A message from Fr John

Posted on: 24/08/2020

Dear Friends

Good morning

My sister-in-law is slowly trying to sort out my brother's effects. As well as some old photos, I have inherited his fishing gear - mainly fly fishing gear. It all reminds me of the times when he tried to teach me to cast. I was hopeless at it which simply served to make him swear at me - affectionately of course.

Lovely fond memories - but I will try again sometime soon. I don't think the fish have much to fear but it's a great way to spend time with nature - one's own, that of the fish and fresh air in quiet surroundings. I know St Peter and the team were fisherfolk but I don't think I'm in competition with them.

There are some delightful one-liners about fishing; one of my favourites is from Izaak Walton:
'Rivers and the inhabitants of the watery elements are made for wise men to contemplate and for fools to pass by without consideration.'
'Early to bed, early to rise, fish all day, make up lies.'

I hope you are getting some time to give thanks for all that God shares with us in the world of nature

Stay safe please

St Joseph, pray for us

Every blessing

Fr John

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