Friday, December 24, 2010

Happy Christmas

Dear Readers,
Just a few words to wish you and your families a happy and peaceful Christmas.
Have a good rest over the next few days and may you experience something of the joy of this season.
I will remember in prayer all of you are discerning your vocation in life.
Best wishes,
Br Ray.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Come, Lord Jesus

This is a special time of year. It's about waiting and preparing. Advent demands patience. It is natural that we would wish the celebration of Christmas to come quickly but there is great wisdom in the idea of a period of repentance and readying.

There is a parallel here with the discernment of a vocation. I sometimes meet men who would like to enter religious life "in the morning". However, it can never be that simple. A process of slow and careful discernment is essential.

If you've ever considered religious life why not make it an Advent Resolution to begin discerning. Just get in touch with me at

"In this Advent Season we shall be granted once again to experience the closeness of the One who created the world, who guides history and who cared for us to the point of deigning to become a man.

This great and fascinating mystery of the God-with-us, indeed, of the God who becomes one of us, is what we shall celebrate in the coming weeks journeying towards holy Christmas."
Pope Benedict XVI, First Vespers of Advent 2010.