I am going to admit something—I am one of the world’s greatest procrastinators. While I have been sitting at my desk trying to work out what to write this week I have been dealing with the piles of papers and books that have built up around my desk; they have become an impenetrable wall and in the centre is a space for my laptop. It certainly becomes a challenge to even want to sit down and work. But tonight I have breached the defences and have demolished a large section. It is heartening in one sense, but on the other hand it has not helped me write and it has certainly not clarified my thinking as I hoped that it might. I am also not admitting where the barricade has gone, because the pile of paper on the floor beside me does
not reflect the height of the paper wall taken down!
As human beings we are capable of building barricades of many kinds in our lives, both the physical and the emotional. These barricades can prevent us accessing so much in life. I believe that the breaking-down comes down to knowing ourselves intimately, and perhaps most importantly of all, to knowing that we are totally and utterly loved by God, for who we truly are. Go and remind yourselves of Psalm 139 if
you are wavering…
S. Bonaventura (1217–74) became the General of the Franciscans and taught that there are three parts to the spiritual development of every Christian: the Way of Purgation, ridding oneself of sinful desires, which leads to peace; the Way of Illumination, which leads to truth; and the Way of Union, leading to love. He wrote this prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Spirit:
Lord Jesus, as God’s Spirit came down and rested upon you,
may the same Spirit rest upon us, bestowing his sevenfold gifts.
First, grant us the gift of understanding,
by which your precepts may enlighten our minds.
Second, grant us counsel,
by which we may follow in your footsteps on the path of righteousness.
Third, grant us courage, by which we may ward off the Enemy’s attacks.
Fourth, grant us knowledge, by which we can distinguish good from evil.
Fifth, grant us piety, by which we may acquire compassionate hearts.
Sixth, grant us fear,
by which we may draw back from evil and submit to what is good.
Seventh, grant us wisdom,
that we may taste fully the life-giving sweetness of your love.
I would like to draw your attention to a meeting to be held in the parish lounge at 11:00 am on Monday, 14 August, when Jane Goodwin, Advance
Care Planning Facilitator of Christchurch Hospital, will speak about Advance Care Planning. ACP is a way to help you think about, talk about
and share your thoughts and wishes with family and/or contacts about the type of medical care and treatment you would want to receive in the future,
in particular towards the end of your life.
Morning tea will be provided by the S. Michael and All Angels Women’s Fellowship immediately after the 10:00 am Mass and prior to the
meeting. ALL parishioners are welcome.
The Reverend Anne Prince
- Roadworks on Oxford Tce: power to the church will be shut off for most of theday on Thursday. Trumpet deadline will be Wednesday at noon.
- Lunch at Regatta on Avon: today 12:15 pm. Details from Alice.
- Communion at Three: today. All welcome.
- Bible Study Group meets tomorrow, 7:15 pm in the school staffroom. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
- Meditation Group: Wednesdays 12:00–12:30 pm in the Pilgrims’ Chapel. Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215).
- Celebration of the Festival of the Holy Name: Saturday 10:30 am at CSN.
- Youth Groups trip to Adrenalin Forest Saturday 1:45 pm.
- Liturgy, spirituality, and worship: the ecumenical website run by Bosco Peters contains valuable resources and reflections. Check liturgy.co.nz/john-de-la-bere-rip for an article of special interest to parishioners.
- Needlework Group meets monthly. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
- Fundraiser: jars of marmalade and lemon curd are available in the parish lounge.
- Book Swap: on bookshelves in the lounge. Koha to parish.
- Recycling Electronic Equipment: please put unwanted phones etc in the box at the back of the church or take to the parish office. Details Jenny Daniels (347 7629).
- Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts of groceries and other household items.