St. Thomas More - Catholic Church in Bournemouth Dorset
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  • Tweets from the Holy Father

"Comfort, comfort my people" (Is 40,1). How does the Lord give comfort? With tenderness. #SantaMarta

Keep the faith. In this second week of Advent, we ask for the grace to prepare ourselves with faith to celebrate Christmas. #SantaMarta

Every human person, created in God’s image and likeness, is a value unto themselves and is subject to inalienable rights. #HumanRightsDay

Advent is a time to recognize the emptiness needs to be filled in our lives, a time to smooth the rough edges of pride, and to make room for Jesus who comes. #Advent

What is the secret of Mary’s beauty, “tota pulchra”? Not appearances, or that which passes, but a heart totally centred on God.

Loving God means serving our neighbour without reserve, and trying to forgive without limits.

"Saying or doing?" Am I a Christian of words or deeds? "Sand and rock?" Am I building my life on the rock of God, or on the sand of worldliness? "High or low?" Is my life inspired by the Magnificat? #SantaMarta

The beginning of faith is feeling the need for salvation: this is the way that prepares us to meet Jesus.

This Advent, make yourself small, make yourself humble, make yourself a servant of others, and the Lord will give you the ability to understand how to make peace. #SantaMarta

Advent is a time for renewing the faith, for purifying it, so that it can be more authentic. #SantaMarta

So many persons with disabilities and difficulties reopen their hearts to life when they realize they are loved! And how much love can flow from a heart thanks to the remedy of a smile! #WorldDisabilityDay

Let us lift the veil of indifference that weighs on the destiny of those who suffer. Nobody can wash their hands when faced with the tragic reality of modern slavery. #EndSlavery

Advent is the time to welcome the Lord who comes to meet us, the time to look ahead, and to prepare ourselves for Christ’s return. #Advent

There is no such thing as the perfect family. Only by the daily exercise of forgiveness can a family grow.

Let us ask the Lord for the grace to leave everything in order to go forward in proclamation and witness, just as Peter and Andrew did. #SantaMarta

Faced with the tragedies of life, we are called to look to the horizon, because we have been redeemed and the Lord will come to save us. #SantaMarta

We cannot truly follow Jesus when we are weighed down by things, because if the heart is crowded with other goods, there will be no room for the Lord, who will become just one thing among others.

This week the Church invites us to ask ourselves: what state do I want the Lord to find me in when He calls? #SantaMarta

Let us ask the Lord for the grace of being generous, so that our hearts may be opened and we may become kinder. #SantaMarta

While the great ones of the Earth build themselves ‘thrones’ for their own power, God chooses an uncomfortable throne, the cross, from which to reign by giving his life.

None of us can survive without mercy. We all have need for forgiveness.

Men and women bear God’s image within and are the object of His infinite love, in whatever condition they were called into existence.

In the eyes of God human life is precious, sacred and inviolable. No one can despise the lives of others or one’s own life.

May the Virgin Mary help us joyfully follow Jesus on the way of service, the royal road that leads to Heaven.

  • Tweets from Bishop Egan

A free day today and I’m on a train to Bath to meet up with a priest I know - a good half-way point! It looks like rain unfortunately but it’ll be great to explore the Christmas Market.

test Twitter Media - A free day today and I’m on a train to Bath to meet up with a priest I know - a good half-way point! It looks like rain unfortunately but it’ll be great to explore the Christmas Market. https://t.co/psdF9wQoBl

Here’s a gallery! Taken just before lunch here at St Edmund’s during the Pastoral Visitation: Fr. Elijah, Mgr. Vincent, Deacon Andy, myself and Fr. Jaya. Please pray for the vibrant mission of the Church here in Southampton.

test Twitter Media - Here’s a gallery! Taken just before lunch here at St Edmund’s during the Pastoral Visitation: Fr. Elijah, Mgr. Vincent, Deacon Andy, myself and Fr. Jaya. Please pray for the vibrant mission of the Church here in Southampton. https://t.co/GUe2mEWf8P

Had a great day yesterday - our Diocesan Feastday of the Immaculate Conception. I was in Reading in the morning for the blessing and launch of our new Catholic Women’s Association. I then went to Southampton to begin the Pastoral Visitation of St Joseph and St Edmund’s parish.

test Twitter Media - Had a great day yesterday - our Diocesan Feastday of the Immaculate Conception. I was in Reading in the morning for the blessing and launch of our new Catholic Women’s Association. I then went to Southampton to begin the Pastoral Visitation of St Joseph and St Edmund’s parish. https://t.co/F2MmoismkM

Today is the feast of a fantastic bishop, St Ambrose, Bishop of Milan from 374-397. He is also the patron saint of my old school. Please say a prayer today for my intentions and for God’s blessing on the teachers and staff, past and present, of St Ambrose College, Altrincham.

test Twitter Media - Today is the feast of a fantastic bishop, St Ambrose, Bishop of Milan from 374-397. He is also the patron saint of my old school. Please say a prayer today for my intentions and for God’s blessing on the teachers and staff, past and present, of St Ambrose College, Altrincham. https://t.co/8eEy54jjNa

Stunning view of English Martyrs Reading which is presently being refurbished.

test Twitter Media - Stunning view of English Martyrs Reading which is presently being refurbished. https://t.co/UnfCEvubBk

In the world, in the shops, on TV and everywhere, Christmas seems to be in full swing! Let's try and find time and space for prayer these next days of Advent in order to keep things in their true perspective. Here's this week's @PortsmouthRC e-News: portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/enews/issue207…

Today is the last day of the Church’s liturgical year before we begin tomorrow the First Sunday of Advent. Let’s spend today honouring, thanking and invoking Mary the Blessed Virgin, our Mother.

test Twitter Media - Today is the last day of the 
Church’s liturgical year before we begin tomorrow the First Sunday of Advent. Let’s spend today honouring, thanking and invoking Mary the Blessed Virgin, our Mother. https://t.co/L67vorrbQY

Now in Clonmel for the next part, alongside the impressive Bishop Alfonsus. Again, a big crowd is assembling - here’s the view (bit grey today) across the river. NET Ministries are leading the prayer and worship. I’ll ask them to pray for us too.

test Twitter Media - Now in Clonmel for the next part, alongside the impressive Bishop Alfonsus. Again, a big crowd is assembling - here’s the view (bit grey today) across the river. NET Ministries are leading the prayer and worship. I’ll ask them to pray for us too. https://t.co/9GaGiH5P68

Getting ready for the first set of conferences, this one here in Maynooth. 300 are expected, including several bishops. There’s a video message from Fr James Mallon plus messages from NET Ministries, ChristLife and Alpha. There’s a real buzz! Please pray my bit goes OK.

test Twitter Media - Getting ready for the first set of conferences, this one here in Maynooth. 300 are expected, including several bishops. There’s a video message from Fr James Mallon plus messages from NET Ministries, ChristLife and Alpha. There’s a real buzz! Please pray my bit goes OK. https://t.co/afvK56x5qi

My prayers and best wishes to you as we continue through the last week of the Church’s Liturgical Year and prepare for the magical season of Advent that begins next Sunday. May God bless you all. Here's this week's e-News from @PortsmouthRC portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/enews/issue206…

I’m sat at Southampton Airport at the moment - torrential rain outside - awaiting the flight to Dublin and the Transformed Parish Conference. Please say a prayer for a safe journey - and that my inputs go well.

It’s a busy day today! First we have our Dialogue with Cultural Sectors team meeting to feed back on our recent Science and Religion Symposium. Then really looking forward to Mass at 2 pm in Cathedral to celebrate the canonisation of the wonderful St Oscar Romero - ora pro nobis.

test Twitter Media - It’s a busy day today! First we have our Dialogue with Cultural Sectors team meeting to feed back on our recent Science and Religion Symposium. Then really looking forward to Mass at 2 pm in Cathedral to celebrate the canonisation of the wonderful St Oscar Romero - ora pro nobis. https://t.co/fZbrimHeeE

We had a great Schools Day today at the Apollo Hotel Basingstoke with John Battle former MP as the speaker and then this afternoon Mass at St. Bede’s.

test Twitter Media - We had a great Schools Day today at the Apollo Hotel Basingstoke with John Battle former MP as the speaker and then this afternoon Mass at St. Bede’s. https://t.co/QcchhOpIwf

Prayers and best wishes to all our American friends on this Thanksgiving Day - a reminder to us all to give thanks to our wonderful God for the bountiful gifts of His beautiful Creation.

I’m busy today writing two talks for the Transformed Parish Conference I’m going to next week in Ireland (in Maynooth and in Clonmel). Please say a prayer for this intention - and may God bless you.

May God bless you with His love at this special time as we complete these last two weeks of the Church’s year. I hope you enjoy the latest news and thoughts from around the Diocese collected in this week’s @PortsmouthRC e-News: portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/enews/issue205…

test Twitter Media - May God bless you with His love at this special time as we complete these last two weeks of the Church’s year. I hope you enjoy the latest news and thoughts from around the Diocese collected in this week’s @PortsmouthRC e-News: https://t.co/eX91ghG8tB https://t.co/xl3Q8D24jd

A view looking across the grey skies of south Manchester from St Luke’s Centre in Whalley Range where I am staying overnight. Tomorrow I head for Maryvale and Birmingham where I’m speaking at the Graduation Ceremony.

test Twitter Media - A view looking across the grey skies of south Manchester from St Luke’s Centre in Whalley Range where I am staying overnight. Tomorrow I head for Maryvale and Birmingham where I’m speaking at the Graduation Ceremony. https://t.co/hIaAqIV5iM

Well, what d’you know, my Twitter account is being impersonated again! Please be sure you’re connected to the right one: @BishopEgan - and do report any fakes accounts you see like @EganBishop!

The last day of the Bishops’ Conference today when we vote on various proposals. It’s been an unusual conference this time without Cardinal Vincent and +Tom Burns who are ill and without Archbishop Bernard and +Robert Byrne who are engaged with the IICSA inquiry.

test Twitter Media - The last day of the Bishops’ Conference today when we vote on various proposals. It’s been an unusual conference this time without Cardinal Vincent and +Tom Burns who are ill and without Archbishop Bernard and +Robert Byrne who are engaged with the IICSA inquiry. https://t.co/bMYbvT2UkY

It’s always an early start at the Bishops’ Conference: 0630h Eucharistic Adoration. Meanwhile today we continue ploughing through the various departmental reports, but with presentations from CaTEW re finances and CSAS re safeguarding. Oremus!

test Twitter Media - It’s always an early start at the Bishops’ Conference: 0630h Eucharistic Adoration. Meanwhile today we continue  ploughing through the various departmental reports, but with presentations from CaTEW re finances and CSAS re safeguarding. Oremus! https://t.co/PIeX6vfQWH