Monday, October 19, 2020

Sunday, October 18, 2020

WHY WALK ALONG THE RIVER THAMES...

 

...when you can walk IN the River Thames?


Today's History Walk began very comfortably at St Elizabeth's church, Richmond, warmly welcomed by the excellent parish priest Fr Stephen Langridge,  we  then walked - properly spaced, obeying all the corona-rules - down into the town and across the Green, with me explaining about how the town got its name, and about Henry VII and the Old Palace, and more...

And then we turned Old Palace Lane and headed for the river. It was seeping up across the bank, with tiny rivulets making their way across the towpath. But I led the way as we strode out towards  the boatyards and then the fields and Ham...

But we had hardly gone a few yards  before the rivulets became a serious puddle...and people ahead of us urged us to turn back...and attempts to go further were clearly absurd and had to be abandoned - and as we turned  the towpath was impossible as it had become part of the river .... Only by  squelching and scrambling scrambling right up against the garden wall of  Asgill House were we able to regain Old Palace Lane, and by then we were wading up to our knees in the Thames...

Everyone remained in good spirits - in fact one member of the party was laughing so much he could barely speak, and another lined us up as I was pouring water out of my boots, and photographed us...

I've promised to check the tide-tables before any other Richmond Walk. 






Saturday, October 17, 2020

We will shortly be celebrating...



...the feast of St John Paul the Great.


Did you know he had thought of taking the name Stanislaus I?


Info here


 

Friday, October 16, 2020

YOU CAN LISTEN TO AUNTIE JOANNA....

 ....on Radio Maria England.


This is a new initiative: an independent radio station,  linked to a "family" network centred in Italy.  There is a good range of programmes, with Mass and various devotions, music, and all sorts of talks and discussions. Auntie Joanna's contribution is a regular "Feasts and Seasons" programme, which each week has info on the feast-days and saints' days that are coming up...


Tune in here....


or here

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

VINDICATED...

 ...Cardinal George Pell with the Pope at the Vatican this week.




Monday, October 12, 2020

A little while ago......


 ...I was told emphatically that the modern Church has produced no saints.

This was and is rubbish.  But it is glorious to be able to refute it with the dramatic scenes from Assisi this weekend. A London-born computer whizzkid has just been beatified, a Millenial saint.   Read here...

Lift up your hearts.

Wednesday, October 07, 2020

The 2020 CATHOLIC YOUNG WRITER AWARD....

 


....had fewer entries this year but produced two fine winners/. You can read all about it here



Monday, October 05, 2020

With St John Henry Newman's FEAST DAY coming up...

 ...thoughts turn to Maryvale, which was his home  when he left Littlemore to start a new chapter of his life.

Today Maryvale offers a wonderful opportunity to study the Faith  and to become an evangelist.  We can't all be as effective as Newman - but we can certainly open up our minds and hearts, and share the good news of the Gospel. 

There's a lot of talk today about the Church needing missionary disciples. Maryvale is where you can get trained to become just that.

There  is a great range of courses - all done by distance-learning, something which Maryvale has been doing for years and is, of course, exactly tuned for this Coronavirus time.  You can do a training course in Youth Ministry.   There are courses for parish catechists.  Or you can get an Ecclesiastical Licence empowering you for a leadership position in a Catholic school.  Some of the courses obviously require good academic qualifications.: there's a course starting in January on Philosophy in the  Catholic Tradition...

Maryvale itself is a fine old house set in its own grounds not far from Birmingham.  One of the most delightful things about attending a course usually is the hospitality and welcome of the house. Like many other students over the years, I have had the privilege of using the room that Newman used while he lived there - with its small hidden window looking on to the chapel, where he knelt to pray..

But Maryvale isn't just a place, it's a real community and a superb experience, with wonderful tutors.

If you are feeling dead-end coronavirus-ish...click on to the website and plan for something new. This is a good time to commit to a new project  and a new challenge  - with a real and practical usefulness to the Church's mission, which in our poor country has never been more urgent...