Last night we went to Bletchley to join Fr Michael Harrison and the young people in that area. The evening was fantastic. There was a plethora of food and we were warmly welcomed by the young people and the leaders. We kicked the evening off with some ice breakers (standard) to mix up the group and get to know each other better.
Fr Michael gave the input on the taboo subject of 'The Last Things' which he taught us were Heaven, Hell and Purgatory. We watched a clip from Casper the friendly ghost in which he is asked "What's it like to die?" and he replies,
like...being born, only backwards. I remember, I didn't go where I was supposed to go. I just stayed behind, so my dad wouldn't be lonely.
Without spending too much time reflecting on ghosts Fr Michael spoke to us about each of the last things individually, giving us a chance to discuss and sharing a few quotes with us from Saints. For example when nearing death St Therese of Liseux said “I am not dying; I am entering life”. We also discussed that our idea of hell could be different to someone elses as CS Lewis commented. We struggled a bit with purgatory but learnt that the outcome of purgatory is always heaven but it is a state where we become purified so are able to meet face to face with God. It was brought to our attention that is important that we pray for those who have died.
We then broke into small groups to come up with a question to ask Fr Michael. The group had several interesting questions but it was great to have an opportunity to discuss them.
The evening finished with a chance to pray for those who have died as St John Chrysostom said,
Let us not hesitate to help those who have died and to offer our prayers for them.
We did this by writing the name of someone who had died or people who don't have anyone to pray for them on a star shape. Having folded each point of the star into the centre we placed the shape into a bowl of water and as we watched the shape unfold we prayed for that person or people.
Thank you so much to Fr Michael and the young people of Bletchley and Buckingham for a good evening!
Our next lux.teachings is on 30th Jan in Bedford.