These dogs arrived for the blessing of animals yesterday at the Church of Our Lady and St John in Carrigaline, Co.Cork to mark the feast of Saint Francis

On This Day 

On October 5th 1864 most of Calcutta in India was destroyed by a tropical cyclone. Abut 60,000 died after wides spread devastation caused by the storm.

On October 5th 2011 American businessman Steve Jobs, a pioneer of the personal computer and transformed Apple into one of the world’s most successful companies, died at age 56.

Birthdays Today

Kate Winslet (Actress) is 48

Taylour Paige (TV Actress) is 32

Bob Geldof (Singer) is 72

Saint For Today

Today October 5th is the feast of Saint Faustina. Her Feast Day is October 5 and she died at the age of only 33 and is famous for her message of God’s mercy and love. Saint Faustina was the first saint canonized in the new millenium by Pope John Paul II.

Significance Of Today

Today October 5th is World Teachers Day. Teachers’ Day aims to raise awareness of the importance of the role played by teachers all over the world. They dedicate their lives to educating our children and young people and what a wonderful job they do each day.

Interesting Quote for Today

“Nine-tenths of education is encouragement.” ~Anatole France

Did You Know😇

Did you know that a teacher contributes more to the future of our society than any other profession.

Thought For The Week

Yesterday (October 4th) was  the feast day of Saint Francis He is one of those rare saints who has managed to capture the attention and admiration of the entire world. His life has inspired people of all ages and the appeal of this saint, cuts across national boundaries and religious differences. He initially lived a life of wealth and luxury. He had everything money could buy but Francis wasn’t happy. And in his early twenties he started giving all his wealth away and Francis did a huge turn in his life.

He is most famous for his respect towards God, his simple life and his tender love and attention to all creation. Francis had little time for excess, waste and greed. He always stood up for the poor and downtrodden. Pope Francis had no hesitation in taking the name of Francis when he was made Pope. He said he was inspired by his life of simplicity.

His love of animals has been well documented. He was the inspiration for the first crib at Christmas and we all know what a beautiful tradition that has become. We all know the difference a pet can make in peoples lives. So if you have a pet, make sure you give them a treat in honour of St Francis!

The Thought For The Week is updated each Monday