Monday, 8 September 2008

A sunnier Monday

Today is at least a bit pleasanter weather-wise than the last few days and I even awoke to sunshine. It is also the feast of the Birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary so I do feel it is appropriate to mention again the new book on Lourdes from Catherine Simon (pictured left), Where Echoes Meet.
For those who were awake early on Sunday morning and tuned to BBC Southern Counties they will have heard the excellent interview of Catherine about her book. If you did not get the chance on Sunday to hear it and would like to listen to the interview then go to the her website and listen there at . Catherine reflected on how human suffering is part of fallen human existence and how we all have need for God's healing.
Catherine is now looking forward to the official book launch on Friday at St Paul's in Westminster with Cardinal Cormac.

On a similar note we had a speaker from Aid to the Church in Need speak at all Masses this weekend reminding us how much of the Church suffers in many parts of the world such as Iraq and China. The situation in the State of Orissa in India is particularly bad at the moment. There is a useful article in The Times on the murders and attacks taking place on Christians there.

On a more positive note I am informed by John Roberts, the diocesan adviser for Mission and Unity that there are a series of talks and discussion on Inter-faith matters in Brighton with some interesting speakers. The series on Sunday afternoons from 5 October is called 'United in Faith?'. For information visit the diocesan website

Please pray for our suffering brothers and sisters in India and elsewhere, and for just solutions based on love and reconciliation.

Prayer in honour of the Birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy,
our life, our sweetness and our hope.
To thee do we cry poor banished children of Eve.
To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.
Turn then, most gracious Advocate, thine Eyes of Mercy toward us,
and after this our exile show us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.


  1. Thanks for letting us know about Catherine Simon's new book.

    Good blog!

  2. I have just finished reading Catherine Simon's book and I found it truly inspiring. She writes with great maturity and although I had expected to find the book a little depressing given the subject matter, on the contrary I found it full of hope.