Happy to share the Samaritans' 'Wednesday Wisdom' with you all.
What will you do to care for yourself today?
Our Lady of the Rosary.
your grace into our hearts,
that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ your Son
was made known by the messageof an Angel,
may, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
by his Passion and Cross
be brought to the glory of his Resurrection.
Who Lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
A new reflection from Bella Harding, following the publication of Pope Francis' new encyclical ~ Thank you Bella!
"We have been challenged by the Pope and others to 'Build Back Better' ie we need to change. Here are four stories about change.
*Imagine being the father in Beauty and the Beast waking up in this wonderful castle where everything he could possibly want was laid on for him by unseen helpers. Suppose he took to trashing the place...?! Not only would the Beast be displeased, but aren't we horrified? But haven't we done just that?
*Bishop Alexander told a story about children at a birthday party, where one child took half the cake and another a third, leaving the last sixth for the other 20 children. People in US/UK go through the resources of the world at that rate, leaving little for all the rest of our brothers and sisters.
*Chuck Berry is now 89. AS a child he was inspired by his mother going out of her way to give a lift to a man with Motor Neurone Disease, so he did not have to struggle to get the bus. Chuck was a great businessman and a billionaire by the time he was 50. From then on he chose to give his money away anonymously, living a very simple life, and now he has given it all away, with just a little left to keep him in his old age. As he said, there are no pockets in a shroud.
*Finally, I heard the prodigal son story applied to the present day, the West has demanded its inheritance and gone away and squandered it, and now is 'feeling the pinch'. Meanwhile the Global South and indigenous peoples have been working away with their father. Will we 'come to our senses'? I was really shocked at how it seemed to fit.
As Pope Francis says, God always forgives, we sometimes forgive and nature never forgives. Which I take to mean if we fall heavily we may break a bone, but God always and we sometimes allow people to grow beyond our mistakes.