What the Church teaches

‘The desire for God is written in the human heart, because man is created by God and for God; and God never ceases to draw man to himself. Only in God will he find the truth and happiness he never stops searching for.’

Catechism of the Catholic Church [27]

Fr Alexander answers

It is said that the ‘greatest tragedy is when people do not want to become saints’ which might sit strangely with our modern world. It could be said that the world has become every-more formless with fluidity in people’s lifestyles, ambitions and choices for life. Everything can be bought and easily accessed and individual interests and attempts at self-determination can be answered by the click of a button.

There is much that can be said about the pandemic of 2020 and 2021 but one thing that it has occasioned is the inability that most have to do what was second-nature when times are normal. No one can travel, social life has been curtailed and there is much uncertainty in the job market which has probably compounded the sense of loneliness and confusion that will be with us for many years.

We believe that each of us is called into a relationship with God when we respond to His call. It is the same as in any relationship, there is an “I” and a “thou” which gives us our identity and sense of self-worth. We say however that that is a dim reflection of the relationship that is offered to us by God and what we hope that this Church of St Patrick’s is able to offer is that opportunity to cross its threshold and begin to know that we are being pulled into a personal relationship with God.  

There are many questions that continue to besiege us such as “why I am here”, “what is the purpose of life”, “how do I give and receive love and what happens to me when I die”. A Christian community seeks to be able to answer those or at least point people in the right direction. We are blessed with a rich community of volunteers and a parish team who are ready to meet, engage and share faith in Christ. Please be in touch and indeed ask, the door is always open. However, be prepared for an adventure which means losing oneself so as to find oneself. Our world wants us to marry the spirit of the age but when we do we become a widow in the next generation. That is why our knowing and belonging to Christ is not about a holiday of convenience but an adventure into truth, freedom and of course the journey to Heaven.

Wisdom from the saints

‘Creator of all things, true source of light and wisdom, origin of all being, graciously let a ray of your light penetrate the darkness of my understanding. Take from me the double darkness in which I have been born, an obscurity of sin and ignorance. Give me a keen understanding, a retentive memory, and the ability to grasp things correctly and fundamentally.’

St Thomas Aquinas

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