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From Father Richard's Desk

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Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Language is an imperfect means of communication. Only if we understand words in the same way can we have a chance of communicating. In recent years “Wicked” used among the young means “good”, LOL – David Cameron thought meant lots of love, but among the young means laugh out loud.

Renunciation is not a word easily understood by most people. “Freedom” can mean not only different things, but diametrically opposed things.

The context in which Jesus speaks to us is always for our good. If we were gardeners he would want us to self-weed, so that the good in us might shine. Renunciation is always a means to a greater good not annihilation. Take up your cross and follow me. Become teachable and let Christ be your teacher.

Have a good week,
Yours,

Fr. Richard
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From Father Richard's Desk

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Dear Brothers and Sisters,

“Prayer changes things.” I came across that slogan many years ago. It impressed me for its brevity and the hope that it contained within its message. It is surely the message of the Gospel today. Never be afraid to ask God what you think you need. Be prepared to argue your case before God and always know that if it is in His power he will give it to you. You’d be surprised how many of us can be impressed by a saying – but never practise it. Prayer does change things – TRY and SEE.

Have a good week,
Yours,
Fr. Richard
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Dear Brothers and Sisters,

How human Jesus is, as portrayed in the Gospel! When he received the news of John the Baptist’s death he withdrew by boat to a lonely place. In times of shock, bereavement or the unexpected we need time to “get our breath”. We do indeed talk of having the wind knocked out of us.

We too are human, we too suffer the vagaries of life. We must never be ashamed to sleep awhile, get our breath, turn to the Lord in prayer and ask Him to carry us through. We must learn to depend on God and on one another in a healthy kind of way; and we should never be ashamed of the limits that being human imposes upon us.

Have a good week,
Yours,
Fr. Richard
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