Finally, the choir of Westminster Cathedral singing the 'Gloria' from 'Messe de Minuit pour Noel' by Marc-Antoine Charpentier. Surely the finest Cathedral Choir in the world, performing to the glory of God, in the magnificent Byzantine Cathedral of Westminster.
'By attention to the mortification of self-love we shall become Saints in a short time. When you are contradicted, give up your opinion with cheerfulness, unless the glory of God require that you maintain it. If you receive a letter, restrain your curiosity, and abstain from opening it for some time. A thousand acts of this kind may be performed every day.' 'Thoughts from St Alphonsus' by Rev C Mc Neiry C.SS.R
Prayer for the beatification of Bishop Richard Challoner, Bishop of Debra, Vicar Apostolic of the London District 1758-1781. O God, who didst make thy servant Richard a true and faithful pastor of thy little flock in England, deign to place him among the Blessed in Thy Church, so that we who profit by his word and example, may beg his help in heaven for the return of this land to the ancient faith, and to the fold of the one true Shepherd, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Slightly frayed around the edges and still trying to pretend that I'm not really as old as that! I thank God for all my blessings, particularly my Catholic faith; my wife a 'pearl of great price'; my children and grandchildren; my friends; our dog Dartmoor; and our good neighbours and spiritual mentors, the F.SS.R community from Papa Stronsay.