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Thought from Fr. Colm - 3/12/21

New variants, new restrictions – our patience is being stretched. However, we might have to keep to the forefront of our minds the fantastic strides we have already made. It would seem Christmas will have a familiarity this year akin to last year. As you know, the Covid landscape is changing almost daily. This can create a mental challenge for so many. Relationships can be strained. Hang in there. In the words of the English Medieval Anchorite ‘All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things will be well.’ Julian lived through the Black Plague – in solitude – which may well have saved her life in a high-risk part of England. And, she survived not just one, two or three, but four outbreaks of the plague … and no vaccines. Ultimately, the writings of Mother Julian of Norwich are seen as gems of wisdom, and optimism - very relevant to us today. By trying to keep you safe with the restrictions in both churches, can I ask you to please continue to think of others at all times. Wear face masks, socially distance, sanitise hands and exit immediately at the end of Mass. You may not think all this is really necessary, but everyone else does. Initiating chats inside the church building can impose on others in a way that they feel too uncomfortable to mention. Thanks again for all your support

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