Friday, 26 October 2012

Back to Fontgombault!!

As you may have gathered from the title I am going back to Fontgombault abbey! Even though I last went in July, I am not becoming a Benedictine in the foreseeable future (Hopefully they will not kidnap me)! Oh yes and did I mention that my Dad is becoming a Catholic on the 8th November!!!!!

Sunday, 21 October 2012

The Pope has got his Fanon

New Liturgical Movement

The Year of Faith is shaping up nicely...! I feel a quote coming on!

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.

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Benedictines, Kings and murders!

 Recently I have been reading the Brother Cadfael books, by Ellis Peters. They are about a Monk, in a Benedictine abbey near Shrewsbury. Before he became a Monk, Cadfael was a soldier in the first crusade, and acquired a great deal of knowledge from the time he spent in the Holy Land. I have read the first two books, A Morbid Taste for Bones, where the Prior of the Abbey wants the relics of a Saint for the Abbey. He then finds out about Saint Winefride and organizes an expedition. Cadfael convinces the Abbot to let him go as he was born in Wales and is fluent in Welsh.
There are a couple of hindrances to getting the Saints relics back to Shrewsbury including an obstinate landowner, a murder and a few other things.
 The other book I have read in that series is One corpse Too Many. King Stephen is besieging Shrewsbury, against the forces of Empress Maud. King Stephen wins, but he decides to kill 94 men of the garrison stationed in Shrewsbury. The Abbot of the abbey visits the King to asks him to let the Monks bury the 94 men he has hanged. The King agrees and the Abbot appoints Brother Cadfael to get them ready for burial but when Cadfael counts them, he counts 95 instead of 94. Once again Cadfael is looking for a murderer...

Monday, 1 October 2012

The Power of the Eucharist.....3

I think I may have reached the end of my research on the story for my reader commenting on the original post on the Power of the Eucharist. Having emailed FrRobert de Grandis ,the author of the book, Healing through the Mass, asking about the story I reported here, Father replied via his secretary that the original source for the story came from his good friend, the Franciscan priest Father Michael Scanlon, a professor at Steubenville University in the States. When I looked Father Scanlon up, it seems he has recently retired, and although I tried to contact Father at the email address for the monastery where he has retired to, I haven't heard back.It is Mount Assissi Monastery, Loretto, P.A. If anyone wanted to try and follow this up to get more details on the story, then, I would love to hear the results. I'm sure, now I have managed to trace the story to its accredited author, that, with a little time and determination, Father could be tracked down! There is a forwarding email address for Father Scanlon on a special retirement web page created for him at the main Franciscan Steubenville University good luck!!! And please let me know if you do manage to find out more details on the original story....for now, though, not wanting to hound a retired priest!!, I am going to leave it there....

 Just to finish with, though, how about another, very similar account, and equally unbelievable, on the same subject: see if you can guess who this one is told by...and on what occasion...
"He stretched forth his right hand as if to bless, and, whilst he did so, a brilliant light came from him, his words were luminous, the bread entered the mouths of the Apostles as a brilliant substance, and light seemed to penetrate and surround them all, Judas alone remaining in the dark."
Your turn to do the research! Any answers in the combox! I'll reveal all next post!