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Bono: Who Is Jesus?

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Bono has always been an easy target for critics ("self-important", "pretentious", "do-gooder"...) although I've always had more time for him than that. The clarity and conviction with which he defends his faith in this interview with Gay Byrne for RTE (Irish TV) confirms what I have always thought: that there is more to him and to his lyrics than meets the eye through his public persona. Fair play to ya!


Rend Collective - You Bled OFFICIAL

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A lovely video appropriate for Holy Week involving school children from (I'm guessing) Rend Collective's home area in N. Ireland. A heartfelt response to Jesus' sacrifice for us.

The chapel in Wasing Park (nr Reading) where my nephew got married yesterday.

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The chapel in Wasing Park (nr Reading) where my nephew got married yesterday.

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Jean Vanier, founder of L'Arche wins award

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The Catholic Herald reports

"This year the Templeton Prize, an annual $1.5 million award given to someone who has made “exceptional contributions to affirming life’s spiritual dimension”, has been awarded to Jean Vanier, the founder of L’Arche. Previous recipients include Mother Teresa of Calcutta, the Dalai Lama, Bishop Desmond Tutu, Billy Graham…" The article goes on to look at the origins of L’Arche.

If you have never heard of L'Arche, look them up. It is a remarkable organisation with a network of houses/communities around the world. Their founder, Jean Vanier, is someone quite special and a true inspiration.


L’Arche founder, Jean Vanier.
The following is from the L'Arche UK website:

"Before I had no life. It was just sitting all day in a chair in one room. We weren’t allowed to go out or do anything. I was bored. When I came to L’Arche I was just so pleased to be there!" - Philippe Seux, a man with learning disabilities, who left an institution in Nort…

Rest in peace, David.

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Please pray for the repose of the soul of David, a Yr. 11 pupil of ours died from sudden illness on Tues. night and for his family. His friends and year mates are understandably in shock. We had a Mass for him Weds. morning with the whole year group at which 2 of his friends movingly offered to share the reading the 1st reading - “It’s the least we can do for him, sir."

We (our staff band) sung the below Matt Redman song, "Benediction" during communion. Providentially, I had already decided to use it for the Yr. 8 Mass we had been due to have that day with Bishop Tom. It couldn’t have been more appropriate: 

“May the Lord bless you
and keep you.
May the Lord smile on you,
shine his light upon you.
May the Lord lift you,
turn his face towards you,
give you His peace,
give you His peace,"



"10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)" - Rend Collective

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A beautiful acoustic version of Matt Redman's massively popular "10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)" by Northern Ireland's Rend Collective, the original now being sung in churches and Christian events throughout the world.



Me + Bro. Jacques with some young adult friends at #Flame2 last week.

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At #Flame2 last week.

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De La Mennais Bros at #Flame2 last week.

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Life to the Full

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This video talks about “inspiration” from a Christian point of view in a powerful way through linking sport and Jesus' words in John 10:10 that are at the heart of our school Mission Statement: 'I have come that you may have life, and have it to the full.’