The French mathematical genius and devout Catholic Blaise Pascal wrote, “All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” Sometimes there can be the temptation to find distractions and be surrounded by background noise. Times of quiet are occasions when big questions of life can emerge, like the purpose of life, the essence of a good life, what happens after death. The pandemic restrictions still in place can been seen as a positive opportunity for quiet time to ponder and read the wisdom of our Catholic tradition. Classical texts like the New Testament, Augustine’s Confessions, Dante’s The Divine Comedy, St Therese’s Story of a Soul, Chesterton’s Orthodoxy shed rich light upon the big questions. Fr Nicolas Maurice
Visits to church hall: Fr Maurice plans to work from the parish hall one morning each week so that parishioners can stop to make contact and talk. He plans to work from the Ted Howe Room on Wednesday mornings from 9.30am, and from the Cranney Room on Friday mornings from 10am. Parishioners are welcome to stop in while maintaining suitable distance from others.
Prayer for those who govern and represent us: Eternal Wisdom, guide our leaders called to serve us in our Nation. May they respond to the challenges of this affliction with prudence and sound judgement. With foresight, may their planning alleviate the economic burdens, compensate for losses, protect employment and ensure ample food for the poor and isolated. Amen