Praying with the Pope in August

Universal That any far-reaching decisions of economists and politicians may protect the family as one of the treasures of humanity.   Prayer Heavenly Father, Through the sacrament of marriage, your Church sees in human love a sign of your presence. The fruitful love of spouses is an example of what each of us is called … [Read more…]

PARISH CELLS OF EVANGELISATION

Pope Paul VI spoke the words “The Church Exists to Evangelise”. Its about nurturing our faith in God and growing in intimacy with our Lord Jesus. One of the revelations for the church has been the emergence world-wide of Parish Cells of Evangelisation. When on sabbatical in the Holy Land in the early 90’s I … [Read more…]

The Nativity of St John the Baptist

OUT OF CONTROL In the Bible the sea, the wind and the storm are seen as forces of evil and chaos which only God can control. But the storm can also stand for the trials and tribulations which the righteous suffer, and from which only the power of God can save them. As Jesus and … [Read more…]

PARISH PRAYER.

God our loving Father, we give you thanks and praise for our Cathedral Parish of Sale, for your people and your Creation. Nourish us by your daily Word and Eucharist. Enrich us in our faith, hope and love. Strengthen us with the spirit of your mercy and grace. Make us grateful for your gifts as … [Read more…]

FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

The good Shepherd – 22nd April 2018 Today is Good Shepherd Sunday. It is a great image to have of Jesus as the Good Shepherd. Jesus himself says, ‘The Good Shepherd lays down his life for his sheep.’ Deep within our hearts we pray: Lord Jesus, with you as our shepherd, we shall want for nothing. … [Read more…]

LEARNING FROM THOMAS

8th APRIL, 2018. We tend to think that believing was easier for those who saw Jesus than it is for us. This is a mistake. The Gospels show there are many people who saw Jesus and yet didn’t believe in him. Seeing is not necessarily believing. The act of faith involves a decision to believe. … [Read more…]

EASTER FAITH

April 1, 2018 In 1564 Michelangelo made the following remarks to his fellow painters: “ Why do you keep filling gallery after gallery with endless pictures of the one ever-reiterated theme of Christ in weakness, of Christ on the cross, Christ dying. Christ hanging dead? Why do you stop there as if the curtain closed upon that horror? … [Read more…]

PALM SUNDAY of the PASSION of the LORD

24 – 25 March 2018 Attitude to Suffering There is little point in being sentimental about suffering. Suffering could destroy us. W.B. Yeats says, ‘Too long a sacrifice can make a stone of the heart.’ Suffering could take control of our lives with the result that we become perpetual victims. But suffering can benefit us. … [Read more…]

KEEPING THE COMMANDMENTS

THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT MARCH 4, 2018 Once there was a very sincere man who wished to live a holy life. So he went to the Rabbi for advice. The rabbi congratulated him on his desire, then asked, ‘How have you been faring so far?’ ‘Quiet well, I think,’ the man answered. When you say … [Read more…]