Monday, January 31, 2011

Dream at Nine (Don Bosco)

A Holy and happy Feast of Saint John Bosco.

Before I found this video I had indulged myself, or so I thought, and ordered from Amazon a copy of 'Forty Dreams of Don Bosco'. Several hours of research later, I no longer think it was an indulgence. I thought I knew quite a lot about Don Bosco. I knew he had several dreams, which Mother Angelica calls visions, but not as many as forty. I thank God for a most fruitful day, particularly after the low point, as demonstrated in my post of yesterday.

Saint John Bosco pray for us.

The Pope and the Doves of Peace

For video clip and comment see Spiritual Mothers of Priests blog. Link in sidebar here after the bloglist, fourth link down from Search this Blog.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

News from Pelerin via the Lourdes webcam

Pelerin alerted me to a slight change at the Grotto. She writes:
'The statue has been covered in netting and the altar protected with a tarpaulin so they are still working above. Have just watched a man talking and laughing on his mobile, facing the camera and he has just been told off and sent on his way by one of the workmen.'

The webcam is 24/7 and can be easily found at the Home page of the official Lourdes website -

Thanks Pelerin! Have just been watching and seen a sizeable group troop by behind the altar like all pilgrims (French soldiers I think). They were standing quietly and respectfully listening to a talk when I left just now. Not a mobile in sight!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Benedict XVI blesses two lambs for the feast of St. Agnes

Click here to see Benedict XVI blesses two lambs for the feast of St. Agnes

The year has turned again. But this year I think that's Cardinal Burke in the video. Happy, holy Feast day everyone!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Pope Benedict to celebrate his Diamond Jubilee of Ordination (29. 06.51) June 29, 2011

Is that not right? That is, almost two months after the joy of the beatification of Venerable John Paul II, and the expected 2,000,000 pilgrims have departed from Rome.

Characteristically our Holy Father will probably want to celebrate the personal milestone quietly with his brother Georg, ordained on the same day. But none of us will forget.

In Christo pro Papa

Monday, January 17, 2011

Ushaw for the Ordinariate?

Brilliant idea from the Rorate blog tonight (see sidebar link). But can it work?

Our Lady of Walsingham pray for us.

Blessed John Henry Newman pray of us.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Te Deum [Alternatim] - Pierre Cochereau / Maîtrise de Notre-Dame

I posted this some months ago. It seems suitable again on this great day.
From France, a warm welcome to the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, to its first three priests ordained today in Westminster Cathedral, and also to their families. Special congratulations to Father Keith Newton, the newly appointed Ordinary.

Thank you Holy Father for your loving concern for the Church in England and Wales and for all the help and inspiration you have given her.
Deo gratias.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Announcement of Pope John Paul II's beatification imminent?

According to my latest Rome Reports video newletter (Link in sidebar), the announcement will be made 'in the coming hours'. Careful choice of words!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Eucharistic Novena starts today.

For link, see 'Vultus Christi' in the sidebar bloglist here. Yet again, thanks to Father Mark Kirby.

A holy and happy Solemnity everyone.

Interesting info. re. Lourdes from Pelerin the com box of previous post. Thanks Pelerin!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Lourdes update

As I type, kto is showing its live daily broadcst of the Rosary. The statue is still in position and the priest is standing directly below it asusual. There seems to be no evidence of limited access to the site. Perhaps access is limited EXCEPT when the Rosary is in progress. Sorry about the false alarm.

Lourdes Grotto closed until beginning of February

According to our local paper (Charente Libre) the Grotto is closed for safety work to the cliff face above Our Lady's statue. The statue has been removed. Irritatingly, and I'm afraid typically, the paper fails to inform those of us who are really interested in this news item, where the statue has gone, and where the daily Rosary will be held whilst the Grotto is closed. I will update if/whenI find out more.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Alma redemptoris mater - Peter Philips (1561 - 1628) from Cantiones Sacr...

No prizes for substituting 's' for the things that look like 'f' in the English version above, or for wondering about the spelling of 'receive' and the lower case 'm' for Mater ..... Otherwise....


New Year Prayers and good wishes ....... all readers, friends and followers.

In Christo pro Papa