Isaiah 66:10-14 Psalm 65
Galatians 6:14-18 Luke 10:1-20
LOVE AND FAITH
Why do some people become Christians and others are deaf and blind to its message? Why did the gospel spread in the first place and who, apart from those whom we read about in the Gospels and Acts of the Apostles, persuaded others to embrace this strange new religion?
Why did a religion inaugurated in an obscure province of the Roman empire and begun by the crucified carpenter’s, son from Nazareth spread its wings so rapidly that within a decade or so it could count followers as far west as Rome?
This very fact has perplexed historians for many a year. The Pax Romana indeed facilitated transport and swept the seas free of pirates. The zealous genius of the divine apostle, Saint Paul and others like him help us to understand something of this extraordinary success story. But two factors above all need to be underlined.
Behind it all lay the love of God for us expressing itself in Jesus and then drawing others, ourselves included, to the person of the Jesus Christ. And that love of God for us is the Holy Spirit poured into our hearts which enables faith and gives us the amazing power to address god as “Father” [see Galatians 4,6] As Jesus tells us “No one comes to me unless the Father who sent me draw him” [John 6,44]. In other words we could not believe at all without the power of the gift of God to enable faith.
But there was another form of love at work less mysterious but no less real, the love Christians had and expressed, for one another. Tertullian, the zealous African, as Gibbon calls him, writing at the close of the second century AD in his Apology 39,7 first of all mentions what he calls the trust funds of piety, spent to feed the poor and bury them – a sort of early version of the S.V.P. – Then he carries on “Such work of love (for so it is) puts a mark upon us, in the eyes of some. “Look”, they say, “how they love one another’”. Even the pagan world was struck by this wonderful care for the poor. Religion is better caught than taught as a later writer puts it. The example of others is so frequently a more powerful motive for conversion than any amount of learned argument.
The syllogism may be helpful in exploring faith that has been received, but faith comes first. Themind plays second fiddle to faith and faith results from the action in us of the Holy Spirit and outside us from the example of other.
Fr Anthony Meredith, S.J.
From the archives. First published 8th July 2007.
Thank you to everyone who helped out at the Summer Fair last week. It was an extremely enjoyable afternoon, made possible by the hard work of a number of volunteers.
ST IGNATIUS DAY ALUMNI MASS
All are welcome, and most especially alumni/ae of Jesuit schools and universities here and abroad, to celebrate the Feast of St Ignatius of Loyola, Founder of the Jesuits, on July 31st at 6pm, when there will be a solemn Mass with the Farm Street Choir, followed by a party. All welcome to this joyful annual event – please do spread the word and bring friends and family.
JESUIT REFUGEE SERVICE
JRS UK are seeking volunteers to go with our friends when they approach an Embassy to request documentation about nationality. For some it offers a way forward in the efforts to obtain the protection and recognition they need and have a right to. The volunteers will offer moral support and act as witnesses.
Please could you advertise this opportunity in your parish newsletter/circulate to those who you think might be interested? More information is available on the JRS UK website: www.jrsuk.net/volunteer
31 DAYS OF ST IGNATIUS
Where will God find you this July? Join the Jesuits on a journey guided by the Spiritual Exercises via a series of 31 daily e-mails leading up to the Feast of St Ignatius on the 31st July. Each week, a theme will be examined from the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius with the use of scripture and prayer to help you find God in moments of Conversion, Call, Challenge, and Consolation. Even if you have missed the start of July, it is not too late to sign up. For more information, visit http://www.pathwaystogod.org/31-days-st-ignatius-2019.
Bookings are open for this year’s Farm Street Camino in the Steps of St Ignatius, walking this year in the steps of the founder of the Jesuits through the Basque Country from Alda on the Rioja border to Loyola, the birthplace of St Ignatius. The Camino is a spiritual as well as physically challenging experience, with prayer and Mass each day and a day’s retreat in Loyola followed by a final day of sightseeing in Bilbao. September 23rd – October 3rd 2019. For more information please speak to Fr Dominic or, to request a brochure and to book, contact Pax Travel direct on (020)-7485-3003; email@example.com For full details visit www.paxtravel.co.uk or request a brochure at Reception.
Farm Street Bookshop
The bookshop offers a wide selection of titles of Catholic interest and has an excellent selection for children and young people. The bookshop is open every Sunday after the 9:30am and 11:00am Mass, and is located at the back of the church next to the Lourdes altar. A book stall also operates in the parish hall after these Masses.
SOUP KITCHEN VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
All and any help is needed throughout July and August for a soup kitchen run by the Companions of St. John of Malta.
We are at St James’ Spanish Place every Thursday – most helpers arrive between 1800-1900, after work, but any spare time between 1700-2100 is most welcome. Many soup kitchens close over the summer, but the need does not diminish. Our guest numbers normally rise from about 80 to about 120 at this time. Hands, hearts, time and prayers are especially welcome as helpers.
Any additional information is available via Patrick Howe – e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or
020 7589 9178
Thanks for your attention and if time is too short, your prayers are as important as anything.
AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED SPONSORSHIP
Fr Dominic Robinson and Sebastian Cichocki, our Maintenance Manager, are taking on a 10 kilometre (6 miles) run this August to raise funds for Aid to the Church in Need. Please do consider sponsoring them as they raise money and awareness for the Suffering Church around the world. For more information, please visit the fundraising section of the ACN website, www.acnuk.org.
The Bridge Club meets here every Tuesday evening, starting at 6.30pm, all levels are welcome. Funds raised go to the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS).
Would you be interested in learning more about AWN Pugin, the eminent Victorian architect who designed the High altar for this church and the interiors of the Houses of Parliament? The Pugin
Society, founded in 1995, offers a lively range of events, study tours, talks and publications. Details: www.thepuginsociety.co.uk
ITEMS FOR NEWSLETTER
If you know of any relevant event that should be in the newsletter, please contact the Parish Administrator, George McCombe, at email@example.com. The newsletter is printed on Thursday so items must be in before this if they are to be printed on the upcoming Sunday. The newsletter will be in a simpler format for the month of August and will not include notices.
MOUNT STREET JESUIT CENTRE
114 Mount Street, London W1K 3AH
Book online for any of these events
Information: 020 7495 1673 or
Why not come to our Regular Events? (No need to book!)
• Wednesdays at the Well – Come to Rest & Be Refreshed
3rd Wednesday of each month 11.30am-3.30pm – except August (Next: July 17th, 2019)
• Book Club
2nd Thursday of each month 7-8.30pm – except July & August (Next: September 12th, 2019)
Book: “The Brothers Karamazov” Dostoevsky
IGNATIAN RETREAT DAY
Facilitated by members of the Mount Street Jesuit Centre team
Saturday 13th July 11am-4pm
These are retreat days of prayer run in an Ignatian way, in which there is talk, time for personal prayer and the opportunity to listen to each other.
There is no need to book for these days, just come along.
Note, in August, there will be no Ignatian Retreat day. Back in September!
FOR YOUR DIARY: OPEN EVENING AND OPEN DAY!
Thursday 5th September 6-8pm and Saturday 7th September 11am-1pm
Come and meet the team, see what we do, sample workshops & ways of praying, etc. Drop in anytime. There will be friendly faces and cake!
WE ARE WORKING HARD ON OUR 2019-20 PROGRAMME.
VISIT www.mountstreet.info FOR NEW EVENTS!