Dear Friends,

May the Lord give you peace.   This evening I was reading this weeks ‘Tablet’ the International Catholic Weekly and I came across a very powerful Lenten reflection by Diana Klein a catechetical adviser in the Westminster Diocese of London, England.   If you have an opportunity to read the whole reflection it’s my hope that you too will benefit from it.   This is an extract from that reflection: 

During his recent visit to Britain, Pope Benedict invited the young to become saints;  he asked them not to be content with second best (or) to pursue one limited goal.   Having money, the Pope said, “makes it possible to be generous and to do good in the world, but on its own, it is not enough to make us happy.   Being highly skilled in some activity or profession is good, but it will not satisfy us unless we aim for something greater still.   It might make us famous, but it will not make us happy.”

For the Pope, one of the greatest tragedies in our tendency to search for happiness in the wrong places.   True happiness, he insisted, is to be found in God, saying:  “We need to have the courage to place our deepest hopes in God alone, not in money, in a career, in worldly success, or in our relationships with others, but in God.   Only he can satisfy the deepest needs of our hearts.”

(Tablet 19th March 2011 p. 15)

God is with you and may you continue to have a prayerful and joyful Lent.