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Friday next is the feastday of Blessed Edmund Rice. The blessing of the memory of a person like Edmund Rice is that it calls us to live with his spirit in our world today.

As Pope Francis recently said: "A single individual is enough for hope to exist, and that individual can be you." and he also says that “we need memory, we need courage and we need creativity.” Surely these qualities were present in abundance in Blessed Edmund. May we all abide in that living memory.


Francis always seems to have the wider community in mind when he speaks rather than just "Catholics" or even "Christians".