Harvest

Fr Denis Blackledge SJ and Rev Henry Corbett led an assembly at Faith Primary School in Liverpool to coincide with the Autumn Harvest Festival on the theme of ‘Who is my neighbour?’  The school is a joint Catholic and Church of England school based on the values of the gospel and is supported by the Jesuit parish SFX and the neighbouring Anglican church of St Peter’s.  The school is located in one of the most deprived areas in the UK, according to an analysis by the Department for...
A hospital room
A long time ago in a land far, far away, I once worked in a very bad hospital. It had a very bad reputation and patients didn’t want to go there. The staff were always bickering, angry, rude to the patients. Many people came to work late; some came drunk; some didn’t come at all. As a result, the patients just did not get a good service. Equipment never worked. When you tried to call somebody to repair it, they weren’t there; or they couldn’t come; or they just wouldn’t do the work. The...
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I wonder if you have been enjoying the football.I happen to know a former professional footballer, now sadly fallen on harder times. He often likes to say that the worst player is better than the best commentator. And he tells a story of a footballer waiting to take the first penalty of a penalty shoot-out in a cup final. The player is visibly exhausted after full time and extra time and obviously nervous as he approaches the ball.High up in the gantry, the commentator remarks, “I wouldn...
Harvest corn
When I was a child growing up in Ireland, we were the rich part of the family. We lived in the city, both my parents had paying jobs and we owned our own home. And every summer – in August - we went back to my mother’s real home, which was the hill country of Donegal to spend time with the cousins from the poor part of the family. And whenever we went back home, for weeks beforehand, my mother used to go to enormous efforts to go round all the shops and buy all the unusual foods that you could...
Patient with anaesthetist
“I tell you that the Kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to the people who will produce its fruit.” Matt 21:43A long time ago in a land far away, I once worked in a very bad hospital. It had a very bad reputation and patients didn’t want to go there. The staff were always bickering, angry, rude to the patients. Many people came to work late; some didn’t come at all; some came drunk. As a result, the patients just did not get a good service. Equipment never...