Monthly Letter

Letter from Canon Alan Cross S.S.C. 
Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I want to tell you a secret! I am writing this letter on the eve of St. David’s Day (28th February), well before the April deadline.
As I write this letter it is snowing heavily and I cannot go out. However, I am warm and had a wonderful breakfast and know there are lots of people in the snow and cold far worse off than me.
I read this morning these words about St. David: ‘On St. David’s death-bed his final words were: “Be joyful and keep your faith and your creed and do the little things you have seen me do and heard about. And as for me, I will walk the path that our fathers have trod before us.”
Great advice and real wisdom for living our lives today.
What are the ‘little things’ that we are called to do well? Many of these ‘little things’ are common to us all. Carving out sometime of quiet in our busy schedule to pray and be still before God; reading a few verses or chapters from the Bible; trying to see the good in others and not the bad; trying to be gentle and kind in our dealings with others.’
Some thoughts for a lot of us to think about even when it is snowing and one feels trapped.
Again I read recently: ‘What does God want from you today? It’s a tough question isn’t it? and sometimes hard to answer. Or is it? St. Paul, writing to the Philippians said “Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it again, rejoice!” This is God’s plan for you today and every day. Whether it is a good day or a bad one, we are called to rejoice. We should sing “This is the day, this is the day that the Lord has made, let us be glad, let us be glad and rejoice in it.” This is made much easier when we have sensed God’s presence in every tiny good thing the day has brought. Slowly we discern our pathway in life.’
So especially in this Easter Season, no matter where we find ourselves, let us rejoice and be glad for Jesus not only died but has risen from the dead for you and me to bring us all new life and hope in whatever situation we find ourselves in.
My dear brothers and sisters a Happy Easter to you all and may Our Lady, St. David and St. George pray for us.
With love and prayers, Father Alan.