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From Father Richard's Desk

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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