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Letter from Father Richard

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Dear Brothers & Sisters,

As we progress through the year listening especially to the gospel of St. Luke, we realise that Luke is taking us on a journey. Jesus starts out in Nazareth and now the whole of the gospel is a journey towards Jerusalem.

The first reading and the Psalm tell us how special Jesus is – He is the ‘anointed one’: the one who is to bring good news to the poor etc. He has good news for us today.

Let us pray that we may see in the words of Jesus, our hope and salvation, His underlying mercy and a renewed vision for the things of God.

Fr. Richard
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Letter from Father Richard

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Dear Brothers & Sisters,

Christian Unity Week is from the 18th – 25th of January. It is when the Christian Churches make a special point of praying, that the divisions within Christianity may be healed. “May they be one Father, as you and I are one” prayed Jesus (John c.17).

Sadly, we as human beings have a tendency to disruption, self will and delusional thinking. Pope John Paul II was not merely concerned with Christian Unity, but the Unity of the human race.

We must all look for the things that unite us rather than those that divide, so that there may be war no more (Paul VI) and that we may prosper in the land.

Fr. Richard
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Letter from Father Richard

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Dear Brothers & Sisters

The Christmas Cycle of Feasts is almost ended. Some would say it ends today with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, others that it ends on February 2nd – Candlemas.

Victorian SECULAR England wanted it to end by the 6th January, the Feast of the Epiphany…. the origin of the 12 days of Christmas, so that workers would return to work.

The Christmas theme of HOSPITALITY opens up for us a whole new world. As we begin to be hospitable to others we see POSSIBILITY for ourselves – we discover that the Lord Himself is inviting us on a voyage of discovery – birth, epiphany, baptism, presentation in the temple. As we begin to celebrate so He makes known His plans for us.

The world of the Spirit is being opened to us, a world of hope and meaning.

Fr. Richard

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