Thursday, 30 June 2016

Who is She that stands triumphant?

I believe I have posted on this old hymn in the past, but its words seem very apt at the present time - especially the final verse.

Although it is a bit out of fashion among many of today's Catholics to celebrate the glories of the Church, I think there is a place for a bit of good old triumphalism, if only to remind us of the great good the Church does, which has sadly often been overlooked in recent times with the media focus on scandals and failings of some of her clergy and Orders.

Let's take a few moments to recall that Our Mother the Church does stand and overlook the wild uproar as empires rise and sink like billows.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016


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 Any readers of this blog that I still have may have been wondering where I have got to.

I have recently been through quite a significant period of illness, including some time in hospital, and am now convalescing at home.

I would like to extend my thanks and good wishes to the various friends and acquaintances with whom I have, directly or indirectly been in contact, and thank them for their support and prayers. I will, of course, also remember them in my prayers - that's the great thing about the Catholic Church: we're all in this together!

I would also like to thank the hospital chaplains who have supported me, prayed for me, and provided me with the Sacraments during my illness, and would ask readers to pray for them and the great work they do.

Finally, Thanks be to God that I am hopefully on the mend, and thanks to Our Lady and the Saints for their intercessions on my behalf.

Deo Gratias!
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