Fr. Richard’s Letter

                                        “NO MAN IS AN ISLAND”

Every day I take my poodle friends, Daisy and Moby for a walk, meeting other dog walkers and solitary walkers on the way. We exchange greetings and, at a ‘safe’ distance, chat together. So many people tell me how pleased they are to hear the Angelus bell ring out across the town every day at 12noon and 6.00pm, reminding them of the presence of God, and importantly that they are being prayed for.

So many people tell me how much they miss being able to come to church and receive the Holy Sacrament. Some have told me that they would like to start coming to church when services resume – one of the few good things that has come about due to the lock down is that people have had more time to think and ponder on the meaning of what it is to be a human being – the mystery of existing and knowing we exist, that we are.

Many people are realising that living a life in an unexamined and thoughtless way causes one to feel that one is the ‘centre of their own circumference’. To be wrapped up in ‘self’ makes a very small package!

We do not exist in homogeneously sealed isolation, rather we exist in relating – to other people, to the world, and ultimately to God.

From MEDITATION XVII

Devotions upon Emergent Occasions

John Donne

‘No Man is an Island’

No man is an island entire of itself, every man

is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;

if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe

is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as

well as any manner of thy friends or of thine

own were any man’s death diminishes me,

because I am involved in mankind.

And therefore, never send to know for whom

the bell tolls: it tolls for thee.

God bless you all and keep you safe.

Father Richard.