Friday, December 21, 2012

A Priest Forever

My priest friend is making a slow but steady recovery from his major surgery.

He told me about an event that moved him today. The nun who has been bringing him Holy Communion each day (I know, I know...) asked him if he could see another patient. He walked gingerly to see the frightened old chap who was having drastic surgery done that day and even though feeling pretty rotten himself, administered the Sacrament of the Sick to the old chap.

God uses us, but especially His priests, even in our frailty.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Liturgy in Glasgow - about to change?

There are liturgical rumblings in the Archdiocese of Glasgow

I hear that the new Archbishop, ++Philip, has been challenged at a recent seminar, in the most filial way, by one of impeccable loyalty and orthdoxy, about the provision of the TLM and traditional Catholic music in the Archdiocese.

Now, the rumblings continue and many of us are concerned that the resources to ensure that the liturgy when celebrated in most churches of the Archdioceses, whether in English or in Latin is done with sufficient dignity and with an eye to the hermeneutic of continuity in the liturgy so soundly expressed by the Holy Father, both before and after his election to the Chair of Peter.

Some have stuck their heads above the parapet.

My own view is that across the deaneries, there should be regular training and practices to ensure that choirs and scholas exist that can sing the Mass, the Offices and the devotions that make up the liturgical life of the Church in a way that is in accordance with the mind of the Church expressed through the ages: plainchant - either in the original or adapted for the vernacular and using the texts of the Mass: Introit, Gradual, Alleluia, Offertory, Communion and the appropriate tones, antiphons etc for the Office. Every parish in the Archdiocese should be able to celebrate Mass with sung parts from the Graduale Simplex in Latin or Graduale Parvum in English, as a bare minimum.

I hope the Old Guard are feeling a little uncomfortable. Come in MacInwood, your time is up. No more Hoots Mon, Here I Am Lord to a fakey gaelic air.

Will the rumblings currently being transmitted through the Archdiocese be picked up, acted upon, prayed for, implemented?

Who can say?

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Thomist rice

Spotted in a deli in the West End of Glasgow. Angelic rice. Who knew?

Thursday, December 13, 2012

A Small Sign

Spotted walking up Cathedral St in Glasgow today -  a Dominican in full habit.

As Richard Collins points out, this is remarkable.

Sunday, December 09, 2012

A dear priest friend

I would ask your prayers for the priest who married Mrs P and me and who baptised our boys. He is currently in hospital having had major surgery this week for a very large but probably curable tumour. The surgery involved the removal of a couple of major organs.

I would ask your prayers for his long road to recovery. I would ask any priests reading this to remember such a good priest in the memento at the altar.

Friday, December 07, 2012


Would it be licit to celebrate the Office and the sacraments, including Holy Mass, in the vernacular in the EF?

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Better news

My son is now halfway through his treatment.  I am in awe of my youngest's fortitude and resilience. He has tolerated no food but 2L of sickly gloop a day (it looks and tastes like formula milk or Carnation) in 6 divided doses (he's also allowed glacier mints and 7UP). He's not been able to receive Holy Communion for three weeks, which he has found hard. After some initial tears and anger at the unfairness of it, he buckled down and began to start a competition with himself as to how quickly he could get through the drinks. His record was 3'12s for 330mL (try it with Carnation!). I have not heard a complaint since Day 2. He has a will of iron and a fortitude I could only dream of. I am humbled by the maturity and patience with which he has dealt with it all.

He feels better and has more energy and has put on weight, but is still symptomatic. So far, the blood tests are better and a scan last week had good news, so after some havering by the medicos, he is to continue until New Year's Day.

My heartfelt thanks to all of you who have prayed for him, and I would ask for more prayers for the time to come. Your prayers mean so much to us. We will in turn pray for you all in our family night prayers.

God bless you.

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Dave Brubeck RIP

The jazz musician Dave Brubeck has died. While remembered by most, I guess, for 'Take Five' (a track I still love) he was led to be received into the Church after producing a range of religious works (one of which Louis Armstrong could not perform without being moved to tears).

Of his reception he said:
"I didn't convert to Catholicism, because I wasn't anything to convert from. I just joined the Catholic Church"

HERE is a piece on his religious work from an American Dominican.