A time for prayer and a time to gather?

The Catholic blogosphere fulfils many needs. Some, evangelisation, some, spiritual and devotional, some informative, and some teach sound Catholic principles along with educating those who are new to our faith or folk returning after many years of inactivity. Father Ray Blake’s blog fulfills all these and more. If this much loved (by his parishioners and beyond) priest closes down his blog then all of us are diminished. Other good Catholic blogs could be similarly targeted by unscrupulous journalists selling their souls for a catchy headline. I am sure that Bill Gardner of the Brighton Argus is a good man – but a very impetuous man chasing a headline before taking the trouble to research his story, and speak to the people concerned. We are indebted to Richard Collins for the following from http://linenonthehedgerow.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/a-time-for-prayer-and-time-to-gather.html.

Please pray for Father Ray Blake – and Mr. Bill Gardner.

“…..And a time to blog”

Father Ray Blake and the issue of the Brighton journalist have occupied the minds of many over the past three or four days and little more needs to be said except that, it is good to see how the Catholic family responds when one of their best loved priests is under threat.

Now Father Ray is considering a dignified withdrawal from blogging, and who could blame him?
He is not leaving because he is bruised and battered, he will shoulder any amount of abuse on behalf of the Christ.

He is leaving because he does not wish to bring acrimony or embarrassment to his brother priests and his bishop.

Well, acrimony they should deal with and, if embarrassed, they need to go and sit on a hard rock on a mountainside somewhere for a few days and reflect on their purpose in life.

We can do little for Father Ray other than to offer him our support by leaving a comment HERE and, most importantly, by dedicating a daily rosary on his behalf this week – a spiritual bouquet that will help him return to us with all haste.


All things have their season, and in their times all things pass under heaven.      
 A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted.     A time to kill, and a time to heal. A time to destroy, and a time to build.      
 A time to weep, and a time to laugh. A time to mourn, and a time to dance.      
 A time to scatter stones, and a time to gather.
A time to embrace, and a time to be far from embraces.

A time to get, and a time to lose. A time to keep, and a time to cast away.      
 A time to rend, and a time to sew. A time to keep silence, and a time to speak.      
 A time of love, and a time of hatred. A time of war, and a time of peace.      
 What hath man more of his labour?      
 I have seen the trouble, which God hath given the sons of men to be exercised in it.

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