Posted: Wed, 31 Mar 2021 11:07
We have been through deaths
We have felt the loss of life and of meaning.
We have remembered the senseless suffering
Of the cross on Calvary.
All this is grist to God's mill
That makes the bread of our resurrection.
All our struggles with suffering,
All our searching for meaning,
Is caught up into a deeper wisdom,
Written into a longer story
Deepening trust in a loving God.
Nothing is wasted.
And so, we struggle... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 24 Mar 2021 19:04
On the evening of the 23rd of March, the Battersea Salesian Community gathered, in common with people across the nation, to remember the 126,000 deaths from Covid over the last year and the 2.73 million deaths worldwide in the same year. Even yesterday, London lost another 96 people through COVID.
The community gathered to pause and sing a hymn of trust in God before returning to their studies in the... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 09 Mar 2021 16:30
We are extremely proud of our Salesian schools, their staff and students, all of whom have worked so hard to manage within the constraints placed on them to keep everyone safe, and this week's phased return for students in England has of course presented its own challenges. Preparations have been made and plans created to put the practical elements in place and to provide additional emotional and spiritual... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 10 Feb 2021 16:25
Lourdes was a tiny little French town, nestling in the foothills of the Pyrenees, close to the Spanish border. It was not a place you would go to unless you had to. However, it was in this out of the way, insignificant little town that Mary, the Mother of Jesus, chose to visit the sickly, little Bernadette Soubirous. The series of apparitions between 11 February and 16 July 1858 lifted this sleepy... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 15 Dec 2020 11:26
As we approach a very different Christmas, Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB thinks about those who are closest to us, although we may not be able to be with them.
The family - that dear octopus from whose tentacles we never quite escape, nor, in our inmost hearts, ever quite wish to.
Dodie Smith, 'Dear Octopus', 1943
It is said that Dodie Smith was moved to write her popular children's novel 'One Hundred and... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 14 Dec 2020 14:48
SJBC Sixth Form students interviewed a range of key workers from across the world for their 'Faith Matters' magazine, to ask about their experiences during the pandemic, and the impact their faith had during the crisis. The workers included a nurse in Nigeria, a cleaner in Germany, and a teacher in Jordan. With kind permission from the Faith Matters team, we reproduce the interviews with Salesian priest... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 01 Dec 2020 17:15
Our Province Delegate for Justice and Peace, Fr Marco Villani SDB, attended a virtual meeting last weekend hosted by the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton, to explore the issues raised in 'Serving A Wounded World In Interreligous Solidarity: a Christian call to reflection and action during COVID 19 and beyond', a document issued by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and the World Council... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 26 Nov 2020 16:15
Hazel Fort, from the Chaplaincy team at Savio Salesian College, Bootle, finds the sparks of joy and humour in the 'COVID months' of school, and rediscovers a legendary Liverpool animal. (Image: Gerd Altmann on Pixabay)
What a strange world we live in!
Since March, we have had to adapt all aspects of our lives to the intransigencies of the new world we live in. At first, our only contact with our pupils... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 22 Oct 2020 14:15
As we approach the month of remembrance, in a time when we are all experiencing pain to a greater or lesser degree, Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB shows us a way of making sense of our pain, learning from it, and looking on it as a way of honouring our loss. (Photo by Çağlar Oskay on Unsplash)
I had an amazing conversation with a friend this week on the topic of grief. As we move towards the month... Read More »