Sunday, 7 February 2021
Tuesday, 22 December 2020
This very short video was sent to me by my friend, Carole. It gave us a good laugh and, in the current Covid situation, I firmly believe that a good laugh is what we all need. Enjoy!
HAPPY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE
Saturday, 19 December 2020
On 19 December 1678, 342 years ago today, the Jesuit College of St Francis Xavier at the Cwm, on the Monmouthshire Hereford border, was raided . An order had been sent from the House of Lords on 7 December to Bishop Herbert Croft of Hereford to “find out the truth of the matter of fact concerning the said place called Combe, and to give this house a full account.”
|THE SITE OF THE CWM|
|ST DAVID LEWIS|
They were dark days indeed and, for the priests of the Cwm, they were about to become darker.
Thursday, 10 December 2020
Welsh Benedictine Martyr, St John Roberts, whose feast we celebrate today, was born at Trawsfynydd, Merionethshire, in 1577. He was the first prior of Douai. He was sent on the English Mission in December 1602 and arrived in England in April 1603, the first monastic to enter England since the Reformation.
Dom John Roberts was executed at Tyburn on 10 December 1610. On Sunday, 25 October 1970, Pope Paul VI canonised forty men and women who had surrendered their lives for their Catholic faith. They are known collectively as The Forty Martyrs of England and Wales. St John Roberts is numbered among the Forty.
ST JOHN ROBERTS, OSB
|SITE OF TYBURN TREE, LONDON|
QUEEN OF MARTYRS, PRAY FOR US
Sunday, 29 November 2020
I am sure you are all aware that today is the first Sunday of Advent. It is (or it should be) that quiet time to prepare our hearts and souls as we wait with Mary for the coming of her Holy Child.
|Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.|
Holy Mother of God, pray for us.
Mother of Christ, pray for us.
Tuesday, 17 November 2020
Abergavenny born Jesuit, Fr David Lewis, had been staying with his relatives, the Morgans of Llantarnam, but was concerned that they would suffer because of him should he become implicated in the anti Catholic hysteria that was then sweeping the country. The warped minds of the despicable Titus Oates and Israel Tonge had concocted a vile story of a Catholic plot to kill the King, Charles II, and place his Catholic brother, James, on the throne. Of course, the leaders of this fabricated plot were supposed to be the Jesuits. Therefore, the priest moved into a rented cottage opposite the Morgan estate.
|St David Lewis, window in Catholic Church, Usk|
|King Charles II|
Though innocent of any wrong doing (for there was no plot!) the Jesuit was found guilty of High Treason and sentenced to be hung, drawn and quartered. After nearly a year of incarceration, first at Monmouth Gaol then at Usk Gaol, the barbaric sentence was carried out. Fr David Lewis S J was martyred at Usk on 29 August 1679. His crime? He was a Catholic priest and he celebrated Holy Mass!
|Site of the arrest of St David Lewis, |
St David Lewis, pray for us.
Mary, Queen of Martyrs, pray for us.
Saturday, 31 October 2020
The month is quickly slipping into the past and I should not allow that to happen without speaking of its significance in the Church’s year. This month, October, is designated by the Church as a Marian month, the month of the Holy Rosary. The Rosary’s roots can be found in several early Christian traditions which share similar formats to the rosary with repetitive prayers. The earliest form of the Rosary developed when Pope Gregory the Great (590-604) popularized an earlier version of the Hail Mary by having it prayed on the fourth Sunday of Advent. Many people then began praying the Hail Mary in a repetitive fashion using a string of beads to keep track of the prayers.
Without doubt, the Hail Mary, also known as the Angelic Salutation, is the most well known and most beloved of Marian prayers. It took many years to come together as the prayer we know today. The earliest version simply added Mary’s name to the message of the Angel Gabriel to Mary: “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.” (Luke 1:28)
|The Angel Gabriel and Mary|
The Holy name of “Jesus” was added to the Angelic Salutation by Pope Urban IV in 1261.
|Pope Urban IV|
In 1566, the Catechism of the Council of Trent included the final petition, concluding with the words “now and at the hour of our death. Amen.”
|St Peter Canisius|
So, today, we have that beautiful prayer: “Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.”
|A house/shop in France|
|Our Lady of Fatima|
Queen of Martyrs, pray for us.
Queen of the most holy Rosary, pray for us.
Sunday, 25 October 2020
On Sunday, 25 October, 1970, Pope Paul VI canonised 40 of the almost 400 men and women who gave their lives rather than deny their Catholic faith during the terrible religious persecutions of the 16th and 17th centuries.
|Pope Paul VI and Cardinal Heenan,|
The vice-postulator of the cause, Fr James Walsh S J, then read a plea for the canonisation, including short profiles of each of the martyrs. The Litany of the Saints was sung before the Pope started the solemn proclamation: "to the glory of the holy and undivided Trinity, for the honour of the universal faith and the advancement of Christian life ...... we decree and define the Forty Blessed Martyrs of England and Wales to be saints." His Holiness then recited the names of the newly canonised using the Latinised Christian names for each of the martyrs. In his homily on the martyrs, Pope Paul said that the 40 Martyrs had been "loyal to the Crown but faced with the choice of remaining faithful to the revealed truths of their faith, or of denying them and saving their lives, without hesitation they chose martyrdom."
To read more about the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales just follow this link, "BUT JUST WHO WERE THEY?" HERE
ST RICHARD GWYN, martyred at Wrexham on 15 October 1584
ST JOHN JONES SFM, martyred at Southwark on 12 July 1598
ST JOHN ROBERTS OSB, martyred at Tyburn on10 December 1679
ST PHILIP EVANS SJ, martyred at Cardiff on 22 July 1679
ST JOHN LLOYD, martyred at Cardiff on 22 July 1679
ST DAVID LEWIS SJ, martyred at Usk on 27 August 1679. He was the last Welsh Martyr.
To read more of the six Welsh Martyrs, please follow this link SIX OF THE FORTY HERE
You can find more information about the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales by using the search box at the top left hand corner of the Blog.
FORTY MARTYRS OF ENGLAND AND WALES, PRAY FOR US.
Thursday, 15 October 2020
St Richard Gwyn (Richard White in English) is the protomartyr of Wales. Born in Montgomeryshire, Wales, around 1537, he attended Oxford and Cambridge Universities and eventually returned to Wales. He married, had six children and became a school teacher. In 1579 he was arrested for his Catholic Faith. On this date, 15 October, in 1584, Richard Gwyn was hanged drawn and quartered at Wrexham. He and 39 other Catholic Martyrs were canonised by Pope Paul VI in October 1970. They are known collectively as 'The Forty Martyrs of England and Wales'. St Richard Gwyn's feast day is celebrated on 17 October.
|St Richard Gwyn and scenes depicting his life|
ST RICHARD GWYN, PRAY FOR US.
For more on St Richard Gwyn, click here ST RICHARD GWYN:
Tuesday, 13 October 2020
In 1917, three shepherd children, Lucia dos Santos, and her cousins, Francisco and Jacinta Marto, witnessed Marian apparitions at the Cova da Irea, in Fatima, Portugal. On this day, 13 October 1930, Bishop Jose Alves Correia declared the events worthy of belief.
|"Pray the Rosary every day"|
As the world continues to struggle with the current pandemic, Covid19, let us seek the aid of Our Lady of Fatima and the two little Saints of Fatima, Francisco and Jacinta Marto.
OUR LADY OF FATIMA, PRAY FOR US.
ST FRANCISCO MARTO, PRAY FOR US.
ST JACINTA MARTO, PRAY FOR US.
Tuesday, 29 September 2020
Who is St Michael? Revelation 12:7-9 shows us Michael as the champion and leader of the faithful angels in their struggle against the rebel angels who were led by Lucifer. St Michael, whose name translates as "Who is like God", is the Guardian Angel of the Church. He has long figured prominently in Christian tradition and is patron of policemen, sailors, soldiers, radiologists and the sick.
|St Michael, Belmont Abbey (Photo J D Smith)|
Early in the year 590, a severe plague broke out in Rome. (According to Wikipedia, it was probably Bubonic Plague.) As we can well imagine, it was a difficult time for the people! This plague ravaged the city and many died, including the Pope, Pelagius II. His successor was Pope Gregory I (St Gregory the Great).
|Pope St Gregory the Great (Photo J D Smith)|
In 1753 a bronze statue of St Michael the Archangel, in Roman armor, and sheathing his sword, was placed on the top of Castel Sant' Angelo. It was executed by Peter Anton von Verschaffelt, a Flemish sculptor and architect.
Now, in our own Covid 19 ravaged world, I definitely would NOT advocate any processions! Even during Pope Gregory's procession, eighty people collapsed as a result of being infected by the Rome Plague! However, I would heartily recommend putting in some extra prayers. Today, his special feast day, might be a very good time to turn to St Michael the Archangel and ask his help in cleansing the world of our present pandemic.
Tuesday, 22 September 2020
God help us, it seems that the Covid Virus is on the rise again. The wearing of masks and face coverings is now mandatory in shops and on public transport. This little article appeared in the July/August 2020 edition of the Messenger of St Anthony. (I thank my family members for passing it on to me.) I am posting it here in the hope that you will find it helpful.
|HINTS FROM ST ANTHONY MAGAZINE,|
Saturday, 29 August 2020
|ABERGAVENNY, BIRTHPLACE OF ST DAVID LEWIS|
|KING HENRY VIII GRAMMAR SCHOOL|
Based at the Jesuit College of St Francis Xavier at The Cwm, David Lewis traversed the area, usually at night and on foot, ministering to the needs of the people. His kindness and compassion knew no bounds and extended to all in need. He was well loved and because of his care to all, he became known as "Tad y Tlodion", "Father of the Poor".
|THE GUNTER MANSION, CROSS ST, ABERGAVENNY|
|LLANTARNAM ABBEY, HOME OF THE MORGANS|
|PLAQUE MARKING SITE OF ARREST OF ST DAVID LEWIS|
|THE FORMER USK GAOL |
On 25 October 1970, Pope Paul VI canonised Fr David Lewis S J and 39 other Reformation Martyrs. They are known collectively as the "Forty Martyrs of England and Wales". Today, the Catholic Church of Ss David Lewis and Francis Xavier stands opposite the site of his martyrdom and St David Lewis is remembered with a lovely shrine in his honour.
THE RIVER PATH TODAY
Saturday, 20 June 2020
|Blessed John Roche|
Monday, 15 June 2020
|Holy Mass, live streamed|