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Cardinal Cormac Murphy-OConnor on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show
posted on 16 June 2011
Cardinal Cormac Murphy-OConnor
Cardinal Cormac Murphy-OConnor

On Thursday 16 June 2011, Cardinal Murphy O'Connor presented Pause for Thought as part of the breakfast show present by Chris Evans on BBC Radio 2.

You can listen to 'Pause for Thought' by clicking on the link below and clicking 'listen again'. 'Pause for Thought' begins 2:48:30 into the programme.

The full text of the Cardinal's Pause for Thought is below 

I was delighted that Her Majesty the Queens visit to Ireland went so well.  The Irish people were very happy to receive her and the Queen herself seemed just happy to be there.  It was a hugely successful visit, a visit indeed long awaited, a journey at last fulfilled.

I was reminded of another kind of journey to Ireland that was made when I was a boy.  My father decided that my three elder brothers, aged 13, 12 and 10 should travel to Ireland by stages.  He put them on the train to Bristol with their bicycles and from there on they had to cycle to Newport and then to Cardiff and Swansea and on to Holyhead and over to Ireland by boat.  The point of the challenge for the boys was that my father only gave them enough money for each day, so when they arrived at each stage of the journey they had to go to the post office and collect a certain amount of money which would last for just one day.  I remember my mother was very anxious about her darling sons until at last a postcard arrived from the eldest boy which read: no money, all sick, love, Jim.  

Why I am telling you this story is because we have to live each day to the full.  The past is over.  There may be regrets sorrows - joys but it is past - and the future we dont know the future.  All we can do is trust in God that He will guide us and sustain us.  It is today that matters.  Live it to the full, giving thanks to God, doing good to others, knowing that it is today that you can do Gods will and be of service to others.  What is it the Psalmist says:  This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad

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