Wednesday, 28 February 2007
Here is a dramatic photo of Inverness Castle on the banks of the River Ness, as it flows from Loch Ness into the Moray Firth. This photo was taken on the afternoon of Shrove Tuesday. I travelled on the overnight sleeper from Inverness to Euston, and with the gloomy weather that greeted me in London, I knew that Lent had begun!
Well with all these Scottish blogs, I shall have to do something Welsh for tomorrow!
Tuesday, 27 February 2007
Here is a photo of the canal as it leaves Loch Ness and approaches Inverness.
Today is a rather miserable Tuesday in London - it is nice having this memory of a lovely sunny Shrove Tuesday in the highlands of Scotland!
Monday, 26 February 2007
Saturday, 24 February 2007
I was travelling along this section of track myself in the early hours of Ash Wednesday morning. I arrived in London Euston safely in time to act as deacon at the 8.00 am Mass in Westminster Cathedral. I suppose last night's tragedy in Cumbria reminds us all of the need to be ready to meet our loving heavenly Father at any time.
Friday, 23 February 2007
You may be assuming that as I am writing this blog on my return to London, I did not have a close encounter with the monster. But that would be jumping to conclusions! How do you know that Nessie is not abstaining from eating meat during Lent?
Thursday, 22 February 2007
Roman Catholics see this teaching and leadership authority passed down the centuries, till it has reached the present Pope - Benedict XVI.
Peter was far from perfect during his early life - but Jesus chose him. We are far from perfect in our lives, but Jesus still calls us to follow him, and to some he says 'feed my sheep.' This Feast of the Chair of St Peter powerfully reminds us that Jesus knows best!
Wednesday, 21 February 2007
As the days begin to lengthen, we should grow in faith. We can do that, of course, precisely by turning away from sin and being faithful to the gospel. A good prayer to use today is the prayer used at the blessing of the ashes. Lord, bless the sinner who asks for your forgiveness, and bless all those who receive these ashes. May they keep this lenten season in preparation for the joy of Easter. Amen.
Have a Holy Lent! I shall be posting plenty of examples of gospel teaching during this season.
Sunday, 18 February 2007
Fear not - it will return on Easter Sunday, and the abundance of alleluias during the fifty days of Easter feasting will more than make up for its absence during the forty days of Lenten fasting!
Friday, 16 February 2007
Jesus still calls men and women, boys and girls today. Are our ears attuned to his voice?
Thursday, 15 February 2007
Wednesday, 14 February 2007
Tuesday, 13 February 2007
So in a sense we have a lovely scene of the Holy Trinity - and it reminds us that when we were baptised, we were baptised in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Monday, 12 February 2007
Friday, 9 February 2007
I was not pleased when metalwork was introduced into our lessons at Leeds Grammar School, as I found wood a far more pleasing material to work in. I still love good woodwork, and am the proud owner of quite a lot of furniture manufactured by Thompson's of Kilburn - the famous 'Mouseman'.
Today we no longer have carpentry shops in schools - rather Design and Technology Departments. I often wonder what Jesus (and Joseph) must make of such a change! Well, I guess I should be grateful for the change, as our excellent DT Department at Latymer recently came to the rescue of the altar candlesticks in the Chapel. It is particularly pleasing to record that the whole exercise was expertly supervised by Mr David Baker who is a devout Jew. He has shown much interest in our liturgy in the Chapel, and is always pleased when we can trace our practices back to our Jewish roots.
Thursday, 8 February 2007
Tuesday, 6 February 2007
God save our gracious Queen,
Long live our noble Queen,
God save The Queen!
Send her victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us,
God save The Queen!
Thy choicest gifts in store
On her be pleased to pour,
Long may she reign:
May she defend our laws,
And ever give us cause
To sing with heart and voice
God save The Queen!
Monday, 5 February 2007
Saturday, 3 February 2007
Through the intercession of Saint Blaise, Bishop and Martyr, may you be
preserved against diseases of the throat and from all other infections. In the Name of
the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
We pray for all those who are ill at this time of the year, and wish them a speedy recovery.
Friday, 2 February 2007
We also see Simeon and Anna. Simeon told Mary that a sword will pierce her own soul - Jesus himself is to be the true sacrifice which will take away the sins of the world.
So Candlemas Day looks back to Christmas Day, but also looks forward to Good Friday and Easter Sunday. As a Candlemas Carol puts it so well:When candles are lighted on Candlemas Day
The dark is behind us, and Spring's on the way!
The candles invite us to watch and to pray,
When Christmas greets Easter on Candlemas Day!
I don't know about you, but I am certainly pleased at the thought that Spring is on the way!
Thursday, 1 February 2007
The lighted candles remind us of the words of Simeon 'a light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel'.
Our fully lit Advent Wreath is a lovely symbol of Jesus Christ - the Light of the World.