Showing posts from March, 2012

Brother Gus (1925-2012)

While Bro. Francis and myself were at our General Chapter in Brittany for nearly 4 weeks, our confrère in Southampton, Bro. Augustine (Gus), stayed in our Liverpool community, one he knew well having spent much of his teaching apostolate at our Liverpool school, St. Francis Xavier's College. He himself was born just around the corner from Everton's ground in north Liverpool and was a lifelong Everton's fanatic.

However, Gus' health had deteriorated over the past few months and within a few days of arriving in Liverpool he was admitted to hospital with kidney and heart problems. He ended up spending over 3 weeks there before passing away peacefully yesterday evening.

My last photo of Gus, taken at Beaulieu in the New Forest in February this year.

Christmas 2006

Gus was a very popular, lovable Scouse rogue with a natural sense of fun. His Chemistry lessons were renowned for their explosiveness! I think you could describe him as an old school maverick, one who very much …

Athletic Achievement, and Christians in Competitive Sports

As we get closer to the London Olympics, the sense of anticipation and excitement is ever growing. My confreres here at the General Chapter (which finishes tomorrow) have been asking me about my forthcoming role as a Chaplain at the Games, a role which already gives me goosebumps when I think about it. 
So imagine my delight when I read the below article this morning. It's one that will be a touchstone for me in my work at the Games and contains ideas that I can relate to myself as a keen cyclist and (very) amateur sportsman.

See here for the complete article.
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Are athletic achievement and fierce competition sheer madness for the Christian?
7 Reflections on Athletic Achievement
1) God could have created us to be just a pair of eyes, beholding his glory and being perfectly content — but he didn't. He gave us bodies.
The body is a staggeri…

General Chapter 2012

On Thursday afternoon I arrived at our Mother House ("Mother Ship" :-) at Ploërmel in Brittany for 25 days of meetings: our 6-yearly General Chapter - a kind of General Synod for our congregation. About 50 De La Mennais Bros. from around world are in attendance.You will find daily updates (in French, English + Spanish) as regards what we are getting up to on a special General Chapter blog. Click on the image below:

Hope in the Lord

Hope is a marvellous thing. I pray for those who have lost all hope, that they may see and never lose sight of the hope-giving signs of God's presence in their lives.

"But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."

(Isaiah 40:31, NIV)

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Hubble telescope images

I have for a long time been a massive fan of the Hubble space. Images like this just blow me away. Go here for more.