Saturday, November 25, 2006

Real UK Catholics

Since I have 7 mins of Internet time left, I'll make it a quick post!

It seems to me that what is lacking on this blog, which is why I've left it fallow for so long, is a cultural activity among UK Catholics.

As I was remarking to a friend an hour or two ago, suddenly - in Church history, a hundred years is pretty quick! - suddenly no-one is persecuting or publically ridiculing us any more... and we don't know what to do.

Suddenly we have all this freedom of religion, when you think of how it is in many other countries, really a lot of freedom, but what do we use it for? The Catholic Church in the UK is really numerically pretty big and could influence people a lot for the good, but the fact is we don't manifest much unity.

I don't mean that we are not all "trads" or into new kinds of liturgy, or that some of us have more moral probity, education or even dress sense (!) than others. Unity is the characteristic of life that we live, in fact the problem is that the unity exists already, Christ hasn't deserted us for a second, but we have forgotten Christ.

We don't live the unity which already exists among us; instead we reduce our experience to political or cultural or aesthetic or (oh, boy!) some obscure philosophical or textual argument. But it is none of these (primarily, not primarily, though they are all important), it's the truth. We don't acknowledge the fact before our eyes.

That's my experience; the lack of a common Catholic culture in the UK, which would enhance and enliven and help to unite all the extant cultures, is just because we don't acknowledge and live our unity in Christ. That's why Catholic blogs can be (for me at least) a bit boring; we don't speak each other's language.

So, let's pray "Veni Sancte Spiritus, veni per Mariam" some more... and look for and acknowledge the signs of His presence.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Events around London coming soon

Hello to all our readers...

There are a few events in and around London that I've been told of.

I know there is much more to the UK than London, but that's where I'm based, so I am neccessarily biased.

The first and most important for me is the national Assembly of Communion and Liberation:

Sunday, 19 November 2006, Pinner

"All things have a vanishing point toward the infinite, the eternal, and that is what attracts us, because it is according to the measure of the heart." (Luigi Giussani)

To recognise this vanishing point we need a loyalty to our experience and the courage to risk a judgement on everything we live. This is what makes an experience truly human.

So, all our readers are invited! It's the most important for me because I will be there! Email me if you want to come along.

Secondly, there is this:

C.T.S and Luton Good Counsel are proudly launching a new DVD and guide book on The Joy of God's Plan- Natural Fertility Awareness in Church's Teaching.

The DVD launch will take place on Wednesday 31st January 2007 in Westminster Cathedral Hall.

It sounds interesting, especially for married people or those who prepare them for this sacrament. Again, I know someone who's involved, so just email me if you're interested.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Youth 2000 and Glastonbury

The papers have been giving Youth 2000 a surprising amount of coverage. Sadly, it's due to the bizarre actions of some people who let rip with blessed salt at the "pagans" who populate Glastonbury.

In the Times...

...and the Guardian...

...and of course the Sun!

It reminds me of the Chestertonian dictum that the most pagan pagans are mainly to be found inside the Catholic Church.

Finally, here's the official response of Youth 2000.