The word ‘Holidays’ originally comes from an Old English word meaning ‘Holy Days’. So, it’s very fitting that many countries recognise today, All Saints’ Day, as a holiday to be celebrated.
A desire to become more holy is a great and happy goal to be honoured and respected. It is possible for you, for me, and for all people who will turn to God and, with the free will that He still grants us now, ask Him to guide us ever closer to Heaven.
Though we all still stumble on, or sometimes stray away from, the path meant for us, it’s really comforting to know that God forgives our faults if we ask Him sincerely and believe in Him faithfully. Today is a perfect day to ‘turn over a new leaf’ and, through prayer, seek God’s help to live a more holy life.
Two days ago, my wife, Jenny, and I enjoyed a delicious dinner and a great chat at the home of a really lovely couple.
Though it was certainly tempting, no-one was going to eat all 360° of the scrumptious pear cake by themselves! There was a total of N people at the dinner to share the cake equally. An interesting mathematical fact is that the 360° can be divided exactly (to get a whole number, with no remainder) by 1 or 2 or 3 or…all the way to…or N, but there would be a remainder if 360° were to be divided by N+1.
How many people altogether were at the dinner?
Also, what was my favourite food in the main course if you can make its name by taking the letters of SORT IT, then adding one particular extra letter, and rearranging to get the 7-letter name of the food?
The 6 people at the dinner were: Jenny and me (guests of) Kinga, Guy, their son Edward and his lovely Chinese girlfriend Ying.
I sent them the following puzzle: “Which piano key should be your favourite!?”
There were a few laughs on reading my accompanying answer:
“The G KEY, in honour of Guy, Kinga, Edward, Ying 😊😊😊😊.”
In further honour of the new ‘Fantastic Four’, enjoy the following chess puzzle where it’s White to play and force checkmate in not more than 4 moves.
Congratulations yet again, this time for finding
1 Qe5+! Ka8 2 Qa5+ Kb8 3 c7+ Kb7 4 Be4#, a pretty checkmate!
I would like to round off this article now with another good picture shared on Facebook today by Father Jim Walls.
With love and kindest wishes as always,
Paul Motwani xxx