Tuesday, February 23, 2016
An Invitation to Spiritual Combat
This Saturday Fr Serafino Lanzetta FFI is leading a Lenten day of prayer on 'Spiritual Combat' in our parish, it is open to anyone who wants to attend, There are fast trains from London,,,,,
The day starts with Mass at 10.00am (in the OF).
11.30am Coffee and Q and A sesssion
12.30pm Lunch and time for conversation
1.30pm Exposition and Benediction
3.00pm Divine Mercy
3.30pm Coffee and Conversation
Bring something to share for lunch
Fr Serafino has been described as one of the most brilliant young theologians of his generation, He is very much wthin the Franciscan tradition that has cme to us through St Maximllian Kolbe and St Pio, with a good shot of Ratzingerian hermeneutics. Fr Serafino was of course very much part of that Roman Conferencee that took such a dim view of Karl Rahner and earned the displeasure of many influential Jsuits.
I can well understand why Bishop Egan invited him to come Portsmouth and to bring a community. When I visit him and the community in Gosport, I was impressed by both by their youth and their gentleness and humility. They sang Sext in a whisper, how six brothers and two priests managed to fit into a presbytery that formerly was occupied by a solitary secular priest I don't know. In order to talk Fr Serafino and I had to go to the parish hall. Encountering Franciscan poverty is a good beginning to Lent. I was touched by their insistance that they eat well and 'we don't eat food that is out of date'. They seemed to have the same air about them that I enconter with other refugees, a sense of deep gratitude that they have found someone who will welcome them and somewher to rest but with a deep sense of loss and a fear that they simply did not know what the future might bring.
Come on Saturday if you can, but remember the friars and sisters, there is also a commnity of sister in Gosport, in your prayers.
Posted by Fr Ray Blake