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Friday, 20 January 2012

Church Calendar

I have always looked forward to the annual celebrations and preparations in the Church's calendar. They provide me with a good structure and focus at various times of the year. I am already looking forward to lent and it seems that it will be coming round very fast this year. As a Catholic, I always feel under continuous renewal, assessing and re-assessing my spiritual life which is a very special thing.

After Christmas I have had a fairly quiet time in terms of spirituality, which has been disappointing due to Christmas and advent being excellent prayerful times of spiritual renewal. I need to focus more on my prayer rather than just waiting for the next time of celebration or preparation to come along.

Lent is an amazing time of spiritual preparation and penance and to live like this constantly will be an aim of mine. The year is already going so fast and the church's calendar is something positive that helps us to structure our prayer and deepen our faith but we have to be careful that we don't forget the Lord between the important events such as lent and Christmas.

I hope that everyone has had a really blessed Christmas and that God gives people the grace to keep that Christmas joy going in prayer and charity throughout the whole year, because Jesus is not just for Christmas, he is for eternity.

In God's Love

SSG

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

SPUC Youth Conference 2012



My wife and I are helping to organise the SPUC youth Conference this year which is to be held in Rotherham. We hope to have a good attendance and can't wait to welcome delegates to our part of the country.

We hoped that moving the Conference to the North of England would give a few other young delegates the opportunity to attend as well as some of the regulars. The Conference will be held on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of March and we hope to enlighten and invigorate all attendees with the wealth of knowledge and experience that the conference's speakers will provide. We will also be providing a chance for some fun social time and networking.

Although all of the speakers are amazing people, I am particularly pleased that Fr Andrew Pinsent will be attending as I am a great admirer of his wonderful work through evangelium.

I look forward to seeing everybody there and will update you on how the planning is going as we get nearer to the event.

Please pray for SPUC's work and that this conference may be successful.

In God's Love

SSG

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

New Year - New Me

I am not a huge fan of the 'New Year - New Me' craze that hits the world on January the 1st every year.

As much as I use this as an opportunity to improve myself spiritually, I can see too many people who use this time and, only this time, as a time for renewal. Losing weight, drinking less, going to the gym or spending less money are all common resolutions that take place and because they are not undertaken for the Glory of God, they tend to fail and last only for a short while.

In the Church's calendar there are many opportunities for spiritual renewal. This is something we should be doing all the time. Every day before I go to sleep I look through my day and see the area's of weakness in my life (spiritually) and make an act of contrition. This daily renewal and resolution is the way forward and, with God's help, we can make resolutions that last forever, not just for a couple of weeks.

Yes, my weaknesses return often, but that's why I have to undertake a resolution every day and not just once a year. With God's help and doing God's will, we can progress spiritually and become all that God wants us to be.

So less of the 'New year, New me' and more of the 'New day in Christ, New me in Christ'.

I hope everyone is having an excellent Christmas and we look forward to celebrating the Epiphany!!!!!

In God's Love

SSG