Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Fr Paddy Byrne: Time to think

Fr Paddy Byrne

ROBBIE Burns writes well on the little things. When he was ploughing, he disturbed the home of a mouse. He apologised in a poem entitled ***Ode to a mouse***.

He also admits too, how careless humans are and disrespectful of the social status of life, where every little mouse (and everything else) has a place. But then he wanders towards his own problems:

Still thou are blest, compared wi’ me!
The present only toucheth thee:
But Och! I backward cast my e’e,
On prospects drear!
An’ forward, tho’ I cannot see,
I guess an’ fear!

Robbie had a friend in Robert the Bruce (of Scotland). The Scottish myth catches an important message for all of us. Robert was on the run from the English and was hiding in a cave. He watched a little spider building a web. It didn’t matter how often the spider failed, he kept going until he finished the job. Robert was inspired. And so we can. It is the little things always.

The best laid schemes of mice and men (and women too) go often askew (Burns).


Read Fr Paddy’s column in full in this week’s Laois Nationalist. On sale now! 

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