I took this photo while out for a walk yesterday afternoon in Carrigaline, Co.Cork. Any bit of colour now at the end of October is such a bonus and these wild roses caught my eye.

On This Day

On October 24th 2005 African American civil rights activist Rosa Parks, whose refusal to give up her seat on a public bus to a white man in 1955 helped ignite the American Civil Rights Movement, died at the age of 92

On October 24th 2008 became known as “Bloody Friday”. It saw many of the world’s stock exchanges experienced the worst declines in their history, with drops of around 10% in most indices.

On October 24th 2022 Rishi Sunak was appointed Prime Minister of the UK, replacing Liz Truss after six weeks;

Birthdays Today

Wayne Rooney (Football Manager)  is 38

Drake (Rapper) is 37

Emma Donoghue (Author) is 54

Saint For Today

Today October 24th is the feast of Saint Raphael the Archangel

Significance of Today

Today October 24th is United Nations Day. The United Nations, as an organization, is well known to just about everyone around the world. They participate in activities ranging from assistance in times of disaster, both those coming from natural disasters and those caused by the wages of war. They offer medical assistance to those in need in these places, as well as providing clean water, food, and places to rest and recover. United Nations Day celebrates the foundation of this great organization,

Quote For Today

“The whole basis of the United Nations is the right of all nations, great or small, to have weight, to have a vote, to be attended to, to be a part of the twenty first century.” ~Adlai Stevenson

Did You Know

Did you know that the UN has almost 200 member states. There are currently 196 member states in the United Nations. These individual states are all recognized by the United Nations as members of the international organization. There are only four countries that are non-members of the U.N. They are Kosovo, Palestine, Taiwan and Vatican City. These countries have received invitations to join the U.N, but have yet to accept.

Video for the week🎥  (Updated every Wednesday🎥)

A new video will be uploaded tomorrow Wednesday and it is called ‘A Few Words of Wisdom for Today’

Thought For The week

Mission statements have become very popular. Almost every organisation, whether a club, society, church, school, or hospital have their own Mission statements. It puts the focus on what they are about. As an example most sporting organisations would include the enjoyment, recreation and wellbeing of all members of the club.

It is always good to put our sense of mission before us as a reminder of what we are about. This is what we do every year when we celebrate Mission Sunday which was celebrated all over the world yesterday.

So what are we about? Mission Sunday is a celebration of you. It is a celebration of how your life touches others in ways you may not even be aware of. Mission Sunday celebrates the uniqueness of every single person no matter what their beliefs or background. It is a day set aside each year to celebrate so many good and positive faith stories all over the world.

God’s presence is to be found in so many countries, cultures and different walks of life. Mission is not just about celebrating God’s story in one particular area of the world but that somehow every country and person is connected in some way.

This year we are particularly shocked by what is happening in the Middle East. The conflict between Israel and the Palestinians is complex and worrying. These are the lands that Jesus once walked in. He was a man of peace and hope and his message is even more relevant during these troubled times.

Mission Sunday reminds us not to lose hope. Mission Sunday is a celebration of you and your something special. Every time we share love or do something good for someone else, we are already a missionary. We are asked this weekend to pray for all missionaries and all countries across the world. In particular special prayers are asked for peace in the Middle East and the other troubled parts of our world. Mission Sunday means we are all connected. Our prayers today and this week of Mission are also connected and make a real and lasting difference.

Thought For The Week is updated each Monday