While things may appear bleak, the good news is that life and truth are winning and will continue to win. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas recently said that, in spite of everything, “north is still north,” and “right is still right, even if you stand by yourself.”


 Although powerful forces in our nation — the government, the mainstream media and pop culture — may seem to be against us, we must stand firmly rooted in our convictions and knowledge that truth is on our side. Yes, north is still north, and God is always with us.


 May God bless you.

Michael Warsaw


Michael Warsaw Michael Warsaw is the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the EWTN Global Catholic Network, and the Publisher of the National Catholic Register.






When it comes to New Year’s goals and resolutions, not all are created equal. Below we suggest 16 that offer a whole lot of ROI. Some take only a few minutes; others represent simple changes; all will positively transform your life and help you become a better man.




While it’s very doable to do all 16 this year, if you’re daunted, just pick a few to concentrate on. Heck, just commit to accomplishing one; if you adopt a single new practice each year, in a decade your life will be ten positive habits richer.






Transforming hydrogen gas into a liquid might not be entirely straightforward, as it has to be cooled to around minus 253c.




However, once in liquid form, it can be readily stored and easily transported in bulk.




Crucially, though, it can also be converted into ammonia, with the addition of nitrogen. Ammonia is easy to transport. And after shipping, it is easily changed back into pure hydrogen, in a process known as cracking.




The gas itself can also be piped through existing natural gas channels and could even fuel ordinary central heating systems with a few adjustments — no need for hugely expensive, ineffective heat pumps.




And, with the correct infrastructure in place, green hydrogen gas could easily be transported from electrolysis plants in tankers to refuelling stations for our nation's vehicles.












Famous People


 Michael Joseph O’Rahilly                                                                                                


Finucane’s Pub was the birthplace of the Irish patriot, Michael O’Rahilly, known as The O’Rahilly. He was born in this house in April 1875. A wealthy businessman, he was passionately interested in Irish economic, cultural and political affairs, and he was a founding member of the Gaelic League and of the Irish Volunteers. O’Rahilly participated in the Easter Rising of 1916 in Dublin, and he died on Moore Street leading a retreat from the General Post Office. Shortly after he was born, his family moved into their newly built three-storey residence around the corner from this establishment. The house in which he grew-up bears a plaque that was unveiled on the 50th anniversary of the Rising in 1966.






 Brendan Kennelly


Brendan Kennelly was born in Ballylongford, Co Kerry, on April 17th, 1936


Kennelly’s Pub is the childhood home of the internationally acclaimed poet and writer, Brendan Kennelly, former Professor of English at Trinity College Dublin




Brendan Kennelly


The Crooked Cross


If Life in Little Places Dies, Greater Places Share The Loss Life, If You Wish, May Not Be Worth One Passing Game of Pitch Toss and Yet a Nation’s Life is Laid in Places Like The Crooked Cross








      Malachi Francis Martin


Malachi Francis Martin was born in Ballylongford during the Truce on the 27th. July 1921 and baptised the following day in St. Michael the Archangel Church in Ballylongford by Father Michael Allman P.P.  His Father was Conor Martin, the local dispensary doctor and his mother was Catherine Fitzmaurice from Riverview House Tarbert, the village where his father had been the local doctor before transferring to Ballylongford. The Godparents were James Fitzmaurice and Johanna Hayes.






© Adam Maida / The Atlantic




In early March, Texas became the first state to abolish its mask mandate and lift capacity constraints for all businesses. Conservatives hailed Governor Greg Abbott’s decision, while liberals predicted doom and death and President Joe Biden disparaged it as “Neanderthal thinking.”




Nine weeks later, the result seems to be less than catastrophic. In fact, in a new paper, economists at Bentley University and San Diego State University found that Abbott’s order had practically no effect on COVID-19 cases. “The predictions of reopening advocates and opponents failed to materialize,” the authors concluded.




How could a policy so consequential—or at least so publicly contested—do so little?




One possible interpretation is that lifting mandates did almost nothing because masks in particular do almost nothing. This viewpoint enjoys widespread popularity among conservative outlets such as Fox News, and is likely behind Abbott’s more aggressive decision to ban mask mandates in Texas.







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The Samaritans: call 116 123; Pieta House: call 1800 247 247; text HELLO to 50808, the HSE funded ‘talk about it’ helpline. If you require immediate medical help please dial, 112 or 999.








And remember your GP is your community-based resource for medical diagnosis and treatment.








Thank you for your email. Due to the large numbers registered on the public course The Science of Health and Happiness, we are unable to answer each email individually. Below are some resources we hope you will find useful and may help with your query.








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Thank President Trump for his pro-life accomplishments




December 16, 2020




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Vice President Mike Pence invited me and other leaders recently to be at an event he is hosting in Washington today to thank President Trump – the most pro-life president this nation has ever elected – for his many accomplishments for the unborn.




We want to send a message to the President from the entire Priests for Life family (that includes you!), conveying our thanks for everything the president has done to advance the cause of life, including seeing the confirmation of his three Supreme Court nominees and more than 230 federal judges; for taking away $60 million in Title X taxpayer dollars from the nation’s number one abortion seller; for halting the flow of a poison abortion ideology overseas, and so much more.




To see all of the president’s pro-life accomplishments, go to our special site, ProLifePresident.com.




Today I am asking you to sign on to this message, to add your voice to those thanking President Trump for his unparalleled pro-life advocacy.




Despite having so many forces arrayed against him from his first day in office, our president has never lost sight of his commitment to the unborn, and to our nation. He deserves our thanks, and our prayers that he will be able to govern for four more years!




Please click here to find out how to sign on to Priests for Life’s message of thanks to President Trump.




Please act today, and please pass along this email to as many others you know who may be interested.




Thank you for being part of the Priests for Life Family!






This Day in Irish History


This day 138 years ago - 22 October 1882 - nine women were awarded degrees from the Royal University of Ireland.


They were the first women in either Ireland or Great Britain to receive degrees.


They became known as the Nine Graces.


Six had studied at Alexandra College, Dublin.


The nine were Isabella Mulvany, Alice Oldham, Jessie Twemlow (later Meredith), Marion Kelly, Annie Mary Sands, Eliza Wilkins, Charlotte M. Taylor, Louisa M. McIntosh, Emily E. Eberle.







Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Ben Aldridge.




Several years ago, I found myself in a dark place. I was struggling immensely with severe and debilitating anxiety and felt that I was losing control of my mind. I was having back-to-back panic attacks and honestly thought that I was dying. It was a truly terrifying experience and I felt overwhelmed with fear. My lack of education on mental health at the time meant that I didn’t understand what was happening to me. This made everything even more frightening. The fear of the unknown can often do this.











1. Human immune system cures COVID-19


In as many as 99% of all COVID-19 cases, the patient recovers from the infection, and the virus is cleared from the body.


Some of those who have had COVID-19 may have low levels of virus in the body for up to three months after infection. But in most cases these individuals can no longer transmit the virus to other people 10 days after first becoming sick.






Frances Perkins: Architect of the New Deal


She designed Social Security and public works programs that helped bring millions out of poverty. Her work has been largely forgotten.












Over the coming weeks, staff are going to be even busier than before as they prepare for the big day and move 2,177,516 objects into the building.








On July 25th, 2020, Ridley Scott and Academy Award® winner Kevin Macdonald invite you to be part of Life in a Day—a historic, global documentary capturing a single day on Earth. Videos from around the world will be woven into a YouTube Originals feature film, premiering at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.




Online exhibition: The Olympic and Paralympic Record


This week's online exhibition was developed in honour of the 2012 London Olympics. The exhibition showcases 124 years of our rich collection on Olympic and Paralympic game history, and gives an insight into sport and culture over time.






Robert George: Stand up to the woke bullying in America


July 9, 2020




"People have forgotten that bullies are cowards," said Prof. Robert George, the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University and author of books and of articles, including "Solzhenitsyn's Prophecy."


"We need outspokenness. It's the power of the word, not the force of arms, that will win this battle. But if people are too afraid, too frightened, too intimidated, too bullied to speak out against the bully — to stand up and defy the bully when the bully says, 'Oh, you're not allowed to say that,' or the bully says, 'Oh, you must say this, you must give me your loyalty oath' — until somebody stands up, until we gather ourselves and stand up to the bullies, this bullying is going to continue. But the minute that we do stand up, the bully will be revealed to be what all bullies are...a coward. And then we will begin to restore our civilization and our country."












George Cruikshank (1792-1878)


His friendship with Dickens eventually soured when Cruickshank published a letter in ‘The Times’ claiming a lot of the credit for the plot of ‘Oliver Twist’ – a claim Dickens denied.


Cruikshank also illustrated the first English translation of ‘Grimms’ Fairy Tales’ in 1823 and gained further notoriety with a series of prints that attacked leading politicians and the Royal Family.


He was married twice to Mary Ann Walker from 1827 to 1849, and Eliza Widdison from 1851 to 1878. After he passed away it was discovered that he had fathered 11 illegitimate children with a former servant who lived nearby!




The latest report on the nutritional value of egg yolks is that the entire egg should be eaten—not just the whites.  The cholesterol in egg yolks is beneficial cholesterol.  According to cholesterol-and-health.com, “Like most cholesterol-rich foods, they [egg yolks] are jam-packed full of important nutrients, especially the fat-soluble vitamins and essential fatty acids.  In fact, the slew of nutrients in an egg yolk are so comprehensive that a few eggs a day would offer better insurance for good health than a multi-vitamin.  Most importantly, the yolk contains most of the nutrients in an egg.  Egg whites, on the other hand, contain far fewer nutrients.”


Finally, consider cinnamon.  This humble spice can easily be incorporated into almost any dessert and the health benefits are numerous.  Studies have shown that just 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon per day can lower LDL cholesterol.  Cinnamon tends to regulate blood sugar, making it especially beneficial for people with Type 2 diabetes.  It can often stop medication-resistant yeast infections.  In a study published by researchers at the U.S.  Department of Agriculture in Maryland, cinnamon reduced the proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells.  It has an anti-clotting effect on the blood.  In a study at Copenhagen University, patients given half a teaspoon of cinnamon combined with one tablespoon of honey every morning before breakfast had significant relief from arthritis pain after one week.  When this spice is added to food, it inhibits bacterial growth and food spoilage.  Researchers at Kansas State University found that cinnamon fights the E.  coli bacteria in unpasteurized juices.  And it is a great source of manganese, fiber, iron,








Catholic Faith




Unfortunately, we now often spend our leisure time camped out in front of the TV or computer. We feel that modern life has become so busy and stressful (even though it hasn’t) that when we have free time, laying on the couch is all we can manage.


Yet if you’ve been feeling depressed, restless, anxious, and in need of real refreshment, the problem may be a lack of activity, rather than too much of it.




June 2020;

Noras’s 100th




by Damien Ahern from Athea Notes




We had a really memorable evening for Nora on Thursday last, where the community came together to celebrate Nora’s birthday and get a glimpse of Athea’s only centenarian. A large crowd lined both sides of the street in anticipation of Nora’s arrival by Garda escort. Many of the premises on Colbert Street had also been brightly decorated for the occasion. At 7pm the siren from the Garda car could be heard approaching the village followed by Nora being escorted by her son Jim.  The crowd cheered and clapped and held up banners made by some of our younger residents. Nora was paraded up and down the street before entering the Church Grounds where a mini concert was organised for Nora. Treasurer of Athea Tidy Towns, Henry Moran welcomed Nora to the village and gave a brief summary of her life and congratulated her on reaching her 100th year. Fr Mullins then sang Happy Birthday to Nora as well as providing a rendition of ‘Limerick You’re a Lady’. Born and bred a Kerry woman, we could not let the occasion pass without singing Nora’s favourite song – The Valley of Knockanure. Hannah Mai Collins sang this accompanied by Nora. Local musicians – Danny Barry and friends also provided some entertainment.  Nora’s granddaughter, Angela O’Connor accepted a bunch of Flowers on Nora’s behalf from Athea Tidy Towns member, and friend and neighbour of Nora, Eileen Sullivan.  Jason Lynch, Nora’s grandson was then presented with ‘Nora’s box of wishes’. This box had been left in Collins shop in the week leading up to Nora’s Birthday where people were encouraged to write their birthday wishes on a piece of paper and place it in the box. It was wonderful to see the younger members embracing this idea by colouring and painting pictures for Nora. In the midst of the Covid Pandemic, it was a wonderful occasion for the community to come together to celebrate a positive occasion and to honour our Centenarian. TG4 also visited Athea for the occasion and it is due to be aired on either June 21st or 22nd. Keep an eye on Athea Tidy Towns Facebook Page for Updates. Huge thanks to everyone who helped out in any way with the celebrations. The big Athea heart continues to beat.


Ten Irish museums to visit virtually






READINGS for Sunday 26th April






The Strenuous Life is a platform for those who wish to revolt against our age of ease, comfort, and existential weightlessness. It is a base of operations for those who are dissatisfied with the status quo and want to connect with the real world through the acquisition of skills that increase their sense of autonomy and mastery. It's for those who desire more challenge. Who want to stretch themselves and do hard things. Who want to experience life first-hand rather than second-hand.






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Ancestors from Ireland




3 Women Philosophers of the Enlightenment


They shaped the history of Western philosophical thought. It’s past time to recognize their contributions.










What3words: The app that can save your life






According to Verisk Maplecroft, unrest in places like Chile and Hong Kong will continue this year. Taken by surprise, the governments of the world are ill-prepared to deal with social grievances. Repression ends up radicalising protesters and provoking more violent actions.




Michelin and General Motors present new generation of airless wheel technology for passenger vehicles


  6/5/2019 - Montreal, QB - Michelin and General Motors presented a new generation of airless wheel technology for passenger vehicles — the MICHELIN Uptis Prototype (or “Unique Punctureproof Tire System”) — at the Movin’On Summit for sustainable mobility. Michelin and GM also announced a joint research agreement under which the companies intend to validate the Uptis Prototype with the goal of introducing Uptis on passenger models as early as 2024. Michelin and GM are testing the Uptis Prototype, beginning with vehicles like the Chevrolet Bolt EV. Later this year, the companies will initiate real-world testing of Uptis on a test fleet of Bolt EV vehicles in Michigan. Because Uptis is airless, the breakthrough wheel assembly eliminates the dangerous risk of flat tires and blowouts: Drivers of passenger vehicles feel safer on the road; Operators of passenger vehicle fleets minimize downtime and improve efficiency resulting from flat tires and near-zero levels of maintenance; Society at large benefits from extraordinary environmental savings through reduced use of raw materials for replacement tire or spare tire production. The Uptis Prototype represents a major advancement toward achieving Michelin’s VISION concept, which was presented at the Movin’On Summit in 2017 as an illustration of Michelin’s strategy for research and development in sustainable mobility. The VISION concept introduced four main pillars of innovation: airless, connected, 3D-printed and 100% sustainable (entirely renewable or bio-sourced materials). "The Uptis Prototype demonstrates Michelin’s capacity for innovation — in both the mastery of these high-tech materials, and also the development approach in close collaboration with GM, which validates our Vision concept as a roadmap for innovation. Uptis represents progress toward Michelin’s vision for tomorrow’s mobility, and also embodies our commitment to a better, sustainable mobility for all." said Eric Vinesse, executive vice president, research and development, Group Michelin (who revealed Uptis at the Movin’On Summit) Uptis features ground-breaking improvements in architecture and composite materials, which enable Uptis to bear the car’s weight at road-going speeds. These innovations combine to eliminate compressed air to support the vehicle’s load, and result in extroardinary environmental savings: approximately 200 million tires worldwide are scrapped prematurely every year as a result of punctures, damage from road hazards or improper air pressure that causes uneven wear. These advancements through the Uptis Prototype demonstrate Michelin’s and GM’s shared commitment to delivering safer, more sustainable mobility solutions.










Drinking hot lemon water can prevent cancer. Don't add sugar. Hot lemon water is more beneficial than cold lemon water.




Both yellow n purple sweet potato have good cancer prevention properties. 




01. Often taking late night dinner can increase the chance of stomach cancer




02. Never take more than 4 eggs per week




03. Eating chicken backside can cause stomach cancer




04. Never eat fruits after meal. Fruits should be eaten before meals




05. Don't take tea during menstruation period.




06. Take less soy milk, no adding sugar or egg to soy milk




07. Don't eat tomato with empty stomach




08. Drink a glass of plain water every morning before food to prevent gall bladder stones




09. No food 3 hrs before bed time




10. Drink less liquor or avoid, no nutritional properties but can cause diabetes and hypertension




11. Do not eat toast bread when it is hot from oven or toaster




12. Do not charge your handphone or any device next to you when you are sleeping




13. Drink 10 glasses of water a day to prevent bladder cancer




14. Drink more water in the day time, less at night




15. Don't drink more than 2 cups of coffee a day, may cause insomnia and gastric




16. Eat less oily food. It takes 5-7 hrs to digest them, makes you feel tired




17. After 5pm, eat less




18. Six types of food that makes you happy: banana, grapefruit, spinach, pumpkin, peach.




19.Sleeping less than 8 hrs a day may deteriorate our brain function. Taking Afternoon rest for half an hour may keep our youthful look.




20. Cooked tomato has better healing properties than the raw tomato.




Hot lemon water can sustain your health and make you live longer!




Hot lemon water kills cancer cells




Add hot water to 2-3 slices of lemon. Make it a daily drink




The bitterness in hot lemon water is the best substance to kill cancer cells.




Cold lemon water only has vitamin C, no cancer prevention.




Hot lemon water can control cancer tumor growth.




Clinical tests have proven hot lemon water works.




This type of Lemon extract treatment will only destroy the malignant cells, it does not affect healthy cells.




Next... citric acid and lemon polyphenol in side lemon juice, can help reduce high blood pressure, effective prevention of deep vein thrombosis, improve blood circulation, and reduce blood clots.


17 November 2018


Cosmology Seminar - Lifestyle & Consumerism: Is a simple lifestyle possible in our throw away society?


Presenter: Dr. Cathriona Russell, TCD


Venue: Don Bosco Centre, Milford, Limerick


Date: November 17th 2018


by phone 087 1337612 or by email at noreen.ramsay15@gmail.com


On or before 10th Nov. 2018



2018 Moyvane Development Association Newsletter


June 18, 2018




Moyvane Development/Tidy Towns Newsletter June 2018




Our application for the competition has been submitted, and it’s all systems go to improve on last year’s results. (2017 results attached)




The results for last year show an improvement of 6 marks which brings us to 287 out of a possible 450.




Adjudication time is upon us already and can take place anytime from June to the end of July.




We need your continued support and help to enhance the overall appearance of the village. Adjudicators will take into account everything from house painting, flower displays, gardens, general tidiness and litter control. If you haven’t done so already, you still have time to have another look around and see where you can make some improvements. We have the potential to improve our score further by concentrating on the areas outlined in the adjudicators report.




Regular clean ups will continue over the summer period. We are encouraged by the extra support received so far this year, especially the large number of people who helped with the County Wide clean up in April. We collected a significant amount of rubbish around the village and on the approach roads.




Last year, for the purpose of clean up’s, each housing development & each road/street was looked after by the local residents, this proved very successful, keep up the good work. We would appeal to businesses to keep a watch on the area outside their premises & we request smokers not to litter, & use the containers provided by the bars.




All clean up’s will be advertised locally, weekly clean up’s on Tues evenings.




Please keep playground tidy & use rubbish bins provided or take it home so that kids and everybody can enjoy a wonderful amenity.




The Village Walk & Nature Trail is for everyone’s enjoyment & we appeal to people to keep this area clean & tidy. Some incidents of vandalism and anti-social behaviour have taken place in this area over the past while. Some trees and hedging have been damaged. Moyvane Development Association fully encourages residents with dogs on a leash to use the walk, please use Poop Scoop bags which are available free of charge at the Post Office.




Dumping of rubbish has been occurring at the Bottle Bank. We would like to remind people that illegal dumping is prohibited and carries a fine of €3000. A CCTV system is in operation here and is monitored by KCC.




Due to a reduction in numbers in our RSS & Solas schemes we are unable to provide a flower watering service this year & we are asking householders to help by watering containers adjacent to them.








As everyone is aware waste reduction and water minimisation are important aspects of everyday life now. Here are a few points to think about to help us in this goal:




    Use local recycling bins for bottles, cans and clothes


    Use reusable coffee/tea mugs to reduce waste


    Watch for, & support local clothes collections e.g. schools, football club etc


    Avoid using disposable products e.g. use lunch boxes rather than disposable packaging.


    Remember washing your car with a hose can use up to 300 litres of water!


    The average bath can take 80 litres of water to fill. A 5 minute shower can use between 30 and 40 litres of water. A 5 minute “power” shower can use up to 100 litres of water!


    Use a basin for washing vegetables & dishes. Reuse this water to water house plants or those in the garden.


    Consider installing a water butt to collect rainwater to wash your car or to use in the garden.


    Check forecast before watering plants…it might rain later!




General Activities carried out during the year




    New seats placed in Nature Trail


    Memorial seat placed at Grotto by the Hanrahan Family


    Extension of Nature Trail with 1,200 native trees and hedging planted by RSS/Solas participants, SSE Staff Tarbert Power Station & Development members


    Fences painted on approach roads


    New flower bed planted on Glen road


    Our application for funding to KCC Community Support Fund was successful & we received €1000 towards planting of trees, hedging & flowers


    Regular litter clean ups are ongoing


    Our Village Festival continues to be our main fund raiser. Thanks to everyone who supports us in any way-those who help organise events, those who support the events and a special word of thanks to our sponsors who continue to support us financially


    Our Nature trail will be closed to the public in the next few weeks to facilitate the laying of a Tarmac surface throughout the complete walk. This will be funded by a very generous Grant received from EirGrid as gesture of thanks for the disruption visited upon the parish by their ongoing cable laying project, Moyvane Development Association will part fund the project.




Reconciliation Window, Stained Glass Windows in St. John’s Church


By  John Griffin


Stained glass is often referred to as the poor man’s Bible as it was used from the Early Middle Ages to illustrate scriptural stories and the lives of the saints to largely uneducated congregations. Interestingly, at least sixty-five fragments of glass, including some painted medieval pieces, were found during the excavations in Ardfert Cathedral in the 1990s.   In more recent times, stained glass is viewed as a spectacular art form to enlighten, inspire, console and instruct those who look upon them.




St. John’s Church is famous for its stained glass which, with the new Reconciliation Window by Tom Denny, will extend over three centuries.  The Great Sanctuary Window by Michael O’Connor, completed in 1861, dominates the interior. There are seven principal lights or panels in the lower section which contain the figures of Christ the King, St. John the Baptist and the Twelve Apostles in order of their selection by Jesus in St. Matthew’s Gospel (10.2-4). The upper traceried portion has representations of The Annunciation, Nine Choirs of Angels, the Holy Spirit and various other emblematic forms.






Pope Francis Calls for ‘Journalism of Peace’ in Era of ‘Fake News’






The Holy Father closed by recalling the famous “Franciscan prayer” that begins: “Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace” and adjusted it for those working in today’s media:




“Lord, make us instruments of your peace.


Help us to recognize the evil latent in a communication that does not build communion.


Help us to remove the venom from our judgments.


Help us to speak about others as our brothers and sisters.


You are faithful and trustworthy; may our words be seeds of goodness for the world:


where there is shouting, let us practise listening;


where there is confusion, let us inspire harmony;


where there is ambiguity, let us bring clarity;


where there is exclusion, let us offer solidarity;


where there is sensationalism, let us use sobriety;


where there is superficiality, let us raise real questions;


where there is prejudice, let us awaken trust;


where there is hostility, let us bring respect;


where there is falsehood, let us bring truth.


Sean Sheehy




Jan 10 (12 days ago)




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Do You Know What You’re Looking For?


    As we get older we become more preoccupied with all kinds of things like, children, grandchildren, health problems, paying bills, home maintenance, suffering, and eventually death. Sometimes I go looking for something and then forget what I’m looking for and have to ask myself, “What am I here for?” Since none of us is perfect, and we all have needs, we’re always looking for something. But what are we ultimately looking for? Happiness, justice, peace, truth, freedom, goodness, beauty, love. Where will we find these? Who can make us happy, help us to achieve justice, inner peace, truth, goodness, and beauty? Looking for these in the world around us leaves us frustrated because we can never find them totally and permanently here on earth. At best we experience them fleetingly. At worst we deprive our self of the opportunities to experience them even temporarily. The fact is that we don’t want just a little happiness, a little peace, a partial truth, partial justice, a little goodness, a little beauty, or a little love. We want each of them totally and permanently. Who can satisfy this deep need in each of us? God! Only the Creator can totally satisfy the deepest needs of the creature.


   When Jesus was choosing His apostles He began with two of John’s disciples. John recognized Jesus as the Messiah when He saw Him passing by and identified Him to the two disciples, “Look! Three is the Lamb of God!” (Jn 1:36) As soon as they heard this they started following Jesus. When Jesus noticed them following Him He turned around and asked, “What are you looking for?” (Jn 1:38) They responded, “Rabbi, where do you stay?”  Jesus simply answered, “Come and see,” He answered.” (Jn 1:38-39) Andrew, one of the two disciples, went and told his brother, Simon, "We have found the Messiah!” (Jn 1:41) Then he brought Simon to meet Jesus who looked at him and pronounced, “You are Simon, son of John; your name shall be Cephas (which is rendered Peter).” Jn 1:42) Jesus had something big in store for Peter, namely the one on whom He would found His Church, which He promised to be with “until the end of time.” (Mt 28:20)


   John’s disciples were already looking for the Messiah foretold by the Old Testament prophets. They found what they were looking for in Jesus. I believe that every man, woman, and child is looking for a Messiah. Since Jesus is the only true Messiah, God-become-man, every human being is looking for Him. Why? Because only the Messiah can lead His people to become happy, peaceful, truth-telling, just, good, beautiful, and loving men and women. Sadly all too many look for these in all the wrong places. Jesus is God in human form and promises that “No follower of mine shall ever walk in darkness; no, he shall possess the light of life.” (Jn 8:12) Since we all want to see none of us wants to be in darkness. Jesus alone is the Light that dispels the darkness of sin and selfishness freeing us to be virtuous and generous human beings.


   Do you know what you’re looking for? Have you found it? Ultimately you’re looking for Jesus since only He can satisfy your deepest needs. Where will you find Him? In His Church where He said He would be. If you want to find Jesus simply enter His Church. There He can touch your heart with His Real presence and be with you in all your joys and sorrows in His Church’s Sacraments leading you to Heaven.


   God, as our Creator, calls everyone. “I have called you by name: you are mine.” (Is 43:1) Jesus reiterated this fact when he said about Himself as the Good Shepherd who, “… calls his own by name and leads them out.” (Jn 10:3) It’s not enough for God to call us by name, we have to listen and answer with a resounding “Yes.” We must respond to God’s call like Samuel who answered, “Speak, Lord, Your servant is listening.” (1 Sam 3:9) We can’t recognize Jesus’ call unless we listen to Him speaking through His Church. “My sheep hear my voice. I know them and they follow me.” (Jn 10:27)


   When we hear Jesus’ voice we know we’ve found what we’re looking for. He is our eternal hope and our salvation. Then we’re able to say with enthusiasm, “To do Your will, O my God, is my delight, and Your law is written on my heart!” (Ps 60:9) We don’t just respond to Him spiritually; we also respond physically. God wants a response to Him from our whole person, body and soul. Then we realize the sacredness of our body and the ugliness of immorality. St Paul reminds us that “the body is not for immorality; it is for the Lord …” (1 or 6:13) Then he asks, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been purchased at a great price. Therefore glorify God in your body.” (1 Cor 6:19-20) When you know what you’re looking for you also know why you’re here and why you must act morally. (frsos)



CANADA Awards 2017

Helena Maureen Barry, Saint John, New Brunswick

Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award


Well organized, compassionate and discreet, Maureen Barry has served the Saint John community for more than five decades and has particularly cared about the well-being of children and seniors. The mother of 12 has exemplified generosity and concern for others by donating food and clothing to underprivileged families, by canvassing for several charitable organizations such as the New Brunswick Lung Association, and by serving with the Catholic Women’s League for many years. A cheerful volunteer with the St. Joseph’s Hospital and the Rocmaura Nursing Home for more than 20 years, she has brought joy and comfort to the residents during her visits.



Ajit Singh Thiara, North Vancouver, British Columbia

Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award


A graduate and a member of Leadership Vancouver, where he learned to use his leadership skills for the betterment of the community, Ajit Thiara is passionate about mentoring youth and empowering those who seek his advice. He has delivered career development workshops at Simon Fraser University and at Harvest Project, as well as for the Leaders of Tomorrow program. To reduce crime in the city, he worked with others to establish the North Vancouver Crime Prevention Society and, eager to improve the lives of the less fortunate, he has raised funds and helped serve Christmas lunch at the North Shore Neighbourhood House. In his spare time, he also participates in community events as communications officer and drummer with the B.C. Regiment Irish Pipes and Drums.



Thomas William Reynolds, Scarborough, Ontario

Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award


Thomas Reynolds has unfailingly seized the opportunity to be of assistance in any way he could. For more than three decades, his extensive participation in numerous activities with the Royal Canadian Legion has enhanced the quality of life of fellow veterans who reside at Sunnybrook Hospital. A long-time member of the Lions Club, he collects used eyeglasses for donation to developing countries. Always willing to lend a helping hand to his neighbours, he has also taken part in various fundraising activities to help provide sports equipment for a school, guide dogs for blind persons and wheelchairs for seniors.


Father William Allen Reynolds, St. Albert, Alberta

Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award


Father Reynolds was ordained to the priesthood in 1936 and has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to disadvantaged residents of his community. After serving with Scouts Canada for almost two decades, he co-founded the Boys’ & Girls’ Clubs of Edmonton. Over the next 40 years, he dedicated his spare time to the activities and management of the clubs, which would grow to influence and enrich the lives of 5 000 children and youth each year. A compassionate and gentle man, Father Reynolds continued after his retirement to celebrate mass, to administer pastoral care and to visit patients at the Royal Alexandra Hospital. 


Marie Elizabeth Greig, Whitby, Ontario

Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award


Since the age of 12, Marie Greig has been answering the call to help her community. This multi-talented young woman makes things happen. She brings energy and enthusiasm to her volunteer work at the Fairview Lodge Home for the Aged and the Whitby Terry Fox Run, and she pursues numerous community endeavours through her continuing involvement in the Junior Civitan Club. This remarkable high-school student has initiated fundraising campaigns on behalf of local organizations, developing countries, and victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks. For the past eight years, Miss Greig has also volunteered at WindReach Farm, where recreational and educational activities are offered to visitors of all ages and abilities.

War 11 Malta Bomb in Church


Alex says:           


September 18, 2017 at 5:49 PM




Hi John, very little has been written about the Royal Engineers Bomb Disposal Unit, but S.A.M Hudson has written a book titled UXB Malta. The book covers this story and reveals what it is like to work in Army bomb disposal in the most bombed place on Earth. Her father was one of the Officers in charge of incredibly only 2 bomb disposal teams on Malta during WW2.




I was fortunate to meet Susan Hudson during the revealing of the plaque to commemorate Royal Engineers Bomb Disposa