Fr David’s Letter

Summer is now upon us with gardens, hedgerows and verges showing full colour. Whatever
the season, as I drive around these parishes taking services, running errands and visiting
folk, I am constantly struck by the beauty of the area in which we live. Gerard Manley
Hopkins, an English poet and Jesuit Priest who lived a short life (1844-1899), wrote this very
fitting poem in the summer of 1877.

Pied Beauty

Glory be to God for dappled things –
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced – fold, fallow, and plough;
And áll trádes, their gear and tackle and trim.
All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:

Praise Him.

It is important to pray for those things which trouble and worry us, and it is good for us to
pray in thanksgiving for the blessings that we have received including those things which are
good and beautiful. In giving thanks for our surroundings, we remind ourselves of our
responsibility to make good and wise use of it.
Praise God indeed for the beauty of the earth!
Please God, let it be that the Blessed Saints, most particularly Our Lady, continue to pray for us.

Fr David