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'Winter Grip'
(Archived on Monday - December - 13/12/2021 )

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  Photo was taken near Clondrohid, West Cork (Irl)  
 
This photo was taken at dawn just before the sun came up over the horizon. It is a typical winter scene with the bare trees on both sides of the road.

On This Day
On Dec 13th 2015 the COP21 climate change summit in Paris reaches a deal between 195 countries to limit the rise in the global average temperature to less than 2 degrees C above pre-industrial levels
On Dec 13th 2019 the British General Election is won by Boris Johnson's Conservative Party in landslide win with 80 seat majority.

Birthday's Today
Taylor Swift (Pop Singer) is 32
Jamie Foxx (Actor) is 54
Peter Stringer (Ex Ireland and Munster Rugby Player) is 44

Interesting Quote for Today
"When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love." ~ Marcus Aurelius

Saint For Today: Saint Lucy, also known as Saint Lucia or Saint Lukia and is the patron saint of light and of the blind.

Significane of Today: The Festival of Light is celebrated on December 13th, the Feast of Saint Lucy (Lucia), Patron Saint of Light. The festival celebrates the triumph of light over darkness, good overcoming evil and the renewal of life.

 

Thought on Monday - December - 13/12/2021

'If Christmas isn't found in your heart you won't find it under the Christmas tree.' ~Charlotte Carpenter

Christmas is getting so much closer now. This weekend we lit the 3rd candle on the Advent wreath. The third candle is pink and it is meant to stand out. The third Sunday of Advent is called 'Joyful Sunday'. In many churches the emphasis today will be putting an emphasis on good news. It is a day to celebrate good news stories in our community and in our lives.

Today no apologies are made for highlighting our good news stories. It is crucial and important that we do. We have a natural tendency to lean towards negative and sad stories. Covid has meant that we have been leaning constantly towards a lot of bad news.

We all need to hear good news, we need to nurture good news and importantly we need to celebrate good news. We need to bring the balance back in. That is why 'Joyful Sunday' is one of those days to at least try and put the spotlight on some good news. These good news stories are plentiful but they often get squashed and pushed to one side. These good news stories do not have to make the headlines. It is often the small and insignificant good news stories that really are the best of all.

Christmas can be many different things to people with lots of spiritual significance. Christmas can be rightly called a 'Celebration of Good News' but especially of your good news. The message of 'Joyful Sunday' is that of course you are special and always worth celebrating. If we can't do that, then there is no point having Christmas. Christmas celebrates you. You are special and always will be.

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