Yesterday was the feast of Corpus Christi and in many towns and villages there were Corpus Christi processions. The one in our photo was taken yesterday in Carrigaline Park, Co.Cork, heading down towards the band stand.

On This Day 

On June 12th 1981 The action adventure film Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark and directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Harrison Ford was released and became a huge success with numerous sequels following.

Birthday’s Today🎂

Pat Jennings (Former Northern Ireland goalkeeper) is 78

Robbie Henshaw (Irish Rugby Player) is 30

Interesting Quote for Today

‘Appreciation is the highest form of prayer, for it acknowledges the presence of good wherever you shine the light of your thankful thoughts.’ ~Alan Cohen

Did You Know😇

Did you know that the majority of dust found in households is made from dead skin. Scientists have stated that 80% of dust found in households is made from the dead skin of its inhabitants.

We continue 

We continue to remember and pray for all those doing their Junior and Leaving Cert exams again today and this week

Thought For The Week

Yesterday we celebrated the feast of Corpus Christi (The Body and Blood of Jesus). Processions were held in many towns and villages yesterday. But what is it all about? It is meant to be a public celebration of our faith, but we know that for many the feast of Corpus Christi means little to them. Perhaps it’s the language of words that are used, tabernacle, monstrance, real presence, sacrifice, benediction and adoration are words that are simply alien to most.

So, can we simplify the language used and try to understand what Corpus Christi might mean for us today? It is a celebration of Jesus present with us today and everyday. At Mass bread and wine are used. For Jesus it made sense to use bread and grapes. People used them every day. In sharing the bread and the wine, Jesus beautifully explains that he is still with them. He broke the bread and shared it. Everyone is included, no one is to be left out. Everyone is welcome. Everyone is special and loved. When we receive communion, we believe that Jesus is still with us.

Old stale mouldy bread and good wine that has soured to vinegar appeals to no one. But when we eat fresh bread, we are nourished, and we are given life and energy to keep going. Corpus Christi celebrates Jesus nourishing us spiritually. Corpus Christi celebrates Jesus still with us. Corpus Christi celebrates Jesus as our friend. Corpus Christi celebrates you and that you are important, included, valued, special and beautiful. Corpus Christi celebrates the tabernacle that is you. It celebrates God present with you, in you and with you on the journey of life.

This is definitely worth a procession. A Corpus Christi procession is an outward sign that our faith is important. There is a beautiful line in Mark’s gospel: “I do have faith; help the little faith I have.” The feast of Corpus Christi celebrates the little we have and invites us to be open to receive more.

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