Thursday, April 11, 2013

At last William Oddie has given expression to what many of us feel now about Benedict XVI

See his post at the Catholic Herald site, if you have not yet had the courage to say it.. Thank you Dr Oddie for your honesty. At least I now feel I am not alone in my inconsolable grief .

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Christ is Risen.!

He is risen indeed!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Front Page re-design

I'm waiting for a friend who has promised to help re-design the front page of the Oasis. I hope it will be done in the coming week. Thanks for your patience.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Update on Mons. Marini

There is absolutely NO reliably sourced news on Mons. Mainni and while I understand your concern for him, it is best to say nothing at the moment. Monsignor is wise to remain quiet and obedient in his present circumstance. Please keep praying for him.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Monsignor Guido Marini: March 16 2013

I have just checked my stats and they are showing that  posts featuring Mons. Guido Marini are proving the most widely viewed on the Oasis and have been, er well, since doubt has been cast on his continued role as Maestro of Papal Liturgy.

I understand from this that many of you share my concern about his future and are praying for him. He is in great need of spiritual support. Thank you for your prayers. Please keep them up.

When I can get my act together, I hope to publish a proper tribute to him here.


Saturday, March 2, 2013

Sede Vacante

I have prayed and thought deeply about future of this blog                   and have finally come to the conclusion that I should not close it.
This had been my intention, at least until 8pm on Thursday evening when the Swiss Guard shut the gate at Castel Gandolfo and the  Vatican Gendarmerie took on the responsibility for the security of our beloved former Pope.

I cannot pinpoint the moment when I decided to continue.Suffice to say that I will continue it with changes to the front page as soon as they can be arranged. My apologies for the lateness of this post but my disablement caused by recent stroke is so far unimproved. I pray daily for a restoration of former capabilities. In the meantime I intend to post here once a week

With my prayers for all of you
Until the next time,
God bless all here,

Thursday, February 14, 2013

I will post here for the last time on Feb 28th

I hope to be fit enough by  then to make a sensible valediction.

Thank you for comments conveying prayers and get-well wishes, for which I have so far been unable express my thanks.

Monday, February 11, 2013


On Thursday I had the last of a series of hospital tests. Scans showed that unknown to me, I have suffered several minor strokes.
Permanent medication has been prescribed to avoid the situation getting worse. 

I will not be blogging during this period of initial recovery and adjustment to necessary changes in my life style. 

Thank you all for your readership in the past, and for your prayers for which I am even more grateful and indebted.

In the meantime, have a fruitful and Holy Lent.
Until The Annunciation, when I hope to be well enough to post again.  

Pray for our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI  

Friday, February 1, 2013


Nil, that is re. news.

But full of faith in the endless mercy and love of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Endless thanks and Glory be rendered to Him.. AMEN

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Urgent! Your prayers are much needed.

Please pray for me tomorrow, as I'm going to hospital for tests as the result of  no blood circulation on my left side.

I HOPE to be home in the evening, but if not, any news will eventually find its way here.

Thank you to all my patient readers, and apologies for my silence over recent days.


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

'My Lord and the Angel' by Rosie Martin

An Encoumter at Harvington Hall.

"In 1921 a ten year old girl came across and explored a mysterious and almost derelict moated manor-house in Worcestershire. There she met a venerable figure who was addressed as 'My Lord' and was so like her childish image of God that she thought he was God. Now aged eighty-six, E.Rose Martin has written a vivid and imaginative account of that childhood adventure which has shaped the whole of her life.

The encounter with  'My Lord' at Harvington Hall started her 'enduring quest'. Throughout her life she returned when she could to her beloved Harvington. Always in her mind was to write about her experience and the way it shaped her life."

This book was a Christmas present, given by one of my dear spiritual 'sisters' in Birmingham. That is one reason I already know it is a treasure without having read it yet. Another reason is that I have examined it thoroughly and know what it is about. It is a tale that reaches back into English recusant History, and therefore is required reading for me, particularly since +'Little John' Owen is one of its main protagonists. The domestic demands of the Season just past have kept me away from it until now. Today, in the peace and quiet of a snowy January afternoon, I am at last settling down to enjoy it. 

I will review it when the reading is complete. If you do not already know the story and are impatient to read it, try Amazon via right hand sidebar link,  or write to the publishers: Grant Books, Droitwich, Worcs. WR9 OPQ

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Reges Tharsis

Solemnity of the Epiphany

Sorry to be late with greetings and prayers to all my readers,  for a happy and holy Feast day. Also prayers and congratulations for the newly ordained Archbishop Georg Ganswein.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

'Catholic Sacramentals' has arrived

It is published by Our Sunday Visitor and has the Nihil obstat and an Imprimatur of the Bishop of Galveston-Houston..
At first sight it seems beyond reproach. The author is a convert and brought up in Texas. This could explain Paul's point about the Holy Spirit. There is little or no information about her educational background. It is however not a flimsy book. At first sight it seems well researched
It it is well indexed and includes bibliography and sources of information. I will have to read it thoroughly before commenting further. However my first check reveals that she gives no sources for her statements regarding the history of 'The Twelve Days of Christmas'.

She has written other books on Catholic Devotions.