Posted on: 05/09/2020
Good morning - I hope you’re well
We’ve been thinking about prayer and the need that we all have to find our quiet, prayerful space within ourselves, that deepening awareness of the love of God which resides in each one of us. I was reminded of a short piece in Donald Nichols book Holiness - he was Director of the Ecumenical Institute at Tantur, on the border between Israel and Palestine. He was a very wise man who handled delicate situations with great sensitivity which could only come from a solid prayer life.
He says, ‘Before ever any of God’s creatures longs for holiness, God himself longs for every single one of his creatures to be holy. The ground of love, as St John says, lies not in our love for God but in his having loved us from the beginning. In other words, at the very centre of the universe is a loving Heart whose longings are the source of our own hearts’ longings. Hence our own longings can never be in vain, because they correspond with reality, with that Heart upon which our universe is centred.’
And following that through with today’s Gospel, we know that those longings, that desire for closeness, are shared and met when ’two or three are gathered’ in the name of the Lord.
As you saw in yesterday’s newsletter, we are slowly beginning to open our churches for the celebration of Mass. I would be grateful if you could pass on the details to those who don’t have access to email or internet. Thank you. If you would like to volunteer to be a steward at any of the Masses please let myself or Maureen know. The training session for all stewards is at Christ the King on Thursday at 7.00pm.
Can we please remember in our prayers all our parish family, especially those who are part of the frontline, doctors, nurses, carers and essential workers of all kinds: Joseph, Lisa, Patrick, Chris, Catherine, Anne, Terry, Mark, Theo, Clare, Richard, Anthony, Jane, James, Andrew, Mary, Francis, Ruth, Tony, Sue, Dan, Fiona, Katy. Ian & Bethany
Just in case ….
The horse said, ‘Always remember you matter, you’re important and you are loved, and you bring to this world things no one else can.’
Enjoy the day
St Joseph, pray for us
PS Rosary and Benediction on Zoom at 3.00pm today
Posted: 16 September 2020
As you know we have celebrated a number of feast in honour of Our Lady recently: the Assumption; the Queenship of Mary; Our Lady’s Birthday and Our Lady of Sorrows
Posted: 15 September 2020
Good morning How about a little frivolity?
Posted: 14 September 2020
And yet - one’s heart goes out to the people of the western United States whose houses and forests are being destroyed by fire and climate change is probably one of the main causes.