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An Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.  I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen

Cathedral Windows

Learning to swim by Fr Chris.

I was swimming in the pool with my mother. Doing the laps. I had the goggles on and so I noticed after a while that every time I passed mam she was swimming on the surface in that her hands were going but her feet were always touching the ground.  Initially I thought that it might have to too with her hair. She has a thing about her hair getting in the water.  So I tentatively asked the question, did you get your hair done recently?

She answered no, so I proceeded.  Then why are you pretending to swim and not swimming?  To my complete amazement she said I have forgotten how to swim.  I said forgotten how! What do you mean, sure you taught all your children (all Six) how to swim including me.  I remember it exactly she would patiently have each of us lying on our backs in the water saying relax now feel the water talking your

weight, don’t worry, I w’ont let you go. She had a stubborn crew and sometimes we would fight and she’d say stop fighting it and just relax and breathe.  Of course you’d find this statement ridiculous and not trust me. Your breathing would initially be erratic and you’d be kicking wildly. But slowly, bit by bit you’d realise all of a sudden that her hand was gone. That your breathing had slowed and it was just the water that was holding you up. And you’d have a moment of pure bliss. Then of course you’d almost instantaneously become an expert and arrogantly say to the brother or sister down from you. This is sooo easy I can’t believe you don’t know how to swim. I think that’s what faith is like and the practice of your faith. Faith is relaxing in the world learning to surrender and let the world with all its mysterious wonder hold you up. Its taking this most beautiful and precious gift for granted and its forgetting you know all about it (like mam) even though you’re an expert at certain times of your life.

Fr Chris

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