So many of you have spoken to me of the joy and hope which came from those wonderful days in Toronto at the end of July. On a hillside near the lake of Galilee, Jesus gently and urgently called to his followers to choose life and not death, truth not falsehood. He spoke words of life that would echo forever in the hearts of his followers.
Today on this day of retreat he speaks the same words to you. Through prayer he tells you who you are as Christians and what you must do to remain in his love.
Many of us in our lives have fond memories of those with whom we have been associated and have admired.
In 1997 Mitch Albom wrote of his conversations with his favourite professor, Maurie Schwarz, on fourteen successive Tuesdays prior to his death in 1995. For sixteen years they had been apart and when they met again the once sprite and lively professor was dying from lateral sclerosis.
I come with great joy to be united with Father Michael and with yourselves for the blessing of your renewed church and also on my first visit to Hampton since I have been Archbishop.
I admire the energy with which Father Michael and you and the community have set about giving new life and energy to this small but beautiful church. I believe that the renewal of the church will give us all a new perspective of God’s love and life in the year of salvation and give us a new perspective in what keeps us united to him.
I am delighted to meet with you from the Indonesian community to encourage you and your Chaplains in the living of the faith of Jesus Christ.
Today in the Church we celebrate the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross and you and I know well that the living of the faith in modern society is a great invitation to walk the way of the Cross and so to come to newness of life