Day By Day


JOURNAL POSTINGS Monday 21 January 2019, S Agnes, Virgin and Martyr. Today we celebrate that bright star of heaven, S Agnes, who died in about the year 304, and whose name is in the Roman Canon alongside other illustrious Virgin Martyrs. Here is part of her prayer before she was martyred: 'Behold! what I have believed, I now see! What I have hoped for, I possess! What I have desired, I now embrace! My lips and my heart confess thee. For thee my inmost being longs. Behold, now to thee I go, the only and true God, who, with thy Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, and with the Holy Spirit, livest and reignest forever and ever'. This prayer is prayed in the Church even today at Solemn Professions and, in our own Office, in that of a Virgin. May we follow her inspiration to give Christ her all, and may God bless you this day.

20 January 2019, Second Sunday in Ordinary Time. Today for the Gospel we hear the story of the Wedding Feast at Cana in Galilee, when water was changed into wine, and when our Lord 'manifested His glory' in the first of His signs. In the icon opposite, I would like to focus on the remarkable gaze between our Lord and His Mother, on the left of the image. It is a look of total understanding, and it is as if it is she who, by her intervention, brings about the circumstances for the first miracle performed by her Son. Although S John records a dialogue, in the icon the communication is entirely through the eyes. This miracle is also redolent with imagery relating to the Paschal mystery … on the third day … the Mother of Jesus was there (at the wedding, at the Cross), the wedding feast of eternal life, to name but a few links. May we find true joy in the Lord this day, and may God bless you.

Saturday 19 January 2019, Feria and Feast of S Wulstan, Bishop. S Wulstan was an eleventh century Benedictine monk of Worcester, not far from here. The monastic community founded there had a connection with Fleury Abbey, in France, an Abbey now belonging to the Subiaco-Cassinese congregation. As a Bishop, Wulstan was the last Anglo-Saxon to hold that position, retaining it after the Norman Conquest - an unusual step. May he pray for us, and for the flourishing of monastic life in the region where he lived out his own calling, and may God bless you.


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