Tuesday, September 25, 2018

On Saturday...

...there will be the annual "Two Cathedrals" procession in which the Blessed Sacrament is carried across the Thames.  The Orocession was started in 2009 to mark the first anniversary of the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Britain.  I am unable to attnd this year as I am speaking at a big gathering of the Catholic Women's League  in Roehampton.

The Procession starts at 1.30pm at WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL and finishes with Benediction at St George's Cathedral, Southwark.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

The government is to choose our next bishops...

....a very, very bad plan.

That's the plan for China, if the stupid and cruel arrangement that seems to have been agreed by the Chinese govt and the Vatican goes ahead.

It's contrary to wisdom and right justice: Christ did not seek that powerful worldly rulers shuld choose who would be the fathers for his flock. He didn't invite Peter to negotiate wth rulers in Rome or Palestine to choose colleagues.

We don't want government - not the Queen, not the Prime Minister, not President Trump, not the European Union rulers, not Vladmimir Putin, not the current head of the People's Republic of China, not any government - choosing Christ's bishops. It has been tried in the past and had mixed results - it's not a mistake that needs to be repeated.

On this blog, I placed a picture of the Pope when he was elected: the idea is to remind us all to pray for him. He needs wisdom, humility, and the courage to do what is right.  He is not popular and is at the core of much controversy: is he being wise and humble, and is he doing what is right? Are you praying?

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

To Portsmouth...

...for a beautiful Mass at the Cathedral, of which more in due course.

But there is something that is somehow sad about this great city - once a glorious name in the story of our Royal Navy. Deo gratias, we do still have some fine ships, and there is an instintive sense of pride that wells up when one thinks of all that the Royal Navy has meant in our country's story... but...

Somehow, so many things in Britain now have a strange, uncomfortable overlay of sloganising, that makes for a sense of things-aren't-what-they-should be. 

The last time I saw an official picture of anyone in naval uniform it was a lesbian lady on a poster in London emphasising that the Navy supported a homosexual and lesbian celebratory event.

Pray for our country.


Tuesday, September 18, 2018

And on the forthcoming Synod...

do read this...


DO READ....

...and enjoy, this excellent presentation made at the Eucharistic Congress, on how to prepare children for first Communion...

...and there are lots of other reports, and a good DVD of the Procession, here...

Monday, September 17, 2018

Been busy with...

...an Editorial Board meeting for FAITH magazine, in Scotland. Travelled by Caledonian sleeper - my favourite train journey. I had had a very full day in London, and it was a joy to eat supper at Euston and then sit doing some sewing (cross-stitch kneelers, since you ask) quietly and then to get on to the train when it was ready, and snuggle down cosily after a wash and some time to read...

A few days later another journey took me to Southend, where there is a thriving new branch of LOGS, meeting at this church...

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Discussion on...

REGISTER RADIO in the USA this evening, about the Liverpool Congress and procession.

And the National Catholic Register has also published this feature about the Walk to Walsingham this summer.

Monday, September 10, 2018

...and don't take my word for it...

...the Eucharistic Congress really was a most remarkable event and even the BBC acknowledged it


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