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February 29, 2020

Fear of Pestilence

Fear of Pestilence                          Word on the Week                 29th February 2020. The last time we blogged on the subject of fear it was along the Fermanagh-Cavan border in Ireland.   There had been intimidation and the fear of man was evident.   This week we have witnessed signs of fear of the coronavirus.  It has gone almost […]

February 22, 2020

Coronaviris

Coronavirus                           Word on the Week              22nd February 2020. This virus which started in the Wuhan Provence of China in December 2019 has proved to be hard to control.   It is in the same family of viruses as ‘saars’ (largely in the US from 2002 to 2004) and ‘mers’ (mainly in the middle east in […]

February 15, 2020

Storm Dennis

Storm Dennis                        Word on the Week                  15th February 2020. ‘Met Éireann has issued a Status Yellow rain and wind warning for the entire country ahead of Storm Dennis which is expected to bring wet and very windy weather over the weekend and into Monday.’    The terse note from the Met Office does not encourage […]

February 8, 2020

Election 2020

Election 2020                        Word on the Week                       8th February 2020. There is an air of a festival about an Irish General Election.    During the preceding 3 to 4 week’s people with ladders are seen to be climbing many of the utility poles in our towns to fix A1 size pictures of their preferred candidate.    The higher […]

February 1, 2020

Exit of Brexit

Exit of Brexit                         Word on the Week                      1st February 2020. Midnight in Brussels or 11.00 pm in London heralded the departure of the UK from the EU, although it will continue to follow EU rules and enjoy most of the benefits of membership until the end of 2020.   The occasion was low key.   […]

January 25, 2020

Goldfinch

Goldfinch                          Word on the Week                          25th January 2020. “Look at the birds of the air” Jesus said when he was illustrating God the Father’s provision.    I was in need of a topic for this blog and there outside my window were a flock of Goldfinches!   Their multi-coloured plumage lit up the grey January […]

January 18, 2020

Crime Pays!

Crime Pays!                       Word on the Week                          18th January 2020. When you survey the bloodshed of this week you see the ugly face of crime.   It is as if the whole country has been affected by an incurable virus which can only be curtailed not cured.    It broke out in Drogheda, the North-side of Dublin and […]

January 11, 2020

Forgive and Embrace

Forgive and Embrace                       Word on the Week              11th January 2020. Last week’s blog had scarcely hit the bin when the dreams of times past turned into nightmares!    Commemorate that lot – not on your life!   One correspondent, in a fine show of charity said, “forgive and forget” people were OK with that, but “forgive and […]

January 4, 2020

An Epiphany of Dreams

An Epiphany of Dreams                   Word on the Week              4th January 2020. The last decade in Ireland commemorated the centenary of the 1916 Rising and the decade we are entering promises many more of the same!   Community-led events are planned in the locations where they occurred historically and funding will be available to artists […]

December 28, 2019

Coming Home for Saturnalia

It had been an eventful year in Jerusalem.   My Legion had been there from the start. Who could ever forget that memorable crucifixion.    The one where my Centurion (who had his belief in God confirmed) said “In truth this man was the Son of God” (St Mark Chapter 15 verse 39). Events followed with the […]

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