A message from Fr John

Posted on: 08/09/2020

Dear Friends

Good morning - well, despite it all the sun still shines sometime times

It’s really difficult trying to interpret all the information and the accompanying regulations and guidelines which are coming at us like an ever-changing torrent. Please stay safe and encourage our younger members to the same.

One of our parishioners sent me the following prayer which offers insight and comfort for us these days

Prayer of Teilhard de Chardin
Patient Trust

Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are quite naturally impatient in everything to reach the end without delay.
We should like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way to something unknown, something new.

And yet it is the law of all progress
that it is made by passing through some stages of instability—
and that it may take a very long time.

And so I think it is with you;
your ideas mature gradually—let them grow,
let them shape themselves, without undue haste.
Don’t try to force them on,
as though you could be today what time
(that is to say, grace and circumstances acting on your own good will)
will make of you tomorrow.

Only God could say what this new spirit
gradually forming within you will be.
Give Our Lord the benefit of believing
that his hand is leading you,
and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself
in suspense and incomplete.

—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ
excerpted from Hearts on Fire

'Accept the anxiety”?? Not easy for sure - but we trust and hope
St Joseph, pray for us
Every blessing
Fr John

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