Parish Priest - Father Anton's Weekly Column

Eighteenth Sunday Year B

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As the sun has shone there is a feeling of great hope that we are finding an improvement in life and that we are beginning to get to grips with the challenges of the past eighteen months.  We know it is not over but pray that this is the beginning of the end.  At the same time may we as a country turn our attention to the rest of the world and help them with their recovery.
              
This coming Wednesday we celebrate the Feast of St John Mary Vianney, better known as the Cure D’Ars!  He is the patron of parish priests.  The Diocesan Ordo states, “(1786-1859) He was born near Lyons, France, and ordained a priest in Grenoble.  He was assigned to the parish of Ars-sur-Formans where he spent forty-two years.  He was outstanding for his steadfast care of souls, for his spirit of prayer and mortification, but above all, for his tireless care of souls, for his spirit of prayer and mortification, but above all, for his tireless dedication to the Sacrament of Penance.  He spent most of his life in the confessional, drawing energy from his intimate and constant friendship with our Lord in the Eucharist.  Pope Pius XI declared him Patron of the Universal Clergy.”  Please pray for your clergy and support them in the work they do!

Another Feast this coming week on Friday is that of the Transfiguration of the Lord, when the disciples saw Jesus with his divine glory shining through.  Oh how we would love to have been there secured and strengthened in our faith and life’s journey.  Alas most of us work with the grace of God supporting us at every stage of the journey through life and not necessarily with any great revelations.  There again we can rest in quiet prayer and dream of the time when he was there with his disciples.  Let us then become better followers of Christ.

Pope Francis also sends us an intention when he says, “Let us pray for the Church, that She may receive from the Holy Spirit the grace and strength to reform herself in the light of the Gospel.”  If we say this prayer sincerely we are also asking for ourselves to be reformed in the light of the gospel because we are part of the imperfect Church trying to imitate the perfect Christ.  May we remain humble and never arrogant!

Take care and may the Holy Spirit be with you to comfort and to guide.

Father Anton s.c.j.