The Church continues her period of waiting with John the Baptist’s admonition to “Be prepared” – something which all good scouts will remember, I’m sure. For centuries, God’s Chosen People, the Jews (and we always have to remember that Jesus Himself was a Jew) had looked forward through their prophets for the coming of the promised Messiah, the One Who would save His people from their sins, and bring them back to their Promised Land. As he points out his cousin, Jesus, he declares that there is the One so long expected.
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St. David, Patron of Wales. Born at Cardigan, about 520, he received his early training from St. Illtyd. Attracted many to the various monasteries he founded, all of which were famous for the austerity of their rule of life. Consecrated bishop, and recognised as primate of Wales, he established his see at Menevia where he […]
St. Casimir (1458-1484). Son of the King of Poland. He practised the Christian virtues, especially chastity and love of the poor. Renowned for the strength of his faith and his devotion to Our Blessed Lady, he died of phthisis. Picture: Długosz and Saint Casimir by Florian Cynk (circa 1869)
Today, a fast day, marks the beginning of Lent. Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of blessing ashes made from palm branches blessed on the previous Palm Sunday, and placing them on the heads of participants to the accompaniment of the words “Turn away from Sin, and be faithful to the Gosepl”. Mass at 10am […]