“The only worthwhile striving is after the highest ideals: If you aim for an easy target, your standard will inevitably decline, and no progress is ever made, except through real effort and real suffering.” - Servant of God Fra' Andrew Bertie                                                                                                                                                 "Work as if everything depends on you, pray as if everything depends on God" - Saint Ignatius of Loyola

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GAUDETE - THE THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT

INTROIT: PHILLIP. 4. 4-6
GAUDETE in Dómino semper: íterum dico, gaudéte. Modéstia vestra nota sit ómnibus homínibus: Dóminus enim prope est. Nihil sollíciti sitis: sed in omni oratióne petitiónes vestræ innotéscant apud Deum.
REJOICE in the Lord always, again I say, rejoice!  Let your tolerance be evident to everyone: the Lord is near. There is no need to worry; but if there is anything you need, pray for it, asking God for it.

We were very happy that Fr Dominic Robinson SJ was again able to celebrate the Mass this Sunday. He preached on the importance of silence, and particularly the silent retreat which forms an important part of the life of members of the Society of Jesus, and invited us to use these days of Advent, notwithstanding all the noise of the material world, to allow silence into our spiritual lives as a preparation of our hearts for the coming of Our Saviour at Christmas.

In the afternoon, a group (rather a small group) of faithful, Companions and members of the Order braved the cold, the wet, and the rampant consumerism of the High Street, to sing carols around St John's Wood to raise a respectable sum for Saint John's Hospice.  Thank you to all involved!