5th August

I had another routine clinic today. Blood results are fine.

Fridays are penitential days in which we remember Jesus’ Sacrifice of Atonement for the jesus crosssalvation of the world. It is said that the only verse of the New Testament where Jesus sums up his whole life in one verse is Matt 20:28: “The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.” As followers of Jesus, we are called to live generously for others rather than for our own self-interest. This was one of the points that Pope Francis stressed to young people at the recent World Youth Day in Poland. It applies similarly to all of us whether we are young or old.

The pontiff said: “Dear young people, we didn’t come into this world to ‘vegetate’, to take it easy, to make our lives a comfortable sofa to fall asleep on. No, we came for another reason: To leave a mark. Following Jesus demands a good dose of courage, a readiness to trade in the sofa for a pair of walking shoes and to set out on new and uncharted paths. The times we live in do not call for young couch potatoes, but for young people with shoes, or better, boots laced.”

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You may have encountered publicity recently about calls for the Mass to be celebrated with both priest and people facing east. This is the traditional direction associated with the Second Coming of Christ as well as that of the Tabernacle, where Christ is truly present. If you would like to read further about this somewhat controversial topic, read the following article from a recent Catholic Voice.

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