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The Cathedral Connection 8 March 2020

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Dear friends

Last Wednesday evening I enjoyed the first of our mission-focused Lenten Programme sessions jointly supported by our Cathedral Parish and the Anglican Cathedral Parish.

David Rowe, the Dean of the Anglican Cathedral challenged those present to wake up to God and to one another. He spoke of Lent being a time to build bridges and relationships. The question was asked: How do we relate to God and to one another?

In the fourth century men and women (known as the Desert Fathers and Mothers) went into the desert in search of a deeper relationship with God.  They had many wise sayings. One of them was: “The person who loves worldly things loves stumbling blocks. When we lose something, therefore, we should accept it with joy and thanks as we have been relieved from care.”

Living in the desert was not about living in isolation.  It was about living for God.  If we are not careful, our desire for wanting to acquire more and more worldly things can distract us from living for God. Lent is a good opportunity for us to ‘go into the desert’ to identify the stumbling blocks that hinder us from developing a deeper relationship with God and one another.

The second evening in our series of five joint Cathedral parish gatherings is this Wednesday 11 March, in Connolly Hall beginning with refreshments at 6.45pm for a 7pm start. Cardinal John will speak about what we can learn from Pope Francis about all being called to mission and having hearts that are open and expanded by love. Everyone is most welcome.

Wishing you many blessings this Lent.

Fr David

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The Cathedral Connection 1 March 2020

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Imagine the cost of forty days and forty nights in a five star hotel. Pampered beyond belief and no doubt charged for the pleasure. Imagine too forty days and forty nights confined to a small room. A harsh reality for those who have been quarantined onboard cruise ships with the recent outbreak of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). For Jesus too, he was quarantined, by the Spirit, in the wilderness, and as you may have worked out – quarantine means, literally, forty days.

Forty days of confrontation with the same temptations we have today and forty days with the sound of silence. Something that in our busy worlds we hardly get much of! The forty days of Lent are a wonderful opportunity to pause, listen, and in that time and space that silence holds, find a place where we can reflect.

Lent, much like life is not an exercise to be endured. It is a mystery to be unfolded, and it begins from the inside out. So rather than giving up chocolate or alcohol and then patting ourselves on the back and feeling good, perhaps we could dare to be more vulnerable and allow the Spirit to guide us to our own wilderness where we are challenged. In turn we are offered the opportunity to grow, beginning our own journey with Christ to his death and resurrection.

Michael Fletcher
Director of Music

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