Thursday, 21 January 2010

Requiescat In Pace.

Please pray for the soul of my maternal grandfather.

Alfred William George Schofield.

Whilst he wasn't a Catholic my mother has always maintained that he was 'going about' converting to Rome.

It is 48 years to the day the he passed away, my mother was four.

Requiescat In Pace.

In Domino.

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Catholic Cardiff...

..I popped into Cardiff city centre today (not something I try to do too often outside of term time) and I found quite an interesting book entitled "Catholics in Cardiff" by John O'Sullivan.

There were a few pictures of interest, including one which I think a follower of this blog might appreciate.

So here we go, but where to begin?!

Now... I realise this is the American prelate, the Most Rev. Fulton J. Sheen. You may well be asking why he was in Cardiff, or at least the archdiocese; well the caption reads: "American writer and broadcaster Bishop Fulton Sheen with pupils at Newport in 1971. (Courtesy of O'Sullivan Archives)"

What some of you may, or may not know is that before Cardiff became the principal diocese of Wales in 1916 the main diocese of Wales was that of Newport. Now because when the diocese was 'elevated' to an Archdiocese and the centre moved to Cardiff it meant that Newport would become a titular See, the See that Bishop Fulton Sheen was titular of, hence his visit to Wales.

This image is of the Most Rev. John Murphy, Archbishop of Cardiff 1961 - 1983. The caption reads: "Archbishop John Murphy is seen here on his way to St David's Cathedral for his enthronement on the 31 October 1961".

I have nothing else to say about the image other than... that's a deacon (or sub-deacon) with a biretta on!!

This last image is perhaps my favourite, NUNS! Proper nuns! The caption tells us that this is the Sisters of St Joseph of Annecy, in procession (presumably into the chapel) at Llantarnam Abbey just outside Newport in the 1960s.

Needless to say their 'habit' (if you can call it that) is a lot different these days!

Our Lady of the Taper - Pray for Wales
Our Lady of Penrhys - Pray for Wales

Monday, 18 January 2010


it's a British television programme which I have been known to roll around laughing whilst watching it; this years Christmas episode was hilarious!

I do apologies for one word in the first minute used by the mother.

The reason I enjoy watching it, is because it reminds me of conversations had with my parents by my brothers and I, and the girl (Karen) reminds me of my youngest cousin.

Watch and enjoy! There is nothing religious about it, just good laughs!

The business with the mothers father, might ring true for a few readers. In particular it is quite poignant for my family... the un-political correctness (is that a word) mentioned is quite similar to something my grandfather said recently... the awkward looks were priceless!

"Where have you been?!"

I can hear some of you asking where I've been, well never fear. It wasn't an official hiatus; I was revising for two exams, both which I feel went well. One was for the module entitled "Monotheism from Moses to Freud" the other was today (Monday 18th) and it was Greek... of the Hellenistic variety.

So here we are, exam season is over until the Summer (Thank God).

Well, what has happened during my Great Silence?! There have been some fairly dramatic events; one which sticks in the mind is this awful, truly shocking disaster to hit Haiti.

According to a few websites the 'patron' of Haiti is Our Lady of Perpetual Help. We should pray for her intercession!

I must say that whilst being shocked at the event, I am overwhelmed by the amount of support being given, both financial and 'man power' wise from across the world.

In Domino

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Let it snow!

And my goodness has it, and it still is (if only lightly). I've never known snow like this is Cardiff. There's something about this weather that makes a lot of people happy be it the days of school/work or the fact it looks nice.

The following are a few snaps I took this morning when I awoke!

The view from the apartment looking out from the terrace towards Cardiff docks.

This is the view from the terrace towards the link road (it links Cardiff 'Bay' with 'west' Cardiff)

And this is the view out towards Cardiff 'Bay' across the 'lagoon' as my father calls it!

I have seen many people walking past my apartment going to the gym in my building and some of them are wearing t-shirts... craziness, no?!

Anyway, today the tree comes down; i'm leaving the crib out until the 2nd February.

I wish you all a Happy Feast Day (of the Epiphany)

In Domino

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Epiphany confusion...

...confused? I am! Why did the Bishops Conference of England and Wales change things? Why did they move certain Holy Days of Obligation to nearest Sunday? It makes no sense to me; it seems like the Church in England and Wales is bowing to the society in which we live, personally I look forward to the day when we are back in sync with the rest of the Church universal!

The main problem, for me at least is when do I pray the Feast of the Epiphany? I took the decision this year to do so on the 6th January. However I added the Three Kings to the nativity scene on "Epiphany Sunday"...

This was the scene I meditated on (briefly) Sunday evening. It really does focus one's mind! There is a candle to the far right as well, which is partially out of shot!

I love Christmastide! It is full of some of Holy Mother Churches most wondrous and glorious feasts! I will be popping to church tomorrow and will offer festive greetings to the priest, hopefully if it is the priest who I hope it is he will return them!

I took a quick peek at the Monastic Diurnal for the Feast of the Epiphany and the antiphon for the second psalm really stuck out;
"Apértis thesáuris suis, obtulérunt Magi Dómino aurum, thus et myrrham allelúia."
Or to you and me,
"Opening their treasures, the Magi offered the Lord, gold, frankincense and myrrh, alleluia."
There is something truly beautiful about Latin. People often compare it to Welsh as a 'dead' language, but when one prays in Latin or hears a Latin Mass (EF or OF) it is truly beautiful.

That rambling about Latin came from nowhere! But it is beautiful.

I shall leave it there for now.

In Domino

Monday, 4 January 2010

2010...'s been pretty uneventful so far, apart from the numerous religious feasts, of course!

As you can see I've changed the blog layout, yet again! It'll stay like this until the baptism of Our Lord.

I feel an odd sense of pride when people start "following" my blog, yet I also feel that I should watch what I type; making sure there are no errors... I'm sure you'd make sure I corrected my errors though, people of the blogosphere are good like that!

That's all for today's ramblings, quite a short one, but ramblings none the less! I look forward to writing more throughout 2010!

In Domino