Look forward to seeing you soon… tomorrow. Here is quote from Pope Francis that reminds me of our charism and Mission work. God bless!
“The Church does not exist to condemn people but to bring about an encounter with the visceral love of God’s mercy. I often say that in order for this to happen, it is necessary to go out: to go out from the church and the parishes, to go outside and look for people where they live, where they suffer, and where they hope. I like to use the image of a field hospital to describe this “Church that goes forth”; it exists where there is combat, it is not a solid structure with all the equipment where people go to receive treatment for both small and large infirmities. It is a mobile structure that offers first aid and immediate care, so that its soldiers do not die. It’s a place for urgent care, not a place to see a specialist. I hope that the Jubilee will serve to reveal the Church’s deeply maternal and merciful side, a Church that goes forth toward those who are “wounded”, who are in need of an attentive ear, understanding, forgiveness and love. (from: “The Name of God is Mercy” by Pope Francis, 2016)
In Christ, Fr Edward Hopkins, LC
National Vocation Director for Cheshire