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Praying for Patrick

Any of you who have been praying for our former pupil, Patrick de la M., will be pleased to hear that after news that his chimotherapy had not worked, there is now some more encouraging news.

Things are looking up for Patrick, as some more digging has removed all the cancerous material; tests of the leg and lungs are showing all clear. He has 3 days of chimo then 2 weeks holiday with his family and then a month of super-chimo in a sterile room to try and make sure everything is ''nuked'. So keep praying.

Lithuanian monks

It seems that there are French (and Lithuanian) monks just a few miles away from where I am going in Lithuania. The Priory of Palendrai is presiding over a new liturgical movement in the country, with promotion of liturgical catchesis and Gregorian chant workshops ...

It is a daughter house of Solesmes. So it looks like I am going to have to include this splendid site (beautiful stone buildings, only built a few years ago) in my itinerary.

Lithuania, here we come ...

I have recently booked myself a ticket to Lithuania in early August, to give me a little break from Chavagnes. I have always been a fan of Scandinavia and the Baltic, and Lithuania is the one country (other than Iceland) that has so far escaped me ...

From a Catholic point of view, I am interested in discovering a Nordic/Baltic culture that is still in touch with its medieval roots. However, it seems that there are some unpleasant surprises in store. I had been aware of the Lithuanians' terrible suffering under communism, and in particular of the suffering of the Lithuanian Church. And yet I had no idea of how the functioned under Nazism. My first little researches seem to suggest to me that the attitude that Lithuanians demonstrated to the Germans in 1941 was essentially enthusiastic. They felt that the Nazis were coming to liberate them from Russian communist domination: they were liberators who would restore the relatively new idea of a Lithuanian state (like all the Baltic stat…