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‘Perseverance’

Often it is this steadfast approach that enables one, with God’s grace, to win the battle. Moses was steadfast but not standing – for his weariness overcame his body and thus his arms had to be held up by Aaron and Hur. While his arms were upheld the battle would be won. This bodily posture is one of prayer. In the Divine Liturgy, the priest, interceding for God’s people in spiritual battle hold outs his arms in prayer, as did Moses. Often when we are weary God’s holds us up by his strength. In all situations, however, what remains essential is a fixed will. Perseverance just does not happen. It must be sought and pursued at all costs.

 

A SMILE

Smiling is infectious /You catch it like the flu

When someone smiled at me today /I started smiling too.

I walked around the corner / And someone saw me grin

When he smiled I realised /I had passed it on to him.

I thought about the smile / And then realised its worth

A single smile like mine / Could travel round the earth.

So if you feel a smile begin / Don’t leave it undetected

Start the epidemic / And get the world infected!

OCTOBER MONTH of the ROSARY

By announcing each mystery and perhaps even using a suitable icon to focus our attention we improve how we pray the Rosary. The words direct the imagination and the mind towards a particular episode or moment in the life of Christ. … Obviously these mysteries neither replace the Gospel nor exhaust its content. The Rosary, therefore, is no substitute for lectio divina; on the contrary, it presupposes and promotes it. Yet, even though the mysteries contemplated in the Rosary… do no more than outline the fundamental elements of the life of Christ, they easily draw the mind to a more expansive reflection on the rest of the Gospel, especially when the Rosary is prayed in a setting of prolonged recollection. Listening and meditation are nourished by silence.

Fr. Peter Murphy – Parish Priest

Fr. Chris Heffernan – Assistant Priest

Fr. Brendan Lee –  in residence

Phone (02) 6025 1784     Email holyspirit@westnet.com.au

Address 550 Prune Street, Lavington         PO Box 220 Lavington NSW 2641

St Mary’s Church, Urana Rd, Jindera. RHS on entering the town.