It is lovely at this time of year to hear birds chirping in nests from crows, blackbirds, robins, swallows, bluetits and so many more. This lovely photo of a blackbird and her chicks is complements of Pixabay

On This Day 

On May 30th 1431 Having led the French army in a momentous victory over England at Orleans during the Hundred Years War Joan of Arc at the age of 19 was charged with heresy and witchcraft and, on this day in 1431, was burned at the stake.

On May 30th 2022 The European Union agrees to a plan, to block two-thirds of Russian oil in an escalating Ukraine War

Birthday’s Today🎂

Steven Gerrard (Former Liverpool Player) is 43

Colm Meaney (Actor) is 70

Significance of Today🤗

Today is International Creativity Day. All throughout the world creative people are doing new things,  pushing boundaries and imagining things in a fresh and new way. It is this spirit of innovation, inspiration and creativity that keeps the world moving forward and growing deeper. So embrace your inner artist and let your creativity flow. From painting to poetry, there’s no limit to what you can create. So grab your brushes, pens, or whatever inspires you and let the magic of imagination take over.

Interesting Quote for Today

‘Too many people today know the price of everything and the value of nothing.’ ~Ann Landers

Saint For Today

Saint Joan of Arc. Even prior to her official canonization in 1920, Joan of Arc was considered a great saint. She has long been a symbol of French unity and nationalism as “the Maid of Orléans.” She was beatified in the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris by Pope Pius X in 1909.

Did You Know😇

Did you know that 70% of the world’s toys are produced in China

Thought For The Week

‘When you’re really filled with the Holy Spirit it is impossible for those around you not to know it.’ ~Rod Parsley

Last Sunday we celebrated the feast of Pentecost. It is always a great feast day celebrating new life, energy, vibrancy, positivity, creativity, hope, light and so much more. It would be great if there was a simple formula in our search for God. We are often unsure where to start and how to begin. Our searches are many, from our local church, attending Mass and saying prayers that vary from traditional to something deeply personal.

Some find that these simply are not for them and search elsewhere. These searches can often be surprising and beautiful. They include finding God in the humdrum of daily life, music, reading, gardening, reflection, meditation, relaxation and so on. Whatever and wherever our search, it is good that we are searching.

Sometimes though the search can be frustrating and lonely. This is why the support of the Christian faith community can be our anchor when we struggle and falter. The local church can be a place where people meet in joyful and happy occasions such as our recent first holy communion Masses, to sad occasions such as a funeral, but all the while there is a sense of connection, togetherness and sharing together.

Pentecost Sunday reminds us that the Spirit of God knows no limits. If anyone puts limits, then it is we who put them there. Pentecost Sunday is all about being open, trusting in the Spirit of God and letting the beautiful energy of God flow where it wants to. There are days too when we lack energy and motivation. But God’s love for us is constantly bubbling over with life and enthusiasm. Nothing can change this. We pray to the Holy Spirit to re-energise us and to help us find meaning, direction and fulfilment in our daily lives.

The Thought For The Week is updated each Monday