Author Archives: Linh Thuy

Reflection for July – Activities during Lockdown

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All of us have felt at times during this most unusual situation a sense of loss, floating from one day to next, wondering what has happened. No one can answer why we are all in this situation.  If we watch the TV News, any channel, we are flooded with information and statistics that really mean so little to the ordinary ...

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Refection for June 2020

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Awakening “Clear days bring the mountains down to my doorstep, calm nights give the rivers their say. The wind puts its hand on my shoulder some evenings, and then I don’t think, I just leave what I’m doing and I go the soul’s way” John Moriarty. An Autobiography © 2001 “I go the soul’s way” drawn to a place of ...

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Reflection for May

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After two months of dealing with this new and unprecedented way of living – it is good to look forward to “new rays” of hope – to see what could possibly be positive in this time of uncertainty. Just think: our communications with people have never been so intense and regular as it was this time last year! Even TV ...

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A NEW LENT AND EASTER

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As I begin to set my thoughts into words, nothing else springs to mind except “Corona Virus” or “COVID-19” (which sounds more threatening).  It is still Lent but it has turned out to be one in which our acts of penance have been imposed rather than voluntary. Praying the psalms one morning recently, the verse: “I will lead them in ...

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Our RNDM tribute to The Emeritus Archbishop of Southwark, Peter Smith, RIP.

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It is with sadness we have learnt of the sudden illness and death of Archbishop Peter Smith. For some years Archbishop Peter has been the postulator for the Cause of our Foundress, Euphrasie Barbier for his diocese of Southwark. His support and contributions have been gratefully received and we will miss a great advocate for Euphrasie’s Beatification. On behalf of ...

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To Keep a True Lent

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The other Sunday I listened to “Something Understood” on Radio 4. The theme was on abstinence. The programme ended with a favourite poem by Robert Herrick written in 1648: To Keep a True Lent. Is this a fast to keep The Larder lean? From fats of veals and sheep. Is this to quit the dish of flesh, yet still To ...

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The Year of the Word – The God Who Speaks

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“Scripture is at the centre of everything the Church does. The word of God shapes our prayer and worship. The Bible shows us how to understand the world, how we are called to live and relate to each other” 2020 is the 10th anniversary of Verbum Domini – Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Exhortation on ‘The Word of the Lord’ and ...

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December Reflection

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O Little town of Bethlehem how still we see thee lie . . . . . . the hopes and fears of all the years  are met in thee tonight. This special hymn will be ringing out in our shops and on our radios over the next few weeks along with our secular festive songs. How many of us will stop ...

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NOVEMBER

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The Season of Surrender Be not deceived my friend, as you watch trembling fragile leaves of every hue refusing to relinquish and let go of their ecstatic, comfortable hold on life and all that has been: gradually and finally succumbing to the unrelenting dictates of gravity and the teasing gentle inroads of wind and rain. How hard to say farewell ...

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Extraordinary Month for Mission

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So many of us never know where our commodities like tea, coffee and cocoa come from. Even more so, we never stop to think of the processes it takes to reach our mugs or tea cups! Those on mission in many parts of the world are privileged to meet those who provide for us      . . . and when we ...

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