News - February, 2022

February, 2022

Sunday Reflection - 8th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Sunday Reflection - 8th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Posted: Sat, 26 Feb 2022 09:31

In the year that has seen the scandal of a Downing Street aid defying the strict rules on lockdown by going on a drive to Barnard Castle, today's gospel has special relevance. Whatever your own position on the 'partygate' situation, the facts are that our elected leaders asked us to refrain from close social contact with family and friends at the height of the pandemic. All the while, the culture at... Read More »

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Knowing our Soul Friends

Knowing our Soul Friends

Posted: Tue, 22 Feb 2022 16:49

So long as the memory of certain beloved friends lives in my heart, I shall say that life is good. (Helen Keller)

Helen Keller was the world-famous deaf-blind activist, taught by one who saw her potential and helped her to realise it. Her teacher, Anne Sullivan refused to give up on her and helped her to achieve a BA degree from the world-famous Harvard University. Throughout her life she campaigned... Read More »

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Sunday Reflection - 7th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Sunday Reflection - 7th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Posted: Sat, 19 Feb 2022 05:57

Today we come to the true heart of what it means to truly love, according to the vision of Jesus. It is a call to love—above and beyond! It is a love that can be challenging, as it calls on each of us to rise above our petty squabbles and more serious disputes. It is a challenging love as it asks us to love those we might find hard to show compassion for:

But to you who are listening I say: Love... Read More »

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And tonight's guest is...

And tonight's guest is...

Posted: Tue, 15 Feb 2022 14:27

Across the world we are aware of what I like to call 'sofa TV'. While serious debate can be carried out with politicians and experts on Westminster Green, there is a cosiness with interviews seen in programmes like the 'One Show'. The chat show format is popular and can be used by Oscar hopefuls to promote their latest movie, or popular authors to encourage us to read their new blockbuster. On 'sofa... Read More »

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Sunday Reflection - 6th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Sunday Reflection - 6th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Posted: Sat, 12 Feb 2022 11:28

Over the next three weeks we will be sharing Luke's 'Sermon on the Plain' that corresponds to Matthew's 'Sermon on the Mount.' Today's gospel starts with Jesus coming down from the mountain: he has spent time in retreat with these twelve new friends. He comes down from the place of encounter with God and, immediately, wants to share that goodness of God. We are told that a huge crowd gathered to listen... Read More »

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Sunday Reflection - 5th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Sunday Reflection - 5th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Posted: Fri, 04 Feb 2022 10:32

The request of Jesus in today's gospel, 'put out into deeper waters' is something that we need to hear especially in these pandemic times. These past few years have seen us needing to draw from reservoirs of strength and integrity that, in some instances, we never knew we had. Covid-19 brought such misery and heartache to so many across the world, as we were forced to move out of established comfort... Read More »

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From Hero to Zero

From Hero to Zero

Posted: Wed, 02 Feb 2022 11:02

From hero to zero

I suspect a lot of us can identify with the apostle Peter in our lives today: we want the very best for our families and friends. When he hears of Jesus speaking of the pain and suffering that going to Jerusalem will bring, Peter, as a good friend, urges him not to go forward—he wanted to ensure the safety and well-being of his friend. None of us willingly want our loved ones... Read More »

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