Working as a journalist you get to cover a multitude of topics, but one that has consistently filled the column space over the past 18 months has, of course, been COVID.
A recurring theme in the discussions taking place during the Diocesan Assembly this month was the absence of young people and families in our parishes.
There have been times when I wondered if we would ever make it. But after all the delays and changes of plan, we have come at last to the first assembly of the Plenary Council, which has quite a pre-history.
The American actor Frances McDormand has been described as one of the most acclaimed actresses of her generation, and is known for her portrayals of quirky, headstrong characters.
If COVID has taught us anything it’s how quickly the things we take for granted can be taken away from us.
In liturgical terms, we are travelling through what is called ‘ordinary time’, the longest of the liturgical seasons, a time for entering more fully into the mystery of Christ.
Unfortunately I am writing this from home during lockdown but hopefully by the time you are reading the August edition we will be back to ‘normal’ – again.
If you are looking for an example of how to listen to God’s call and how to respond wholeheartedly, St Joseph is a pretty good model. In fact, with Jesus and Mary, he’s in the top three.
Have you ever wondered about your life and the direction it is taking? Have you ever reflected and listened to the depths of your heart? What do you hear there now? What are you being drawn towards? What are you resisting? God is in all of this.