Saturday, June 27, 2009


Flying tomorrow, after Masses and a Baptism - Burlington to Philly - to London. Should be home in Kent by 10.00am, English time. Time for my annual visit with family and friends and, hopefully, a little Bellocian pilgrimage. News after arrival. Prayers for good travel please!

St. Anthony Guide....

He really is a jolly good fellow!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Year for Priests

With first Vespers of the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart, the 'Year for Priests,' called for by our Holy Father, Pope Benedict, begins. With an absolutely beautiful and challenging letter, the Holy Father, it what seems to be a very personal letter, proposes the life and ministry of St. John Vianney as the model for all of us who have the burden and grace of the priesthood. A high ideal! Perhaps I could suggest, as there are now a number of priest-bloggers, special prayers for all those priests - and, of course DAILY prayer for your own parish priest - don't you do that already - and if not, why not?

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Belloc Caricature

I have wanted a decent Belloc caricature for some time. I have one created while he was alive - but what fun to commission a new one! Thanks to Ted Schluenderfritz at the Catholic Illustrator's Guild (, I am now the proud possessor of an original watercolour. I asked him to have Belloc holding a glass of wine, as all Bellocian's know, not something unusual - and to add the lines from one of Belloc's letters which I like: "Now the Faith is not taught. It is inhabited and breathed in." As the image has already appeared on the Web, I would ask, if anyone wants to use it, that they acknowledge the artist - Ted Schluenderfritz - and the fact that it is in the private collection of the owner - the Owl - thank you!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Speech in Egypt

"Yes, my darling; it is true. But I want to hear it again and again. Tell me again what you saw."

"I saw the Son of Man," she said. "Oh! there is no other phrase. The Saviour of the world, as that paper says. I knew Him in my heart as soon as I saw Him - as we all did - as soon as He stood there holding the rail. It was like a glory around His head. I understand it all now. It was He for whom we have waited so long; and He has come, bringing Peace and Goodwill in His hands. When He spoke, I knew it again. His voice was as - as the sound of the sea - as simple as that - as - as lamentable - as strong as that. - Did you not hear it?"

Oliver bowed his head.

"I can trust Him for all the rest," went on the girl softly. "I do not know where He is, nor when He will come back, nor what He will do. I suppose there is a great deal for Him to do, before He is fully known - laws, reforms - that will be your business, my dear. And the rest of us must wait, and love, and be content."

Lord of the World by Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson, page 98.