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Letter from Fr Richard

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Dear Brothers & Sisters,

Advent is that season in the church’s Year when we look forward, as well as looking back.

We look forward to celebrating the great feast of Christmas; we look forward to that day when Jesus Christ will come again.

We look back on history – to those figures who were so necessary for the Christmas event to take place at all. Isaiah & John the Baptist, Mary the Mother of Jesus and Joseph her spouse.

Did God really become Man? That is a question which we have to answer for ourselves. If he did, why? Surely to engage on a more intimate level with us human beings.

Can we make room for Jesus in our lives? He stands at the door….and he knocks….

Have a good Advent.

Fr. Richard
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Letter from Father Richard

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Letter from Fr. Richard

Dear Brothers & Sisters,

We finish the Liturgical Year with the Feast of Christ the King. An upbeat end to our journey of faith year. A reminder of Julian of Norwich’s encouraging words, “All will be well, all will be well, and all manner of things will be well.” What
a lovely thought that the sufferings imposed on us by others, can be used if we
so wish, to wish them well. We can ask God to let our suffering become redemptive of the very persons who have hurt or harmed us; by joining them
to those of Jesus….and then shall good really prevail in the world.

Have a good week.

Fr. Richard
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Letter from Fr Richard

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Dear Brothers & Sisters,

“The End of the World”…? ’But as for that day or hour, nobody knows it, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son; no one but the Father.’ Mk13: 32. People often like to make predictions; we live in a predictive world… but
for all that no one can factor in all the possibilities. So, live now… grow where you are planted; give thanks always and everywhere for all that we are and all that God calls us to be.

Have a good week.

Fr. Richard
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Letter from Fr Richard

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Dear Brothers & Sisters,
Jesus seems to ask us to keep an open mind in regard to one another. Not to judge too harshly; never to write anyone off. As we grow older we become aware that we ourselves have often failed where we would prefer to have succeeded; we have been glad of second, third, fourth or in reality infinite number of chances to change ourselves for the better. Perhaps Jesus is saying to give one another the benefit of the doubt; try to see things not just from our own point of view. In this upcoming Year of Mercy let us see in the saying: Be you perfect as the heavenly Father is perfect, that the Father’s perfection is in His mercy. He sent His son into the world NOT to condemn the world, but to save it.
Have a good week!

Fr. Richard
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