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For Priests

A MESSAGE FROM THE FATHER:
Here I am to assure you
that whenever you turn to Me 
with an 'open' heart
you delight Me.
In your bad times and good times
you are precious to Me;
and it delights Me to hear your prayers.
It delights Me profoundly
to see your heart aflame with joy,
to hear your expression of thanks,
and to hear your exclamation of delight
in My love, and in our friendship.
Share the good news
that everyone who welcomes gifts from Me
can draw even closer to Me
by becoming more childlike and clear-sighted.
Each will then recognise the depth of My love:
love which causes Me 
to pour out My gifts upon you, unceasingly,
and to offer privileged roles
to weak human beings.

Encourage My priests, especially,
to be grateful for their special calling
and for the many gifts
with which I have adorned them.

I Myself have chosen each one
to live in holiness and joy
as My special servant,
and to spread hope and joy
by reconciling sinful people with Me 
through Jesus Christ, My Son.
I Myself have called each one
to Ordination, to begin a privileged role.
I Myself have asked each one
to 'put on' Christ,
to preach the Good News
about forgiveness and salvation,
to lead My People in prayer,
to bring Christ to them in the sacraments,
especially in the greatest of sacraments:
in the Holy Eucharist
which is both sacrament and sacrifice,
and through which Christ honours Me as no-one else can.
I Myself allow each priest
to offer Christ's saving sacrifice 
from the altar, for sinners;
and that is the reason 
why I Myself invite each priest
to become worthy of the honour of his calling,
to put his trust in Me once more,
to grow in faith and hope and love,
to believe that Heaven's joys await him,
and to persevere to the end.

I can see the sufferings of My priests.
I can see the mockery you all bear
in being faithful to the Gospel.
I can see the road to Calvary
which, for Christ's sake, some of you follow.
Each priest in Christ's Church, however
- rather than meditate on his hardships -
would only benefit were he to remember
the dignity of his state.
The glory of his vocation 
is so great that he would weep for joy
were he to understand it clearly.

Each priest, whatever his griefs,
and no matter how deep his soul's darkness,
would do well to pause each day,
to kneel before Christ in the sanctuary,
there to pray, with conviction and wonder:
"Lord!
I praise and thank You
for the honour You show me
in using me
to do Your work."

This is a prayer which can bring
great blessings from Heaven
to everyone who prays it,
to lay people as well as clergy:
but especially to each priest of Mine
who serves Me in Christ's Church.
Powerful help will be given, through it,
to priests who pray it: to every dedicated man
who has accepted My invitation
to be 'another Christ' on earth,
and therefore to continue in a special way
Christ's loving, sanctifying, saving work.

This meditation is published as a four page laminated prayer card with illustration, called A MESSAGE FROM THE FATHER, ISBN 1-902960-37-8. 
See Publications for further details.

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ELIZABETH WANG – MAY SHE REST IN PEACE

We are sorry to have to share the news that Elizabeth died on Saturday evening, 10th September. 2016 She died peacefully, in her own room at home, with all her immediate family around her bedside. Some of you will have heard that she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer only three months ago, so the end has come very quickly. It was only six weeks ago that she was on pilgrimage to Lourdes with her family and diocese. In many ways the swiftness has been a mercy, and it’s a consolation for all of us that her suffering is now at an end.

We are especially grateful for these last few days. We have had so much time together as a family – talking, listening, praying – and with the four grandchildren constantly running around. Elizabeth was surrounded by so much love, and she gave us so much love, even in her weakness and vulnerability. She has been looked after by many kind people with such tenderness. She received the last sacraments from Stephen, and we were able to celebrate Mass together in her room just a few hours before she died. She was at peace and longing to meet the Lord.

She will be missed so much, but we are full of such gratitude to God for the gift of her life, and for her faith. She had such a love for Christ, for his Church, and for his Blessed Mother Mary, and this has touched us all.

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers during this illness. Please pray for her and for all those who mourn her now, especially our father Kin. Please pray for the continuing work and mission of Radiant Light, which was so close to her heart. With our best wishes and our prayers for you and your intentions.

Fr Stephen Wang, Chris Wang, Mary Figg

 

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS:

The main FUNERAL SERVICE (a Requiem Mass) is on Thursday 22 September at 11am at the Catholic Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Rothamsted Avenue, Harpenden, Herts AL5 2BY, followed by the burial at Westfield Road Cemetery, Harpenden, Herts AL5 4JT, followed by a reception (venue to be confirmed). Everyone is welcome.

You are also welcome to join us the evening before (Wednesday 21 September) at 7pm at the same church for the RECEPTION OF THE BODY AND VIGIL MASS.

The church is a short walk (8 mins) from Harpenden rail station. For parking: note that after 10.30am you can park on the single yellow lines further up Rothamsted Ave and along Avenue St Nicholas nearby; and there is a public car park on Amenbury Lane 5 mins away.

PRIESTS WISHING TO CONCELEBRATE AT EITHER MASS:

  • Please bring an alb and a purple chasuble (or stole)

 


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