24TH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME . See the video at youtube.com/theChaplaincy . Throughout SUNDAY’S MASS READINGS we read a lot about FORGIVENESS. Forgiveness, or more specifically UN-forgiveness is a really big deal that affects so many people. Many find it really difficult to let go of the hurt caused by other people. . The First Reading from Ecclesiasticus says this: “Resentment and anger, these are foul things… He who exacts vengeance will experience the vengeance of the Lord… Forgive your neighbour the hurt he does you, and when you pray, your sins will be forgiven… If a man nurses anger against another, can he then demand compassion from the Lord?… Remember [what is important], and stop hating… Remember the commandments, and do not bear your neighbour ill-will.” . God commands these things for our own good. The truth is that unforgiveness hurts the victim more than it affects the offender. It’s like drinking poison and expecting the other person to suffer. In reality, forgiveness it not so much about the other person, but about freeing ourselves from the burden and heaviness – from the imprisonment – that resentment, anger and unforgiveness traps us in. . In the Gospel, Jesus reminds us that our forgiveness should know no limits, not so that we get walked all over – but so that Jesus can free us from the burdens that unforgiveness brings. . Let us pray that God would help us to forgive those who have hurt us so that we might known the peace and freedom that forgiveness offers us as together we say Our Father… . #catholic #church #prayer #Jesus #god #pray #prayer #reflection #meditation #gospel #bible #saint #feast #catholiceducation @rcwestminster @dowym
Thought I’d swing by OXHEY ACTIVITY PARK for the first time. Apart from being a coronavirus petri dish it looked quite cool. There were 90s throwback skaters complete with Nirvana t-shirts over their long sleeved Ts! Dad’s in their 40s trying to show their kids how to halfpipe their Apollo wannabe BMX. It was even great to see ‘those lads’ who usually wheelie without a care in the world down the middle of your road trying to ride their Carreras properly on the MTB track. The only thing more shocking than the amount of weed being openly smoked was the amount of parents who let their kids ride & scoot without a helmet! These features are made of concrete with steel edges! The mega pump track had kids going in every direction whilst the Tony Hawkers tried their best to observe the anticlockwise rotation. But the best/worst moment was the bail caused by the scuttle bugging toddler going the wrong way on the intermediate MTB trail – whose parents then shouted down the mountain biker for going too fast! So to conclude this review – Oxhey Activity Park HAS a playground but is NOT a playground. It’s a great place for proper skill development in skating, scooting and mountain biking. If your kid is not ready to mix it up with the big kids, or remain under constant supervision whilst you coach them about one-way systems and skate park etiquette (not the weed and grunge-look), then it would be best to stay away. The kids on micro-scooters (and scuttle bugs) are better off and safer at your local park – to be honest they’d probably be safer riding round the Magic Roundabout in Hemel! Wherever they ride WEAR A HELMET!
23RD SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME . See the video at youtube.com/theChaplaincy . IN SUNDAY’S GOSPEL Jesus gives us simple and clear advice on how to deal with conflicts. When someone offends us there can be many different responses that we are tempted with. Some people moan and complain to others, perhaps even taking revenge on social media or through gossip. Others might bottle it up and do nothing but feel terrible on the inside. . Jesus gives us a three-step approach to dealing with the problem. 1) Speak to the person alone. This is an opportunity to explain how we feel. Often people don’t realise that they’ve hurt us and a bigger issue can be avoided by simply speaking to the person one-to-one. Here we might discover that we did something first that hurt them. 2) If they won’t talk it through with you, try and address the issue with two or three neutral people, perhaps shared friends. This isn’t about taking sides, but about resolving the issue. 3) Here Jesus says that it should be reported to the community. This doesn’t mean broadcast it on WhatsApp, but this would be the time to get a trusted adult involved. . Jesus also recognises that unfortunately there is no getting through to some people, but if we’ve taken these steps we can be sure that we’ve not made matters worse and done our best to resolve the issue. . Let us pray that God would guide us when dealing with people that have offended us, that he would give us peace and help us work for reconciliation as we say Our Father… . #catholic #church #prayer #Jesus #god #pray #prayer #reflection #meditation #gospel #bible #saint #feast #catholiceducation @rcwestminster @dowym
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