This weekend, I have sent out a Pastoral Letter to be read at all Masses across the diocese – the twentieth since I became bishop. It is called ‘People of Life’. I find it thrilling that we human beings, formed of body and soul, live at the intersection between the two realms of creation, physical and spiritual. In this Letter, then, I return to a theme we have discussed before, namely what it means to be human, created by God, fallen through sin but redeemed in Christ. We live in an era when many false ‘anthropologies’ (theories about what humanity is and how to be happy) are put about in society. Some of these seem easy and attractive, but they cannot deliver true freedom and happiness. In the Letter, I try to offer some thoughts on the sanctity of human life, the struggle against evil and how as Catholics we might engage positively and constructively with our society (rather than always seeming to say ‘no’!). I know some of you may find this Letter a bit controversial, but I hope you will take away from church a copy to read and reflect on at home. Oremus!