Monday, 13 May 2013
Monday, 15 April 2013
The death of the 'Iron Lady' has provoked reaction from all corners of the political world left, right and centre. What are we to do?
As a newly ordained deacon I remember preparing to take my first funeral serivce at the crematorium chapel. I went to see the family of the deceased and they painted a lovely picture of the man who had died, their father. I came back to the presbytery and started work on my homily for the funeral.
As I was making a few notes the phone rang. A voice on the other end of the phone asked if I was conducting a funberal on Friday. I told the lady caller that I was and had been to see the family and from what they had told me he seemed to be a nice man.
We all learn from our mistakes. The lady then told me she was his ex wife and that he was a horrible perosn and ordered me to say nothing good about him and she would be at the funeral to make sure I didn't!
HELP! What was I to do? I now had two very conflicting views about the same peroson. The two boys saw him as a kind and loving father. The ex wife had a very different view.
I consulted an older and wiser priest in the community for advice. He told me to say nothing about the deceased and to preach on the duty that we all have (in charity) to pray for those who have died. I followed his advice and the funeral went off without a hitch.
As the political world prepares to lay Margaret to her rest tensions are running high. No matter what our political leanings we can all at least offer one prayer for Margaret on the day of her funeral that the Lord be merciful to her. May she rest in peace.
Posted by Fr. Francis Wadsworth at 15:50
Friday, 15 March 2013
A lot has been said over the last few days since the election of Cardinal Bergoglio to the Throne of Peter. Some of what has been said has not been very charitable.
In a statement welcoming our new Holy Father, Bishop Davies of Shrewbury shows us a way forward.
“It is with the greatest joy that we welcome Pope Francis as the Successor of St Peter. Let us use this moment to renew our loyalty to the Pope and promise to stand steadfastly with Peter’s Successor in his witness to the faith. May this love adn loyalty which our faith in Christ inspires belong not only to this moment of rejoicing but continue in all the years ahead. Let us begin in prayer for Pope Francis tonight in the great responsibility he has accepted out of love for Christ and for His Church.”
Posted by Fr. Francis Wadsworth at 21:12