NATURE NOTES - Carmelite Monastery - Knock, Tranquilla
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Nature is not overwhelmed by Covid 19

it goes about Summer as usual.

May the beauty of Nature

help heal our broken lives,

bodies and hearts.

May Jesus, who appeared to

Mary Magdalen in a garden,

raise our hearts in hope and thaksgiving.


Our wildlife friends

are not shy

about coming close

to ask for food!

 The short snowfall is past and  Spring  is here!     

The garden is awake

with various beautiful flowers & fauna

May the wonder and beauty of Nature

lead us all to Praise and thank

the Lord of all Creation.

The magnificent December skies are hearalding Advent and Christmas

here in the ‘wild’ but lovely West of Ireland.

The light coming into our Chapel in the afternoon is breath-taking.

And God’s little creatures are

up and about at odd times!

We join with nature and ‘wait in hope’

for the Day Star – Jesus, born of Mary,

coming as gently as the Dawn

The dark evenings have creeped up on us

and Winter-Time is here once more.

It brings its own beauty

and the play of light and shadow is astounding.

The birds (small and big!)

need all the help we can give them

in this lean season.

We do our best and are rewarded

by the lovely antics of our feathered friends.

‘And just like that – Summer fell into Fall!’


 Spring arrived early this year

and so has Autumn.

August boasted two full moons –

the second one called

‘The Blue Moon’ as it is so rare.

This brought us some thunderous downpours

which got the leaves moving from the trees before time.

Now September looks, (almost), like October!

September 1st. launched the ‘Season of Creation’,

an ecumenical initiative

that aims to increase awareness among Christians

of the need to protect our common home.

It runs from Sept. 1st. to Oct. 4th.

Feast of St. Francis of Assisi,

patron saint of animals and ecology.

St. Francis Of Assisi Digital Art

We are even more determined to



and re-cycle!

Let us all Pray and Work to take care of the creation on our doorsteps!

August 2019

Knock is no stranger to rain in August!

However, nature still delights us no matter the weather!

July 2019

We have renamed these beautiful flowers

‘Living Flames’

after St. John of the Cross’ poem.

They arrive on time for all the great Carmelite feasts in July!

They blend beautifully with the Orange Blossom and Poppies to provide fitting flower arrangments for the Chapel and house.

Our soft fruit provided rich pickings again this year

and the home-made elderflower cordial

has helped quench the thirst

of yet another hot summer!    

June 2019

Spirit of God – drawing forth the beauty of Creation to delight us – may this beauty refresh our hearts and souls!

We are doing our best to keep the bees in our midst!

Although we are unable to look after hives ourselves at present;

in our wild-life friendly grounds, we are providing accommodation for some

bees of the Beekeeper Club of Ballyhaunis, about seven miles down the road.

It is wonderful for us to be able to have bees around again

without the worry of swarms getting ready to flee the hive

just as the bell goes for Evening Prayer of Corpus Christi or the Sacred Heart!

May 2019

The variety of flowers, wild and ‘tame’ delight us.

and our rabbits are out and about with their young!


March / April 2019



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