We were delighted to be able hold another of our wonderful days of reflection on Pope Francis’ vision for a renewed Church at St Edward – Kettering. We had a great turn out and we had people travel as far as Luton to attend the day. We were pleased that Canon John joined us when he could too.
The day was led by Kieran O’Brien (Coordinator – South Wales) and we started with contemplative prayer which Maureen Everington summed up when she said, “I really felt the 10mins fly and felt I could really delve deep into prayer.” Many thought it would be such a great idea if more people could learn to do this form of prayer!
We looked at universal values and were surprised to note that a survey showed that irrespective of background or belief, people tended to have similar ideas of what comprised “good values” and “less good values” and how these represented our guiding principles. It was so interesting to see how prayer drives values!
The day gave us a chance to explore how can we connect our lives to our deepest held values, and recognise new ways in putting Pope Francis’ vision into action in our own parishes and communities.
“How I would love a Church that is poor, and for the poor.” – Pope Francis
We had a lovely shared lunch in the hall and people enjoyed chatting with one another and sharing experiences.
The second half of the day was equally engaging. Throughout the day we touched on Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ and his apostolic exhortation – Evangelii Gaudiaum which are so awesome and really worth a read. Through this, people were encouraged to pray simply and LiveSimply. We had further discussion as to how to get congregations involved with Praying simply
Michael Keaveny from Bedford said “There is much food for thought here” and his comment was shared by many. Candice Sinnett reflected, “It was a super day. l got so much from it. We are all guilty of not allowing ourselves time for reflection and run the danger emptying our tanks. I have a full tank now!! Thank you”
It was truly enriching day and we are very grateful to Kieran for coming and running such an informative and transformative day. Thank you to St Edward’s for hosting the event and for those who helped prepare it!