Dear friendsOn 15th May, last Sunday, Charles de Foucauld was canonized in Rome byPope Francis.  It was the final stage in the process of Sainthood thatstarted in 2005.  He is now St Charles De Foucauld and becomes avenerated Saint in the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches.St Charles lived from 1858 to 1916.  For the early part of his life hetravelled extensively, particularly around the Middle East and northAfrica.  He had a passion for geography and culture, and his interestsin those fields were focussed on Morocco and Algeria.  However, hestruggled to ‘settle’, despite being a wealthy man (throughinheritance), spells with the French military, academia in Paris andeven living for a while as a socialite.In a radical change of tack, in 1890 he joined a Trappist monastery insouthern France, attracted by their vows of poverty.  However, hefound that it was not poor enough, and travelled to Nazareth, beforebeing ordained back in France in 1901.  He then went back to Algeria,a place he was fascinated with, with a view to establishing a monasticcommunity centred around a hermitic lifestyle.  Establishing himselfas a hermit near the Berber settlements of the Tuareg people in theSahara, he spent 10 years meticulously studying the language andculture of the Tuareg, and is work on that is still consideredimportant today.  All the while he lived a hermit lifestyle insolitude, and not one person joined him to realise his communityideal.  It is also thought that during his life in the desert not oneperson was converted to faith!  But perhaps that was not his aim inany case, as he famously said:“It is not necessary to teach others, to cure them or to improve them;it is only necessary to live among them, sharing the human conditionand being present to them in love.”St Charles was murdered in 1916 during a failed abduction by localtribesmen.  However, his story does not end there.  His words andideas have gone on to inspire new religious communities; around 20 inexistence today that follow his example.  There have also beenmiracles attributed to St Charles, and as a result of all that, theCatholic Church commenced the process of sainthood in 2005,culminating in his canonization this week.  His feast day will be 1December.Here is a prayer attributed to St Charles that I think is wonderful inits honesty and submission to God:Father,I abandon myself into your hands; do with me what you will.Whatever you may do, I thank you:I am ready for all, I accept all.Let only your will be done in me, and in all your creatures.I wish no more than this, O Lord.Into your hands I commend my soul;I offer it to youwith all the love of my heart,for I love you, Lord,and so need to give myself,to surrender myself into your hands,without reserve,and with boundless confidence,for you are my Father.SERVICES THIS WEEKSaturday 21 May – 3pm outside St John’s, Tatworth – Wild Church.  Allwelcome – informal, creative and fun – come and explore the abundanceof God’s love through creation.  This month our theme is fish – and weare thinking about Jesus’ calling out to the disciples fishing andgiving them breakfast on the beach.Sunday 22 May:8am – Holy Communion – St John’s, Tatworth.10am – Holy Communion – St Mary’s, Thorncombe6:30pm – Evening Prayer – St Michael’s, Chaffcombe6:30pm – Service of Light – St Stephen’s, WinshamPRAYERS:Please hold the following people from our parishes in your prayers:Dave Boyland; Sheila Clement; John and Wendy Cotton; Hannah Knott;Mary Marsh; Tony Taylor; Rosemary Walton; Margaret Bandy; DorothyWhite, Tony Meech, Di Nicholls, Hester Down.In remembrance:We remember all those whom we love but see no longer, and inparticular this week Matthew Keyte (45) whose funeral was held inChaffcombe yesterday.  Please hold Matthew’s family and friends inyour prayers at this most difficult time.In preparation for marriage:Olivia Henry-Riley and Lee Goodland (Chaffcombe 28 May)David Brown and Gemma Evans (Winsham 4 June)Katrina Herrod and Luke Edwards (Thorncombe 4 June)Banns of Marriage:Katrina Herrod and Luke Edwards (Thorncombe)Alex Woodruff and Jonathan Vincent (Cricket Malherbie)Stephen Aston and Alexandra Trask (Tatworth)In preparation for Baptism:Olivia Henry-Riley; Eli and Dulcie GoodlandEdward RendellWe also celebrate with Wilfred Morrison, and his parents andGodparents, following his wonderful baptism in the morning service atSt John’s last Sunday!  Welcome Wilfred!Blessings to you allPhilipThe Reverend Philip ButcherRector – Two Shires Benefice (Tatworth, Thorncombe, Winsham,Chaffcombe & Cricket Malherbie)The Vicarage3 Home FarmTatworthChardTA20 2SH01460 221286PASTORAL EMAILS – please to: twoshiresrector@gmail.comHOME PRAYER & WORSHIP:

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