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Letter from Father Richard

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Dear Brothers and Sisters

Have you allowed yourselves to sunbathe this week? Have you relaxed in the presence of the sun’s brightness? Have you dozed in a state of contentment embraced by the warmth surrounding you?

Well, I don’t suppose many of you have, but I was not really speaking in a literal way; I was speaking in a metaphorical way. Have you allowed yourselves to relax in God’s presence this week? The first two commandments may be easy to remember, but they are difficult to accomplish.

We will be able to love our neighbour only inasmuch as we allow ourselves to be loved by God.

Afford Him some of your time – in prayer, meditation and reading.


Have a good week.
Fr. Richard

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Letter from Father Richard

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Dear Brothers and Sisters

Jesus is explicitly religious, explicitly spiritual and fully human. When I reflect on governments, even our own, they don’t reflect the humanity that is present in the teachings of Jesus. It is not so long ago that we transported seven year old boys to Australia for stealing a loaf of bread.

Not very advanced in our humanity.

Throughout the world we see the degradation of people and peoples by governments… ethnic cleansing is not a thing of the past, and neither does remembering past sins prevent future ones. I think here of the Holocaust.

In Jesus we are reminded that the author of the world and of our being is God. Render to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s. If we would wish to raise up our fallen world in this generation let us engage in a meaningful partnership with our God in Jesus Christ.

Let us commit ourselves to Him and His Way rather than to the world, and its values, which tends to destruction.

Have a good week.
Fr. Richard

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Letter from Father Richard

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Dear Brothers and Sisters

Towards the end of the liturgical year the readings the Church puts before us are those to do with ‘endings’. Themes will be ‘judgement’, ‘death’, ‘accountability’. What we will discover is that God has a plan. We do not live in a random universe, without purpose or meaning.

Our history as Christians includes the history of Israel. It is HIS story. HIS being God. God’s story of His dealings with a people He has chosen for His own. That story continues in the individual lives of His people. His story is our story.

Our story is a reflection of our interaction with God and His people, our brothers and sisters. It is forever exciting, sometimes having us on a knife edge, sometimes monotonous, like being in a desert. Even the desert is not silent.

Do you want as part of your story or your history to include God or exclude Him?

“O that today you would listen to His voice, harden not your hearts.” Ps 94


Have a good week.
Fr. Richard

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