This Apostle of the Sacred Heart said, ‘We must never be discouraged or give way to anxiety … but ever have recourse to the adorable Heart of Jesus’.

Near us here in north Birmingham is the church of St Margaret Mary, Perry Common, and we greet Fr Simon and the parishioners there, on their patronal festival.

May we indeed not give way to discouragement or anxiety, but place our trust in the Sacred Heart of Jesus. May Christ Himself be very close to you this day, and bless you.