Thursday, 28 November 2013

Perseverance

I do not ask to see the distant scene;
My steps, like streams, or tears unthinking flow
Towards far off, believed-in pastures green
Yet God above hath sent good friends below.

Monday, 18 November 2013

Young knights in shining armour


Help our young Catholic knights in their crusade for the knightly virtues!

Saturday, 9 November 2013

The sleep of the just

A friend recently told me that I shouldn't be surprised to find that one gets tired being good. He said that personally he found it very hard work.  He reminded me that St Paul urged us: "brothers, never tire of doing what is right."
"But being bad, " he said, "can be tiring in its own way ... and at the end of it there is no rest."  As the saying goes,  I thought, 'no rest for the wicked.'  I had never, in fact, thought about the true meaning of that saying.
And then I remembered a tapestry in the Castle in Angers - an enormous work of art displaying scenes from the Book of the Apocalypse. Coincidentally, I saw it last year, with the same friend. It contained a representation of the Sleep of the Just.
In this month of November, as we pray for the dead, it is a consoling thought that we too, after our labours, may hope one day to 'rest in peace.'