Father Philip Writes...
August is the month of our Patronal Festival – the Assumption of Our Lady – and it is closely associated with the message of Easter. The Good News of Easter is that Jesus has triumphed over sin and evil and so will we if we open our hearts to his Easter Power. The Good News is that every ‘Good Friday’ in our lives can be turned into an ‘Easter Sunday’ and that nothing can defeat us any more – not pain, sorrow nor even death. The Good News of Easter is that Jesus will work a miracle in our lives today if we open ourselves to his Easter power. The disciples believed again after despairing; they loved after hating. The power of Easter continues to work miracles in people’s lives wherever it is preached and wherever people open themselves to it.
Are we ready to meet Jesus now? Do we pray for a happy death? This feast calls us to prepare with hope and confidence in God’s mercy for the moment of our death.