On the snowy morning of Sunday 10 December, Fr Verrier was with us and chose Prayer as the topic for his homily. Here are just a few points.
Father gave a definition of prayer as lifting the heart to God, and communicating with Him, and described the various forms prayer can take: Adoration, Thanksgiving, Contrition and Petition. He gave some practical suggestions as to how we might overcome any distractions in prayer (imagine the distraction is a cricket ball and use the bat to hit it away) and how we need to be persistent and constant in prayer during our daily activities, i.e. praying for the driver who cuts us up! He encouraged us by saying that the prayer which we find the most difficult is counted by God as the most meritorious.
This was the last time we shall be seeing Fr Verrier at Bedford for now, as he is moving from Reading to Warrington in the New Year. We thank him for the times he has been with us over the last few months and his encouraging and inspiring words. Our prayers and best wishes go with him as he moves North.