Sunday, 12 May 2013

Pope Francis Leads March for Life in Rome. Yes!

Setting a wonderful example for priests and - yes - Bishops (yes!) the Holy Father lead the March for Life today in Rome. Security was a little higher than we have seen recently, which suggests that this was a planned (and strategic) outing rather than a spontaneous gesture. Read the full story here.

I look forward to an increased participation by the Bishops of England and Wales in pro-life initiatives here in the UK. Yes?


Friday, 10 May 2013

A nine year old's dilemma whilst discerning her vocation...

"Mummy, the problem with being a religious sister is... WHO catches the spiders?"


Indeed! I'm proud that my example has given her such a profound insight into the true meaning of Christian marriage: who catches the spiders when there's no husband around?


Wednesday, 8 May 2013

A weekend in April

Great video of this year's Saint Catherine's Trust Family Retreat. I cannot overemphasise the benefits, both spiritual and in terms of fun and fellowship, of this weekend to families. If you're even the slightest bit tempted to try it, or vaguely curious about the Traditional Latin Mass or keen to cultivate an authentic Catholic family culture, then pencil it in for next year!

One Weekend in April: The St. Catherine's Trust Family Retreat, April 2013 from LMS on Vimeo.


Thursday, 2 May 2013

Little Acts of Kindness

It's funny how a small thoughtful gesture can brighten the most banal day. Last week I accidentally left my house-keys behind at the home of a lovely family whose parents also happen to be my youngest son's God-parents. We had been celebrating St George's Day (somewhat belatedly, as it was Tuesday) and had been tucking into the remains of the giant dragon cake with the help of all our children. When there's cake about, it's easy to forget about things like house keys...

My husband popped by to collect my keys yesterday and discovered a small addition: a beautiful leather cross had been added to the keyring. The father of the family is a master shoemaker and, I assume, had cut the cross from an offcut of leather.

I've smiled every time I've used my keys today, and it's been a salutory reminder that small and simple acts can be a real gift to their recipients.