Creating beauty in Brecon

We’ve talked a lot about Pope Francis’s encyclical, Laudato si’ – on climate and justice which asks us all:

“to enter into dialogue with all people about our common home”

In the parish of St Michael in Brecon, parishioners really responded to Pope Francis’ call to action “to be protectors of God’s handiwork” which he says is essential to a life of virtue.  It’s not an optional nor a secondary aspect of our Christian experience (#217)

Brecon is a bustling market town, for those of you who have never visited, just on the northern edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

The drive to meet our two fantastic parish volunteers, Hilary Ruston and Jean Ruston (no relation!) was spectacular as I experienced some of the best views of the Beacons including Pen y Fan which is the highest point in southern Britain (2907 feet).  It’s no surprise that it is a very popular tourist destination.

Jean was so enthusiastic and justifiably proud about the success of the parish project to give the parish garden some much needed TLC.

“I was slightly worried at the outset, but I tried to keep positive and it was the right thing to do as the parish rallied round and worked so hard – it was absolutely wonderful.  My fellow parishioner, Andrea Howe was absolutely marvellous too.”

I think you’ll agree, that the pictures speak for themselves – what a resounding success.

Each community can take from the bounty of the earth whatever it needs for subsistence, but it also has the duty to protect the earth and to ensure its fruitfulness for coming generations (#67)

Truly, much can be done! (#180)

Look out for an update on Hay-on-Wye parish (Hilary’s patch) and their inspiring work with refugees.

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