There are still some trees full of beautiful golden colours like this beech tree on the outskirts of Millstreet, Co.Cork

On This Day

On November 20th 1986 the World Health Organization announces first global effort to combat AIDS

On November 20th 2019 the Oxford Dictionaries word of the year is “climate emergency”

On November 20th 2022 theUN COP27 summit agreed to establish fund to help poor and vulnerable countries with climate change, with committee to be made up of representatives from 24 countries

On November 20th 2022 US President Joe Biden turned 80 years old, becoming the first octogenarian to serve in the country’s highest office

Birthday’s Today

Joe Biden (President of the United States) is 81

Kimberley Walsh (Former Girls Aloud singer) is 42

Joe Walsh (Eagles guitarist and singer) is 76

Saint For Today

Saint for November 20th for Saint Edmund

Significance of Today

Today November 20th is World Children’s Day and was first established in 1954. It is celebrated on 20th November each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare.

Interesting Quote For Today

“Anytime someone tells me that I can’t do something, I want to do it more.” ~Taylor Swift

Did You Know

TYPEWRITER is the longest word you can type using only the letters on one row of the keyboard.

Video for the week🎥(Updated every Wednesday🎥)

This weeks video is called ‘A Timeless Classic – Take Time’

Thought For The Week

The following is a timeless classic called ‘Take Time’ It is a beautiful reminder about taking time for the important things in life.
Take Time to think, it is the source of power. Take Time to read, it is the foundation of wisdom.
Take Time to play, it is the secret of staying young.
Take Time to be quiet, it is the opportunity to seek God.
Take Time to be aware, it is the opportunity to help others.
Take Time to love and be loved, it is God’s greatest gift.
Take Time to laugh, it is the music of the soul. Take Time to be friendly, it is the road to happiness.
Take Time to dream, it is what the future is made of.
Take Time to pray, it is the greatest power on earth. Author Unknown

Also for this week from the archive

‘Faith gives you an inner strength and a sense of balance and perspective in life.’ ~Gregory Peck 

There was an old man who operated a rowboat for ferrying passengers between an island and the mainland. One day a passenger noticed that he had painted on one oar the word “Works,” and on the other oar the word “Faith.” Curiosity led him to ask the meaning of this. The old man replied, “I will show you,”

And so he dropped one oar, rowing only with the oar named “Works.” Of course, the boat just went around in circles. Then he switched oars, picking up “Faith” and dropping “Works.” And the little rowboat went around in circles again, this time in the opposite direction.

After this demonstration, the old man picked up both oars “Faith” and “Works,” and rowing with both oars together swiftly coursed over the water. He looked at the passenger and said, “You see, that is the way it is in life as well as in rowing a boat. You got to keep both oars in the water, otherwise, you will just go round in circles.”

It is a reflection on our own lives too. What are the oars in our lives? Do they balance each other out or are we going around in circles? In terms of spirituality, it is a strong viewpoint that a belief in something is crucial in bringing balance. Not to have a belief in something is like using just one oar. There are so many different religions that claim this space. Each one claims its own unique position. Even if you are not affiliated to a religion or struggle with religious belief, having a belief in something is important.

Throughout our Gospel stories we get a beautiful sense of how Jesus naturally found this balance between belief in God and our everyday lives. He led by example and he encouraged others to find this balance. It remains a challenge for all of us to find the balance today. We sometimes find it and the lose it again. But of all days, today is a great day to begin finding this balance.

The Thought For The Week is updated each Monday

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