It seems to me that the theological content of the front of St Margaret's Page has been sent into the stratosphere by what "Fr Peter writes". Does anyone else have any views on this?
A few weeks ago he threw in an allusion to Aristotle's 'Nichomachean Ethics'. This week he is talking about death, and how "many philosophers have dismissed life as absurd and denuded of greater purpose because life always ends in death". Fr Peter uses this as a springboard to talk about the "internal dynamism of our desires and wishes for the future", a future which reaches beyond death
Do we think about this at all?
In a post-Christian country where Islam is gaining ground at astonishing speed, such discussion at parish level is necessary. Or do Catholics prefer to plod in the same old way, occasionally attending Mass and using the Church for Baptisms, marriages and funerals?
A couple of years ago I was with a group of students at the Hounslow Mosque where an Imam told us that the number of converts is so great their (large) prayer hall can no longer accommodate the congregation on Fridays. They overspill into the main hall and other rooms in the building.
At a time when the Catholic Church is under heavy pressure from secularism and needs Catholics to stand up to their faith in a society increasingly hostile to any form of religion, Fr Peter appears to be God's gift to show us the way. Incidentally, I am not Fr Peter's PR agent! I have never been introduced, I'm just an ordinary member of this parish, but recognize a gold nugget when I see it. We have fallen on our feet!
Over to you, dear friends.