Pastoral Notes 7th November, 2016

Recently someone spotted in a church bulletin the publication of a regular prayer “for those baptised who no longer, or rarely, attend Church, that they will understand and experience in their hearts that Christ is the source of unconditional love and reconciliation”. The prayer continues that all “may find the right words and means to invite our absent brothers and sisters to return to the practice of their faith: we ask this through Christ our Lord, AMEN
All prayer for others has its effect also on us who pray. It is part of the Church’s teaching that the Church is both holy and always in need of reform. Praying for others helps us also to grow on our journey of faith, so that we become more and more learners (‘disciples’ means ‘learners’) from Christ and strengthened to ‘bear one another’s burdens’.