Hopeful words

Dear Friends

We remain with all our churches closed and we have lost some of the anchors of our lives. I commend this short written exposition of ‘The stilling of the Storm’ by Pope Francis. Profound, simple, accessible and above all hopeful words

All best wishes, love & prayers to you and those close to you.

Fr Nick


 

Moment of prayer and Blessing by Pope Francis

Storm icon
“When evening had come” (Mk 4:35). The Gospel passage we have just heard begins like this. For weeks now it has been evening. Thick darkness has gathered over our squares, our streets and our cities; it has taken over our lives, filling everything with a deafening silence and a distressing void, that stops everything as it passes by; we feel it in the air, we notice in people’s gestures, their glances give them away. We find ourselves afraid and lost. Like the disciples in the Gospel we were caught off guard by an unexpected, turbulent storm.

We have realised that we are on the same boat, all of us fragile and disoriented, but at the same time important and needed, all of us called to row together, each of us in need of comforting the other. On this boat… are all of us. Just like those disciples, who spoke anxiously with one voice, saying “We are perishing” (v. 38), so we too have realised that we cannot go on thinking of ourselves, but only together can we do this.

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