A message from Fr John

Posted on: 17/07/2020

Dear Friends

Good morning - I hope you’re well
The news on climate change seems to get ever more threatening, doesn’t it - temperatures of 38 degrees in the Arctic!!!!

One can’t help but turn again to Laudato Si especially para. 87 where Pope Francis quotes the Canticle of St Francis that we know as 'Brother Sun, Sister Moon’. I thought it might help our prayer and reflection today.

Most High, all-powerful, all-good Lord, All praise is Yours, all glory, all honour and all blessings.

To you alone, Most High, do they belong, and no mortal lips are worthy to pronounce Your Name.

Praised be You my Lord with all Your creatures, especially Sir Brother Sun,
Who is the day through whom You give us light.
And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendour,
Of You Most High, he bears the likeness.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars,
In the heavens you have made them bright, precious and fair.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Brothers Wind and Air,
And fair and stormy, all weather’s moods,
by which You cherish all that You have made.

Praised be You my Lord through Sister Water, so useful, humble, precious and pure.

Praised be You my Lord through Brother Fire,
through whom You light the night and he is beautiful and playful and robust and strong.

Praised be You my Lord through our Sister, Mother Earth
who sustains and governs us,
producing varied fruits with coloured flowers and herbs.
Praise be You my Lord through those who grant pardon for love of You and bear sickness and trial.

Blessed are those who endure in peace, by you Most High, they will be crowned.’

Please pray for our teachers; they have come to the end of one of the most arduous terms that they could possibly have experienced, let alone imagined. They have been remarkable especially in the ways that they have adapted to constantly changing regulations. We owe them a great deal of gratitude - and prayer. Please God they will have a good rest and return refreshed for whatever September may bring them and their pupils.

St Jospeh, guardian of children and families, pray for us

Every blessing

Fr John

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