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Gospel Encouragement – Sunday 25th July 2021 – 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear sisters and brothers, You are probably aware of my some of my weaknesses already, but here are a few that came to mind as I reflected on today’s readings: I can be impatient with the people that I struggle with in one way or another I can look at accusingly at those I deem to be bad drivers if
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Gospel Encouragement – 18th July 2021 – 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear sisters and brothers, I don’t know about you, but I love the old English tradition of sheep dog competitions.  I presume that most countries across the world that breed sheep use dogs to herd them, but I’m not sure that many countries have made it into such an art form.  If you don’t know what I mean look up
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Gospel Encouragement – 11th July 2021 – 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear sisters and brothers, I’m nervous that you may be getting a little tired of me continually bringing us back to the theme of being what Pope Francis calls ‘missionary disciples’, committed followers of Jesus who seek to share his love with others, but I’m afraid that that is where our readings take us again today, though with maybe an
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Gospel Encouragement – 4th July 2021 – 14th Sunday of the Year in Ordinary Time

Dear sisters and brothers, Any of us who have ever had any contact with children, and I presume that is all of us at some time in our lives, may know the phrase “terrible twos”, that stage of a child’s life – normally around the time when they celebrate their second birthday, that the child learns to say ‘no’.  That
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Gospel Encouragement – 27th June 2021 – 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear sisters and brothers, For want of a better phrase, what a great ‘Scriptural sandwich’ our Gospel gives us today.  One powerful account of Jesus’ healing power sandwiched between part one and part two of the story of his raising a young girl, Jairus’ daughter, from the dead, and both being living examples that God is the source of life,
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Gospel Encouragement – 20th June 2021 – 12th Sunday of the Year

Dear sisters and brothers, Some years ago now I had the blessing of going on an eight day silent retreat, led by the Jesuits.  When I say ‘led’, that basically means that they feed you and you meet with a prayer guide once a day to reflect on your experience in prayer and silence over the previous 24 hours and
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Gospel Encouragement – 13th June 2021 – 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear sisters and brothers, As I reflected on today’s readings a word came to me: “discipleship”.  And in thinking about discipleship – and the readiness for heaven that St Paul talks about in today’s readings – these extracts from a letter, written by St Ignatius of Antioch on his way to martyrdom in Rome in the first part of the
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Gospel Encouragement – Corpus Christi – 6th June 2021

Dear sisters and brothers, When I was at seminary in Birmingham, each summer there was what was called ‘Schools’ Outreach’.  In fact, it was really ‘Schools’ Inreach’, because year 6 children from a number of schools came to the college for faith-based activities over a ten day period.  One of the workshops that we put on was to help the
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Newsletter – 6th June 2021

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Gospel Encouragement – Trinity Sunday – 30th May 2021

Dear sisters and brothers, We celebrate Trinity Sunday this weekend, a day on which we focus on the fulness of the love of God.  Many images have been used over the years to try and understand the Holy Trinity, but all of them fall short in one way or another, as God is ultimately and completely beyond our human, limited
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