I took this photo yesterday outside the church in Carrigaline. It was simply a splash of colour and for November it was impressive. It just shows what can be done with a little creativity. Of course the next hard frost may tell a different story but for now these lovely colours give a warm welcome to anyone visiting the church.

On This Day

On Nov 9th 1989 the opening of the Berlin Wall took place. It extended for 45km to divide the western and eastern sides of Berlin.

On Nov 9th 1960 John F Kennedy became president of the United States

On Nov 9th 2020 Pfizer announced that their Covid 19 vaccine was over 90% effective in a  trial involving nearly 44,000 people. It was the first big breakthrough in the fight against Covid

Birthdays Today

Lou Ferrigno (Famous as the actor who played the part of the Incredible Hulk) is 72

Alessandro Del Piero (Former Italian footballer) is 49

Daphne Guinness (Artist and fashion designer) is 56

Today would also have been the late Caroline Flacks Birthday (TV Show host)

Saint For Today

Saint Martin of Tours and he is the Patron Saint of the poor, soldiers, tailors, and winemakers

Significance of Today

Today Nov 9th is World Freedom Day: In many parts of the world, freedom is something that is taken for granted—the freedom to choose any religion we want (or no religion at all), the freedom to be in a relationship with the person we love, the freedom to travel – the list goes on. Unfortunately, there are many, many places in the world where these freedoms are not available to most people. World Freedom celebrates the freedoms we all should be enjoying

Quote For Today

“It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.” ~Lou Holtz

Did You Know

Did you know the most used computer password is 123456  Also “Password” comes in at a rather high rate too!! So much for making it difficult for the hackers!

Video for the week🎥  (Updated every Wednesday🎥)

The video for this week is called ‘Every beam of light is important’

Thought For The Week

“The Gospels do not explain the Resurrection; the Resurrection explains the Gospels. Belief in the Resurrection is not something added to the Christian faith; it is the Christian faith.” ~John S. Whale

A question that’s often asked is – what happens to our loved ones when they die? We know a lot more than we may realise. A fascinating book by the late Colm Keane is called ‘Heading For The Light’. The book was five years in the making which included 100 interviews with people who temporarily died. Their lives briefly ended following cardiac arrests, traffic accidents, complications during childbirth and other factors.

In all cases they returned to life with extraordinary consistent accounts of what took place. Their stories conform to a common pattern. At the moment of death the soul/spirit departs the body. There is no fear, just a great sense of peace. They are looking back down where their body lies, sometimes surrounded by doctors, emergency services or family. Then the soul/spirit travels along a tunnel. At the end of the tunnel is a warm beautiful bright light. The soul/spirit is drawn towards this light. This journey towards the light has been described as relaxing, restful, wondrous, beautiful, comforting, pure joy, a glorious warmth, great serenity and total happiness.

So it is up to each of us to decide. You may believe that this is what happens when we die or perhaps not. I have done a lot of reading around the topic and all come up with the same conclusion, that the moment of death is simply a transition or a stepping stone or a bridge from one world to the next. I have been with many people down through the years at their final moment of transition. If I had to pick one word that would sum up this moment, the word would be peace or peacefully.

It is also our heartfelt belief that they are now at peace and in eternal light and love. During these days of November we remember with love our own nearest and dearest who have died. We miss them in lots of different ways and trying to put this into words is never easy. Some of these words might be: we still miss you, thank you for so many memories, you are remembered with love today, you will never be forgotten and may you rest in peace. Amen

Thought For The Week is updated each Monday