Monday, 6 April 2009

Back in the loop

We've finished our retreat from last week, which for me at least was a very fruitful one - it's always nice to get away from work and be generous with our prayer! This week also is without any lectures, so that we can take part in the litugies of Holy Week, particularly at Birmingham Cathedral, and enter into the spirit of Passiontide. We were at the Cathedral yesterday for Palm Sunday, a packed Mass, and today we had a communal Stations of the Cross. The priest at our seminary Mass today spoke in his homily of our need to echo the extravagance of Mary for Jesus in today's Gospel, when she pours the precious ointment on Him. We too can use this week to show extravagant devotion to the Lord.

Congratulations and best wishes to Archbishop Vincent Nichols for his appointment to Westminster. We hope his ministry there will be extremely blessed, and we will keep him in our prayers especially. It will be nice to have him come, as usual, to celebrate the Easter morning Mass at Oscott this year, as it will be one of the last times we see him in his present capacity!

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