Sunday, 27 March 2016

Thursday, 17 March 2016

St. Patrick, Bishop and Confessor; Patron of Ireland

Happy Feast!

May the intercession of St. Patrick, who once brought the Faith to Ireland, restore that country as the powerhouse of Catholicism she once was; and, as by legend, he drove out the snakes, by his prayers drive out the influences of Satan that have sullied the Irish Church, that she may again be pure and holy, and an ark of salvation for the nation.

Ora pro nobis

St. Patrick's Breastplate

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Thoughts on St. Anthony

A recent post by Mac of Mulier Fortis concerning finding a lost ring has started a thread of comments about my old friend, St. Anthony of Padua.

This, coupled with having just heard on the News a trailer for a documentary about loneliness and depression put me in mind of St. Anthony's Brief, about which I have posted in the past, but is worth recalling.

The Brief originates from the Story of a 13th. Century Portugese woman who, through depression or demonic influences, was driven to the point of planning suicide by drowning herself in the River Tagus. As she approached the river, she passed a wayside shrine to St. Anthony and there experienced a vision or dream of the Saint, in which he gave her a parchment, saying, "'Arise woman, and take this paper, which will free you from the molestations of the Evil One". The parchment was a real, physical object and contained the words shown below:

The woman recovered, and her story spread to the extent that the King heard of it and asked for the Brief, which she gave to him, and which was added to the Crown Jewels of Portugal. Unfortunately, when she no longer had the brief about her person, the woman's mood again fell and old thoughts again troubled her. The King responded by having a copy of the Brief made for her, which was efficacious once she received it.

To this day, copies of the Brief are available, either printed on paper or linen, or in the form of medals, and are recommended for use by those who are troubled in mind.

In an era when mental illness, self-harm and suicide are prevalent, especially among the young, it would be good to invoke St. Anthony and encourage devotion to him and the use of his Brief.

Sancte Antoni, ora pro nobis.

Saturday, 26 December 2015

St. Stephen - Protomartyr

St. Stephen, the first deacon and the first martyr of the Christian Church, was stoned to death in Jerusalem on a false charge of blasphemy. Given the current plight of Christians in the Middle East, it is perhaps apt to invoke his prayers for their intentions.

St. Stephen is also one of my personal Patron Saints.

Sancte Stephane, ora pro nobis.

Happy Feast.

Friday, 25 December 2015

Christmas 2015

Hodie Christus natus est.

Gloria in Excelsis Deo,
Et in Terra, pax hominibus bonae voluntatis

Friday, 18 December 2015

Clergy illness

Yesterday evening, I received the news that Fr. Tim Finigan of The Hermeneutic of Continuity was in hospital following a minor heart attack. He has subsequently posted on his blog that he is ok but will need to rest for a little while. I would like to wish him a speedy recovery, and assure him that he is in my prayers.

I f you feel able, I would ask you to remember Fr. Tim in your prayers, and also the Parish Priest of Woolwich, who is currently ill with, I understand, one of the seasonal 'bugs' that are about this time of year, and the Parish Priest of Chislehurst, who has long-term health issues.

Our Lady, health of the sick, pray for them.

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