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LAST WORDS FOR OCTOBER 2019


SUNDAY 6TH. OCTOBER 2019

HARVEST


Have you noticed that Thank- you letters seem to be out of fashion? As a child I was always expected to write thank-you notes for Christmas presents and birthday presents and for any other gifts I received.

 These days children don't seem to be encouraged to do this. Perhaps it is just my experience and hopefully yours is different.

  Yet I think that saying thank you is so important. As well as showing our gratitude it also It shows appreciation of the giver.

  Harvest time is an opportunity to Thank our Lord and Creator for all He has given to us. It is a time to count our blessings and instead of our usual prayers of petition, we can remember what we have received and through praise and adoration, express our gratitude.

  There is always something for which to say thank you and here is a favourite story of mine about that.

  One vicar always said thank-you for something at the start of his intercessions no matter what was happening in the world that day. A grumpy parishioner was fed up with this and one miserable wet Sunday day with the media full of bad news and with nothing to look forward to and his arthritis playing up, he walked  to church through, pouring rain and arrived at the church door soaked to the skin. When he saw the vicar, he immediately challenged him to find something amongst all this for which to thank God.

 The service proceeded to the prayers and the vicar, looking at the pensioner nodded, smiled and began, “Thank you Lord that it isn't always like this!”


Thank you all for your continual help and support.

Sr. Marian.












 


     

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LAST WORD  

    Last words for Sunday 20th. October 2019

 Perseverance

Derek Redmond Finishes at the Olympics


It was the summer Olympics of 1992 during the quarter finals of the 400 metre sprint, British athlete Derek Redmond was one of the favourites for the gold medal. A lifetime of training had brought him to this moment. As the starters gun fired, the athletes burst out of the blocks.

Halfway through the race Derek Redmond was leading. Then disaster struck. His hamstring went and he collapsed on the track. The agony on his tear streaked face was both physical and mental. It was a crushing blow.

Medical attendants ran to assist him. Derek waved them away. He came to race and he was going to finish. He got to his feet and started hobbling down the track.

The crowd was mesmerised. Officials didn’t know what to do. And then an older man ran onto the track. He brushed off officials who tried to stop him. He ran up beside Derek and placed his arms around him.


   The man was Derek Redmond’s father, Jim. “You don’t have to do this son” Jim said.

“Yes, I do” Derek replied. “Then we’ll finish this race together” came the response from Derek’s father.


   Arm in arm, with agony on Derek’s face, tears on his father’s, Derek and Jim continued down the track. Derek buried his face in his father’s shoulder. His father’s strong shoulders carried his son physically and emotionally.


  Finally, accompanied by a now roaring crowd, standing on their feet and applauding, Derek Redmond crossed the line. It became the defining moment of the Barcelona Olympics.


Read this story again and put yourselves in the position of Derek and think of the race of the Christian life in which we are participating. Think of difficulties that may prevent us from reaching the end and crossing the line to receive our prize from God and Remember our Heavenly Father is always with us and ready to support us to the end.  Talk to Him today and don’t give up!

                                                               

Many Blessings,

Sr. Marian.






 

    

  Last words October 2019

Last words for Sunday 13th. October 2019

Dear friends,

If you have ever taken a picture in Paris of the Eiffel Tower you may have fallen foul of the law. If like me you have taken a picture of the Paris night sky with the Eiffel Tower lit up in the background then you will have broken French copyright law. Any art work in France is copyrighted for 100 hundred years.


 Though the tower is an old art installation the lights covering the tower are fairly new so they cannot be photographed without permission. Most countries allow distant photographs of art work such as buildings on a skyline but France does not. So, I would imagine that uncountable numbers of tourists Like me inadvertently break this rule.


   If you walk along the South Bank in London, along the side of the River Thames, for quite a long length of the pathway it is private property. Though you can walk it, you are not allowed to take photographs from it without permission. Guilty yet again. So that iconic picture of the houses of Parliament, Big Ben or the Dome of St Paul’s needs be deleted right away.


   Rules sometimes don’t make sense and we can wander into them very easily. As Christians we live by a set of rules but they are not very complicated.


"'Love the Lord your God

with all your heart, with all your soul,

with all your strength, and with all your mind';

and ' Love your neighbour as you love yourself.'" Lk 10:27


Not taking a photo however is easy but following the words from Luke are an awful lot harder.


Every blessing

Vicar Rob