Archive for July, 2008

10 Steps to Good Luck & Happiness

Posted on: July 23rd, 2008 by admin

10 Steps to Good Luck & Happiness

1. Plant something and nurture it

2. Appreciate all your good fortune and everything you have each day

3. Take time to talk – have an hour-long conversation with a friend each week

4. Phone a friend whom you have not spoken to for a while and arrange to meet up

5. Give yourself a treat every day and take the time to really enjoy it e.g chocloate ice cream scoop!

6. Have a good laugh at least once a day

7. Get physical – exercise for half an hour three times a week preferably each day

8. Smile at and/or say hello to a stranger at least once each day

9. Cut your TV viewing by half

10. Spread some kindness – do a good turn for someone every day

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A History of Saint Patrick

Posted on: July 4th, 2008 by admin

(Thanks to A Bit o’ Blarney.com for the history of St Patrick)

St. Patrick was born to Catholic parents about 385 in Britain. His father was a nobleman and a deacon. But Patrick’s privileged life came to an end at age 16 when he was captured by slave raiders from Ireland. With a large group of prisoners, he was transported to the then pagan island.

Sold as a slave to a king in the northeast, Patrick had the lonely task of tending the pigs and sheep. In the midst of these harsh living conditions, Patrick’s faith flourished as he turned to God in prayer.

After being held captive for six years, he heard a voice in his sleep say, “Soon you will go back to your homeland.” A short time later, he heard the same voice say, “Your ship is ready.”

Trusting in God, Patrick set out on a 200-mile journey through unknown territory. When he arrived at the ship, the captain at first refused to take him. But Patrick prayed to God for help, and the captain changed his mind. Then began a lifetime of dedicating his life to becoming a priest. He envisioned returning to Ireland to teach the Irish about Christianity.

During his 30 years in Ireland, Patrick founded more than 300 churches and baptized more than 120,000 people. Yet he still encountered much opposition, “Daily I expect either murder, robbery, or enslavement,” he wrote in his Confessions. He escaped from 12 attempts on his life. Patrick died a natural death on March 17, 461.

By the end of the 7th century, many legends had developed about him. One, of course, says he charmed all the snakes in Ireland and led them to the sea to drown. Another, probably the most popular, is that he used the three-leafed shamrock to explain the concept of the Holy Trinity to unbelievers. This is probably why shamrocks, now Ireland’s national flower, are worn by the Irish on St. Patrick’s Day.

“St. Patrick’s Breastplate”

Christ, be with me.
Christ before me, Christ behind me.
Christ is me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me.
Christ on my right, Christ on my left.
Christ where I love, Christ where I sit, Christ where I rise.
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me.
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me.
Christ in every eye that sees me.
Christ in every ear that hears me.


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