, your story matters and your story needs to be heard. Jesus cares and he cares a lot about you.

The words of St. Richard of Chichester sum it up best when he said: “May I know you more clearly, love you more dearly and follow you more nearly day by day. Amen”

The Thought For The Week is updated each Monday