Monday, 24 September 2012

The Year of Faith and 75 years of Bilbo Baggins

Listening to the Archbishop's pastoral letter about the upcoming Year Of Faith on Sunday, it struck me that we could really do with a slightly more catchy slogan to go with what is such a great idea. The only thing I could remember from the letter were that the year would be under the patronage of Blessed Dominic Barberi, the Passionist who so badly desired the conversion of England....great! Also, something about the New Evangelisation, but I don't remember what was specified on how we're meant to do this, or who is most in need of the evangelising, and something else about picking up a "pack" if you came to the opening Mass at St Chad's Cathedral.

Maybe the Holy Father could have done with some input from branding agencies, Or the Olympics organisers  or someone, anyone! to give promotions for the Year a bit of a lift."S.O.S. Year of Faith" or "Year of Faith, You better Believe it! " O.K. Maybe a bit cheesy, but snappy, right? O.K. Very cheesy and not at all snappy...more like a Wotsit than a Dorito...well, you try, then!

. But is it a coincidence that the Year of Faith coincides with the 75th anniversary of the first publication of The Hobbit? I think not! So we could blend the two seamlessly together using some choice quotes from the one to give people a better picture of the other..... Not that I've been up all night thinking about this, but what about:
'"Year of Faith" : Because not all those who wander are lost'. (O.K.,so it's not exactly from The Hobbit, but, have a little faith!!). Or what about  "because not all those who wonder are lost"?

Actually, why not use the  whole quote it's perfect and I love it:

The Year of Faith, because......
All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken
The crownless again shall be King.

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