An Message from the Rectory

The summer months are nearly upon us. Much of our time is pressured – the sands of time run through our hands far too quickly for us to grasp. And so I often see the summer as a precious time of year: a part of the year when time seems to become slightly more generous to us.

One of the best things about the summer months is the opportunity to take time out. Many people take an annual holiday, where they have the opportunity to re-capture some time: time with family or friends, or a precious few hours to catch up with a novel or some sleep.

The word holiday, takes its meaning from exactly what it says: ‘holy day’. In 14th century England, these ‘holy days’ were taken at times of religious festival. They were meant to be times to sit back and reflect on God and life. And I rather like the following Irish saying – it presents a challenge to us all.

Take time to work – it is the price of success.                                                                                 
Take time to think – it is the source of power.
Take time to play – it is the secret of perpetual youth.
Take time to read – it is the foundation of wisdom.
Take time to be friendly – it is the road to happiness.
Take time to dream – it is hitching your wagon to a star.
Take time to love and be loved – it is the privilege of God.
Take time to look around – the day is too short to be selfish.                           
Take time to laugh – it is the music of the soul.

So, here’s to taking time!

With blessings from


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