From the Parish Priest

I make no apology for borrowing the leading article from “BN1 Magazine” (the monthly listing of all that is happening culturally in Brighton) for my slot this time. I use it with permission.

“Last month a spiralling conflict between two ideologies claimed yet another group of innocent victims. These weren’t combatants on a battlefield, but kids and families trying to leave a pop concert. While many are still trying to comprehend the pure senselessness of the actions in Manchester, one flicker of hope did emerge from the carnage. The population of the city came together to offer comfort and support to the victims of the atrocity, providing shelter, solace, food and transport home. It perfectly demonstrates the human trait of reaching out to the vulnerable when they need it most. We find ourselves in a bewildering situation. A war without borders or feasible end. But by showing compassion and understanding to those around us we can fight back. Standing together means supporting each other, not just sharing rhetoric on Facebook. A kind word or action might not be as devastating as a bomb, but it’ll do far more to change people’s minds.”

I would go along with all of that; indeed I would go further. I would claim that we take “reaching out to the vulnerable” as normal because of the Christian teaching which underpins our society. There are many places around the world where the sort of generosity of spirit which we see again here simply would not be countenanced. Our compassion and philanthropy really are brotherly love as Christ taught.

Secondly, we must take seriously the need to address injustice and evil in our world; there are political implications for this, of course, but as Stuart says in his editorial, “ a kind word or action will do far more to change people’s minds”.

We can all do some of that!

Peter Wolfenden


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