will be the question from my boys if they turn out to be decent footballers, given their two options are Scotland and Eire (like Aidan McGeady, above), both of whom are rubbish and woeful at the moment.
O Lord and Master of my life! Take from me the spirit of sloth, faint-heartedness, lust of power, and idle talk. But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience, and love to Thy servant. Yea, O Lord and King! Grant me to see my own errors and not to judge my brother; For Thou art blessed unto ages of ages. Amen
This then is the beginning of my advice: make prayer the first step in anything worthwhile you attempt (RB Prologue)
What I'm Reading
Strictly speaking, one cannot teach religion, since religion is a personal relationship with God...One can memorise the Gospels and quote them perfectly, and still be as remote from Christ as any unbeliever
'If you wish to gain victory over the passions, enter within yourself through prayer and God's help; then descend into the depths of your heart and there track down these three powerful giants - forgetfulness, laziness and ignorance.' Theophan the Recluse
Diplomat butts into hot disputes, presuming that the combatants will welcome and appreciate his even-handed and eminently reasonable mediation. Frankly, he gets what he deserves.
And some things that should not have been forgotten... were lost - Lord of the Rings (Film)
who 'yearns for life and longs to see the good days'
- The Cellarer...should be wise and mature in behaviour...nor apt to give offence nor inclined to cause trouble... (RB 31) - Bit of work needed then...