I am one of those bloggers whose output has tailed off somewhat in the last couple of years. Initially it was because I found myself going through a period of intense learning during which it seemed prudent to spend some time reflecting and getting my thoughts in order before beginning to write. Before I was ready, however, we had the papal abdication and the arrival of Pope Francis as a consequence of which, despite my best efforts, I find myself feeling very confused. I have no wish to spread this confusion or cause scandal. Hence the present break- which, however, is not intended to be permanent. God bless all who pass this way.
O Blessed Virgin Mary,
Mother of God and our most gentle Queen and Mother, look down in mercy upon
England thy Dowry and upon us all who greatly hope and trust in
thee. By thee it was that Jesus our Saviour and our hope was given to the
world; and He has given thee to us that we might hope still more. Plead for us
thy children, whom thou didst receive and accept at the foot of the cross, O
sorrowful Mother! intercede for our separated brethren, that with us in the one
true fold they may be united to the chief Shepherd, the Vicar of thy Son.
Pray for us all, dear Mother, that by faith fruitful in good works we may all
deserve to see and praise God, together with thee, in our heavenly home. Amen.
Today has been a strange day in the Blogosphere. First of all there was the video which appeared on two blogs and seemed to show German bishops being appallingly rude to our former holy father. Then they disappeared. Next a whole blog disappeared and subsequently other postings vanished from other blogs. Are these things related or merely coincidental? Regarding one of the video postings- I returned to check it out because I had left a comment which I was beginning to feel had been, perhaps, a little intemperate, however, even that had been removed. Was it a hoax? Had we been "had"?