Our Parish Retreat has now come to an end. From now on we journey to Divine Mercy Sunday and to humble ourselves before God’s Mercy – which we sorely need.
Future generations will look back on this season like no other. Disease and death have suddenly darkened the whole world. People are worried. Families have lost loved ones. The NHS is on the frontline doing their very best to prevent further loss of lives. Financial hardship is coming down the road for many. The lockdown continues – the message is clear: STAY AT HOME, SAVE LIVES.
As Catholics we know that Our Redeemer lives; we can place our hope and trust in Him. We can offer all that we are going through to the Lord himself – the fear, the anxiety, the wounds that life has inflicted and continues to. We nail it to the foot of the Cross. As we gaze out on our Easter Day, we can see the morning light and know that we are free! Fear cannot destroy you. Death cannot destroy you. Don’t let yourself be robbed of Easter joy.
In this difficult time for us all, we ask God for grace, that we might bear this burden together with all the nations of the world. We pray that this will come to end soon. In the meantime, we enter the world of prayer - the Lord is waiting, Our Lady will offer her blessing and support. Our Guardian Angels, our Patron Saints, our family and friends in Heaven, are ready and willing to intercede on our behalf.
In these holy days I once again cry out: ‘PRAY, HOPE AND DON’T WORRY.’ I urge you to join yourself and your loved ones by making a simple spiritual communion. Don’t hesitate, tell the lord that you love Him more than anything in life and that you long to receive Him in your heart, even if you can’t receive Him in His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. Offer your whole self to Him on the altar – all your sufferings and joys, all your talents and gifts. Tell Him that you never want to be separated from Him.
God Bless You, God Bless your families, STAY SAFE, and camp in the World of Prayer.