From Father Richard's Desk

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Jesus had zero tolerance for those who made it difficult for others to come to a knowledge and love for God. He lambasted the Pharisees, calling them whited sepulchres, he was less than pleased with those who used the temple as a trading post. So that we don’t put people off God, we need to draw closer to Him to reflect Him in our daily lives. The challenge is ours. Although we are all called to holiness, few take up the challenge.

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

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Here we are in the second week of our journey through Lent towards Easter. We are witnessing Jesus in interaction with his disciples and with the people at large. It is not an easy journey for Jesus; he has to be resolute, determined. That surely is key for our lives as Christians: we must be resolute, determined, motivated. It is only then that God can unfold his plan for us, as he did to Abraham, Paul and the disciples of Jesus.

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

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Hoarding, when it gets to extremes is a sign of mental illness. In fact anything extreme is off balance. There is a lovely phrase that St. Thomas Aquinas coined ‘Virtus stat in medio’. Virtue stands in the middle (of extremes). Lent is a time when we spring clean in all areas of our lives. The ash we received on Ash Wednesday should remind us to get rid of unnecessary baggage spiritually, psychologically and physically. Unburden yourself, think of others – pray, confess, give alms, fast…you will be renewed. Send forth your Spirit O Lord and renew the face of the earth.

Have a good week,
Fr. Richard
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From today's Gospel reading

In today's reading, Matthew 9:14-15, Jesus tells the followers of John the Baptist that there will be time to fast when the Bridegroom is no longer with them.

The season of Lent is a great time for us to rediscover the lost art of fasting and through this discipline to draw closer to God.

Lord, teach me not just to abstain from food and water but also from gossip, malice and resentment. Cleanse me and I shall be clean; purify me and I shall be purified.

Bible Alive – today.

Chris
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From Father Richard's Desk

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Lent is almost upon us. In the world we will hear of Mardi Gras and Carnivals being celebrated all over the Latin World. Mardi Gras, meaning Fat Tuesday, refers to Shrove Tuesday when we feast before the Lenten fast begins, and Carnivale refers to Shrove Tuesday too, when we eat all the ‘Carne’ (the meat) we can before the abstinence of Lent.

The word LENT is an old English word for SPRING. Like the FALL in America – season named after the fall of leaves, LENT is for us – season named after the LENGTHENING of the days….SPRINGTIME.

Let our Lent be a SPRING board for Easter, when we will rightly celebrate the Jesus Risen from the dead.

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

Dear Brothers and Sisters,


When we look out at our world, we see much that needs correcting. Jesus invites us to look inward; to see ourselves as part of that world that needs to be corrected. The Ten Commandments and the Eight Beatitudes will give us some direction and blueprint. We must always pursue the ‘art of the possible’. We have a greater chance to changing the world if we begin with ourselves. Jesus is key in our transformation. Keep in touch with Him constantly, though prayers, the reading of scripture and other religious literature and participation in the Life of His Church in our parishes.


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

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Lamb of God. Rabbi Messiah. Cephas. All these titles appear in our very short gospel today. They are full of meaning. Perhaps the most surprising title is Lamb of God. It remains a surprise. It is worth exploring.

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

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The Liturgical Year as we have it now, evolves with the passage of time. What we call the Christmas Cycle, simply began with a celebration of the birthday of Christ, then a celebration of the Epiphany. These are obviously linked. Then began a reference to the Baptism of the Lord, followed by a remembrance of the Marriage Feast of Cana. All feasts are linked by the word “Manifestation” or “Epiphany”. Jesus is revealed to his parents and the angels, to the Magi, to the on-lookers at his baptism, and to his family & friends at the Marriage of Cana. We ourselves pray for such moments in our own lives; those opportunities when our faith is strengthened and clarified, when we are filled with awe and wonder at the marvellous deeds of the Lord.

Happy New Year,
Fr. Richard
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From Father Richard's Desk

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Who made you? God made me.

Why did God make you? God made us to love, serve and adore Him in this world, and to be happy with Him forever in the next.

Such are the simplistic questions and answers in the penny catechism. Those answers though, reveal a sublime truth. We are made for a purpose. As Advent unfolds we discover how God has worked with mankind in the past…through the people of Israel, through their prophets; and he is preparing us for the work he wants to entrust to us as individuals. May we learn from John the Baptist, from Mary the Mother of Jesus and from holy men and women everywhere, what it means to be a child of God.

Have a good week,

Fr. Richard
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From Father Richard's Desk

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say rejoice, indeed the Lord is near. These words are taken from the Introit of our Mass for this Sunday. “Gaudete” the Latin for rejoice, gives its name to this Sunday, Gaudete Sunday. The final minutes of watching before the Lord for 1 hour, the final stays of a journey, are sometimes the most tedious. That last 20 minutes of an air flight are the least restful. We begin to get agitated. So it is with Advent; we are almost there; don’t get agitated, get excited – the Lord is near, he is coming to save us. Stay in your seats, keep your seat belts fastened; enjoy the rest of the journey.

Have a good week,
Fr. Richard
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