...with a procession, palm crosses, sunshine, and the solemn reading of the Passion.
Holy Week...family arrangements for Easter with talk of travel arrangements and grandparents and simnel cake... jostling with the veiled statues in church and the Gospel bringing home the stark ghastliness of a Roman crucifixion and Christ's agony.
Recieved during the week: the excellent New Directions magazine produced by Forward in Faith - it is always a must-read with features that are crunchy and amusing, thoughtful, moving, and well-informed. Also Annals Australasia, edited by Fr Paul Stenhouse, which has a feature about Pugin and his influence in Australia (Rosemary Hill, author of a fine new biography of Pugin, recently spoke to the Catholic Writers' Guild, and is quoted. And Voices, magazine of Women for Faith and Family in the USA, with some good material from Fr James V. Schall on the dignity of the human person, quoting Benedict XVI on Plato...all this is a feast of reading.