Friday, July 20, 2007

Fr Benedict's Visit

Blogging has been a bit slow recently what with the week away at Woldingham and this being the last week of term. Mass attendance has dropped by about a hundred and fifty over the last couple of weeks and last Sunday we were under a thousand. This weekend, with all the schools closed, I expect we will be less than nine hundred!

I wanted to post an article on Fr Benedict's visit. I've been given access to some great photos but I've not had much time to download them so you'll have to make do with this one. It was taken during Fr Benedict's talk. The Church was packed and, as you can see, once again the congregation was comprised mainly of young people. Fr Benedict spoke on how the concept of 'virtue' is making a come-back in psychology. This is really important: virtues are strengths of character that enable us to do what we know to be right. God's grace perfects this human strengths - it doesn't supplant them. So, to live a good life, it is necessary to acquire the human virtues. The implications are very important particularly for our approach to moral education in schools. It was an excellent talk and, judging by the emails I've received, many people found it very helpful.

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