O God of love, we ask you to give us love,
Love in our thinking, love in our speaking,
Love in our doing,
And love in the hidden places of our souls:
Love of those with whom we find it hard to bear,
And of those who find it hard to bear with us,
Love of those with whom we work,
And love those with whom we take our ease,
That so at length we may be worthy to dwell with you
Who are eternal love

William Temple 1881 – 1944

There is a temptation, during the Season of Lent as we make an effort to get our lives in order before Easter, that we become gloomy and put on a sad face. The readings for the Church’s liturgy for Ash Wednesday remind us that we must be aware of this. In the Greek Orthodox tradition one of the great spiritual writers urges us to take on as our first priority during the Lenten fast to give up negativity, anger and self-righteous judging of others (always challenging). Jesus’ answer is to always seek authenticity within ourselves and in our relationships, to turn the focus off ourselves and onto others, and ultimately to reach out to God (who is love) to carry us through those things we cannot do by our own strength.

Over the next few weeks the boys will be invited to contribute food items to Emergency Food Packs for Sandbag, this will be done through Tutor Groups, one at a time. These packs contain simple food staples that will help people out in emergency situations. Each week Sandbag distributes 6-8 packs to people in immediate need in our local area. Sometimes we overlook the levels of poverty that exist right here in our own neighbourhoods.

The recent school shooting in America has shocked the whole world and has dragged up the continuing issue of gun control in the USA. As I reflect about it I think about how violence is such a part of life for young people today. There is a constant challenge for all of us. Last year when Archbishop Coleridge visited St Patrick’s he spoke about our College motto ‘Fight the Good Fight’ and then he added “to create and not to destroy”, a challenge for us all.

There is a great article about a Catholic Parish in Parkland Florida responding in love the after the Massacre here:

America Magazine

Coming up in Identity:

  • Wednesday morning Mass in the Fr Liam Chapel at 8:00am. Everyone is welcome.
  • Paddy’s Van ministry
  • Year 6 Retreat Friday 2 March in the Christian Brothers Building
  • International Women’s Day – 8 March
  • St Patrick’s Day 17 March, our College celebration will be on Friday 16 March

Mr Tim Kenny – Dean of Identity