Hello from fr. Laurence and Pauline.
We and the team have recently returned from Slovakia where the Lord continued to work wonders. We had excellent reports from there letting us know that the Salesian priests who attended the six day course reported back to their Superior. He was so impressed with their testimonies that he wants to send more Salesians to experience the course.
Thank you to all our Intercessors.
We are delighted that more children and grandchildren have been born to our members. Congratulations !
Some of our members or those in their families have died, and for some it will be their first Christmas without their loved ones. We remember them in our prayers and also those who are sick or have relatives who are unwell or who are coping in difficult situations.
Many of us have had family difficulties, and for some, these are ongoing. Christmas, as we are only too aware, can be difficult for many people.
It is as well to remember that the first Christmas was plagued with difficulties for the holiest of all families...
- no room at the Inn
- birth in a stable
- no privacy
- and then having to flee and become Refugees in Egypt.
Mary and Joseph had much to contemplate, from the moment the angel Gabriel appeared with the Good News for us, but what did it feel like for them?
- Both Joseph and Mary needed to say 'Yes' so that we might be saved.
- As we know, Mary could have been stoned to death being pregnant and unmarried.
- What were Joseph's thoughts? There must have been many doubts.
- We recall that the Angel had to intervene so that Joseph knew the truth of the matter.
Where does this fit into the modern day Christmas?
Sadly, many people don't even know what we/they are celebrating. Our prayers and example can help. May the Lord allow us to bring His love, comfort and peace to those around us.
We pray a special blessing on all your families and loved ones this Christmas, and may 2015 be full of the Lord's surprises.
With love, peace and joy.
Fr. Laurence and Pauline.