Dear brothers and sisters,
Welcome to this week’s post!
The Irish Referendum result is to be lamented. Given some of the euphoric scenes shown on the media one can only believe that the majority of those rejoicing had no idea of the full consequences of their vote. It certainly cannot be considered a ‘victory’. I commend John Smeaton, Chief Executive of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, who wrote, ‘what’s happened has made us all the more determined to continue our work to protect unborn babies and their mothers.’ It also leaves me asking myself if I take penance seriously enough. I think I know the answer. I had no engagements over the weekend. The phone never rang, and the door-bell only went once. Jehovah’s Witnesses, bless them! We had an enjoyable conversation. I took their leaflet, and they went on their way. Monday was the day of the Youth Service sponsored walk, the initiative of and organised by Fr.John Moriarty. Eleven of us took part, and we all completed a superb high ridge walk from Grasmere to St.John’s in the Vale along the High Street Massif. Almost eleven hours on the fells on a blisteringly hot day. Water-management was critical. Patricia’s barbeque was magnificent at the end of it all. Thanks to all the sponsors. Tuesday got off to an understandably slow start. Various interviews and meetings were held, helping to build up my picture of the Diocese. I miss life in the parish, and it will take time to come to terms with being the Bishop. But all is not lost! I am looking forward eagerly to Sunday when I return to Workington – briefly – for a chance to say thank-you and goodbye. And speaking of goodbyes, yesterday I introduced myself to my next-door neighbour, a pleasant chap, who informed me he is moving today. Life seems set to get even quieter.
Thank-you for the continuing prayers.
As ever in Christ,
Bishop of Lancaster