October 17, 2016

Prayers written by children of our parish as part of our inclusive Mass this weekend.

Many thanks to all who took part and read, sang, acted, prayed and played during and after the Mass.

Dear Lord,

Please watch over the Syrian refugees, and I pray that you will watch over them and keep them safe. I also pray that you will watch over my family, keep them safe and guide them through the hard choices in life.

Amen

Ciara, 11

Dear Lord,

Please watch over my mum and family and watch over the Syrian refugees that they are okay. I pray that I will have a good life with my friends and family. guide me and my family and friends.

Amen

Blathnaid ,8

Dear God,

Please bless my family and friends.

Please bless the Syrian refugees and keep them safe.

Amen

Ashoka, 6

Dear God,

Please help my parents and give them hope and courage for what they are about to face in life. They have been having some difficulties helping their relatives and coping with their work at the same time. It would be really helpful if you can help...

October 16, 2016

It always sad when people use the name of God to justify war.  It seems that for centuries people have been justifying war by saying that God is on their side.  I believe that in the last war, the belt of a German soldier carried the words on the buckle Gott mit uns – God with us.  Bearing this in mind, I read Exodus 17.8-13 with mixed feelings.  Moses with his arms being held up so that he can continue interceding for his people is a beautiful image of prayer.  At the same time, it is intercession for a military victory and the end result is victory for Moses’s people and defeat for their enemies.  Perhaps we can return to the thought of God with us. It does not mean that God blesses everything we do. It does mean there is no time or no place where we are without God.  To remember this might challenge us to exercise all our powers with more discretion and compassion. We must stand up for what is right, and seek to overturn that which is wrong, but we do so remembering the example that...

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