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12th Jan, 2018


The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, 2018

This School Science 4-day exhibition of Chemical, Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Biological and Ecological Sciences, Social and Behavioural Sciences and Technology is on at the moment in Dublin with its 500 projects from second-level students. Since 1963 this hands-on science was something that students in Ireland have being benefiting from.

Many of the projects are of a very high standard indeed, with original research and innovation invariably the hallmark of the major prize winners. Previous winners have gone on to win international accolades and in many cases to forge successful careers at the forefront of the sciences.

The rise in the new atheism has made it a commonplace that science and religion are in conflict, and young people are absorbing the idea as axiomatic. But the Catholic Church's enthusiasm for scientific research and discovery is actually enshrined in its Catechism. Article 159, Faith and Science, states:

"Though faith is above reason, there can never be any real discrepancy between faith and reason. Since the same God who reveals mysteries and infuses faith has bestowed the light of reason on the human mind, God cannot deny himself, nor can truth ever contradict truth."

This year's winner is Simon Meehan, aged 15, for his project entitled "Investigation into the Antimicrobial effects of both aerial and root parts of selected plants against Staphylococcus’ aureus".
He takes home a cheque for €7,500 and a trip to Bletchley Park.

11th Jan, 2018


Here's another one I like.

A Scottish house painter used to thin down the paint to make it go a bit further. Then he was employed to paint the local Church. Suddenly there was a loud clap of thunder, rain poured down, he fell off the scaffolding and the thinned paint spread all over the place. He sensed this was a judgement from on high. He fell to his knees and pleaded, "Oh God, forgive me. What should I do"? A mighty voice spoke from the thunder: "Repaint! Repaint! And thin no more"

(no subject)

Will glass coffins take on, do you think? Remains to be seen.

2nd Jan, 2018



The teacher is asking her class what they did for Christmas. Not wishing to leave out her Jewish pupil she asks him too. Isaac replies: "It's the same every year. Dad comes home from the office, we pile into the Rolls Royce, drive to Dad's toy factory, look at all the empty shelves, and sing 'What a Friend We Have in Jesus'. Then off to the Bahamas".

31st Dec, 2017



Everyone who passed through our door during the Christmas made us happy - some by their coming, some by their going!

Christmas and the New Year are seasons  when we come together to celebrate love and peace. What part did I play in both the peace and love of this Christmas?

Was I the one coming or going?

30th Dec, 2017




A new year again! ‘Once you have missed the first buttonhole, you’ll never manage to button up". Goethe makes the point that beginnings are important.

Every new day is a call for a new beginning, none more so than New Year’s Day. At this time, we may determine to replot our course in some small way or even to make a major adjustment in our lives - our New Year Resolution!

All beginnings are hard … especially a beginning you make for yourself. That’s the hardest beginning of all.

29th Dec, 2017


A man was having a conversation with God

Man: What is a million years like to you, O God?
God: Like one second, my son.
Man: What is a million dollars like to you, my Lord?
God: Like one penny, my son.
Man: Can you lend me a “penny”?
God: Sure! Just a second …

25th Dec, 2017



Adoration of the Magi, by Gerard David. Oil on oak, c. 1500;
Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts, Brussels.

The Magi, standing  for mysticism and philosophy, seek something new. Their presence in the Christmas story accentuates the idea of a search and a discovery. Led by a star, the Wise Men are seeking wisdom and for them there must be a light also in the intellect.
Just like the Magi, our faith, too, means that we are always searching and open-minded. Like little children who see and trust, the truth is unwrapped and right before our eyes on Christmas. It’s in the joyful wide-eyed expression of the kids as they tear into their presents, in a simple but thoughtful gift from a friend, and in the baby wrapped in swaddling clothes in the manger of the Nativity. Without fail, that same experience returns no matter how much we age.

23rd Dec, 2017



Wishing my readers a very Happy Christmas.

"Darkness rises.  Light rises to meet it.”

(Star Wars: 'The Last Jedi' promotional tagline)

22nd Dec, 2017



In an unusual moment, earlier this week, President Trump invited Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Ben Carson, to lead the members of the Cabinet in prayer during a meeting, thanking God "for a President and for cabinet members who are courageous, who are willing to face the winds of controversy in order to provide a better future for those who come behind us."

The President then invited the press to stay and watch the prayer, saying "you need the prayer more than I do, I think."
"Maybe a good solid prayer and they'll be honest, Ben, is that possible?," Trump joked in reference to the media.

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