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I s s u e 2 3 5 J u n e 2 0 1 7 5 0 p G o l d e n J u b i l e e C e l e b r a t i o n , B r i x h a m p a g e 6 G e n e r a l E l e c t i o n G u i d a n c e p a g e 5 L a n d e v e n n i c P i l g r i m a g e a n d B e n e d i c t i n e L i f e p a g e 1 1 S e r v i n g t h e C h u r c h i n t h e S o u t h W e s t

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2 - C a t h o l i c S o u t h W e s t J u n e 2 0 1 7 ‘ C a t h o l i c S o u t h W e s t ’ i s t h e m o n t h l y n e w s p a p e r w h i c h s e r v e s t h e c o m m u n i c a t i o n s n e e d s o f t h e c l e r g y , o r g a n i s a t i o n s a n d p e o p l e o f t h e D i o c e s e o f P l y m o u t h . E D I T O R I A L E d i t o r : T o b e a p p o i n t e d Y o u r a r t i c l e s a r e m o s t w e l c o m e . P l e a s e s e n d b y e m a i l t o c s w @ c a t h c o m . o r g o r p o s t t o C a t h C o m L t d , N 2 B l o i s M e a d o w B u s i n e s s C e n t r e , S t e e p l e B u m p s t e a d , H a v e r h i l l , C B 9 7 B N P l e a s e n o t e t h e p r e v i o u s e m a i l a d d r e s s w a s w r o n g A D V E R T I S I N G S a l e s M a n a g e r : J a n e t T o o k j a n e t t @ c a t h c o m . o r g P U B L I S H E R & D I S T R I B U T O R P u b l i s h e d b y : C a t h C o m L i m i t e d , N 2 B l o i s M e a d o w B u s i n e s s C e n t r e S t e e p l e B u m p s t e a d , H a v e r h i l l , C B 9 7 B N T e l . 0 2 0 7 1 1 2 6 7 1 0 W e b s i t e : w w w . c a t h c o m . o r g R E G I O N A L M A N A G E M E N T D e a n e r y C o n t a c t s C o r n w a l l D e a n e r y R e v A d r i a n D y e r , 0 1 2 0 9 2 1 3 6 9 8 a d r i a n 1 5 3 @ L i v e . c o m D o r s e t D e a n e r y B r i d p o r t : P a t M c E v o y , 0 1 3 0 8 4 2 4 3 5 8 p a t . m c e v o y @ b l u e b o t t l e . c o m P o o l e : B r i a n C o n d o n , 0 1 2 0 2 6 8 7 3 9 2 b r i a n . c o n d o n @ u w c l u b . n e t W e y m o u t h : E s m é e N i c h o l l s 0 1 3 0 5 8 3 4 0 9 8 E x e t e r D e a n e r y E x e t e r : F r a n c e s C a n n i n g , 0 1 3 9 2 2 0 9 5 4 2 f r a n c e s a n d e d w a r d @ b l u e y o n d e r . c o . u k P l y m o u t h D e a n e r y M o n i c a E v a n s , 0 1 7 5 2 6 6 3 3 8 8 m o n r o b i n @ H o t m a i l . c o . u k T o r b a y D e a n e r y R i c h a r d S t e a d , 0 7 9 5 2 6 7 0 2 9 2 r f v . s t e a d @ b t i n t e r n e t . c o m E d i t o r i a l P a n e l P a n e l M e m b e r s : R e v T o n y I r w i n , S u s a n n e K o w a l , S u e W a l s h a n d A d r i a n W a r d l e C h a i r m a n t o b e a p p o i n t e d . C O P Y D E A D L I N E : M o n d a y 1 M a y , J u n e E d i t i o n P l e a s e n o t e t h a t o p i n i o n s e x p r e s s e d b y c o n t r i b u t o r s a r e n o t n e c e s s a r i l y t h o s e o f t h e P u b l i s h e r s , E d i t o r , a n y D i o c e s e o r t h e w i d e R o m a n C a t h o l i c C h u r c h . P r i n t e d o n 1 0 0 % r e c y c l e d p a p e r P l e a s e r e c y c l e t h i s p a p e r “ G O … M A K E D I S C I P L E S ” – E v a n g e l i s i n g P a r i s h e s A P a s t o r a l M e s s a g e t o t h e P r i e s t s , D e a c o n s , R e l i g i o u s a n d L a y f a i t h f u l o f t h e D i o c e s e o f P l y m o u t h . T w o y e a r s a g o B i s h o p M a r k s h a r e d a p a s t o r a l v i s i o n f o r t h e D i o c e s e i n t h e L e t t e r , I t i s t h e L o r d . H e h a s n o w w r i t t e n a p a s t o r a l l e t t e r o n t h e p r o g r e s s t h a t h a s b e e n m a d e a n d w h e r e t o g o n e x t . B e l o w i s j u s t s o m e e x c e r p t s f r o m t h e p a s t o r a l l e t t e r . W e h a v e r e l u c t a n t l y h a d t o l e a v e o u t s o m e o f t h e e x c e l l e n t c o n t e n t s o w e c o u l d f i t i t i n t o t h e p a p e r . I t i s w e l l w o r t h r e a d i n g B i s h o p M a r k ` s f u l l l e t t e r o n t h e d i o c e s a n w e b s i t e : w w w . p l y m o u t h ­ d i o c e s e . o r g . u k F r o m m y e x p e r i e n c e o f t r a v e l l i n g a r o u n d t h i s l o v e l y d i o c e s e , i n m e e t i n g s o m a n y w o n d e r f u l p e o p l e a n d c l e r g y , a n d i n r e f l e c t i n g o n o u r c a l l t o b e d i s c i p l e - m a k i n g d i s c i p l e s , I w o u l d l i k e t o s h a r e w i t h y o u e i g h t t r a i t s o f a n E v a n g e l i s i n g P a r i s h . T h e t r a i t s I h a v e i d e n t i f i e d a r e : P r a y e r , V i s i o n , a n E v a n g e l i s i n g T e a m , t h e E u c h a r i s t , L o v i n g S e r v i c e , R i g o r o u s A d u l t F o r m a t i o n , S m a l l G r o u p s , a n d M i s s i o n a r y Z e a l . P R A Y E R V I S I O N T H E E U C H A R I S T W E A R E N O T C O M M U N I C A T I N G a m e s s a g e b u t a p e r s o n . W e c a n n o t g i v e w h a t w e h a v e n o t g o t . W e m u s t r e m e m b e r t h a t p r a y e r i s n o t s o m e t h i n g t o b e d o n e a t t h e b e g i n n i n g a n d l e f t b e h i n d , a s w e s o m e t i m e s d o a t m e e t i n g s . W e m u s t h a v e s u s t a i n e d p r a y e r , f o r e a c h i n i t i a t i v e i n t h e p a r i s h . - s o m e p e o p l e c a n i d e n t i f y t h e m s e l v e s a s t h e ‘ p r a y e r s ’ i n a c o m m u n i t y , f o r p a r t i c u l a r i n i t i a t i v e s - a l l o f u s a r e c a l l e d t o d e e p e n o u r e n c o u n t e r w i t h J e s u s , a n d t o d r a w c l o s e t o H i m i n p r a y e r - i n c r e a s i n g p r a y e r o p p o r t u n i t i e s i n t h e p a r i s h : r o s a r y , p i l g r i m a g e s , i n t e r c e s s o r y p r a y e r , E u c h a r i s t i c A d o r a t i o n a n d e s p e c i a l l y p r a y e r o f f e r e d b y t h e s i c k a n d h o u s e b o u n d w h o s e p r a y e r i s p a r t i c u l a r l y e f f i c a c i o u s - e n c o u r a g e p r a y e r i n t h e h o m e , i n f a m i l i e s a n d f r o m c h i l d r e n w h o u n s e l f - c o n s c i o u s l y a r t i c u l a t e t h e i r l o v e f o r J e s u s a n d M a r y P r a y e r i s u l t i m a t e l y n o t o u r w o r k , b u t G o d ’ s . W E K N O W W H A T T H E V I S I O N I S . I t i s p r i m a r y p r o c l a m a t i o n . I c o m e b a c k a g a i n a n d a g a i n t o w h a t P o p e F r a n c i s s a y s i n E v a n g e l i i G a u d i u m 1 6 4 : “ t h e f i r s t p r o c l a m a t i o n m u s t r i n g o u t o v e r a n d o v e r : “ J e s u s C h r i s t l o v e s y o u ; h e g a v e h i s l i f e t o s a v e y o u ; a n d n o w h e i s l i v i n g a t y o u r s i d e e v e r y d a y t o e n l i g h t e n , s t r e n g t h e n a n d f r e e y o u . ” T h i s f i r s t p r o c l a m a t i o n i s c a l l e d “ f i r s t ” n o t b e c a u s e i t e x i s t s a t t h e b e g i n n i n g a n d c a n t h e n b e f o r g o t t e n o r r e p l a c e d b y o t h e r m o r e i m p o r t a n t t h i n g s . I t i s f i r s t i n a q u a l i t a t i v e s e n s e b e c a u s e i t i s t h e p r i n c i p a l p r o c l a m a t i o n , t h e o n e w h i c h w e m u s t h e a r a g a i n a n d a g a i n i n d i f f e r e n t w a y s , t h e o n e w h i c h w e m u s t a n n o u n c e o n e w a y o r a n o t h e r ” . I b e l i e v e s m a l l a i m s , w e l l c a r r i e d o u t , a r e m o r e e f f e c t i v e t h a n h u g e p l a n s . B e c o n c r e t e , b e r e a l . F o c u s o n t h e p e r s o n i n f r o n t o f y o u , a n d o n b r i n g i n g t h i s p e r s o n t o a d e e p e r f r i e n d s h i p a n d l o v e o f J e s u s . I N M A N Y W A Y S T H I S I S A D I F F I C U L T O N E , a s i t c o u l d g i v e t h e i m p r e s s i o n t h a t ‘ s h a r i n g f a i t h – e v a n g e l i s a t i o n ’ i s t h e t a s k o f o n l y a f e w i n t h e p a r i s h . T h e r e a l i t y , o f c o u r s e , i s t h a t e v e r y C a t h o l i c i s c a l l e d t o d o t h i s . I t i s a c r u c i a l p a r t o f t h e v o c a t i o n o f b e i n g a d i s c i p l e . I t i s p a r t a n d p a r c e l o f t h e g i f t o f f a i t h ; t h e H o l y S p i r i t h a s b e e n “ p o u r e d i n t o o u r h e a r t s ” ( R o m a n s 5 : 5 ) . A t t h e s a m e t i m e , f o r a p a r i s h t o t r u l y b e c o m e a c o m m u n i t y o f d i s c i p l e - m a k i n g d i s c i p l e s , t h e r e n e e d s t o b e a g r o u p w h o s t i m u l a t e e v a n g e l i s i n g e f f o r t s , w h o m e e t r e g u l a r l y t o r e f l e c t o n e x p e r i e n c e s o f e v a n g e l i s a t i o n a n d w h o r e g u l a r l y l o o k a t t h e p a r i s h d i a r y a n d l i f e , t o s e e w h a t o p p o r t u n i t i e s f o r ‘ g o i n g o u t ’ t h e r e a r e o n t h e h o r i z o n . I a m d e l i g h t e d t o s e e t h a t a t p r e s e n t , w e h a v e 3 8 P a r i s h E v a n g e l i s a t i o n T e a m s a c r o s s t h e d i o c e s e , w i t h s e v e r a l m o r e i n p r o g r e s s . S o m e t h i n g l i k e 5 0 0 p e o p l e h a v e e n g a g e d w i t h t h e f i r s t p h a s e o f b u i l d i n g t e a m s i n t h e d i o c e s e , a n d a b o u t t w o - t h i r d s o f t h e s e h a v e e s t a b l i s h e d t h e m s e l v e s i n t e a m s . T h e p a r i s h p r i e s t c a n n o t d o e v e r y t h i n g b y h i m s e l f , n e i t h e r s h o u l d h e . W o r k i n g a l o n e , i t i s h a r d t o r e m a i n m o t i v a t e d . W e r u n o u t o f e n e r g y o r f o c u s . D i f f e r e n t p e o p l e b r i n g d i f f e r e n t g i f t s . B u t t o g e t h e r w e c a n s u p p o r t a n d m o v e t h i n g s f o r w a r d . W E K N O W T H A T T H E E U C H A R I S T i s a v i t a l p a t h f o r m a k i n g d i s c i p l e s a n d s h a r i n g f a i t h . I t i s i t s e l f e v a n g e l i s i n g . I t i s t h e r e t h a t w e b r e a t h e t h e f r e s h a i r o f t h e d i v i n e p r e s e n c e a n d a r e h e a l e d o f o u r w o u n d s . T h e S a c r a m e n t s , t h e C h u r c h ` s l i t u r g y , E u c h a r i s t i c a d o r a t i o n , s a c r e d m u s i c , t h e b e a u t y o f t h e C h u r c h b u i l d i n g , a r e a l l i m p o r t a n t i n d i s c o v e r i n g t h e n u m i n o u s , a s e n s e o f t h e t r a n s c e n d e n t , t h e r e a l i t y t h a t w e a r e c r e a t e d t o w o r s h i p G o d . I t i s i n t h e E u c h a r i s t e s p e c i a l l y t h a t w e m e e t a n d e n c o u n t e r J e s u s . U l t i m a t e l y w e w a n t m o r e a n d m o r e p e o p l e t o c o m e t o k n o w J e s u s i n t h i s w a y . J e s u s ’ E u c h a r i s t i c p r e s e n c e i s n o t o n l y e x p e r i e n c e d a t M a s s . I t h a s b e e n b e a u t i f u l t o s e e h o w i m p o r t a n t E u c h a r i s t i c a d o r a t i o n h a s b e e n i n e v a n g e l i s a t i o n e f f o r t s i n p a r i s h e s . M a n y h a v e e x p e r i e n c e d t h e C a t h o l i c C h u r c h i n a n e w w a y t h r o u g h t h e e x p e r i e n c e o f A d o r a t i o n t h r o u g h ‘ N i g h t F e v e r ’ i n i t i a t i v e s , a n d t h r o u g h ‘ 2 4 h o u r s f o r t h e L o r d ’ . I t h a s b e e n l o v e l y , t o o , t o s e e h o w p a r i s h e s h a v e t a k e n u p ‘ T h e L i g h t i s o n f o r y o u . ’ i n i t i a t i v e , w h e r e p a r i s h c h u r c h e s h a v e b e e n k e p t o p e n o n s e t e v e n i n g s f o r E u c h a r i s t i c A d o r a t i o n a n d S a c r a m e n t a l C o n f e s s i o n . 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J u n e 2 0 1 7 C a t h o l i c S o u t h W e s t - 3 L O V I N G S E R V I C E R I G O R O U S A D U L T F O R M A T I O N S M A L L G R O U P E N C O U N T E R M I S S I O N A R Y Z E A L C O N C L U S I O N W E O F T E N T H I N K T H A T O U R ‘ a c t i v e ’ l i f e o f s e r v i c e i s s o m e h o w o p p o s e d t o o u r l i f e o f c o n t e m p l a t i o n a n d p r a y e r . B u t i n b o t h d i m e n s i o n s o f o u r l i f e , w e a r e s e e k i n g t o e n c o u n t e r J e s u s a n d t o s e r v e H i m . M a t t h e w 2 5 m a k e s t h i s v e r y c l e a r . T h e L o r d t h a t w e w o r s h i p a n d a d o r e i n t h e B l e s s e d S a c r a m e n t w e a l s o e n c o u n t e r i n t h e l e a s t o f H i s b r o t h e r s a n d s i s t e r s . T h i s i s a l w a y s c l e a r t o u s w h e n e v e r w e e m b a r k o n s o m e c o n c r e t e a c t i o n w i t h a n d f o r t h o s e w h o a r e p o o r . I t h a s b e e n g o o d t h e s e p a s t t h r e e y e a r s t o d i s c o v e r t h e v a r i e t y o f w a y s i n w h i c h C a t h o l i c s i n t h e D i o c e s e a r e e n g a g e d i n p r o j e c t s o f l o v i n g s e r v i c e o f n e i g h b o u r - f o o d b a n k s , h o m e l e s s p r o j e c t s , s t r e e t p a s t o r s , o u t r e a c h t o t h o s e w i t h s p e c i a l n e e d s , s u p p o r t o f C A F O D , A i d t o t h e C h u r c h i n N e e d , M i s s i o a n d A p o s t l e s h i p o f t h e S e a . R e c e n t l y I h a d t h e c h a n c e t o g o o n c e m o r e o n p i l g r i m a g e w i t h H C P T , t h e P i l g r i m a g e T r u s t , w h i c h t a k e s s p e c i a l n e e d s c h i l d r e n t o L o u r d e s i n E a s t e r t i d e . I w a s s t r u c k o n c e m o r e b y t h e f a c t t h a t w e e x p e r i e n c e t h e L o r d o n t h e C r o s s i n t h e s e , s o m e o f t h e l e a s t o f H i s c h i l d r e n . I n t h e i r l o v e a n d s u f f e r i n g , a n d t h e i r g r e a t j o y , t h e y t e a c h u s h o w t o l i v e o u r f a i t h i n s i m p l e a n d p r a c t i c a l w a y s . T h e y s h o w u s t h e l i v i n g b o d y o f J e s u s p r e s e n t i n H i s R e s u r r e c t e d w o u n d s i n w h i c h h e m a n i f e s t s t h e d e p t h o f h i s l o v e a n d h i s s u f f e r i n g . T h e r e a l i t y i s t h a t o u r p e r s o n a l e n c o u n t e r w i t h J e s u s i n p r a y e r , h e l p s u s t o s e e H i m i n t h o s e w h o a r e l e a s t , a n d w h e n w e m e e t H i m i n t h e m w e a l s o w a n t t o s e e k H i m i n p r a y e r , i n t h e B l e s s e d S a c r a m e n t , a t M a s s , a n d i n o u r p r a y e r f u l r e a d i n g o f t h e S c r i p t u r e s . H I S T O R I C A L L Y , C A T H O L I C S B E L O N G E D t o a v a r i e t y o f s o d a l i t i e s a n d g r o u p s . I n e a c h t h e r e w a s a s h a r i n g a n d a f o r m a t i o n i n f a i t h . N o w a d a y s , l i f e i s m o r e f r a g m e n t e d a n d d i s p a r a t e . P e o p l e a r e a t d i f f e r e n t l e v e l s a n d a t d i f f e r e n t p o i n t s o n t h e j o u r n e y . A s I h a v e t r a v e l l e d a r o u n d t h e d i o c e s e a n d l i s t e n e d t o p e o p l e ’ s s t o r i e s o f t h e i r f a i t h a n d l i f e , a g a i n a n d a g a i n , I h a v e b e e n a w a r e o f t h e s i l e n t s t r u g g l e s t h a t m a n y e x p e r i e n c e . A l o n g s i d e t h i s , i s a n a w a r e n e s s o f ‘ s i t t i n g ’ w i t h m a n y o f t h e q u e s t i o n s s h a r e d b y o u r c o n t e m p o r a r i e s : “ D o e s l i f e r e a l l y h a v e a n y m e a n i n g ? H o w d o I b r i n g s c i e n c e a n d r e l i g i o n t o g e t h e r ? S u r e l y i t i s s c i e n c e t h a t g i v e s u s t h e T r u t h , w h e r e a s f a i t h , i s i t n o t j u s t p r i v a t e o p i n i o n ? Y o u b e l i e v e w h a t y o u w a n t a n d I b e l i e v e w h a t I w a n t ; i t d o e s n ’ t r e a l l y m a t t e r , d o e s i t ? W h a t h a p p e n s a f t e r d e a t h ? W h y d o s u c h g o o d p e o p l e s u f f e r ? S u r e l y a g o o d G o d w o u l d n o t a l l o w t h i s ? A r e h u m a n b e i n g s w o r t h a n y t h i n g ? A m I ? ” T h e s e a r e s o m e o f t h e q u e s t i o n s t h a t m a n y i n o u r s o c i e t y a s k , o f t e n i m p l i c i t l y . W e k n o w i t i s o n l y u l t i m a t e l y i n J e s u s t h a t e a c h o f t h e s e q u e s t i o n s f i n d s i t s p r o p e r p l a c e . S o w e n e e d t o p r o v i d e c o n t e x t s w h e r e p e o p l e c a n p r o p e r l y e x p l o r e t h e q u e s t i o n s t h a t a r e a t t h e h e a r t o f m o d e r n l i v i n g , a n d w h e r e t h e y c a n r e c e i v e a c c o m p a n i m e n t a n d g u i d a n c e f r o m t h e r i c h n e s s o f t h e C h u r c h ’ s t r a d i t i o n . I w o u l d h o p e t h a t s o m e o f t h e i n i t i a t i v e s o f f e r e d t h r o u g h o u r V i c a r i a t e f o r E v a n g e l i s a t i o n a n d C a t e c h e s i s w i l l c o n t i n u e t o g i v e o p p o r t u n i t i e s t o g r o w i n c o n f i d e n c e i n s h a r i n g o u r f a i t h w i t h o t h e r s , a s w e a l l g r a p p l e w i t h t h e s e q u e s t i o n s , a n d f i n d o u r m e a n i n g i n J e s u s C h r i s t . I t h a s b e e n w o n d e r f u l , a s I h a v e t r a v e l l e d a r o u n d t h e D i o c e s e , t o e x p e r i e n c e s o m e t h i n g o f t h e f a i t h o f g o o d p e o p l e g i v i n g s o g e n e r o u s l y o f t h e i r t i m e i n s o m a n y C a t e c h e t i c a l p r o g r a m m e s – F i r s t C o m m u n i o n , C o n f i r m a t i o n , R C I A , B a p t i s m a n d M a r r i a g e . S o m a n y p e o p l e w o r k s o h a r d , a n d s o f a i t h f u l l y , t o ‘ p a s s o n ’ t h e f a i t h i n t h e s e c o n t e x t s . A k e y r e f l e c t i o n f o r a p a r i s h , i s ‘ w h a t d o w e c o m m i t i n t h e p a r i s h ’ s r e s o u r c e s t o a s s i s t t h e m , a n d t o h e l p f o r m t h e m , s o t h a t t h e y h a v e c o n f i d e n c e i n w h a t t h e y a r e d o i n g , a n d a r e u s i n g t h e b e s t p o s s i b l e m e t h o d s a n d r e s o u r c e s ? ’ I F I R S T L E A R N E D T H E I M P O R T A N C E o f s m a l l g r o u p s o r s m a l l c o m m u n i t i e s w h i l s t o n p a r i s h p l a c e m e n t s i n v a r i o u s p l a c e s , b o t h a s a y o u n g m a n a n d a s a p r i e s t . I h a v e s e e n t h e i r v a l u e , t o o , s i n c e I b e c a m e b i s h o p . T h e r e i s , f o r a l l o f u s , t h e r e a l i t y o f S u n d a y M a s s a n d p a r t i c i p a t i o n i n C h r i s t ’ s S a c r i f i c e . F o r m a n y , a l o n g s i d e t h i s , a n d c o m p l e m e n t i n g t h e r e g u l a r S u n d a y e x p e r i e n c e , i s e n g a g e m e n t i n a s m a l l g r o u p o r s m a l l c o m m u n i t y . I n s u c h a g r o u p I a m a b l e t o b e m y s e l f a n d s h a r e m y f a i t h o p e n l y . I c a n s p e a k o f m y s t r u g g l e s a n d j o y s , e x p l o r e h o w I c a n g r o w i n f a i t h , a n d b e c h a l l e n g e d . I n s u c h g r o u p s , t h e p r a y e r f u l r e a d i n g o f S c r i p t u r e – l e c t i o d i v i n a – h a s a p a r t i c u l a r p l a c e . W e c a n b e a m a z e d w h a t h a p p e n s w h e n p e o p l e a r e g i v e n t h e o p p o r t u n i t y i n s u c h s e t t i n g s t o l o o k a t t h e i r l i f e a l o n g s i d e t h e S c r i p t u r e s , t o s i m p l y p l a c e a p a g e o f m y l i f e a l o n g s i d e a p a g e o f t h e B i b l e . M I S S I O N D E S C R I B E S T H E V E R Y H E A R T O F G O D . T h e F a t h e r s e n d s t h e S o n i n o r d e r t o b r i n g H i s l o v e i n t o o u r w o r l d a n d i n t o e v e r y h u m a n h e a r t . T h e S o n w i l l i n g l y a c c e p t s t h e F a t h e r ` s M i s s i o n . O u t o f l o v e f o r t h e F a t h e r h e c o m e s i n t o o u r w o r l d . N o t o n l y i s J e s u s t h e h u m a n f a c e o f G o d , b u t H e i s h u m b l e r y e t , e v e n t o a c c e p t i n g d e a t h o n a C r o s s ( P h i l i p p i a n s 2 ) . T h e S p i r i t a c c o m p a n i e s t h e S o n i n H i s M i s s i o n , a n d c o n t i n u e s t o a n i m a t e J e s u s ` f o l l o w e r s s o t h a t t h e y m a y p a r t i c i p a t e i n t h e S o n ` s m i s s i o n a n d c o m e t o t h e F a t h e r ` s h o u s e . W e h a v e c o m e t o k n o w G o d b e c a u s e H e h a s g o n e o u t s i d e o f H i m s e l f . O u r z e a l f o r M i s s i o n i s a p a r t i c i p a t i o n i n t h i s g o i n g f o r t h f r o m , a n d r e t u r n t o , G o d . W e h a v e a h e a r t ` f o r t h e o t h e r ` , t o b r i n g t h e m t o J e s u s , t h a t H e m i g h t b r i n g t h e m t o t h e F a t h e r a n d t h a t t h e y m i g h t b e ` a t h o m e ` w i t h H i m . W e d o n o t s e e k t o b r i n g o t h e r s t o o u r s e l v e s . W e m u s t a s k o u r s e l v e s , a r e t h e d i f f e r e n t i n i t i a t i v e s o f t h e p a r i s h , ` o p e n ` t o t h o s e w h o d o n o t y e t b e l i e v e , o r a r e w e a c i r c l e o f f r i e n d s c l o s e d i n o n o u r s e l v e s ? D o w e f o c u s o n m a i n t a i n i n g t h e s t a t u s q u o i n p a r i s h l i f e , o r a r e w e c a p a b l e o f n e w i n i t i a t i v e s w h i c h ` r e a c h o u t ` t o t h o s e w h o d o n o t k n o w J e s u s , s o t h a t t h e y m i g h t h a v e t h e o p p o r t u n i t i e s f o r r e a l e n c o u n t e r s w i t h H i m ? T h e s e t h o u g h t s a r e o f f e r e d o n t h e b a s i s o f m y e x p e r i e n c e o f t h e D i o c e s e t h e s e p a s t t h r e e y e a r s . I f y o u h a v e a n y o f y o u r o w n r e f l e c t i o n s o n t h e t r a i t s I h a v e s h a r e d , o r a n y o t h e r t h o u g h t s t h a t y o u w o u l d l i k e t o a d d , t h e n I w o u l d b e d e l i g h t e d t o h e a r f r o m y o u . I h o p e t h a t w e c a n e a c h d e e p e n o u r l o v e o f J e s u s a n d o u r d e s i r e t o b r i n g o t h e r s t o H i m , i n r e s p o n s e t o H i s w o n d e r f u l c o m m a n d , “ G o … m a k e d i s c i p l e s ” ( M a t t h e w 2 8 : 1 9 ) . S O , W I T H H I M , L E T ’ S D O I T ! M a r k O ’ T o o l e B i s h o p o f P l y m o u t h E a s t e r t i d e 2 0 1 7 A r o u n d t h e S o u t h W e s t P r a y e r i n S t M a r y c h u r c h A l l a r e w e l c o m e t o j o i n p a r i s h i o n e r s a t 9 . 4 0 a m t o p r a y f o r v o c a t i o n s t o t h e p r i e s t h o o d a n d r e l i g i o u s l i f e a t O u r L a d y H e l p o f C h r i s t i a n s & S t D e n i s C h u r c h f o l l o w e d b y M a s s a t 1 0 . 0 0 a m E u c h a r i s t i c A d o r a t i o n i n E x e t e r T u e s d a y e v e n i n g s a t 8 . 0 0 - 9 . 0 0 p m a t M o u n t S t M a r y C o n v e n t , W o n f o r d R o a d . L o v i n g S e r v i c e i n W e y m o u t h S e w i n g g r o u p o f O u r L a d y S t a r o f t h e S e a m a d e d r e s s e s w h i c h h a v e b e e n s e n t t o t h e S i s t e r s o f M e r c y m i s s i o n i n A f r i c a . S m a l l G r o u p E n c o u n t e r T h e M e d i t a t i o n G r o u p m e e t s a t 7 . 3 0 p m o n M o n d a y e v e n i n g a t t h e R i c h a r d R e y n o l d s C e n t r e , H e a v i t r e e R o a d , E x e t e r . W E N E E D Y O U R P A R I S H N E W S T O G O H E R E ! N o p a r i s h n e w s ? M a y b e y o u s h o u l d s t a r t s o m e t h i n g !

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4 - C a t h o l i c S o u t h W e s t J u n e 2 0 1 7 12:35 Page 1 C O T T O N & S O N ( J a n e C o t t o n ) T e l : 0 1 3 0 5 7 6 7 6 7 6 I n d e p e n d e n t F u n e r a l D i r e c t o r s s i n c e 1 9 1 2 T h e B o o k s h o p s t o c k s a s e l e c t i o n o f r e l i g i o u s b o o k s , C h r i s t i a n r e s o u r c e s , C a r d s , J e w e l l e r y , C D s a n d D V D s . W e a l s o s e l l R e l i g i o u s I t e m s i n c l u d i n g g i f t s f o r B a p t i s m s , F i r s t H o l y C o m m u n i o n s a n d W e d d i n g s . T h e M o n a s t i c P r o d u c e S h o p h a s n o w j o i n e d o u r p r e m i s e s o n a p e r m a n e n t b a s i s . W e s e l l g o o d s f r o m A b b e y s a n d M o n a s t e r i e s f r o m E u r o p e a n d b e y o n d . W e h a v e n o w i n c r e a s e d o u r r a n g e o f T r a p p i s t B e e r s f r o m B e l g i u m a n d w i n e s f r o m A u s t r i a . 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T h e l e t t e r i s a n e n c o u r a g e m e n t t o a l l C a t h o l i c s t o p l a y a n a c t i v e p a r t i n t h e e l e c t i o n . W h i l e v o t i n g f o r a n y p a r t i c u l a r p o l i t i c a l p a r t y i s a m a t t e r o f c o n s c i e n c e , t h e b i s h o p s e n c o u r a g e p e o p l e t o u s e t h e i r v o t e a t t h i s p i v o t a l t i m e f o r o u r n a t i o n s , a s w e p r e p a r e t o l e a v e t h e E u r o p e a n U n i o n . T h e l e t t e r l a y s o u t b r o a d p r i n c i p l e s t o g u i d e o u r t h i n k i n g i n t h e r u n - u p t o t h e e l e c t i o n , t a k e n f r o m P o p e F r a n c i s ` E v a n g e l i i G a u d i u m . " T o a g r e a t e x t e n t t h e o u t c o m e o f t h i s e l e c t i o n w i l l d e t e r m i n e t h e a p p r o a c h t a k e n o n h o w t h i s ( l e a v i n g t h e E u r o p e a n U n i o n ) i s a c h i e v e d , t h e p r i o r i t i e s w e p u r s u e a n d t h e v a l u e s w e w i s h t o t r e a s u r e a s o u r o w n i n t h e U K a n d a s p a r t n e r s w i t h c o u n t r i e s a r o u n d t h e w o r l d . I t w i l l d e t e r m i n e h o w w e c a n h e a l d i v i s i o n s i n o u r s o c i e t y , c a r e f o r t h e v u l n e r a b l e , h o w o u r p u b l i c s e r v i c e s a r e r u n a n d w h e t h e r w e c a n r e m a i n a u n i t e d k i n g d o m . " T h e l e t t e r t h e n m o v e s f r o m t h e s e b r o a d g u i d i n g p r i n c i p l e s t o s o m e m o r e s p e c i f i c q u e s t i o n s f o r c o n s i d e r a t i o n a n d t o r a i s e w i t h c a n d i d a t e s , i n c l u d i n g q u e s t i o n s o n h o w b e s t t o e n c o u r a g e a n d e n a b l e f a m i l i e s t o f l o u r i s h , p r o m o t e f r e e d o m o f r e l i g i o n a c r o s s t h e w o r l d a n d c a r e f o r r e f u g e e s a n d a s y l u m s e e k e r s . T h e l e t t e r c o n c l u d e s w i t h a p r a y e r : " L o r d g r a n t u s w i s d o m t o a c t a l w a y s w i t h i n t e g r i t y , s e e k i n g t h e p r o t e c t i o n a n d f l o u r i s h i n g o f a l l , a n d b u i l d i n g a s o c i e t y b a s e d o n j u s t i c e a n d p e a c e . " T o r e a d t h e B i s h o p s ’ l e t t e r i n f u l l g o t o w w w . c a t h o l i c n e w s . o r g . u k / e l e c t i o n 1 7 M e g a Y o u t h P o l l Y o u n g C a t h o l i c s ( 1 3 - 2 9 ) a r e b e i n g a s k e d t o s h a r e w h a t t h e y f e e l a b o u t t h e i r l i v e s , f a i t h a n d v o c a t i o n a l d i s c e r n m e n t i n a n o n l i n e p o l l , p r i o r t o a S y n o d i n R o m e i n 2 0 1 8 . P o p e F r a n c i s h a s s a i d t h a t h e “ w i s h e s t o l i s t e n t o y o u r v o i c e , y o u r s e n s i t i v i t i e s a n d y o u r f a i t h ; e v e n y o u r d o u b t s a n d y o u r c r i t i c i s m . M a k e y o u r v o i c e h e a r d , l e t i t r e s o n a t e i n c o m m u n i t i e s a n d l e t i t b e h e a r d b y y o u r s h e p h e r d s o f s o u l s . ” T h e o n l i n e s u r v e y w i l l b e o p e n u n t i l M o n d a y 5 t h J u n e 2 0 1 7 a n d s h o u l d t a k e a r o u n d 2 0 m i n u t e s t o c o m p l e t e , a n d s t a t e s : “ W h a t e v e r y o u r r e l i g i o u s b e l i e f , f e e l i n g s a b o u t t h e C a t h o l i c C h u r c h o r c i r c u m s t a n c e s w e w a n t t o h e a r f r o m y o u b e c a u s e y o u a r e i m p o r t a n t t o u s ” . I f y o u a r e i n t h e a g e g r o u p P L E A S E t r y t o f i n d t h e t i m e t o c o m p l e t e i t , a n d i f y o u k n o w a n y o n e i n t h e a g e r a n g e , P L E A S E a s k t h e m . J u s t t y p e M e g a Y o u t h P o l l i n t o y o u r s e a r c h e n g i n e a n d f o l l o w t h e i n s t r u c t i o n s . T h e r e w i l l b e a d i f f e r e n t p o l l s e e k i n g t h e v i e w s o f a n y o n e w h o i s a p a r e n t , t e a c h e r , c h a p l a i n , y o u t h w o r k e r o r a p r i e s t w h o r e g u l a r l y e n g a g e s w i t h y o u n g p e o p l e . F i o n a H u t c h i n g s P l y m o u t h D i o c e s e P l e a s e s u p p o r t o u r A d v e r t i s e r s A d v e r t i s e H e r e 0 1 4 4 0 7 3 0 3 9 9

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I n f a c t , a s a t e e n a g e r w e s u r p r i s e d h e r i n t h e a c t o f s i n g i n g a l o n g t o o n e o f h e r f a v o u r i t e f e m a l e a r t i s t s o f t h e t i m e , h a i r b r u s h i n h a n d ( f o r a m i c r o p h o n e ) , a t f u l l v o l u m e , a n d t o s s i n g h e r l o n g h a i r a b o u t d i v a - s t y l e ! T h a n k f u l l y , s h e n o w l a u g h i n g l y a d m i t s t o h e r i n a b i l i t y t o s i n g a n d p r e f e r s t o l e t o t h e r s e x e r c i s e t h e i r v o c a l c h o r d s i n s t e a d ! J O Y F U L C L A M O U R A t m y o w n p a r i s h c h u r c h w e h a v e f o r e g o n e t h e u s u a l r e c e s s i o n a l h y m n d u r i n g t h e s e a s o n o f L e n t t h i s y e a r . W h e n t h i s w a s a n n o u n c e d t h e w e e k b e f o r e L e n t s t a r t e d , w e w e r e t o l d t h a t " T h e C h u r c h s o m e t i m e s n e e d s a t i m e o f s i l e n c e " . A n d o f c o u r s e , t h i s i s s o t r u e . H o w e v e r , I w a s s t r u c k b y t h e f a c t t h a t w e c a n f i n d G o d i n t h e s i l e n c e – s o m e t h i n g t h a t c a n a d m i t t e d l y b e d i f f i c u l t t o a c h i e v e i n o u r h e c t i c , e v e r y d a y l i v e s – a n d i n t h e j o y f u l c l a m o u r o f o u r s o n g s o f p r a i s e a n d l o v e . A t a c o n f e r e n c e I a t t e n d e d a t t h e v e r y b e g i n n i n g o f L e n t w e w e r e s p o i l e d b y a l i t u r g i c a l e x t r a v a g a n z a o f m u s i c i n t h e l i t u r g i e s a n d S u n d a y M a s s . T h e m u s i c a l a c c o m p a n i m e n t a n d s i n g i n g w e r e s u b l i m e a n d i t w a s n o t d i f f i c u l t S h e w a s s i n g i n g a l o n g , h a i r b r u s h i n h a n d . . . a t f u l l v o l u m e . . . t o f e e l t h e p r e s e n c e o f t h e H o l y S p i r i t d u r i n g s u c h a g l o r i o u s s o u n d , n o r t o p r a i s e a n d w o r s h i p t h e F a t h e r . I ` m s u r e I s p e a k f o r m o s t o f t h o s e t h e r e w h e n I s a y t h a t w e w e r e k e e p i n g o u r l i v e s i n t u n e w i t h t h e L o r d ` s a n d e n t e r i n g i n t o h i s S o n g . G E N T L E V O I C E W e h a v e s o m u c h t o b e t h a n k f u l f o r i n o u r n o r m a l e v e r y d a y l i v e s a n d n o t l e a s t o f t h e s e i s o u r a b i l i t y t o f i n d G o d . H e m a k e s h i m s e l f a v a i l a b l e t o u s w h e n e v e r a n d w h e r e v e r w e n e e d t o f i n d h i m . I n h i s w o n d e r f u l d i v e r s i t y , w e c a n a c c e s s h i m i n t h e W o r d , t h e E u c h a r i s t , o t h e r p e o p l e , n a t u r e a n d a t m a n y o t h e r t i m e s a n d i n m a n y o t h e r p l a c e s . A n d f u r t h e r m o r e w e c a n b e a w a r e o f t h e g e n t l e v o i c e o f t h e L o r d i n t h e s i l e n c e a n d m a n i f e s t l y a w a r e o f h i s b e a u t i f u l p r e s e n c e i n t h e l i f t i n g m e l o d y o f o u r v o i c e s r a i s e d i n s o n g . A n d b e t t e r s t i l l – n o h a i r b r u s h r e q u i r e d . . . ! J u l i a B e a c r o f t i s a n a u t h o r , e d i t o r a n d c a t e c h i s t w h o l i v e s i n T o r q u a y , D e v o n . H e r f i r s t b o o k ` S a n c t i f y i n g t h e S p i r i t ` i s n o w a v a i l a b l e t o b u y . P l e a s e v i s i t : w w w . s a n c i o b o o k s . c o m S t a y i n g i n t u n e w i t h G o d b y J u l i a B e a c r o f t M E S S A G E O F H I S H O L I N E S S P O P E F R A N C I S F O R T H E 5 1 s t W O R L D C O M M U N I C A T I O N S D A Y 2 8 t h M a y 2 0 1 7 " F e a r n o t , f o r I a m w i t h y o u " ( I s 4 3 : 5 ) : C o m m u n i c a t i n g H o p e a n d T r u s t i n o u r T i m e A c c e s s t o t h e m e d i a – t h a n k s t o t e c h n o l o g i c a l p r o g r e s s – m a k e s i t p o s s i b l e f o r c o u n t l e s s p e o p l e t o s h a r e n e w s i n s t a n t l y a n d s p r e a d i t w i d e l y . T h a t n e w s m a y b e g o o d o r b a d , t r u e o r f a l s e . T h e e a r l y C h r i s t i a n s c o m p a r e d t h e h u m a n m i n d t o a c o n s t a n t l y g r i n d i n g m i l l s t o n e ; i t i s u p t o t h e m i l l e r t o d e t e r m i n e w h a t i t w i l l g r i n d : g o o d w h e a t o r w o r t h l e s s w e e d s . O u r m i n d s a r e a l w a y s " g r i n d i n g " , b u t i t i s u p t o u s t o c h o o s e w h a t t o f e e d t h e m ( c f . S A I N T J O H N C A S S I A N , E p i s t l e t o L e o n t i u s ) . I w i s h t o a d d r e s s t h i s m e s s a g e t o a l l t h o s e w h o , w h e t h e r i n t h e i r p r o f e s s i o n a l w o r k o r p e r s o n a l r e l a t i o n s h i p s , a r e l i k e t h a t m i l l , d a i l y " g r i n d i n g o u t " i n f o r m a t i o n w i t h t h e a i m o f p r o v i d i n g r i c h f a r e f o r t h o s e w i t h w h o m t h e y c o m m u n i c a t e . I w o u l d l i k e t o e n c o u r a g e e v e r y o n e t o e n g a g e i n c o n s t r u c t i v e f o r m s o f c o m m u n i c a t i o n t h a t r e j e c t p r e j u d i c e t o w a r d s o t h e r s a n d f o s t e r a c u l t u r e o f e n c o u n t e r , h e l p i n g a l l o f u s t o v i e w t h e w o r l d a r o u n d u s w i t h r e a l i s m a n d t r u s t . I a m c o n v i n c e d t h a t w e h a v e t o b r e a k t h e v i c i o u s c i r c l e o f a n x i e t y a n d s t e m t h e s p i r a l o f f e a r r e s u l t i n g f r o m a c o n s t a n t f o c u s o n " b a d n e w s " ( w a r s , t e r r o r i s m , s c a n d a l s a n d a l l s o r t s o f h u m a n f a i l u r e ) . T h i s h a s n o t h i n g t o d o w i t h s p r e a d i n g m i s i n f o r m a t i o n t h a t w o u l d i g n o r e t h e t r a g e d y o f h u m a n s u f f e r i n g , n o r i s i t a b o u t a n a i v e o p t i m i s m b l i n d t o t h e s c a n d a l o f e v i l . R a t h e r , I p r o p o s e t h a t a l l o f u s w o r k a t o v e r c o m i n g t h a t f e e l i n g o f g r o w i n g d i s c o n t e n t a n d r e s i g n a t i o n t h a t c a n a t t i m e s g e n e r a t e a p a t h y , f e a r o r t h e i d e a t h a t e v i l h a s n o l i m i t s . M o r e o v e r , i n a c o m m u n i c a t i o n s i n d u s t r y w h i c h t h i n k s t h a t g o o d n e w s d o e s n o t s e l l , a n d w h e r e t h e t r a g e d y o f h u m a n s u f f e r i n g a n d t h e m y s t e r y o f e v i l e a s i l y t u r n i n t o e n t e r t a i n m e n t , t h e r e i s a l w a y s t h e t e m p t a t i o n t h a t o u r c o n s c i e n c e s c a n b e d u l l e d o r s l i p i n t o p e s s i m i s m . I w o u l d l i k e , t h e n , t o c o n t r i b u t e t o t h e s e a r c h f o r a n o p e n a n d c r e a t i v e s t y l e o f c o m m u n i c a t i o n t h a t n e v e r s e e k s t o g l a m o u r i s e e v i l b u t i n s t e a d t o c o n c e n t r a t e o n s o l u t i o n s a n d t o i n s p i r e a p o s i t i v e a n d r e s p o n s i b l e a p p r o a c h o n t h e p a r t o f i t s r e c i p i e n t s . I a s k e v e r y o n e t o o f f e r t h e p e o p l e o f o u r t i m e s t o r y l i n e s t h a t a r e a t h e a r t " g o o d n e w s " . G o o d n e w s L i f e i s n o t s i m p l y a b a r e s u c c e s s i o n o f e v e n t s , b u t a h i s t o r y , a s t o r y w a i t i n g t o b e t o l d t h r o u g h t h e c h o i c e o f a n i n t e r p r e t a t i v e l e n s t h a t c a n s e l e c t a n d g a t h e r t h e m o s t r e l e v a n t d a t a . I n a n d o f i t s e l f , r e a l i t y h a s n o o n e c l e a r m e a n i n g . E v e r y t h i n g d e p e n d s o n t h e w a y w e l o o k a t t h i n g s , o n t h e l e n s w e u s e t o v i e w t h e m . I f w e c h a n g e t h a t l e n s , r e a l i t y i t s e l f a p p e a r s d i f f e r e n t . S o h o w c a n w e b e g i n t o " r e a d " r e a l i t y t h r o u g h t h e r i g h t l e n s ? F o r u s C h r i s t i a n s , t h a t l e n s c a n o n l y b e t h e g o o d n e w s , b e g i n n i n g w i t h t h e G o o d N e w s p a r e x c e l l e n c e : " t h e G o s p e l o f J e s u s C h r i s t , S o n o f G o d " ( M k 1 : 1 ) . W i t h t h e s e w o r d s , S a i n t M a r k o p e n s h i s G o s p e l n o t b y r e l a t i n g " g o o d n e w s " a b o u t J e s u s , b u t r a t h e r t h e g o o d n e w s t h a t i s J e s u s h i m s e l f . I n d e e d , r e a d i n g t h e p a g e s o f h i s G o s p e l , w e l e a r n t h a t i t s t i t l e c o r r e s p o n d s t o i t s c o n t e n t a n d , a b o v e a l l e l s e , t h i s c o n t e n t i s t h e v e r y p e r s o n o f J e s u s . T h i s g o o d n e w s – J e s u s h i m s e l f – i s n o t g o o d b e c a u s e i t h a s n o t h i n g t o d o w i t h s u f f e r i n g , b u t r a t h e r b e c a u s e s u f f e r i n g i t s e l f b e c o m e s p a r t o f a b i g g e r p i c t u r e . I t i s s e e n a s a n i n t e g r a l p a r t o f J e s u s ` l o v e f o r t h e F a t h e r a n d f o r a l l m a n k i n d . I n C h r i s t , G o d h a s s h o w n h i s s o l i d a r i t y w i t h e v e r y h u m a n s i t u a t i o n . H e h a s t o l d u s t h a t w e a r e n o t a l o n e , f o r w e h a v e a F a t h e r w h o i s c o n s t a n t l y m i n d f u l o f h i s c h i l d r e n . " F e a r n o t , f o r I a m w i t h y o u " ( I s 4 3 : 5 ) : t h e s e a r e t h e c o m f o r t i n g w o r d s o f a G o d w h o i s i m m e r s e d i n t h e h i s t o r y o f h i s p e o p l e . I n h i s b e l o v e d S o n , t h i s d i v i n e p r o m i s e – " I a m w i t h y o u " – e m b r a c e s a l l o u r w e a k n e s s , e v e n t o d y i n g o u r d e a t h . I n C h r i s t , e v e n d a r k n e s s a n d d e a t h b e c o m e a p o i n t o f e n c o u n t e r w i t h L i g h t a n d L i f e . H o p e i s b o r n , a h o p e a c c e s s i b l e t o e v e r y o n e , a t t h e v e r y c r o s s r o a d s w h e r e l i f e m e e t s t h e b i t t e r n e s s o f f a i l u r e . T h a t h o p e d o e s n o t d i s a p p o i n t , b e c a u s e G o d ` s l o v e h a s b e e n p o u r e d i n t o o u r h e a r t s ( c f . R o m 5 : 5 ) a n d m a k e s n e w l i f e b l o s s o m , l i k e a s h o o t t h a t s p r i n g s u p f r o m t h e f a l l e n s e e d . S e e n i n t h i s l i g h t , e v e r y n e w t r a g e d y t h a t o c c u r s i n t h e w o r l d ` s h i s t o r y c a n a l s o b e c o m e a s e t t i n g f o r g o o d n e w s , i n a s m u c h a s l o v e c a n f i n d a w a y t o d r a w n e a r a n d t o r a i s e u p s y m p a t h e t i c h e a r t s , r e s o l u t e f a c e s a n d h a n d s r e a d y t o b u i l d a n e w . C o n f i d e n c e i n t h e s e e d o f t h e K i n g d o m T o i n t r o d u c e h i s d i s c i p l e s a n d t h e c r o w d s t o t h i s G o s p e l m i n d s e t a n d t o g i v e t h e m t h e r i g h t " l e n s " n e e d e d t o s e e a n d e m b r a c e t h e l o v e t h a t d i e s a n d r i s e s , J e s u s u s e s p a r a b l e s . H e f r e q u e n t l y c o m p a r e s t h e K i n g d o m o f G o d t o a s e e d t h a t r e l e a s e s i t s p o t e n t i a l f o r l i f e p r e c i s e l y w h e n i t f a l l s t o t h e e a r t h a n d d i e s ( c f . M k 4 : 1 - 3 4 ) . T h i s u s e o f i m a g e s a n d m e t a p h o r s t o c o n v e y t h e q u i e t p o w e r o f t h e K i n g d o m d o e s n o t d e t r a c t f r o m i t s i m p o r t a n c e a n d u r g e n c y ; r a t h e r , i t i s a m e r c i f u l w a y o f m a k i n g s p a c e f o r t h e l i s t e n e r t o f r e e l y a c c e p t a n d a p p r o p r i a t e t h a t p o w e r . I t i s a l s o a m o s t e f f e c t i v e w a y t o e x p r e s s t h e i m m e n s e d i g n i t y o f t h e P a s c h a l m y s t e r y , l e a v i n g i t t o i m a g e s , r a t h e r t h a n c o n c e p t s , t o c o m m u n i c a t e t h e p a r a d o x i c a l b e a u t y o f n e w l i f e i n C h r i s t . I n t h a t l i f e , h a r d s h i p a n d t h e c r o s s d o n o t o b s t r u c t , b u t b r i n g a b o u t G o d ` s s a l v a t i o n ; w e a k n e s s p r o v e s s t r o n g e r t h a n a n y h u m a n p o w e r ; a n d f a i l u r e c a n b e t h e p r e l u d e t o t h e f u l f i l m e n t o f a l l t h i n g s i n l o v e . T h i s i s h o w h o p e i n t h e K i n g d o m o f G o d m a t u r e s a n d d e e p e n s : i t i s " a s i f a m a n s h o u l d s c a t t e r s e e d o n t h e g r o u n d , a n d s h o u l d s l e e p b y n i g h t a n d r i s e b y d a y , a n d t h e s e e d s h o u l d s p r o u t a n d g r o w " ( M k 4 : 2 6 - 2 7 ) . T h e K i n g d o m o f G o d i s a l r e a d y p r e s e n t i n o u r m i d s t , l i k e a s e e d t h a t i s e a s i l y o v e r l o o k e d , y e t s i l e n t l y t a k e s r o o t . T h o s e t o w h o m t h e H o l y S p i r i t g r a n t s k e e n v i s i o n c a n s e e i t b l o s s o m i n g . T h e y d o n o t l e t t h e m s e l v e s b e r o b b e d o f t h e j o y o f t h e K i n g d o m b y t h e w e e d s t h a t s p r i n g u p a l l a b o u t . T h e h o r i z o n s o f t h e S p i r i t O u r h o p e b a s e d o n t h e g o o d n e w s w h i c h i s J e s u s h i m s e l f m a k e s u s l i f t u p o u r e y e s t o c o n - t e m p l a t e t h e L o r d i n t h e l i t u r g i c a l c e l e b r a t i o n o f t h e A s c e n s i o n . E v e n t h o u g h t h e L o r d m a y n o w a p p e a r m o r e d i s t a n t , t h e h o r i z o n s o f h o p e e x p a n d a l l t h e m o r e . I n C h r i s t , w h o b r i n g s o u r h u m a n n a t u r e t o h e a v e n , e v e r y m a n a n d w o m a n c a n n o w f r e e l y " e n t e r t h e s a n c t u a r y b y t h e b l o o d o f J e s u s , b y t h e n e w a n d l i v i n g w a y h e o p e n e d f o r u s t h r o u g h t h e c u r t a i n , t h a t i s , t h r o u g h h i s f l e s h " ( H e b 1 0 : 1 9 - 2 0 ) . B y " t h e p o w e r o f t h e H o l y S p i r i t " w e c a n b e w i t n e s s e s a n d " c o m m u - n i c a t o r s " o f a n e w a n d r e d e e m e d h u m a n i t y " e v e n t o t h e e n d s o f t h e e a r t h " ( A c t s 1 : 7 ‑ 8 ) . C o n f i d e n c e i n t h e s e e d o f G o d ` s K i n g d o m a n d i n t h e m y s t e r y o f E a s t e r s h o u l d a l s o s h a p e t h e w a y w e c o m m u n i c a t e . T h i s c o n - f i d e n c e e n a b l e s u s t o c a r r y o u t o u r w o r k – i n a l l t h e d i f f e r e n t w a y s t h a t c o m m u n i c a t i o n t a k e s p l a c e n o w a d a y s – w i t h t h e c o n v i c t i o n t h a t i t i s p o s s i b l e t o r e c o g n i s e a n d h i g h l i g h t t h e g o o d n e w s p r e s e n t i n e v e r y s t o r y a n d i n t h e f a c e o f e a c h p e r s o n . T h o s e w h o , i n f a i t h , e n t r u s t t h e m s e l v e s t o t h e g u i d a n c e o f t h e H o l y S p i r i t c o m e t o r e - a l i s e h o w G o d i s p r e s e n t a n d a t w o r k i n e v e r y m o m e n t o f o u r l i v e s a n d h i s t o r y , p a t i e n t l y b r i n g i n g t o p a s s a h i s t o r y o f s a l v a t i o n . H o p e i s t h e t h r e a d w i t h w h i c h t h i s s a c r e d h i s t o r y i s w o v e n , a n d i t s w e a v e r i s n o n e o t h e r t h a n t h e H o l y S p i r i t , t h e C o m f o r t e r . H o p e i s t h e h u m b l e s t o f v i r t u e s , f o r i t r e m a i n s h i d d e n i n t h e r e c e s s e s o f l i f e ; y e t i t i s l i k e t h e y e a s t t h a t l e a v e n s a l l t h e d o u g h . W e n u r t u r e i t b y r e a d i n g e v e r a n e w t h e G o s p e l , " r e p r i n t e d " i n s o m a n y e d i t i o n s i n t h e l i v e s o f t h e s a i n t s w h o b e c a m e i c o n s o f G o d ` s l o v e i n t h i s w o r l d . T o d a y t o o , t h e S p i r i t c o n t i n u e s t o s o w i n u s a d e s i r e f o r t h e K i n g d o m , t h a n k s t o a l l t h o s e w h o , d r a w i n g i n s p i r a t i o n f r o m t h e G o o d N e w s a m i d t h e d r a m a t i c e v e n t s o f o u r t i m e , s h i n e l i k e b e a c o n s i n t h e d a r k n e s s o f t h i s w o r l d , s h e d - d i n g l i g h t a l o n g t h e w a y a n d o p e n i n g e v e r n e w p a t h s o f c o n f i d e n c e a n d h o p e . F r a n c i s

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Any questions contact Maurice Quinn (LMS Rep, Devon) on either : Email : mq018q1057@blueyonder.co.uk Mob. 0555536579 T o a d v e r t i s e T o a d v e r t i s e P h o n e P h o n e 0 1 4 4 0 7 3 0 3 9 9 0 1 4 4 0 7 3 0 3 9 9 0 7 9 3 1 8 3 6 9 0 7 0 7 9 3 1 8 3 6 9 0 7 N e w P r e s i d e n t f o r S o u t h H a m s T r e v o r D a v i e s w a s i n s t a l l e d a s P r e s i d e n t o f S o u t h H a m s C a t e n i a n s o n M o n d a y t h e 2 4 t h A p r i l 2 0 1 7 , w h e n t h e S o u t h H a m s C i r c l e m e t a t T h u r l e s t o n e G o l f C l u b . T r e v o r ’ s c h o s e n c h a r i t y f o r t h e y e a r i s t h e B r a i n T u m o u r R e s e a r c h C h a r i t y a n d h i s d a u g h t e r , S u e F r o s t , t o g e t h e r w i t h P e t e r J o r d a n , F u n d r a i s i n g M a n a g e r f o r t h e c h a r i t y g a v e a n a f t e r d i n n e r t a l k . P e t e r a n d S u e d e s c r i b e d h o w a n i n c i d e n t f o u r y e a r s a g o i n s p i r e d h a s i n s p i r e d t h e i r f u n d r a i s i n g : “ m y w i f e a n d I t o g e t h e r w i t h S u e a n d h e r h u s b a n d a n d t w o c h i l d r e n v i s i t e d h e r b r o t h e r w h o l i v e i n S t M a r t i n s i n t h e C a r i b b e a n . T h e f i r s t n i g h t w e w e r e t h e r e S u e h a d a m a s s i v e f i t a n d w a s r u s h e d t o h o s p i t a l w h e r e , f o l l o w i n g a s c a n , s h e w a s d i a g n o s e d w i t h h a v i n g a b r a i n t u m o u r w h i c h h a d r e s u l t e d i n e p i l e p s y . A l t h o u g h t h e t u m o u r w a s n o n - m a l i g n a n t t u m o u r i t i s o f a t y p e w h i c h w i l l t u r n c a n c e r o u s i n d u e c o u r s e . S h e w a s f l o w n h o m e b u t c a n n o l o n g e r d r i v e , w h i c h i s d i f f i c u l t w i t h t w o c h i l d r e n . T h e t u m o u r h a s n o w g r o w n t o t h e s i z e o f a g o l f b a l l a n d i s p r e s s i n g o n t h e c e n t r a l p a r t o f t h e b r a i n a n d , f o l l o w i n g a n u m b e r o f s c a n s i n t h e e a r l y a u t u m n , w i l l h a v e t o h a v e s u r g e r y t o r e m o v e i t . S u r g e r y w h i c h w i l l b e c a r r i e d o u t w h i l s t s h e i s a w a k e i n a n a t t e m p t t o m i n i m i s e t h e d a m a g e t o h e r l e f t s i d e . ” T r e v o r a l s o r e l a t e d a n o t h e r s t o r y a b o u t S u e : “ w h i l s t w a l k i n g h o m e f r o m w o r k w h e n a v a n c a m e a r o u n d t h e b e n d i n f r o n t o f h e r , c r o s s e d t h e r o a d a n d h i t a c a r i n f r o n t o f t h e t a x i h e a d o n . T h e y o u n g m a n d r i v i n g t h e v a n h a d c o l l a p s e d a t t h e w h e e l f r o m a n u n d i a g n o s e d h e a r t c o n d i t i o n ; S u e g o t h i m o u t o f t h e v a n a n d g a v e h i m C P R . S h e g o t a p u l s e a n d h a n d h i m o v e r t o t h e P a r a m e d i c s w h o t o o k h i m t o h o s p i t a l . H e h a s s u r v i v e d a n d h a s i n v i t e d S u e t o h i s w e d d i n g . H e r s e l f l e s s a c t i o n s , d e s p i t e h e r o w n m e d i c a l c o n d i t i o n , w e r e r e p o r t e d t o t h e C h i e f C o n s t a b l e a n d S u e w a s a w a r d e d a C h i e f S u p e r i n t e n d e n t s c o m m e n d a t i o n a n d b e e n m a d e o n e o f t h e 5 0 m o s t i n s p i r a t i o n a l w o m e n i n P l y m o u t h . S h e i s a v e r y b r a v e l a d y a n d I a m e x t r e m e l y p r o u d o f h e r . ” S u e i s a N u r s e t u t o r a n d s i x - m o n t h s a g o , w i t h P e t e r - a f o r m e r P a r a m e d i c - v i s i t e d t h e B r a i n T u m o u r R e s e a r c h L a b o r a t o r y i n P l y m o u t h . T h e l a b o r a t o r y n e e d s 1 m i l l i o n p o u n d s p e r y e a r , o r £ 2 , 7 4 4 p e r d a y t o c o n t i n u e t h e i r w o r k . E a c h p e r s o n w h o r a i s e s £ 2 , 7 4 4 w i l l h a v e a t i l e w i t h t h e i r n a m e o n i t p l a c e d o n t h e H O P E w a l l i n t h e l a b o r a t o r y . “ S u e h a s n o w s t a r t e d t o r a i s e f u n d s a n d , i n t h e t h r e e - m o n t h s f o l l o w i n g t w o f u n d r a i s i n g e v e n t s s h e h a s e n o u g h m o n e y f o r t w o t i l e s a n d i s c o n t i n u i n g h e r e f f o r t s . I w i l l h a v e t h i s c h a r i t y a s m y P r e s i d e n t ’ s c h a r i t y f o r t h e y e a r a h e a d a n d , t h a n k s t o t h e g e n e r o s i t y o f t h e S o u t h H a m s C i r c l e w e h a v e r a i s e d a n o t h e r £ 3 0 2 . ” T r e v o r D a v i e s P r e s i d e n t R E G U L A R E V E N T S I N T H E T O R B A Y D E A N E R Y S u n d a y 6 . 0 0 p m C h u r c h o f t h e A s s u m p t i o n o f O u r L a d y , A b b e y R o a d , T o r q u a y : P o l i s h M a s s ( C o n f e s s i o n s f r o m 5 . 3 0 p m ) 1 s t S u n d a y o f e v e r y m o n t h 4 . 0 0 p m T o r b a y H o s p i t a l C h a p e l : M a s s c e l e b r a t e d b y F r K i e r a n K i r b y , H o s p i t a l C h a p - l a i n . A l l a r e w e l c o m e t o j o i n F r K i e r a n a n d m e m b e r s o f t h e C h a p l a i n c y T e a m t o p r a y f o r a l l p a t i e n t s a n d s t a f f i n t h e h o s - p i t a l . 3 r d M o n d a y o f e v e r y m o n t h 7 . 1 5 p m S o u t h H a m s C a t e - n i a n s : T h u r l e s t o n e G o l f C l u b . W e d n e s d a y 9 . 4 0 a m O u r L a d y H e l p o f C h r i s t i a n s & S t D e n i s , S t M a r y c h u r c h : A l l a r e w e l c o m e t o j o i n p a r i s h i o n e r s t o p r a y t h e r o s a r y f o r v o c a t i o n s t o t h e P r i e s t h o o d a n d t h e R e l i g i o u s L i f e – f o l l o w e d b y M a s s a t 1 0 . 0 0 a m . C h i l d r e n ’ s L i t u r g y i n W e y m o u t h T h e p a r i s h o f O u r L a d y S t a r o f t h e S e a i n W e y m o u t h i s , l i k e s o m a n y o t h e r p a r i s h e s , b r o u g h t t o l i f e b y t h e i r a c t i v e C h i l d r e n ’ s L i t u r g y g r o u p t h a t m e e t i n t h e c h u r c h . A l a r g e g r o u p o f e n t h u s i a s t i c c h i l d r e n t a k e p a r t i n v a r i o u s a c t i v i t i e s t h a t a r e e n j o y a b l e , e d u c a t i o n a l a n d a l l o w s t h e m t o e x p r e s s a n d c e l e b r a t e t h e i r f a i t h . O n E a s t e r S u n d a y t h e c h i l d r e n p r e s e n t e d a b e a u t i f u l p i c t u r e o f O u r R i s e n L o r d a l o n g w i t h a c r o s s m a d e o f f l o w e r s . T h e c r o s s w a s p l a c e d b y t h e a l t a r – d u r i n g t h e E a s t e r C e l e b r a t i o n a s a n o f f e r i n g f r o m t h e c h i l d r e n . 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O n S u n d a y , 1 2 t h M a r c h , O u r L a d y S t a r o f t h e S e a , B r i x h a m c e l e b r a t e d t h e 5 0 t h A n n i v e r s a r y o f t h e D e d i c a t i o n o f t h e c h u r c h . F r S u n n y P a u l M S F S , o u r P a r i s h P r i e s t , w a s j o i n e d b y P r i n c i p a l C e l e b r a n t B i s h o p M a r k O ’ T o o l e , 4 o t h e r p r i e s t s a n d o v e r 2 5 0 p a r i s h i o n e r s a n d g u e s t s f o r t h e c o n c e l e b r a t e d J u b i l e e M a s s . D u r i n g h i s h o m i l y , B i s h o p M a r k ’ s t o u c h e d u p o n t h e T r a n s f i g u r a t i o n o f t h e L o r d q u o t i n g t h e c r y o f S t P e t e r ‘ L o r d , i t i s w o n d e r f u l f o r u s t o b e h e r e … ’ B i s h o p M a r k r e m i n d e d t h e p e o p l e o f t h e d e d i c a t i o n a n d h a r d w o r k t h a t w e n t i n t o m a k i n g t h e ‘ B u i l d i n g ’ a r e a l i t y . H e c o n t i n u e d : “ t h e c h u r c h i s n o t j u s t a b u i l d i n g b u t a c o m m u n i t y u n i t e d i n t h e L o r d . A s w e r e c a l l a l l t h e B a p t i s m s , F i r s t C o m m u n i o n s , C o n f i r m a t i o n s , M a r r i a g e s a n d s a d l y t h e f u n e r a l s , t h e m i n i s t r y o f t h e p r i e s t s f o r t h e p a s t 5 0 y e a r s , i t i s w o n d e r f u l t o b e g a t h e r e d t o d a y t o g i v e G o d t h a n k s f o r H i s m a n y b l e s s i n g s . ” G u e s t s a t M a s s i n c l u d e d M r K e v i n F o s t e r M P ; M r s A n n B r o o k , V i c e C h a i r o f T o r b a y C o u n c i l ; M r s R o s e m a r y C l a r k e , C h a i r P e r s o n o f B r i x h a m T o w n C o u n c i l . R e p r e s e n t a t i v e s f r o m t h e l o c a l c h u r c h e s , t h e c h i l d r e n f r o m S t M a r g a r e t C l i t h e r o w S c h o o l , a n d m a n y f o r m e r p a r i s h i o n e r s c a m e t o o , i n c l u d i n g M r M i n g o , o n e o f t h e a r c h i t e c t s o f t h e c h u r c h . A b o u t 7 0 p h o t o g r a p h s f r o m t h e C o n s e c r a t i o n o f t h e c h u r c h w e r e o n e x h i b i t i o n i n t h e H a l l . F r S u n n y t h a n k e d a l l t h e P a r i s h i o n e r s f o r t h e i r m a n y m o n t h s o f h a r d w o r k a n d p r e p a r a t i o n t h a t w e n t i n t o m a k i n g t h e c e l e b r a t i o n s s u c h a j o y f u l o c c a s i o n . T o n y K e y r a i s e d t h e t o a s t f o l l o w e d b y c u t t i n g o f t h e c a k e b y B i s h o p M a r k . E v e r y o n e t h e n w e n t o n t o e n j o y a w o n d e r f u l l y l a i d o u t b u f f e t l u n c h . R o z B a t e s B r i x h a m Church Pews Uncomfortable? Why not try Top quality upholstered foam pew cushions? Safefoam, Green Lane, Riley Green, Hoghton, Preston PR5 0SN www.safefoam.co.uk Freephone 0800 015 44 33 Free Sample Pack of foam & fabrics sent by first class mail When phoning please quote HAL101 Free Sample Pack of foam & fabrics sent by first class mail. When phoning please quote CSW101 J u n e 2 0 1 7 C a t h o l i c S o u t h W e s t - 7 JOE WALSH TOURS PILGRIMAGES WE OFFER LOURDES LONDON: 0203 4680617 | CARDIFF: 0292 0003865 www.joewalshtours.co.uk | info@joewalshtours.co.uk Bonded & Licensed by the Civil Aviation Authority in the UK | ATOL 5163 | ABTOT 5332 £ 669 pp from £ 23 JULY | 5 NIGHTS From Cardiff D AILY BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER B O O K O N L I N E & S A V E £ 1 0 » Full religious programme led by S p i r i t u a l Director » Direct Flights to Tarbes ­ Lourdes Airport » Return airport transfers in Lourdes » Great selection of hotels » Daily breakfast, lunch & dinner » Full assistance of professional guides & representatives throughout » B onded & licensed

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8 - C a t h o l i c S o u t h W e s t J u n e 2 0 1 7 Saturday 10 th June 5pm: Mass and veneration of the relic at Bude Sunday 11 th June 10am: Solemn Mass and veneration of the relic at Launceston 2pm: Praying the R osary in the T own S quare, where the Saint was executed on 30 th November 1577 3pm: Solemn Benediction in the presence of Bishop Mark 5pm: Mass and veneration of the relic at Callington. Those of you unable to come to the main celebrations are invited to visit the shrine church and to pray urgently for priestly vocations in this Diocese.

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1 0 - C a t h o l i c S o u t h W e s t J u n e 2 0 1 7 Science & Religion: 27 th ­30 th July Sacred Beauty in a Catholic Culture 27 th ­30 th July Catechists Conference 3 rd ­6 th August Discover the Old Testment 3 rd ­6 th August Four­day residential schools in 2017 at Buckfast Abbey, Devon N E T I M E A S ‘ D O N O T B E A F R A I D ’ L U K E 1 : 3 0 www.schooloftheannunciation.com Telephone: 01364 645660 enquiries@schooloftheannunciation.com To book now and full details go to: School of the Annunciation Centre for the New Evangelisation Charity no. 1155776. Company no. 8800079 . B u c k f a s t M i l l e n n i u m S h o w G a r d e n B u c k f a s t A b b e y c e l e b r a t e s i t s m i l l e n n i u m y e a r i n 2 0 1 8 , a t h o u ­ s a n d y e a r s o f h a v i n g a m o n a s t e r y o n t h e s i t e . I t h a s o p e n e d u p a h o s t o f c r e a t i v e o p p o r t u n i t i e s f o r t h e G a r d e n D e p a r t m e n t . T h e G a r d e n D e p a r t m e n t a r e p l a n t i n g b u l b s , r u n n i n g c o u r s e s f o r a d u l t s a n d c h i l d r e n , p l a n t i n g n e w s c h e m e s a n d c o n d u c t i n g g a r d e n t o u r s . T h e r e a r e s o m a n y t h i n g s g o i n g o n h e r e a n d t h i s i s j u s t o n e o f o u r w a y s t o c e l e b r a t e t h e 1 , 0 0 0 y e a r s o f b e a u t y a n d t r a n q u i l l i t y h e r e a t B u c k f a s t A b b e y - o u r v i s i o n f o r a r e f l e c t i v e a n d b e a u t i f u l g a r d e n f o r a l l t o e n j o y . T h e M i l l e n n i u m S h o w G a r d e n D e s i g n e d t o r e p r e s e n t t h e v i e w l o o k i n g o u t f r o m t h e m o n a s t e r y w i n - d o w , c a t c h i n g s i t e o f t h e m a g n i f i c e n t s t a g t h r o u g h t h e s i l v e r b i r c h e s . F e a t u r i n g a c e n t r a l a r c h e d w i n d o w f r a m i n g t h e s t a g d r i n k i n g f r o m t h e p o o l - a r e p r e s e n t a t i o n o f t h e A b b e y ` s l o g o . N a t u r a l i s t i c p l a n t i n g , s c u l p t u r a l s t u m p s a n d t h e u s e o f l o g s t o c r e a t e a r u s t i c w a l l a l l r e f l e c t t h e l i f e c y c l e i n o u r a d j a c e n t w o o d l a n d s . T h e b a l a n c e o f l i f e a n d d e a t h , c r e a t i v i t y a n d g r o w t h a r e a l l r e p r e s e n t e d b y t h e i n t e r w e a v i n g o f p l a n t i n g a n d d e a d w o o d s t r u c t u r e s . T h i s i s a c c e n - t u a t e d b y t h e s i n u o u s d e a d w o o d b r a n c h e s u s e d t o c a p t h e l o g w a l l . W e a i m t o s h o w h o w t h e f o r m a l i t y a n d b e a u t y o f r e l i g i o n l i v e i n h a r - m o n y w i t h t h e b e a u t i f u l v a l l e y t h e m o n k s h a v e c h o s e n t o i n h a b i t . T h e m e a n d e r i n g s i l v e r y p a t h w a y i s r e m i n i s c e n t o f a r i v e r b e d o r h o l y w a l k . T h e l o g s e a t i n g i s f o r q u i e t r e f l e c t i o n , m e d i t a t i o n a n d p r a y e r . C l i p p e d h o r n b e a m h e d g e s d e f i n e t h e g a r d e n s p a c e . O u r c o l o u r s c h e m e i s s t r i c t l y g r e e n a n d w h i t e w i t h t o u c h e s o f b l u e t o e n h a n c e t h e t r a n q u i l a m b i e n c e . T h e B u c k f a s t A b b e y M i l l e n n i u m S h o w G a r d e n i s a b o u t b a l a n c e , s p a c e , p e a c e f u l n e s s , r e j u v e n a t i o n a n d a u t h e n t i c i t y . F o r m o r e i n f o r m a t i o n s e e : < h t t p s : / / w w w . b u c k f a s t . o r g . u k / w h a t s - o n > w w w . b u c k f a s t . o r g . u k / w h a t s - o n

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J u n e 2 0 1 7 C a t h o l i c S o u t h W e s t - 1 1 F o r n e a r l y t h i r t y y e a r s C h u r c h l e a d e r s a n d o t h e r p i l g r i m s h a v e t r a v e l l e d f r o m t h e s o u t h ­ w e s t t o t h e B e n e d i c t i n e A b b e y o f S t G w e n o l e i n B r i t t a n y . T h e r e i s a c l o s e a f f i n i t y b e t w e e n B r e t o n s a n d C e l t s a n d t h i s i s b o t h c e l e b r a t e d a n d r e n e w e d b y t h e s e r e g u l a r p i l g r i m a g e s , a s w e l l a s v i s i t s b y F r A b b o t a n d s o m e o f t h e m o n k s t o C o r n w a l l . S t G w e n o l e ( o t h e r w i s e k n o w n a s W i n w a l o e ) w a s b o r n o f B r i t i s h p a r e n t s w h o f l e d t o B r i t t a n y t o a v o i d t h e S a x o n i n v a d e r s . I n 4 8 5 w i t h s o m e c o m p a n i o n s h e f o u n d e d a m o n a s t e r y j u s t b e l o w t h e s i t e o f t h e p r e s e n t A b b e y , o n t h e b a n k s o f t h e R i v e r A u l n e . O v e r t h e w e e k o f 7 t h M a y B i s h o p M a r k t o g e t h e r w i t h B i s h o p T i m T h o r n t o n o f T r u r o , a n d R e v S t e v e W i l d , C h a i r m a n o f t h e M e t h o d i s t C h u r c h i n C o r n w a l l , t r a v e l l e d w i t h a g r o u p o f p i l g r i m s , f r o m m a n y d e n o m i n a t i o n s , t o s h a r e i n t h e w o r s h i p a n d s i l e n c e o f t h e A b b e y . I t w a s a w o n d e r f u l o p p o r t u n i t y t o e n t e r i n t o t h e b e a u t y a n d s i m p l i c i t y o f t h e l i t u r g y o f t h e m o n a s t e r y a n d t o e n j o y f e l l o w s h i p a n d l a u g h t e r w i t h o u r b r o t h e r s a n d s i s t e r s i n C h r i s t . L A N D E V E N N E C P I L G R I M A G E B e n e d i c t i n e – A W a y o f L i f e T h e R u l e o f S t . B e n e d i c t i s s t i l l t h e m o s t f o u n d a t i o n a l p i e c e o f m o n a s t i c s p i r i t u a l i t y i n t h e W e s t e r n w o r l d . T h e R u l e ( a s i t i s u s u a l l y c a l l e d ) i s a b o u t c o m m u n i t y l i v i n g — a d a y - t o - d a y b a s i c g u i d e o r i g i n a l l y w r i t t e n f o r C h r i s t i a n m e n w h o w a n t e d t o b e m o n k s , t e l l i n g t h e m w h a t t o d o , h o w t o b e C h r i s t - f o l l o w e r s i n t h a t u n i q u e w a y , a n d h o w t o g e t a l o n g w i t h e a c h o t h e r . T o d a y , p e o p l e w h o a r e c o m m i t t e d t o m o n a s t i c v a l u e s o f a l l k i n d s t u r n t o t h e R u l e — b o t h l a y p e o p l e a n d m e m b e r s o f v o w e d r e l i g i o u s o r d e r s , C a t h o l i c s a s w e l l a s P r o t e s t a n t s . T h e R u l e o f S t . B e n e d i c t i s n o t o n l y t h e b a s i c g u i d e f o r l i v i n g f o r m o n k s o f v a r i o u s o r d e r s ( B e n e d i c t i n e , C i s t e r c i a n , e t c e t e r a ) , b u t i s a l s o t h e i n s p i r a t i o n f o r t o d a y ’ s n e o - m o n a s t i c m o v e m e n t s i n c i t i e s a r o u n d t h e w o r l d . I t e s t a b l i s h e s a w a y o f l i f e r o o t e d i n t h e G o s p e l a n d g r o u n d e d i n t h e s c r i p t u r a l p r i n c i p l e s o f c h a r i t y , h u m i l i t y , s t a b i l i t y , a n d f a i t h f u l n e s s . T h e R u l e s e t s f o r t h a n o u t l i n e f o r C h r i s t i a n d i s c i p l e s h i p d r a w n f r o m t h e h e a r t o f J e s u s ’ m i n i s t r y — t h e c a l l t o f o l l o w C h r i s t , t o b e t r a n s f o r m e d b y t h e w o r k o f t h e H o l y S p i r i t , a n d t o b e c o m e l i v i n g w i t n e s s e s t o t h e g r a c e o f G o d i n t h e w o r l d . E v e r y a s p e c t o f B e n e d i c t i n e s p i r i t u a l i t y f l o w f r o m i t . H e r e a r e j u s t a f e w s p i r i t u a l p r a c t i c e s t h a t d r a w t h e i r w i s d o m f r o m B e n e d i c t : D I S C I P L I N E “ A r i s e w i t h o u t d e l a y , ” B e n e d i c t w r i t e s i n t h e P r o l o g u e t o h i s R u l e . “ L e t u s o p e n o u r e y e s t o t h e D i v i n e l i g h t a n d a t t e n t i v e l y h e a r t h e D i v i n e v o i c e , c a l l i n g a n d e x h o r t i n g u s d a i l y . ” H U M I L I T Y A m o n k i s t o b e h u m b l e , a n d i n h i s h u m i l i t y , h e f i n d s j o y a n d e v e n h u m o r . A s B e n e d i c t s a y s , “ b y m e a n s o f h i s v e r y b o d y [ h e ] a l w a y s s h o w s h i s h u m i l i t y t o a l l w h o s e e h i m : t h a t i s , i n w o r k , i n t h e m o n a s t e r y , i n t h e g a r d e n , o n t h e r o a d , i n t h e f i e l d , o r w h e r e v e r h e m a y b e … w i t h h e a d a l w a y s b e n t d o w n a n d e y e s f i x e d o n t h e e a r t h , h e a l w a y s t h i n k s o f t h e g u i l t o f h i s s i n s a n d i m a g i n e s h i m s e l f a l r e a d y p r e s e n t b e f o r e t h e t e r r i b l e j u d g m e n t s e a t o f G o d . ” T h i s m a y n o t s e e m l i k e m u c h t o l a u g h a t , o r t o f i n d j o y i n , b u t i t c a n b e . P e r s o n a l h u m i l i t y c o m b i n e d w i t h G o d ’ s j u d g m e n t c a n s e e m a t t i m e s l i k e p r e p a r i n g f o r a t y p h o o n b y p u r c h a s i n g a n u m b r e l l a . T h e r e ’ s n o t m u c h t o d o b u t l a u g h . W O R K B e f o r e B e n e d i c t i n t h e s i x t h c e n t u r y , w o r k w a s d o n e b y p e o p l e w h o h a d n o c h o i c e b u t t o d o i t . I n t h e R o m a n E m p i r e , s l a v e s w e r e a c q u i r e d t o d o a s m u c h o f t h e p h y s i c a l w o r k a s p o s s i b l e , a n d g e t t i n g o n e ’ s h a n d s d i r t y w i t h m a n u a l l a b o r w a s s e e n a s a c u r s e o n e w a s b o r n i n t o . B u t w i t h B e n e d i c t , w o r k b e c a m e p r a y e r , n o t t o b e d i s t i n g u i s h e d f r o m o t h e r k i n d s o f m e n t a l p r a y e r . Y o u r h a n d s a r e p r a y i n g w h i l e b u i l d i n g a t a b l e . Y o u r b o d y i s p r a y i n g n o t o n l y i n k n e e l i n g b e f o r e t h e a l t a r b u t i n s w e a t i n g i n t h e f i e l d s t o p r o d u c e d a i l y b r e a d . W o r k w a s m a d e h o l y b y S t . B e n e d i c t . T O O L S I N T H E S P I R I T U A L W O R K S H O P T h e f o u r t h c h a p t e r i n t h e R u l e o f S t . B e n e d i c t i s m y f a v o r i t e . I n i t , B e n e d i c t p r i o r i t i s e s t h e g o o d w o r k s o f a m o n k a n d h o w t o d o t h e m — i n o t h e r w o r d s , w h a t t o o l s t o u s e t o a c c o m p l i s h t h e t a s k s . M a n y o f t h e g o o d w o r k s h e l i s t s a r e o f t h e o b v i o u s s o r t — f o l l o w i n g t h e t e n c o m m a n d m e n t s , f o r e x a m p l e . B u t t h e r e a r e s o m e s u r p r i s e s . M o n k s a r e a s k e d , f o r i n s t a n c e , t o “ b u r y t h e d e a d ” a n d “ t o d r e a d h e l l , ” b o t h o f w h i c h h a v e m u c h t o d o w i t h t h e m e d i e v a l m i n d s e t . B u t t h e r e a r e o t h e r s t h a t u n i q u e l y a i m a m o n k a t v i r t u e . F o r e x a m p l e , “ n o t t o c h e r i s h a n o p p o r t u n i t y f o r d i s p l a y i n g o n e ’ s a n g e r ” a n d “ n o t t o g i v e t h e k i s s o f p e a c e i n s i n c e r e l y . ” A f e w o f t h e i n j u n c t i o n s r e f l e c t v a l u e s t h a t a r e s t i l l k e p t i n m o n a s t e r i e s , b u t i n v e r y f e w o t h e r p l a c e s : “ t o r e v e r e t h e e l d e r s , ” “ t o p r a y f o r o n e ’ s e n e m i e s i n t h e l o v e o f C h r i s t , ” a n d “ a f t e r a q u a r r e l t o m a k e p e a c e w i t h t h e o t h e r b e f o r e s u n s e t . ” B e n e d i c t ’ s l a n g u a g e e m p h a s i s e s t h e u n i t y o f t h e h u m a n p e r s o n i n a w a y t h a t w a s o n c e c o m m o n l y u n d e r s t o o d — t h a t i s , w h e n a p e r s o n w a s b e l i e v e d t o r e s p o n d t o G o d w i t h b o d y / s o u l ( w i t h o u t d i s t i n c t i o n ) a l l a t o n c e . B e n e d i c t r e m i n d s t h e m o n k s : “ t o f a l l o f t e n t o p r a y e r , ” a s i n , l i t e r a l l y , t o o n e ’ s k n e e s . P L E N T Y M O R E N u m e r o u s o t h e r s p i r i t u a l p r i n c i p l e s h a v e t h e i r o r i g i n s i n B e n e d i c t ’ s g r e a t R u l e . H o s p i t a l i t y , f o r i n s t a n c e , w a s p r a c t i c e d m o r e i n t h e m e d i e v a l m o n a s t e r i e s t h a n a n y w h e r e e l s e a t t h a t t i m e . T h e r e w e r e t i m e s a n d p l a c e s w h e n a n d w h e r e t h e o n l y s a f e p l a c e w h e r e a m a n c o u l d f i n d r e f u g e — a n d b e t r e a t e d k i n d l y a s a w e l c o m e s t r a n g e r — w a s i n t h e m o n a s t e r i e s . A n d t h e n t h e r e i s s p i r i t u a l r e a d i n g , o r l e c t i o d i v i n a . V i s i t a l m o s t a n y B e n e d i c t i n e m o n a s t e r y a t m e a l t i m e a n d y o u ’ l l b e t r e a t e d t o a f o r m o f t h i s a n c i e n t t r a d i t i o n p r a c t i c e d o u t l o u d , w h e n a d e s i g n a t e d m o n k r e a d s w h i l e t h e o t h e r s e a t . I n t h e r e f e c t o r y t h e r e a d i n g i s d o n e b y o n e o f t h e b r o t h e r s , w h i l e e v e r y o n e e l s e e a t s i n s i l e n c e . T h e R u l e p u t s i t t h i s w a y : “ T h e r e i s t o b e c o m p l e t e s i l e n c e , s o t h a t n o w h i s p e r n o r a n y v o i c e o t h e r t h a n t h a t o f t h e r e a d e r b e h e a r d t h e r e . W h a t e v e r i s w a n t e d f o r e a t i n g a n d d r i n k i n g t h e b r e t h r e n s h o u l d p a s s t o o n e a n o t h e r , s o t h a t n o o n e n e e d a s k f o r a n y t h i n g . I f , h o w e v e r , s o m e t h i n g i s w a n t e d , i t s h o u l d b e a s k e d f o r b y s o m e s i g n o r s o u n d r a t h e r t h a n b y s p e a k i n g . ” S o m e t i m e s t h i s t a k e s p l a c e t h r o u g h o u t t h e m e a l , o t h e r t i m e s o n l y f o r p a r t o f t h e t i m e . T h e b o o k s a r e u s u a l l y s e l e c t e d b y t h e a b b o t , a n d t h e y a r e n o t n e c e s s a r i l y s p i r i t u a l . I o n c e s p e n t t w o l u n c h e s a t a p r i o r y i n V e r m o n t l i s t e n i n g t o a n e w h i s t o r y o f t h e C i v i l W a r . N O W I T ’ S Y O U R T U R N Y o u m a y w a n t t o c o n s i d e r w r i t i n g y o u r o w n R u l e o f L i f e , i n c o r p o r a t i n g t h e b e s t o f t h e R u l e o f S t . B e n e d i c t a s w e l l a s o t h e r c o n s i d e r a t i o n s t h a t r e f l e c t w h a t ’ s m o s t i m p o r t a n t t o y o u i n y o u r s p i r i t u a l l i f e . C o n s i d e r : W h a t a r e y o u l i v i n g f o r ? W h a t i s m o s t i m p o r t a n t i n l i f e ? H o w d o y o u w a n t t o s p e n d y o u r t i m e ? W h a t d o e s G o d w a n t f o r y o u i n t e r m s o f w o r s h i p , s t u d y , s e r v i c e , d e v o t i o n ? A p e r s o n a l R u l e o f L i f e i s a n i n t e n t i o n a l p a t h o f r e a l , c o n c r e t e s t e p s , t a k e n f o r t h e p u r p o s e o f f o r m i n g o n e ’ s l i f e a r o u n d a n i d e a l . T h e w o r d r u l e , i n t h i s c a s e , c o m e s t h e L a t i n w o r d r e g u l a , w h i c h i s a l s o t h e r o o t f o r w o r d s s u c h a s r u l e r , o r r e g u l a r — i n o t h e r w o r d s , t h o s e t h i n g s t h a t a r e s u p p o s e d t o b e m o d e l s f o r b e h a v i o r . 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