Monday, September 21, 2009

London...

...in mellow Autumn sunshine on Friday afternoon, and lots of lively talk at a meeting of the Association of Catholic Women as we plan our activities for the months ahead...do come to our study day on at St James' Church, Spanish Place (nearest tube, Baker Street) on Saturday Oct 10th. Speakers include Fr Aidan Nicholls the noted Dominican author...

On to Euston station where I parked my bike, and took the train to Birmingham, for a weekend at Maryvale...starting the 2nd year of the BA Divinity course. Superb lectures on the Old Testament, a warm welcome from the lovely Brigettine nuns and the weekend team headed by Tracey who made sure everything ran superbly. Spending a whole weekend soaking in the Scriptures made the Psalms we say at morning and evening prayer come alive and take on much deeper meaning and resonance, as also the Psalm at Mass...as always, good conversations at meals and a terrific atmosphere of friendship and shared interests, spiced with lively discussions. I didn't really want to leave...

On Sunday afternoon, after a cycle ride across London and a train journey into Kent, I was at Kemsing, for the annual commemoration of St Edith . We met to honour this Saxon saint at her Well in the village High Street, and then to the beautiful garden of a local Catholic family where we had Benediction, and a treasure-hunt, (with Biblical clues) and Tea...people from local Catholic and Anglican parishes, home-made cakes being sliced and served on a big table, children running about, a perfect September Sunday.

2 comments:

Elizabeth@Frabjous Days said...

How lovely! I read Joan Windham's story of St Edith to my children last week. They much enjoyed hearing about the spotty boy.

nazareth priest said...

My Scots-Irish grandmother's name was Edith. She was a holy woman. I'm glad to hear there is a shrine in honor of St. Edith.