No, not a commentary on the Clash song. Hardly.
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.
I will try to get video and pictures.