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Dear Brothers and Sisters,

To gain balance in our lives is not always easy. The disciples had returned from the mission Jesus had sent them on, and they returned quite tired from the experience. Jesus said that they needed to come apart and rest awhile. Wishful thinking – He saw the crowds following them and took pity on them. Even in the Life of Jesus good intentions had to be shelved for “the great good”. Even though our lives may not have the balance we would like, God can still be there in the middle of our struggle, accompanying us in our difficulties.

Have a good week.
Fr. Richard
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From Father Richard's Desk

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Dear Brothers and Sisters,

There is a pattern in the life of Jesus, as portrayed by St. John in his gospel.

Jesus spends time with his Father in prayer; He goes out from that into His public ministry; He reflects – He goes to His Father in prayer – etc . . .

All of us as Christians are called to do God’s work. We must never be afraid that it will be too much for us, or that we will not have the means. If God asks, He will provide. Dare to think beyond yourself; dare to think that because of you the church, the world, can change for the better.

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

The feeling of failure is often accompanied by doubts and the “if only” syndrome. We have a tendency to take ‘failure’ very personally. It may be we feel we are failed parents, spouses, priests, deacons. For all those featuring in the Sunday Readings, failure on one level or another is par for the course. The important thing in life is that we do, at the time, what we consider to be the best in obedience to consciences informed by Christ in his church. We are rare successes if we can become and remain human in a dehumanising world. We are rare if we have a lively faith that never fails to trust in the goodness of God.

Have a good week.
Fr. Richard
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