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Rooted in Christ

Rooted in Christ

Rudyard Kipling knew the answer!

In 1902 Rudyard Kipling wrote his Just So stories and within one of these, accompanying the tale of the Elephant Child, he penned a short poem that opened I keep six honest serving men (They taught me all I knew); Their names are What and Why and When And How and Where and Who.

Now who would question this wisdom? We all have questions about every conceivable subject, but what about questions regarding our faith?

If you are anything like me, the last time you had any structured education on what it is to be a Catholic it was when you were at school and for
most of us that is more years ago than we would care to count. Let alone the fact that when we were at the receiving end of this education, more often than not we were reluctant pupils who would have rather been out playing football or having some other exciting adventure.

Strange then that as I get older, whilst I still yearn to play football and have exciting adventures, though my body cruelly denies me that privilege, I now  have a self motivated desire to understand more about our rich and fulfilling faith.

I don’t know about you, but for years I have simply accepted certain things to be true, because the Church has taught me that and I have
happily accepted it. But to have a deeper understanding of our belief makes so much more sense.

To really understand why we believe the things we do, to set them in context, to explore the relevance of our faith in the 21st Century. Now that surely would be an opportunity too good to miss?   Well the good news is you have a fantastic opportunity to partake in a course on our faith called Rooted in Christ. Put together by our own Father Christopher, the course looks into most of the main areas that our Catholic faith is built upon.

The talks will be presented by several qualified speakers and will cover subjects as far reaching as the Holy Trinity and Revelation,
Scripture and Marriage, Salvation and Reconciliation and many more.  The talks will be Free of charge and you will be able to
pick and choose the ones you wish to attend or you can attend them all. There can be no doubt that we will learn many things about our faith that we never knew or sadly have long ago forgotten.

Life should be a never ending learning experience and what could be more important than learning about that central pillar of our being –
our faith in Christ.

The course will commence in the autumn and details of the dates and subjects will be made available well in advance to help with planning. The sessions will not be lecture style but will give us all the opportunity to find the answers to many of those questions that we need answered as well as, and just as likely in my case, answers to questions we haven’t even thought about yet!

We all know the phrase You shall reap what you sow, so why not consider investing some time in learning more about your faith, deepening your knowledge and understanding and developing a greater awareness and love of Christ.

Rudyard Kipling was clearly right, but it is important to use those six honest serving men well and seek the answers from the best sources. Rooted in Christ will be a wonderful chance to do just that. I know I’m looking forward to the course and I hope to see you there.


John Reilly





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