Jesus is preparing his followers for his return to the Father’s house. He promises that the Spirit of God would come and dwell in them, as a Paraclete or Advocate.
To have the Holy Spirit as our Paraclete is to have God indwelling us as believers. The Spirit teaches us the Word and guides us into truth. He reminds us of what Jesus has taught that we can depend on His Word in the difficult times of life. The Spirit works in us to give us His peace, His love, and His joy. He comforts our hearts and minds in a troubled world. The power of the indwelling Paraclete gives us the ability to live by the Spirit and produce His fruit in our lives to the glory of God the Father. What a blessing then to have the Holy Spirit in our lives as our Paraclete and our Advocate!
On nine first Fridays of the Year of Mercy we are holding a novena with prayers and readings to help us reflect and act upon the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. This will be followed by a simple lunch of soup and bread with a basket provided for donations towards charitable causes. The next of these is held on Friday 6 May at 12 noon.
Whenever a hand reaches out to do good or to show the love of Christ, to dry a tear or bring comfort to the lonely, to show the way to one who is lost or to console a broken heart, to help the fallen or to teach those thirsting for truth, to forgive or to offer a new start in God ... know that the Pope is at your side, the Pope supports you. Pope Francis
Kindly remember to pray for: All the faithful departed and all those living with or recovering from illness or undergoing medical treatment including: Vera Allen, Marc Bailey, Mary Birks, Ken Boyes, Amanda Bradbury, Vera Bradbury, Archie Brocklehurst, Liz Carroll, Ethan Connolly, Margaret Cripps, Marian Cullen, Josie & John Daintith, John Daniels, Nadine Davies, Monica Dixon, Jimmy Evans, Laurie Finn, Pat Fisher, Fred Gatley, Larry Gilfedder, Maureen Gingell, Teresa Glover, Jamie Graham, Joan Grant, Tom Hopkins, Mary Howard, Graham Hutson, Joan Johnson, Mary Kellett, Lilly Kelly, Wendy Kirkpatrick, Fulvia Large, Esther Lloyd Jones, Renaldo Marcella, Abigail McNicholas, Eileen Moyse, Ron Norman, James O’Hara, May O’Rourke, Mary Pajak, Charles Pendry, Margaret Pickup, Tony Potter, Fionuala Price, David Prince, Margaret Quinn, Christine Rowe, Shelley Scott, Darcie Sharp, Fred Simpson, Margaret Smith, Tom & Hazel Sudell, Canon Harry Stratton, Michael Swift, Joan Thompson, Howard Tomlinson, Pam Traynor, Pamela Verdon, Cecily Waite, Ben Watson, Ann Weiss, Graham Wilkes, John Williams & Colin Wright.
Wherever the Church is present, the mercy of the Father must be evident. In our parishes and communities, associations and movements, in a word, wherever there are Christians, everyone should find an oasis of mercy.