These beautiful flowers were growing on top of a wall near Millstreet, in beautiful sunshine yesterday

On This Day 

On May 31st 1970 the Great Peruvian earthquake occurred off the coast of Peru in the Pacific Ocean. Combined with a resultant landslide, it is the most catastrophic natural disaster in the history of Peru. Due to the large amounts of snow and ice in the landslide it caused the death of 70,000 people. It is also considered to be the world’s deadliest avalanche.

Birthday’s Today🎂

Colin Farrell (Actor) is 47
Clint Eastwood (Actor) is 93
Brooke Shields (Actress) is 58
Terry Waite (Humanitarian) is 84
Mary O’Rourke (Former Politican) is 86

Significance of Today🤗

Today is World No Tobacco Day. Smoking as we know is NOT good for our health. The numbers of people smoking is still high. The good news is that in recent times there has been more of a focus on people quitting smoking, and societies trying to go smoke-free.

Today is also World Otter Day. Every year, on the last Wednesday of May, the world comes together to celebrate a unique and playful creature – the otter. World Otter Day is a global event dedicated to raising awareness about these fascinating animals, their habitats, and the threats they face. It’s a day to learn, share, and contribute to the conservation of otters, a species that brings joy to many and plays a crucial role in our ecosystem.

Interesting Quote for Today

‘If Jesus came back today, and saw what was going on in his name, he’d never stop throwing up.’ ~Max von Sydow

Saint For Today

Today is the feast day of the Visitation of Mary. In Christianity, the Visitation is the visit of Mary, who was pregnant with Jesus, to Elizabeth, who was pregnant with John the Baptist, in the Gospel of Luke, (Luke 1:39–56.)

Did You Know😇

Cats can jump a height of 7 times its tail length. This is approximately 8 feet high. This is possible due to the powerful back leg muscles of the cat.

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