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  • Tweets from the Holy Father

Saying “yes” to God’s love is the first step to being happy, and to making many other people happy.

The Christian way is that of the Beatitudes: meekness, humility, patience in suffering, love for justice, ability to endure persecution, not judging others... #SantaMarta

What will remain on the threshold of eternity is not how much we earned, but how much we gave away.

Prayer from a humble heart is heard by God.

Today marks the beginning of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: all of us are asked to implore from God this great gift.

Let us be careful not to have a perverse heart that leads to cowardice; an obstinate heart that leads to being shut off; a heart that is slave to the seduction that leads to a Christian life of compromise. #SantaMarta

The Spirit of God speaks freely to each person through feelings and thoughts. The Spirit cannot be confined with simple reasoning, but must be welcomed with the heart!

Don’t let the sufferings you see frighten you. Place them before the Crucifix and the Eucharist from which we draw patient and compassionate love.

Let us look at our hands, often so empty of love, and today let us try to think of some gift we can offer freely.

Baptism is the best gift we have received. Through it, we belong to God and we possess the joy of salvation.

Smallness is freedom. One who is small, in the Gospel sense, is unencumbered and free from any urge to show off, and from any claim to success.

The first step in prayer is to be humble, go to the Father and say: “Look at me, I am a sinner.” And the Lord listens.

The spirit of the world is conquered with the spirit of faith: believing that God is really in the brother and sister who are close to me. #SantaMarta

Do not be afraid to weep when you encounter difficult situations: tears are drops that irrigate life. Tears of compassion purify hearts and feelings.

Love does not tolerate indifference; love is compassionate. Love means putting your heart on the line for others. #SantaMarta

God became man in Jesus in order to share our lives. Let us keep this relationship alive with Him and with one another. Happy Christmas to our Christian brothers and sisters from the East.

The Magi offered their precious gifts to the Christ Child. Today, let us ask God: Lord, help me rediscover the joy of giving.

The Church grows in silence, in prayer, and with the good works that give witness.

Jesus is the gift of God for us. If we welcome Him, we too can be a gift of God to others.

If we live as Jesus taught us, and in harmony with what we proclaim, our witness will bear fruit.

To make peace is to imitate God, who wants to make peace with us: He sent us his Son, and He has forgiven us.

Today more than ever, our societies need “artisans of peace”, messengers and witnesses of God the Father, who wills the good and the happiness of the human family. w2.vatican.va/content/france…

May Mary, Mother of God, protect and accompany us during this new year and bring the peace of her Son into our hearts and the world.

Let us give thanks to God for the year drawing to an end, recognizing that all the good is His gift.

  • Tweets from Bishop Egan

Please keep remembering today, during this Week of Prayer, to pray for a deeper communion among all Christians in doctrine, life and worship.

test Twitter Media - Please keep remembering today, during this Week of Prayer, to pray for a deeper communion among all Christians in doctrine, life and worship. https://t.co/nRniFAKeJW

Bishop Michael said Mass in Cathedral yesterday and is now en route via Germany back to Rome. Situation in Bamenda is at times normal but at other times tense. I’m putting a proposal in this week’s Enews about how we can help from here. Biggest help is daily prayer for Cameroon.

test Twitter Media - Bishop Michael said Mass in Cathedral yesterday and is now en route via Germany back to Rome. Situation in Bamenda is at times normal but at other times tense. I’m putting a proposal in this week’s Enews about how we can help from here. Biggest help is daily prayer for Cameroon. https://t.co/n4oSaZqV0o

I’m celebrating Mass in the Cathedral this morning with Bishop Michael Bibi. Please pray for him and for the people and clergy of our sister Diocese of Bamenda. I’m going to make an important announcement in ENews this week asking your help.

test Twitter Media - I’m celebrating Mass in the Cathedral this morning with Bishop Michael Bibi. Please pray for him and for the people and clergy of our sister Diocese of Bamenda. I’m going to make an important announcement in ENews this week asking your help. https://t.co/vovIdOJB76

At Southampton Airport en route to Jersey to say a Mass of Thanksgiving for the Little Sisters of the Poor who are leaving the island after 133 years of service for pastures new. May God bless them.

test Twitter Media - At Southampton Airport en route to Jersey to say a Mass of Thanksgiving for the Little Sisters of the Poor who are leaving the island after 133 years of service for pastures new. May God bless them. https://t.co/Cfi7AmhBBQ

Just leaving Leicester Cathedral after a positive and informative 24h meeting of the Catholic Bishops with the Anglican Bishops. We sat at regional tables to discuss the new ARCIC III document: ‘Walking Together on the Way’. Check it out here: vatican.va/roman_curia/po…

test Twitter Media - Just leaving Leicester Cathedral after a positive and informative 24h meeting of the Catholic Bishops with the Anglican Bishops. We sat at regional tables to discuss the new ARCIC III document: ‘Walking Together on the Way’. Check it out here: https://t.co/tUtfEmf6OC https://t.co/bKNPig6yUX

It’s an amazing political mess after last night’s vote in the House of Commons. No one’s clear on the right way ahead. Let’s ask the Holy Spirit to direct us all but especially our politicians and leaders in finding the best plan to take us forward.

Despite a few days away hiking, I’m still thinking a lot about the wonderful time at SEEK2019 - an amazing few days listening to many inspiring speakers. Over the next few issues, I’ll incorporate some of the talks. This week Fr. Mike Schmitz on the Mass: portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/enews/issue212…

Back now! Did some great walks thanks to the excellent Jarrold’s Guides.

test Twitter Media - Back now! Did some great walks thanks to the excellent Jarrold’s Guides. https://t.co/At4EsV7OXC

As we begin this momentous week in our land, let us commend to God our Prime Minister, the government and all our MPs. Let’s ask the Holy Spirit to direct them in truth, humility and responsibility, resisting any narrow self-interest, and espousing the common good.

test Twitter Media - As we begin this momentous week in our land, let us commend to God our Prime Minister, the government and all our MPs. Let’s ask the Holy Spirit to direct them in truth, humility and responsibility, resisting any narrow self-interest, and espousing the common good. https://t.co/wufsCaEzyo

Here’s a short talk from the excellent Jason Evert tackling with honesty and insight some of the issues young people actually face today (sex, pornography, addictions) and presenting Christ’s liberating message about love, continence and chastity: m.youtube.com/watch?v=tPOd7i…

In this 20 minute presentation, Sr Bethany Madonna, an SV (‘Sister of Life’), urges us all to make good use of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. (I only wish I too had her skills of preaching!). See: m.youtube.com/watch?v=OjHWch…

Here’s a fantastic talk by Fr Mike Schmitz on the true nature of the Mass as worship and sacrifice. Make sure you hear the whole thing and his point about ad orientem celebration: m.youtube.com/watch?v=uG3dOz…

A very Happy New Year to you. Over the next days I'm away doing some walking in the Forest of Dean: here's a photo of the January setting sun over the Black Mountains. The first issue of @PortsmouthRC e-News for 2019 is now available: portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/enews/issue211…

test Twitter Media - A very Happy New Year to you. Over the next days I'm away doing some walking in the Forest of Dean: here's a photo of the January setting sun over the Black Mountains. The first issue of @PortsmouthRC e-News for 2019 is now available: https://t.co/yALgclpCks https://t.co/BBNjuNGbPN

Now safely back in cold and overcast Blighty! All the connections worked well and the planes were on time. We’ve had an unforgettable few days at SEEK and we’ve all received many graces both personally and for our Diocese. Meanwhile my prayers for you reading this: God bless you.

test Twitter Media - Now safely back in cold and overcast Blighty! All the connections worked well and the planes were on time. We’ve had an unforgettable few days at SEEK and we’ve all received many graces both personally and for our Diocese. Meanwhile my prayers for you reading this: God bless you. https://t.co/cxO50y6KTW

Just had lunch here at FOCUS with our Diocesan group, including a special treat from The Cheesecake Factory.

test Twitter Media - Just had lunch here at FOCUS with our Diocesan group, including a special treat from The Cheesecake Factory. https://t.co/nMAWPqRyrh

This is the view of Downtown Indy from my hotel bedroom). We’ve just had lunch with Curtis Martin founder of FOCUS and his wife Michaelann. Meanwhile everywhere’s filling up as people arrive (17,000 of them!) for the Conference.

test Twitter Media - This is the view of Downtown Indy from my hotel bedroom). We’ve just had lunch with Curtis Martin founder of FOCUS and his wife Michaelann. Meanwhile everywhere’s filling up as people arrive (17,000 of them!) for the Conference. https://t.co/G3DS4Wonre

Now at Heathrow about to board flight for Indianapolis and SEEK2019: seek2019.com It should be really good! There’s about 25 of us going from the Diocese including the whole of the Bishop’s Council. I pray we’ll come back with lots of great ideas for Evangelisation.

test Twitter Media - Now at Heathrow about to board flight for Indianapolis and SEEK2019: https://t.co/BgZLqPVGfM It should be really good! There’s about 25 of us going from the Diocese including the whole of the Bishop’s Council. I pray we’ll come back with lots of great ideas for Evangelisation. https://t.co/UDOfJmnSTq

I wish you in the Lord today a very happy New Year with many blessings! Do pray though for all those in the Philippines affected this weekend by the landslides and flooding. Please pray too for the Catholic aid agencies helping out. See m.facebook.com/story.php?stor…

Just been to see the Anglo-Saxon Exhibition at the British Library - very well worth seeing! Lots of remarkable old manuscripts including the Domesday Book. It’s on til 19th February.

test Twitter Media - Just been to see the Anglo-Saxon Exhibition at the British Library - very well worth seeing! Lots of remarkable old manuscripts including the Domesday Book. It’s on til 19th February. https://t.co/3KnkrIHM3X

We’re all out with the family today for lunch in Stafford. Lots of people around - heading back to Altrincham shortly.

test Twitter Media - We’re all out with the family today for lunch in Stafford. Lots of people around - heading back to Altrincham shortly. https://t.co/1MaVY1xQUs