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Teilhard de Chardin

Trust in the slow work of God. We are, quite naturally, impatient with everything to reach the end without delay. We should like to skip the intermediate stages. We are impatient of being on the way to something unknown, something new. And yet it is the law of all progress that it is made by passing through some stages of instability and that it may take a very long time.

And so I think it is with you. Your ideas mature gradually. Let them grow, let them shape themselves without due haste. Don’t try to force them on, as though you could be today what time, that is to say, grace and circumstances acting on your own good will, will make you tomorrow. Only God could say what this new spirit gradually forming within you will be. Give our Lord the benefit of believing that God’s hand is leading you and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself in suspense and incomplete.


Philippines 4:8-9

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Every single one of us is different and unique, we bring differences to our families, to our friends, to our parish community and to the stranger.

We are linked together like a jigsaw, we are all part of this one world, God's world, our world which makes the picture of life. We each have a part to play for the good of all, here and now, in this present moment.

If a piece is missing it leaves a gap, the jigsaw is incomplete.

Take a few moments to reflect and write down one of the many gifts a family member, a friend or someone who has or is making a difference to you at this time of uncertainty. May we nurture these gifts and may they continue grow in the love, care and support of each one of us as we strive together to make this world the loving place, we strive it to be, for today and tomorrow.

Keep your piece of paper to the puzzle to remind you each day of how important each and every one of us is and that however difficult things seem or become you will never really be alone.

We give thanks for the friendships that have just begun and for those that have grown.

For the faith that has been lived in our daily struggles,

For the hope that has lifted our hearts on the dark days,

And for the love that has kept us going.


Our world is full of continual distraction,

Our attention is demanded by a thousand pop ups, message, photos, videos, alerts,

We no longer hear the sound of silence, where God can be found.

Let us enter into silence today, set aside our anxieties, the to do list, the conversations that run in our head, set aside our ego and its concerns about what to say, how we have to look,

who has offended us, who likes us.

Let go of all of that and just sit in silence, with the loving presence of the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, if we could but listen and be attentive to his presence.

Loving God,

help us to set aside, for a few moments,

the targets, the action plans, even better ifs, and just be ourselves,

with you.

When distractions and thoughts rise up, which they will,

help us with one sacred word Ma-ra-na-tha

To come back to your intention, to be with you,

to empty ourselves of the stuff that does not matter.

Help us simply to be still and know that you are God,

help us to be still,

To be.

About Us 

The parish of the Durham Martyrs incorporates the Catholic churches of Our Lady of Mercy and St Godric, St Bede and St Joseph in Durham City. We are part of the Finchale Partnership and based within the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle.


St. Bede,

St Godric's RC Primary School, Carrhouse Drive,


DH1 5LZ 

Our Lady of Mercy and St Godric

Castle Chare

St Joseph

Mill Lane

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