Let’s stick with the practical and necessary. This will make mom proud.
All the instructions are there. A bit on the expensive side, but I bet some ingenuity and mom’s shopping expertise will solve that problem. There are also videos to aid with the construction and some tantalizing demonstrations to keep the boys motivated:
Several days last week I had the opportunity to do a little travelling. We undertook two pilgrimages, one to the Shrine of Walsingham and one to Canterbury Cathedral. Along the way, we also visited Ely Cathedral, Rochester Cathedral and a little Church of great significance St. Dunstan’s in Canterbury.
I brought the concerns of all to the feet of Our Lady in Walsingham at the gorgeous little Slipper Chapel, with a particular mention of the situation in Connecticut, which I find profoundly disturbing, even if for now the nefarious efforts to execute a plan to control the Church has been withdrawn into the shadows. Somehow there has been a parallel stream of sadness and foreboding that followed me from church to church: sadness, because of the stripping of England’s altars; foreboding, because of the potential storm of iconoclasm that awaits us in America. Continue reading →
I am off to London and Cornwall for two weeks. I will be preaching at Westminster Cathedral on Saturday for a Day with Mary and again several other times around town.
I will also be giving a retreat to our contemplative nuns in Lanherne and will be relieving our Father George while I am there.
Lanherne has a very interesting history. The convent is the old estate from the Arundell family, a very ancient Catholic family that maintained the faith through the English Reformation. It is said that the sanctuary light for the Blessed Sacrament in the chapel has not been extinguished since before the Reformation. The countryside is absolutely beautiful. The sisters have the singular grace of having a precious relic in their midst, the cranium of St. Cuthbert Mayne.
I will not be far from the central points of interest of the history of King Arthur. Tintagel, the alleged birthplace of the One and Future King is about 25 miles north of Lannerne. Glastonbury in Somerset–about a hundred miles north east of Lanhern–is thought to be the actual location for Avalon and the burial place of Arthur. The famous Thorn of Glastonbury is there, and it is the location for the oldest Marian shrine in England.
I had hoped to say the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the cell of St. Thomas More in the tower of London, but I hear that that is no longer possible. Bummer.