I took this photo yesterday in the Church of the Sacred Heart, at Minane Bridge, Co.Cork. This beautiful Easter floral display was made by Christine Brown

On This Day 

On April 17th 2011 The hugely popular TV show Game of Thrones made its debut on TV

On April 17th 2021 The funeral of Prince Philip, consort to Queen Elizabeth II was held under COVID-19 restrictions at Windsor Palace, England

Birthday’s Today🎂

Victoria Beckham (Singer and Model) is 49

Jennifer Garner (Movie Actress) is 51

Ryland Lynch (DJ) is 26

Saint For Today

Saint is St Anicetus

Significance Of Today

Today is Bat Appreciation Day. They are a protected species but they have a poor reputation among people because they’re seen as scary bloodsuckers that will spread diseases. However, according to scientists, very rarely do they spread diseases and contribute hugely to our ecosystems

The population of bats has been depleting, and that is a problem because they contribute to the ecosystem more so than people think. International Bat Appreciation Day aims to show love for these flying mammals and teach people the importance of bats in today’s world.

Interesting Quote for Today

“The greatest project you’ll ever work on is yourself; invest time, energy, and love to create a masterpiece.” ~Author Unknown

Did You Know😇
Did you know that the human tongue heals the fastest compared to all body parts. This is due to the rich supply of blood that circulates the tongue.
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Thought For The Week

‘More than anything in my experience, hope is what beats in the heart of all people, particularly in the heart of the Irish. Every action is about hope, it can make things better.” ~President Joe Biden speaking in Dundalk during the week

There is a story about a boy who sat on the steps of a building with a battered hat by his feet. A cardboard sign read: “I’m blind please help”. The hat held a few small coins. A man was walking by. He dropped a euro into the hat, picked up the sign, turned it around, wrote something on it and put it back where he had found it. Soon the hat began to fill up with coins and notes.

That afternoon the same man was passing by again and came over to check how the boy was doing. “What did you write on my sign this morning,” asked the boy. The man said he wrote much the same except that he used different words. This is what he had written: “You are enjoying a beautiful day, but I cannot see it.”

Both signs had told the people that the boy was blind. One shared the facts, the other shared a personal experience. The personal experience touched people and was the reason why the boy’s hat had been filled with lots of coins.

The message of Easter has to also be a personal experience. On its own it is factual that doesn’t touch us much. But when we personalise it, the Easter story becomes alive. It is a story filled with hope, it is about celebrating new beginnings, it is embracing opportunity, it is about believing in love, kindness and goodness. It is as President Joe Biden puts it about recognising the hope that beats in the heart of everyone. Take away this hope and we have nothing.

The Easter journey and celebration lasts for six weeks. This is not random but a reminder of giving enough time to feel this hope, to see this hope and to be this hope to each other.

The Thought For The Week is updated each Monday