Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Praying for you in Fontgombault

With the feast of the great St Benedict tomorrow, we are getting ready to drive down to Fontgombault Abbey. We will be camping there with friends...so we are now in the middle of packing..  Well everyone except Dad that is who is in Bosnia alledgedly doing some work. Well anyway he hopes to be back home by midnight, on the day we are leaving! I am taking a quick break from packing, (Well actually I need to begin!) have any of my readers got any suggestions as to what I could take? Bear in mind for 1 week we will be camping then for another week I will be staying in the Hostellerie Interieure, while Mom, Dad, and the girls will be staying in one of the monastery's guest houses. This might be my last post for a while, I will pray for all my readers there.

Sunday, 8 July 2012

The Heart of a Priest

Today we went to venerate the heart of St John Marie Vianney at Oscott College. The 'Invocations' Conference was just finishing and the grounds were overflowing with priests, nuns, brothers and religious, not to mention many young people who had attended to find out more about their own vocation. His Lordship, Bishop Mark Davies was also there. The Blessed Sacrament was exposed and hundreds of people had come on pilgrimage with their own prayers and petitions. We only had a very few minutes of private prayer in front of St John Marie Vianney's heart, before we had to move on, and it was hard to think what to say to him. So I prayed for all the priests I know, for my Uncle, the Oratorians, Fr David Standen, Fr Julian Booth, Fr Stephen Goodman and then I had to add that bit from the end of confession when you might have forgotten something, only I asked St John Vianney to pray for any other priests I might have forgotten. Then, it was time to keep moving. I just finished reading Come Rack Come Rope, by Robert Hugh Benson, so ther were thoughts of lots of other priests in my mind, as well as all the priests coming into the chapel to venerate the relic. I remembered how St John Marie Vianney had to keep his faith under cover at first because of the French Revolution and so he knew what all the priest martyrs of the Reformation in England must have suffered. Then I though about another John, Blessed John Henry Newman, who was pretty much a contemporary of St John Marie Vianney, and how Blessed John Henry was very clever, but Saint John struggled with his studies. Then I thought that it wasn't his brain we were venerating, but his heart and Blessed John Henry Newman's motto is not about brains, but Heart speaks unto Heart. So I prayed John Henry Newman's prayer with St John Marie Vianney for all priests, for me and for my family:

O most tender and gentle Lord Jesus, when will my heart have a portion of Thy perfections? When will my hard and stony heart my proud heart, my unbelieving, my impure heart, my narrow selfish heart, be melted and conformed to Thine? O teach me so to contemplate Thee, that I may become like Thee, and to love Thee sincerely and simply as Thou hast loved me.

 Blessed John Henry Newman

Friday, 6 July 2012

Car Prayer

With summer holidays and travel plans over the next few weeks, why not test drive this car prayer. I'm not going to say anything about the inherent danger of driving with my Mom, but this prayer really does work! The only time since we have been using it (so far...!), that we have broken down, was on a journey from Surrey to Birmingham, and amazingly we drifted to a halt just outside the Oxford Oratory! (On the down side, the car was totally wrecked...). Note the rhyming couplets which aid memorisation!(Sorry...)
Before we take our place behind this wheel, we pray, Sacred Heart, guide us on our way Virgin Mary, Morning Star, from every danger guard this car And our dear Lord, Who gave us to enjoy, Grant its purpose be to save and not destroy. Amen

We are probably going to be using it this next week as we drive down to Fontgombault! Bonnes vacances a tous! (Sorry! Again...what's the matter with me?)!

Monday, 2 July 2012

Power of the Eucharist...part 2

Thanks to a skeptical reader of this blog, I have decided to revisit the story about the power of the Eucharist which I posted a week ago. My reader pointed out that the details of this story appear frequently on various websites, always the same details, same words, practically, but with few concrete and convincing facts to back them up. So to reassure you of the quality control of this blog, this is to let you know I am working on checking this story out!! Is it just an "urban myth" going viral in cyberspace? Or did it actually happen and to who? Who is the lukewarm Catholic scientist who carried out the experiment? Did he really go through seminary and become a Catholic priest after this experience? You'll have to be patient as this could take a while, and initial research is not proving very fruitful.... There is, though, a more detailed account of the story here.... And here is an interesting article which reveals interesting invisible physical reactions picked up by infra red cameras from people reading poetry. If love poems can have an effect on the body seen by these cameras, it makes you wonder how much more powerful the physical presence of the Blessed Sacrament must be. As yet, though I haven't managed to unearth any similar articles on this subject. To try and get further information on the story, I have also emailed the author of the book where it originally appeared....I await his reply. Meanwhile, if any of you out there have any further information or leads on this, I would be very grateful if you could let me know via the com box.... I'll keep you all posted as soon as I find out anything more on this one!

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Solemn High Mass at Sts Peter Paul and Philomena, New Brighton

 On Friday for the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul we went to the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest in New Brighton for Solemn High Mass followed by Confirmations in the extraordinary form with Bishop Mark Davies. Then it all finished with solemn Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
The Dome of Home!
The Altar before Mass.

Prayers at the foot of the Altar

The Bishop arrives.

The Bishop vesting.

I think the Bishop is somewhere behind all of these servers!

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.

Why are all three sacred ministers behind the Altar?

Unfortunately the zoom on my camera is slightly unreliable, so some of the photos are not very clear.
You can see from this last picture the size of the beautiful monstrance.