Tuesday, 29 July 2008
Yet as you did not lose them in giving, so we do not lose them by their return.
Not as the world gives, do you give, O lover of souls.
What you give you do not take away, for what is yours is ours also if we are yours.
And life is eternal and love immortal, and death is only an horizon, and an horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.
Lift us up, strong Son of God, that we may see further;
cleanse our eyes that we may see more clearly;
draw us closer to yourself that we may know ourselves to be nearer to our loved ones who are with you.
And while you prepare a place for us,
prepare us also for that happy place,
that where you are we may be also for evermore.
~ Bede Jarrett, OP
May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.
Friday, 25 July 2008
It was created, I now discover, to remind the perfumer of her childhood and the smell of her grandmother's garden...
It's my personal spikenard, received with thanks.
from Marcel Proust, A La Recherche du Temps Perdu (Remembrance of Things Past) Vol 1: Swann's Way, translated from the French by C.K. Scott Moncrieff (1922)
Monday, 21 July 2008
Saturday, 19 July 2008
Text on Love from St. Paul, Corinthians I Chapter 13
- Hail, wedded Love, mysterious law, true source
- Of human offspring, sole propriety
- In Paradise, of all things common else!
from Paradise Lost, John Milton (1608-1674)
Betancourt's liberation from the Columbian jungle, after being held hostage by FARC insurgents for 6 years, is a strategic PR coup for President Nicolas Sarkozy.
While Sarkozy valiantly struggles to come back from being voted the most unpopular first-term president of France in 52 years, and is casting himself as peacemaker in the Israeli-Syrian theatre, the French-Columbian Betancourt could be a potent symbol for a new France: liberte et raison with a difference. This Marianne also has la foi.
Yet where is Mr. Betancourt a.k.a. Juan Carlos Lecompte in this family-faith scenario? The head of the family has been lopped off. Lecompte, who worked hard for his wife's release during her ordeal, told the Bogota newspaper El Tiempo of his fears that their marriage might be over. Betancourt went to France without him. [Associated Press]
It is unsurprising yet somewhat ironic that Betancourt was awarded - and accepted - the Knighthood of the Legion of Honour on Bastille Day, France's highest Order of Merit instituted by Napoleon Bonaparte...
[Image courtesy of the Huffington Post]
Wednesday, 16 July 2008
These 16 Carmelite nuns of Compeigne were guillotined for "crimes against the state" after kneeling and chanting the Veni Creator.
Still to be canonised, they need our prayers ... and we need theirs.
I like Roman Christendom's point on it.
For me tomorrow...
Tuesday, 15 July 2008
Ave Verum Corpus, natum de Maria Virgine, vere passum immolatum in cruce pro homine. Cujus latus perforatum unda fluxit et sanguine, esto nobis praegustatum in mortis examine.
Hail The True Body, born of the Virgin Mary, truly suffered sacrificed on the cross for mankind. Whose pierced side flowed with water and blood, let it be for us in consideration a foretaste of death.
Friday, 11 July 2008
What a courageous, outstanding woman. What a precedent this sets.
But the employment tribunal verdict might have come one day too late for Catholic and Muslim doctors wishing to exercise their right to conscientious objection on the grounds of their faith. The British Medical Association's AGM, held on 7-10 July, was to consider a proposal to remove doctors' rights to refuse to refer a woman for abortion. [LifeSiteNews]
Surely the BMA cannot fail to take the Ladele case into consideration now?
Previously assigned a Final Report and Third Reading this Monday, July 14th, as reported here earlier, this astounding government turnaround comes in the run-up to by-elections in Glasgow East on July 24th.
Glasgow East, a Catholic stronghold, is likely to use the HFE Bill to vote Labour out, which would give Mr Brown a serious headache. By postponing final HFE debates until the autumn, the government is buying for time ... or running scared.
Or could it be that thousands of letters to MPs calling to oppose the Bill are working?
Tuesday, 8 July 2008
At constant risk of injury or death, these priests put their life on the line to fulfill their ministry.
Writing in the New Statesman Faith Column, Fr. Marcus says: "[the chaplain] makes visible his membership of a kingdom of values and hope which he hopes will transcend the dirt and confusion that characterise armed conflict"
Thursday, 3 July 2008
The proposed amendments to the Bill, if passed, will make abortion more easily available, allowing 'abortion on demand' - with the signature of only one doctor - and abortions performed by nurses and midwives.
Cardinal O'Brien said: "I would hate to think that as I myself grow older, I will look back at the passage of the legislation and ask myself whether or not I did everything possible to fight for the right to life of the unborn."
Write to your MP urging him or her to oppose the HFE Bill amendments at Report Stage. Quote from the Cardinal's letter here.
Report Stage and Third Reading of the HFE Bill have now been assigned to July 14th.
See Fr. Ray too.
Wednesday, 2 July 2008
Tuesday, 1 July 2008
but have not love,
I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
If I have the gift of prophecy
and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge,
and if I have a faith that can move mountains,
but have not love,
I am nothing.
If I give all I possess to the poor
and surrender my body to the flames,
but have not love,
I gain nothing.
Love is patient,
love is kind.
It does not envy,
it does not boast,
it is not proud.
It is not rude,
it is not self-seeking,
it is not easily angered,
it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil
but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects,
Love never fails.
But where there are prophecies,
they will cease;
where there are tongues,
they will be stilled;
where there is knowledge,
it will pass away.
For we know in part
and we prophesy in part,
but when perfection comes,
the imperfect disappears.
When I was a child,
I talked like a child,
I thought like a child,
I reasoned like a child.
When I became a man,
I put childish ways behind me.
Now we see but a poor reflection;
then we shall see face to face.
Now I know in part;
then I shall know fully,
even as I am fully known.
And now these three remain:
faith, hope and love.
But the greatest of these is love.
St. Paul, I Corinthians 13:1-13
Heavenly Father, you chose Mother Magdalen Taylor to found the Poor Servants of the Mother of God to serve the poor and needy. While on earth she never failed to respond to those in distress, so confident of her intercession I pray you to grant me this favour ......... which I ask in the name of Jesus, your Son. Amen.
Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory Be.
If you receive the favour, please communicate this in writing to Sr. B. McCarthy SMG, St. Gabriel's Convent, 7 Pembridge Square, London W2 4ED - to help the cause for beatification.
Elena Maria Vidal has some info on Mother Magdalen's historical novel Tyborne, about the English martyrs and Catholic life under penal laws, while Ruth Gilpin Wells' biography, A Woman of Her Time and Ours: Mary Magdalen Taylor SMG, is available by mail order from Andmeister Books London.