A beautiful skyline at dawn behind the church in Carrigaline, Co.Cork made for a lovely photo opportunity

On This Day

On December 3rd 1967 Christian Barnard of South Africa performed the first human heart transplant, at the Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town.

On December 3rd 2019 the music streaming service Spotify said the rapper ‘Drake’ was the most streamed star of the 2010’s with 28 million streams. Ed Sheeran’s song “Shape Of You” was the most streamed track with 2.4 billion streams

Birthdays Today

Eamonn Holmes (TV Presenter) is 64

Andrew Maxwell (Comedian) is 49

Saint For Today

The Saint for today is Saint Francis Xavier and is one of the Church’s great missionary saints

Significance Of Today

Today is International Disability Day or the International Day of People with Disability. It is a day that has been promoted by the United Nations since 1992. The aim of International Disability Day is to encourage a better understanding of people affected by a disability, together with helping to make people more aware of the rights, dignity and welfare of disabled people.

Interesting Quote For Today

“The time is always right to do what is right.” ~Martin Luther King Jr

Did You Know

Did you know elephansts are the only mammals that cannot jump

Video for the week🎥 (Updated every Wednesday🎥)

This weeks video is called ‘Everyone can plough a new beginning.’

Thought For The Week

Every day Farmer Murphy has two eggs for his breakfast. But he does not keep hens. No one gives him the eggs and he does not buy, beg, borrow or steal them. How does he manage to have two eggs for breakfast every day?

The farmer keeps ducks! Sometimes we assume lots of things even when it comes to eggs! We assume that the only egg that can be eaten is from a hen. While they may not be as common, duck, goose and quail eggs are also readily available.

The same often goes with spiritual matters too. We can often make lots of assumptions. That perhaps there is only one way to pray, only one way of connecting with God, only one way of taking time out, when in fact there are so many other options available. There are many things that can be said about the God we believe in. Some of these are obvious and some we sense over a longer period of time.

One of these is that the God we believe in is a God of surprise. This means that God can often surprise us when we least expect it and that we can often meet God in the quieter moments of our lives. To begin to limit our experience of God to just one experience does God a massive disservice.

There are endless experiences and many of them are waiting to be discovered. That is why spirituality should never be boring. If we try to box and limit our experience of God or get tied up into the same routine, then the experience will surely over time become boring or dry. Over many years the Church in Ireland put all its eggs in one basket, going to Mass. There was nothing else encouraged or spoken about. It is only now that new ways of spiritually connecting people are gaining momentum.

As we journey towards Advent it is time to reflect on new ways of connecting with God. The good news is that every way, no matter how small, is important and valued.

The Thought For The Week is updated each Monday