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A Message from Fr Paul Seaman

Dear Friends,

' You can't be what you can't see!'

I heard this phrase used recently in the course of a discussion on the radio. It  involved one of our well known actors who was talking about the teachers that had inspired her in pursuing her career in the theatre. She was paying tribute to these particular individuals who had served as a role model for her and others while they were at school.

I am sure many of us can recall certain teachers who really engaged us in learning and shared with us a passion for a particular subject or activity; people who have perhaps helped us to see where our talents really lie!

November is the month of the year when together, we particularly  recall those who have served as role models to others who have  followed  on after them. Although we may not' see 'them in the flesh , we can read about them and reflect upon the example of their lives.  Our Remembrance Sunday reflections can serve to consider the sacrifices made by the many who laid down their lives in the service of the nation and the call to duty that they answered in their time. We might use the opportunity to learn about some of our local 'heroes' and what they endured and gave up to play their part in defending our cherished way of life.

The month begins with the celebration of All Saints (1st Nov), when the Church honours all those who have inspired others in the Christian life, especially those who have no name recorded or whose deeds remain unsung. These women and men have shown others that, faith in God and the grace of the Christian life can produce fruitful lives that help shape the attitudes and actions of others  in a really positive way. Again, we might want to consider reading about some of these people who had such an influence in their several generations.
On 2nd November, All Souls' Day, we also remember loved ones who we have known and give thanks for how they may have inspired us in times past, as we hold them before God in our prayers.

As we recall all these people who have been an inspiration in their day and been seen by others as an encouragement for the way ahead, the question we each need to ask is : how far am I seen as a good role model from whom others might take inspiration? If we find this question difficult to answer then maybe, following the example of those gone before us, we need to think about changes to the way we live  our lives which will enable us to answer this question a little more positively!


With my prayers and best wishes,

Fr. Paul Seaman  (Rector of Pulborough)


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