"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
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
The world seems very short of hope at the moment. Let us pray for new hope as we approach Gaudete Sunday this coming weekend - with Christmas now not far away! Here's my latest e-News with good news from around @PortsmouthRC: portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/enews/issue208…
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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 @PortsmouthRCportsmouthdiocese.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.
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…
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.
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.