I was planning to write a post for the feast of St. James the Greater, one of my personal patrons.
I have, however, heard on this morning's news of the tragic rail crash yesterday in Spain, very close to one of St. James' principal shrines at Santiago de Compostela. This tragedy will naturally overshadow the Feast in the city.
Please join me in asking the prayers of St. James for all those injured in the crash, and more urgently for those who died: the crash scene has been described as being 'like Hell' - may those poor souls who experienced it be quickly freed from the fires of Purgatory.
Requiem aeternum dona eis, Domine,
Et lux perpetua luceat eis:
Requiescant in pace.
Sancte Iacobe, ora pro nobis.