Pastoral Letter for July & August 2016

Dear Friends,

A clergy friend of mine recently wrote, “I’ve decided to switch off the radio. I have had enough bad news. I’ll just go about the business of loving people instead of listening to any more of it”

I know how she feels … and I’m sure yo do too. These past few weeks seem to be filled with more than the usual quota of negativity – the senseless violence visited on so many in Orlando and, much nearer to home, on Jo Cox, one of our own members of parliament; the polarisation caused from the very long EU referendum campaign and coming from an even longer political contest on the other side of the Atlantic.

It can sometimes appear that we, as human beings, have learned nothing from our history; nothing from the clear fact that narrow-mindedness and hatred never lead to life and health and peace.

Once, long ago, when I was a student troubled by the unrest in the world and worried for the future of the Church, I spoke to a wise Anglican Franciscan Friar. “What should I do?” I asked. His answer was simple and immediate, “Go to Mass and say your prayers.”

As people of faith in Christ’s victory over sin and death, we are not called to something complicated – we are simply called to faithfulness.

This divided and needy world is in God’s hands. Let us pray to be aligned to his holy will that we may be inspired to work for his kingdom of justice and of peace.

Yours in the faith,

Gordon

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