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August 11, 2019

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Statues have moved. Space has been cleared. Demolition is to commence. See the flyer for more pictures and information.

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August 4, 2019

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Psalm 128

1 A Song of Ascents. Blessed is every one who fears the Lord, who walks in his ways!
2 You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be happy, and it shall be well with you.
3 Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table.
4 Lo, thus shall the man be blessed who fears the Lord.
5 The Lord bless you from Zion! May you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life!
6 May you see your children’s children!
Peace be upon Israel!

My Old Testament professor would hit the roof when “blessed” is mistranslated as “happy”. I can hear him say “They are the Beatitudes, not the Be-Happy-Tudes!”

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July 28, 2019

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Love is in the air.

Over the past twelve months these newlyweds either celebrated their wedding at St John the Beloved or invited me to witness their vows. We wish you love, purity, joy, happiness, patience, courage, humility, mercy, gratitude, and peace. May the Lord bless you with many wonderful years together leading to eternal life. May He surround you with at least a few dear, trusted friends, many kind acquaintances and thousands of encouraging fellow parishioners who will support you and pray for you.

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July 21, 2019

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"Family is the building block of society."

I lost count of how many times that kind of phrase was used in all the speeches I edited for the Holy See Mission to the United Nations. But it is not just a teaching of the Church. It is a basic human principle.

Mrs. Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister of Great Britain, expressed the idea well:

"The family is the building block of society. It is a nursery, a school, a hospital, a leisure centre, a place of refuge and a place of rest. It encompasses the whole of the society. It fashions our beliefs; it is the preparation for the rest of our life."

London Times, 26 May 1988


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July 14, 2019

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"May you see your children's children! Peace be upon Israel!" Psalm 128,6

But what good would it be to see grandchildren who are "useless... ungodly" (Sirach 16,1), "undisciplined... shameful [or] impudent" (Sirach 22,3-5)?

The question, "What does my grandfather want me to do?" probably does not cross our minds frequently. In fact, I suspect it happens more often than we like to admit that parents actively shield their children from their own parents, whether they are perceived to be irrationally overbearing or positively irreligious. But imagine the cultural consequences of successive generations being sequestered from their ancestors. That spells the end of culture.

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