This blog is for the use of the whole parish; please let me know if you'd like to contribute.


Chris (email link at the bottom of each page)

Letter from Father Richard

Permalink
Dear Brothers and Sisters

In the Rules of St. Benedict there is a chapter on the 12 degrees of humility. Novices think they are already living them – not much room for improvement then! A wiser and older monk assured me that most monks hardly get beyond the 4th degree of humility. A lot of room for improvement . . . !

At the heart of our vocation as Christians is SERVICE. We hardly begin to scratch the surface of Christian Service in reality. What is the height of Christian service? Jesus Himself, in order to save us, sacrificed Himself, so that He could take upon Himself the burden of our sins; in doing this we are healed and made worthy to call God, our Father in the midst of the church.

Do you think you’ve reached this level of service yet? Probably…NOT.

Still, have a good week,

Fr. Richard
Comments

Letter from Father Richard

Permalink
Dear Brothers and Sisters

Jesus always speaks to the Jewish people of His time as though they somehow belonged to one another. He speaks to us as Christians as though we belong to one another. He also asks us to treat every human being as a loved child of God.

You can imagine that for Jesus there was an urgency to His messages. He knew He only had limited time here on earth. Part of His message is that He wants us to wake up (and smell the coffee) as New Yorkers would say. We have to take some kind of responsibility for one another.

Justice and Peace go together. No justice, no peace. Loving includes being just and fair.

Have a good week,

Fr. Richard
Comments

Letter from Father Richard

Permalink
Dear Brothers and Sisters

We are not all called to be ‘great’ as this world would call us great, but I do think we are all called to enrich one another out of the riches that God gives us. Those riches begin when we truly believe in His love and esteem for us . . . we can then learn to believe in and have esteem for others.

It is not at all easy; you see…… Jesus sacrificed himself in order that we would have all we needed. We too, in one way or other ought to be sacrificing ourselves for others . . . building up treasure in heaven.

Have a good week,
Fr. Richard

Comments

Letter from Father Richard

Permalink
Dear Brothers and Sisters

I think many people do not believe in God, because their image of God is not very attractive.

To some He is distant, to others harsh or even cruel. No wonder they do not believe in this kind of God; and they are right. Our God as revealed by Jesus Christ, is a Father who loves and cares for us His children, and who wants to do the same for our brothers and sisters. He is the God revealed in the parable of the Good Samaritan. A God of mercy and compassion; a God of tenderness and love.

May our God revealed so perfectly in Jesus Christ, draw us closer to Him and to one another.

Have a good week,
Fr. Richard
Comments

Letter from Father Richard

Permalink
Dear Brothers and Sisters

I am sure that we would all agree that our fundamental option in life must be to pursue the good rather than the evil, to choose life rather than death, to seek to love one’s neighbour rather than hate. The Christian must seek to be formed by Christ rather than the ideologies of our age.

The sentiments of the prayer of St. Richard of Chichester express this quite well:

Thanks be to You, our Lord Jesus Christ,
for all the benefits which You have given us,
for all the pains and insults which You have borne for us.
Most merciful Redeemer, Friend and Brother,
may we know You more clearly,
love You more dearly,
and follow You more nearly, day by day. (1197 - 1253)

Have a good week,
Fr. Richard
Comments
Acts
Adult Education
Advent
Blessed
CAFOD
COVID-19
Children
Christ
Christ the King
Christian
Christian Aid
Churches Together in Biggleswade
Conference
Coronavirus
Damascus
Divine Office
Dominicans
Easter
Father
Fund-raising
Gabriel
God
God-man
Holy Spirit
Holy Week
Holy_Spirit
Hosea
I AM
In Jesus's Name
Internet
Jesus
Justice and Peace
King
King David
Lent
Lord
Mass
Matthew
Messiah
Ministries
Nazereth
New Testament
Nineveh
None
Old Testament
OneWorld
Organisation
Our Lady
Palm Sunday
Parish
Parish Youth
Passion
Paul
Peter
Pilgrimage
Pope
Prayers
Rolheiser
SVP
Sabbath
Sacraments
Sadducees
Safety
Second Coming
Social
Solomon
Spiritual
Stephen
The Cross
Trinity
Visits
Website
Witness
World
Year of Faith
You
alms
angel
anger
annunciation
answer
apostles
apostolic
archbishops
ascension
banquet
beatitudes
bishop
bishops
blessings
blind
brokenness
burden
chances
change
charity
church
cleanse
comfort
coming
commitment
compassion
contemplation
conversion
coordinator
courage
covenant
cross
death
death to self
delight
diocese
disciples
divine
divinity
doubt
eat
effort
equality
evangelise
evil
fairness
faith
faithfulness
fasting
faults
fear
fiat
food
forgive
forgiveness
free
fruit
fruitfulness
future
gentle
gift
giving
glory
gospel
grace
gratitude
greatness
heal
healing
health
heaven
homeless
hope
humble
humility
hypocrisy
incarnation
innocence
insight
jealousy
joy
justice
kingdom
knowing
knowledge
law
life
light
live streaming
living
lost
love
maranatha
martyr
meditation
mercy
mindfulness
miracle
miracles
mountains
mystery
name
narrow path
neighbour
new creation
new life
obedience
online
parable
peace
penance
poor
power
praise
prayer
prophesy
prophet
recovery
reflection
refugee
renewal
repentance
rest
resurrection
revelation
righteousness
risen
sacrifice
salvation
save
sayittogod
seed
self-sacrifice
sent
sermon
serve
service
sheep
shepherd
signs
silence
sin
soul
sower
spirit
steadfast
stoning
storm
storms
strength
struggle
talents
teaching
temptation
time for God
transgressions
trust
truth
unity
unworthy
vine
vinedresser
vineyard
virgin
water
will
women
worship
yoke
RSS Feed 

This site uses cookies. Some of the cookies we use are essential for parts of the site to operate and have already been set. You may delete and block all cookies from this site, but parts of the site may not work. To find out more about cookies on this website, see our Privacy Policy.