Friday, February 17, 2017

Meanwhile, at least the Tsar has climbed down from autocratic pretensions, at least for a while...

...read here...

Distressed...

...Anglican friends are praying that voices will be raised defending, teaching and honouring the truth about God's plan for marriage and family. Yesterday's debate in the Anglican synod had a tragic quality. There were some courageous voices: read here

Just to cheer you up...

...a report from a recent gathering I attended in Parliament: read here...

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Are there two different sexes?

YES. And it matters. Come and learn more. Discovering the truth about humanity is central to living in the truth.  And truth and freedom go together:  that is one of the lessons we learned from the experiences of people living under the lies that were part of the structures of the Soviet Empire, and the freedom they gained through a courageous commitment to truth in 1989...

You can be part of this discovery and truth and freedom by taking part in this conference in London in April.I intend to be there and am looking forward to it...

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

To get a flavour...

...of how Auntie spends some of her time...read here

Sunday, February 12, 2017

New Evangelisation...

...means new people arriving in church, for whom it is deeply unfamiliar territory. At a recent baptism in a packed church, the extended family and guests of the candidate were all dressed up - posh hats, bow ties, spangly stuff, heels -  and well-equipped with mobile phones/cameras etc. But the essential nature of what was going on was evidently a matter of confusion. Lots of getting up and greeting friends, and much anxious checking-to-see-what-to-do-next when it came to the actual business of prayer...evident mild astonishment at the length  of the whole thing...

But it was extraordinarily touching to see the priest with the newly-baptised baby (beaming with gummy smile), followed by parents godparents with glowing candle, and parade of relatives, walking up the aisle from the font...

Oh dear...

...the poor Anglicans are coming under pressure to abandon any stance defending Christian marriage, and submit to the ideology "same sex" unions as currently imposed by the government.

They slammed the door on any hopes of reunion when they invented priestesses. But there were still opportunities for some occasional useful co-operation on issues connected to some form of Christian witness in our country. Now that's getting less and less possible...


Thursday, February 09, 2017

Come along...

... on a London Catholic History Walk...


LONDON CATHOLIC HISTORY WALKS
Spring 2017

Come and enjoy a London Walk, focusing on the centuries of Christian history that have shaped this great city. All are welcome! No need to book – just turn up!

We suggest a £5.00 donation for each Walk.

Tuesday March 14th 2pm meet on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral, London EC4 (nearest tube: ST PAULS). We’ll explore the City, some famous churches, and the birthplace of John Henry Newman.

Tuesday March 21st 2pm meet on the steps of the Church of Our Most Holy Redeemer and St Thomas More, Cheyne Row, London SW3 (nearest tube: SLOANE SQUARE) . We’ll trace the footsteps of St Thomas More.

Tuesday March 28th 2pm meet on the steps of Westminster Cathedral, Victoria Street, London SW1 (nearest tube: VICTORIA). We’ll walk to Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and Whitehall.

Tuesday April 4th 2pm meet on the steps of St Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square,London W2 (nearest tube: CHARING CROSS). We’ll discover the story of the Strand, the river, Blackfriars, and more.



SUNDAY WALKS:


Sunday March 5th, meet on the steps of the Church of the Most Precious Blood, London SE1 O’Meara Street, off Southwark Street, 3pm (tube: LONDON BRIDGE)

Sunday March 19th, meet on the steps of the Church of the Most Precious Blood, London SE1, O’Meara Street, off Southwark Street, 3pm (nearest tube: LONDON BRIDGE)


More information: www.catholichistorywalks.com

Rumours...

...that the Lefevbrists will be reconciled to the Church...my own contacts have been telling me this for some while - indeed I thought it would happen last year. We must hope that, having banished their more extreme and weird members, they will become good Catholics.At least we can pray they will stop saying insulting things about  St John Paul the Great, against whom they railed loudly for years. Their anger there was partly what made them blind to the need to be part of the Church...but with his canonisation a certain statement has been made against which their railing could only fade away.

The report I received last year was that they now feel that there is nothing to stop them returning. In a sense, this has always been true: but for their own pride, they could have submitted to the Church long ago. But I think they feel an affinity with Pope Francis - in many ways, their approach is his. A certain relish for random statements,  an apparent enjoyment in clashing with opponents and a tendency to denounce opposition in passionate terms...I think they find a sense of fellow-feeling.In any case, if they come back, some of them at least may find some peace and can journey in faith along with the Church rather than prowling outside...

Sunday, February 05, 2017

PREMIER RADIO...

...ran an interview about the Catholic History Walks:  the presenter was particularly glad to do so, as her parents had originally met at a Catholic ramble years ago! Premier website is here...

The Premier studios are in Chapter Street, just off the Vauxhall Bridge Road...I went from there across the river and on to London Bridge, for a meeting of a local branch of the Walsingham Association...lots of news about developments at the shrine, extension of the "Barn Church"  as it is not large enough and anyway needs renovation and improvement...and Community of Our Lady of Walsingham is now running the Dowry House in the village High Street as a centre for retreats and a place where pilgrims can stay...

In the afternoon, on to a useful meeting to plan the next round of  Evenings of Faith, organised by the FAITH Movement...and then a talk to a lively youth group, with pizza and games and a very happy atmosphere....they went on to join in prayer at  Nightfever at St Patrick's, Soho.  Auntie travelled back (exhausted!) to the suburbs for mugs of tea...and reading  this book on John Henry Newman, some fascinating insights...