Outlook 24
News and Views from St. Mary's Woodbridge
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Lest we forget …
An act of remembrance is something to be cherished, nurtured, even praised. Each day we remember loved ones no longer with us. When we talk about them to family and friends, they stay alive, with us, and live forever. Lest we forget Nothing dents the ego more than to be asked, ‘Remind me who you are.’ Or, returning to former haunts, to discover that we are barely remembered and are made to feel yesterday’s person. Remembering is a vital and important attribute; what a sinking feeling it is to discover that you have overlooked a family birthday or anniversary. Oh, to forget! Remembrance has sometimes been shockingly undermined and undervalued, even ignored. I trust that there will always be reminders that all life is God-given and precious. Life’s passing should always receive respect, recognition and due time to mourn. Justice is a virtue and sometimes a ‘just’ war sadly has to be. Yet war and human suffering isn’t a Spielberg film, or Tom Hanks coming over the hill to patriotic music. It’s a bloody mess, heartache and devastation. It cheapens life itself. It should never be brushed aside or forgotten. In forgetting, we dishonour those who have sacrificed life to preserve life. We dishonour those loved ones who gave us love, care and time, people to whom we owe freedom, or who have influenced us in so many ways. Never forget! Remembrance is an undoubted theme during these autumnal and early winter months. There are of course countless events and people to remember. I single out just four: In September, we remember the tragedy, horror and carnage of the attack on the Twin Towers. In early October we celebrate the harvest of the land and the sea, remembering those who work on the land or risk their lives at sea to provide us with food. In November, we poignantly remember wars and conflicts and the loss of countless lives throughout the world. In December, we remember the birth of Jesus Christ, whose life changed the world and so many lives since. Lest we forget … Three challenging and conscience-provoking words. Let us today be thankful for our freedom, for our very life, and for the privilege to REMEMBER! Michael Booth