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Dear Brothers and Sisters,

St. Thérèse of Lisieux said that the only reason she dared to address God as Father was that Jesus gave us the permission when he taught us the perfect prayer. The only reason we dare preach the gospel is because we believe in those words of Jesus, ‘Go make disciples of all the nations…’ May our boldness and conviction always come from our faith in Jesus Christ, who lived, died, rose from the dead and ascended to the Father and who together sent the Holy Spirit – that Holy Spirit who loves to be among us. May we learn to enjoy the company of God as much as He enjoys ours.

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

We gain a greater understanding of our faith if we are familiar with its origins. The Passover and Pentecost are not creations of a new religion called Christianity. They are the shadows or the embers of what was to be their fulfilment at Easter and Pentecost. Pentecost, fifty days after Passover, was the Jewish feast chosen to celebrate the giving of the 10 Commandments. Pentecost for us is a celebration of the New Commandment that Jesus gives to us, and with it the means to its fulfilment. The new commandment ‘Love one another as I have loved you’, and the means to its fulfilment – the gift of the Holy Spirit. God is the giver who keeps on giving, the lover who keeps on loving, the Rock, who is forever steadfast in our lives.

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

The Feast of Ascension seems to have been celebrated in the Church since at least the 5th Century and probably long before that. It is very much part of the Easter cycle of feasts. Easter Sunday, then 40 days later the Ascension, and 10 days after that Pentecost. The Passion – Good Friday, and Pentecost, are originally (and still are) Jewish Feasts. Our Christian Festivals are fulfilments of these feasts. The Ascension of Jesus to the right hand of the Father is essential in bringing about the sending of the Holy Spirit from the Father and the Son. Now the Church is born, and we have those words echoing in our ears – ‘I am with you always, yes until the end of time’.

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

The Gospel today seems so easy to accomplish. Jesus bids his disciples to remain in His love; to abide with him. When we realise that staying with Him, remaining with Him, abiding with Him, involves keeping His commands, we should rightly shudder a little. We are being invited to love one another, build one another up, give one another a sense of wellbeing – and to do it in the manner in which He is loving us. He is inviting us to greatness. Can He be our companion on life’s journey? He stands at the door and knocks.

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

“If you remain in me
and my words remain in you
you may ask what you will
and you shall get it”
Jn 15.7


That’s quite a promise. Worth testing wouldn’t you think?

Have a good week.
Fr. Richard

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