Sunday, 28 February 2010
Tuesday, 23 February 2010
Sunday, 21 February 2010
Over the years several books have been written about St David Lewis. However, they are now out of print and material on the saint is difficult to come by. In November of 2009, a booklet “ALL FOR THE GLORY OF GOD”, about the arrest, trial and martyrdom of St David Lewis, was launched at Llantarnam Abbey where the martyr frequently celebrated Holy Mass. This booklet was written by John M A Gray, a member of Friends of Saint David Lewis. I have two of John’s books to give away to the first two bloggers who trust me enough to leave their mailing address in the comments section of this post.
WHEN I HAVE MAILED THE BOOKS TO THE WINNERS, I WILL IMMEDIATELY DELETE THE ADDRESSES I HAVE RECEIVED! NONE WILL BE KEPT AND EVERYTHING WILL BE STRICTLY PRIVATE.
THE RULES ARE SIMPLE:
1) LEAVE YOUR MAILING ADDRESS IN THE COMMENTS BELOW.
2) THE FIRST TWO BLOGGERS TO LEAVE THEIR MAILING ADDRESS (IN STRICTEST CONFIDENCE) WILL BE THE WINNERS OF THE BOOKS.
3) COMMENTS CAN BE LEFT FROM NOW, SUNDAY 21st FEBRUARY UNTIL SATURDAY 27th FEBRUARY.
4) AFTER 27th FEBRUARY, I WILL POST THE BLOGGER NAMES OF THE TWO WINNERS.
Wednesday, 17 February 2010
As we continue our blogging trip in the footsteps of St David Lewis we come to Abergavenny. A pretty little market town, Abergavenny is the birthplace of St David Lewis and it has many associations with him. Today we will visit just a few of them and leave the rest until we can make a return blogging visit.
During the anti-Catholic frenzy generated by the Popish Plot, fabricated by the lying Titus Oates, Catholics in general and Catholic priests in particular, were in even greater danger than usual. On 17th November 1678, armed dragoons arrived to arrest Fr David Lewis at Llantarnam. It was early on Sunday morning and the priest was preparing to celebrate Mass. He had been pursued by a false friend, John Arnold, and betrayed by a lapsed Catholic and former servant, William James. Fr Lewis was imprisoned in Monmouth Gaol until January 1679. He was then transferred to the new county Gaol at Usk. On 27th August 1679, Fr David Lewis was taken from Usk Gaol and executed for the crime of being a Catholic priest and saying Mass! He was canonised in October 1970 by Pope Paul VI.
Monday, 15 February 2010
One hundred years ago today Irena Sendler was born in Warsaw. Her work in the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II saved the lives of thousands of innocent children. If you have never heard of this courageous lady, please watch this video and see true love in action amid the horrors brought about by bigotry.
Sunday, 14 February 2010
This is a bit of self-indulgence (before Lent comes). This is a favourite hymn from my school days and I have not heard it for years and years. I am grateful to Smiley and his blog, 'Dies Irae'. I found this video because Smiley was kind enough to look for another hymn, 'O Queen of the Holy Rosary', for me. Thanks Smiley. I hope everyone enjoys this lovely hymn in honour of Our Lady.
Thursday, 11 February 2010
I am very grateful to Stephen (THE BLOOD OF THE MARTYRS) for posting this very informative video. I am posting it too because St David Lewis was a student of The English College in Rome and one of its many martyrs. Thank you Stephen for bringing this to my attention. For information on martyrs, many of them modern ones, check out THE BLOOD OF THE MARTYRS, an excellent Blog.
Wednesday, 10 February 2010
The Martyred Fr David Lewis was permitted a decent burial. He was reverently carried in procession to the Priory Church of St Mary (photo below) and interred in the Churchyard. His grave is the nearest one to the main entrance of the church.
In Penal Days, priests celebrated Holy Mass wherever they could - houses, barns or woods. After the execution of St David Lewis, a house in Usk where he used to say Mass was confiscated. The house today is a popular pub, known as The Cross Keys.
Friday, 5 February 2010
This strange looking photograph was taken from the back of the Gunter Mansion and clearly shows the remains of the lintel of the doorway. This doorway was the entrance to the secret chapel, which was entered via an outside staircase. It is exciting to be able to see, even just partly, this centuries old entrance and to picture in the mind's eye, those faithful Catholics who risked so much by adhering to their faith.
Wednesday, 3 February 2010
In November 2008, to commemorate the 330th Anniversary of the arrest of St David Lewis, a tree was blessed and planted in the little Garden of Remembrance at the site of the Saint's arrest at Llantarnam. A large group, led by Fr John Edwards S J, gathered to pray and give thanks for the life and example of Fr David Lewis.
At Llantarnam Abbey, where he once lived and worked, the memory of St David Lewis burns bright. His portrait hangs in a place of honour and the Sisters treasure a relic of the Martyr. Every November, the Abbey hosts a special day of remembrance in honour of St David Lewis. Watch your local press for notification of this event. (I know, I'm a bit early with the plug! I will remind you again next November!)
ST DAVID LEWIS, PRAY FOR US.