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A Message from Fr Paul Seaman

Dear Friends,

When you look in the mirror what do you see? Is it something that disappoints or makes you feel good?

Lent is a time of the year when Christians are encouraged to look hard at themselves. This is not, of course, about our physical appearances but about putting a ‘mirror’ up to our hearts and minds to look more closely at our inner lives.

Spiritual self -examination  is always a good thing to do, whether we are people of Faith or not. So much hurt and damage is done by people who are unable to see themselves as they truly are. We won’t always like what we see!! However, if we are more aware of our less attractive personality traits, we are better placed to check these and limit the hurt or offence we might cause.

In the media we are constantly hearing or reading of instances where people have failed to consider the damage they have done to others, often by thoughtless and careless words and actions. This is before we look to more deliberate methods  in which people are used and abused in the most horrendous of ways.

We all need a wake- up call to how we are with others. Christians are challenged to use words and actions to help build others up; to encourage, inspire and support them. This Lent, let us all use what God has given each one of us in our individual personalities to reflect back to others  a more considerate and respectful brother or sister.

With prayers and blessing to you all

Fr. Paul Seaman  (Rector of Pulborough)


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