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'Colourful Display'
(Archived on Monday - September - 19/09/2022 )

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  Photo was taken yesterday at Ballinhassig, Co.Cork (Irl)  
What a colourful display in beautiful September sunshine. The churns and the old cart make for a colourful display in the village of Ballinhassig

On This Day
On Sep 19th 1970 American rock guitarist and singer Jimi Hendrix died
On Sep 19th 2014 Scottish voters rejected a referendum that would have made Scotland an independent country.

Birthdays Today
Pascal Donohue (Ireland's Finance Minister) is 49
Trish Yearwood (Singer and Garth Brook's wife) is 58

Saint For Today
Today September 19th is the feast day of St. Januarius, better known as San Gennaro, the patron saint of Naples, believed to protect the city from volcanic eruptions.

Significance of Today
Today the Funeral Service of the late Queen Elizabeth II takes place. The Queen's funeral is predicted to become the most watched broadcast of all time, with many millions of viewers expected to tune in around the world.


Thought on Monday - September - 19/09/2022

Thought For The Week

'The only thing that stands between us and extinction is six inches of soil and the fact that it rains.' ~Anna Krzywoszynska

During the month of September we celebrate the Season Of Creation and it finishes on October 4th, the feast day of Saint Francis. It is a time to reflect on bigger issues, particularly on climate change and what we can do to play our part to limit its effects. But the Season Of Creation is much wider than just climate change. It is also about noticing the little moments, in the beauty of creation all around us.

We believe that the presence of God can be found in many places but can also be found in the beauty of nature all around us. It is the little moments of beauty that catch our eye, that remind us there must be something more, a creator who makes all of this possible.

The season of creation reminds us that our world resources are finite. For example every minute we lost the equivalent of thirty football pitches of fertile soil across the world. Climate change, the spread of intensive agriculture, deforestation and industrial activity have accelerated the loss of soil in almost every country.

We are encouraged to appreciate the gift of soil and not to take it for granted. This summer there has been a huge swing towards growing vegetables in our gardens. There has been a bumper harvest thanks to the lovely warm weather. The savings are significant too particularly with the price of food going up so much. It is also well known that your own vegetables taste so much better. So instead of using chemical fertilisers, we are encouraged to use natural mulch and organic matter in our garden soil. The soil needs to be nurtured and minded too.

This season of creation is a lovely time of year. I encourage you if you can this week to go for a walk, a stroll, sit in your garden and notice the beauty of creation all around you. It is God's most precious gift to us. We are encouraged to enjoy it and allow it to touch our soul.

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