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Letter from Father Richard

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Dear Brothers & Sisters

The whole purpose of meeting together to celebrate what Jesus is doing for us is because we are so forgetful. We are easily discouraged and lose focus because of the many distractions of the world.

“Remember this”, Cardinal Hume said to a host of children in Lourdes. “Remember only this: ‘God loves you.’’’

It is too what we should remember, and all that it implies.

Have a good week.

Fr. Richard
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Saint Catherine of Siena

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Today is the feast day of St Catherine of Siena, Patron of Europe. Bible Alive Reflections today connects her with Jesus's encouragement in Matthew 12:28, "Come to me all you who are burdened and I will give you rest . . ."

More importantly, for me, she talked much of the Holy Trinity:

'O Eternal Trinity, you are an abyss, a deep sea, what greater good could you give? You are fire, ever burning and never consumed, consuming in your heart all the self-love of the soul. By your light you enlighten our minds and by your light you lead us to rejoice in your truth.’

That feels like a wonderful prayer to remember.

Chris
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Letter from Father Richard

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Good Shepherd Sunday


Dear Brothers & Sisters

There are good shepherds and there are bad shepherds, there are good mothers, and bad mothers, good fathers and bad...and so on. Learning to live for others, laying down your life if you like, is a mindset.

It is something that improves with practice. If the commitment is not there in the first place ... good practice will not follow.

Jesus’ commitment to us is total: follow Him and He will teach you how to lay down your life for others, how to offer service in your family, in your community and in your church.

You will learn what it means to love one another as He has loved us.

Have a good week.

Fr. Richard

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Letter from Father Richard

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Dear Brothers & Sisters

Never feel ashamed at not understanding the fullness of the gospel. It is beyond human fathoming and rich in its content. As literature, the gospels are sublime, especially, I think, St. John’s.

So nuanced is all that is written that it will depend on your own life’s experiences, what you are able to understand and what will take you forward.

The constant is this – I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS, YES, TO THE END OF TIME.

Have joy, have peace, have the wonder of discovery: have a wonderful relationship with the Risen Christ.

Have a good week.

Fr. Richard

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