Reflections

Prayer and farewell to Father Tom

At Benediction this morning we prayed for Fr Tom from an adapted prayer: “Eternal Spirit, Earth-maker, Pain-bearer, Life-giver, Source of all that is and shall be, Father and Mother of us all, Loving God, in whom is heaven, Enfold Fr Tom with your grace. May his home be a place of your love, Your forgiveness…

Modes of encounter with Christ in his people

Pope Benedict XVI has given us a truly memorable phrase: “There is nothing more beautiful than the encounter with Christ.” Specifically, in the celebration of Mass, we meet him in his people, in his Word proclaimed, in Holy Communion shared, and in the Minister presiding.

Gratitude is the source and summit of life

By Fr TOM McHUGH

Recently, a number of people who have lived to be over 100 were interviewed about what contributed to their long life. While there was great diversity in what they had to say, they had one thing in common: an “attitude of thankfulness and an interest in the world around them”.