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Strandbeest Video

Ingenious, fascinating and mildly disturbing:

Star Wars Day

I just came across a series of eleven rather silly but amusing videos that will appeal to Star Wars fans of a certain age group (i.e. my age group, and I’m not telling you which one that is).

Happy Star Wars Day!

Operation Storm Heaven

An invitation for Catholics:

Here is a link to the website where you can join the Rosary Warriors.


Reblogging from last year:

Anglo Saxon Celt Creates Art and Craft

The ancient greyness shifted
Suddenly and thinned
Like mist upon the moors
Before a wind.
An old, old prophet lifted
A shining face and said:
“He will be coming soon.
The Son of God is dead;
He died this afternoon.”

A murmurous excitement stirred all souls.
they wondered if they dreamed-
Save one old man who seemed
Not even to have heard.

And Moses standing,
Hushed them all to ask
If any had a welcome song prepared.
If not, would David take the task?
And if they cared
Could not the three young children sing
The Benedicite, the canticle of praise
They made when God kept them from perishing
In the fiery blaze?

A breath of spring surprised them,
Stilling Moses’ words.
No one could speak, remembering
The first fresh flowers,
The little singing birds.
Still others thought of fields new ploughed

Or apple trees
All blossom-boughed.
Or some, the…

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The Face of Humility

I thoroughly recommend watching the video in this wonderful post by Patricia:

Illumina Domine Blog - Devotion to The Holy Face

Hans Holbein der Altere

The Lord opens my ear that I may hear; And I have not rebelled, have not turned back.  I gave my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who plucked my beard:  My Face I did not shield from buffets and spitting, The Lord God is my help, therefore I am not disgraced; I have set my like flint, knowing that I shall not be put to shame. (Isaiah 50: 4b-7)

What does it means to be a Christian?

“A Message to Those Who Kill Us” – Father Boules George gives a sermon during the Eve of Monday Pascha following the two bombings on Palm Sunday that took place at Saint George Coptic Orthodox Church in Tanta and Saint Mark Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Alexandria.

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Palm Sunday

Unexpected Discoveries at Knock Museum

I have lived within twenty minutes drive of Knock Museum for more than fifteen years.  I finally went in a few days ago for a class, but I still didn’t get a proper look at the exhibits.  I did make some interesting discoveries though, and I learnt how to make a St. Brigid’s cross.  My first discovery was made in the museum shop.  I saw some products there that looked very much like the kind of thing that I aspire to make, based on the Book of Kells.  The artist has a website where you can view and purchase his work if you want.

The second discovery was through meeting a Spanish lady in the class.  I couldn’t catch her name – Pilar – until she spelled it out for me.  I’m sure she was fed up of explaining its origins but I had to ask.  She told me that it is quite a common name in Spain, where babies are named in honour of Our Lady of the Pillar (Pilar in Spanish).  Below is a photo of a Marian statue on what is reputed to be the pillar in question.  It is obscured in the picture by a blue and white origami mantle (please don’t ask why; I haven’t the foggiest).  The apparition is claimed to be the first Marian apparition and happened when Mary was still alive.  Our Lady is said to have appeared to Saint James when she wished to gather the apostles together for one last time before her assumption into Heaven.
Virgen del Pilar

I thought it might be fun to do a post listing and describing all the Marian apparitions but looking at how many there are on the maps by National Geographic, I changed my mind.  There are nine major Church-approved apparitions, and the one at Knock is among them.  I would have only been able to list five of them before I started my research; how about you?  Have there been any in your area or country?  Knock is the national Marian shrine of Ireland.  You can see it marked quite clearly on the National Geographic map of apparitions in Europe.  So now you know where I live, roughly. 🙂  One day I may find the time to have a proper look around the Museum.

A Simple Way to Reduce Suffering

Want to know an easy way you can reduce suffering in the world?  If you’re a meat-eater, all you have to do is stop buying and consuming meat products.  It’s not as hard as it sounds.  I gave up meat over twenty years ago.  Even though I loved the taste of meat (my favourite meals were beef wellington and bacon sandwiches) I didn’t find it difficult to stop eating it.  Why?  Because I realised the same thing that the people in this video realised:

And if you’re already vegetarian?  Go vegan!  Start here.

Thanks go to Stacey for the info in this post.

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Foodbanks, social justice and why we need a new conversation about poverty –


They arrived today.  We don’t have post in Ireland at the weekend.  Well, this rural part of Ireland anyway, I don’t know about the rest.  Anyway, I digress.  Look at these lovelies:


Thank you Jane.  ❤  The parcel smelled fabulous, even though my candles are unscented.  Your kitchen must be a delight to work in.