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Thought from Fr. Colm - 22nd October

Thanks again for your continued prayers for peace in the Middle East. Our gathering was small, but powerful last Sunday at St. Godric’s. Pope Francis has asked for a day of prayer, fast and abstinence next Friday, 27th , for Peace. We’re not forgetting Ukraine.


“Human beings suffer.

They torture one another.

They get hurt and they get hard.

No poem or play or song

Can fully right a wrong

Inflicted and endured.

History says, don’t hope

On this side of the grave,

But then, once in a lifetime

The longed-for tidal wave

Of justice can rise up

And hope and history rhyme.

So hope for a great sea-change

On the far side of revenge.

Believe that a farther shore

Is reachable from here.

Believe in miracles

And cures and healing wells.

Call miracle self-healing,

The utter self-revealing

Double-take of feeling.

If there’s fire on the mountain

And lightening and storm

And a god speaks from the sky

That means someone is hearing

The outcry and the birth-cry

Of new life at its term.

It means once in a lifetime

That justice can rise up

And hope and history rhyme"


Seamus Heaney The Cure at Troy: A Version of Sophocles’ Philoctetes

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