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JOURNAL POSTINGS Wednesday 20 June 2018, Feria in Ordinary Time. It is also the Optional Memoria of S Alban, Proto-Martyr of England. A soldier, he was killed for sheltering a fugitive priest in the third century in the town now named after him in Hertfordshire, but then called Verulamium. His life and death show us the ancientness and strength of the Christian faith in this land, and we give thanks for that. May God bless you this day.

Tuesday 19 June 2018, S Romuald, Abbot, Memoria. The following is known as 'The Brief Rule of S Romuald': 'Sit in your cell as in paradise. Put the whole world behind you and forget it. Watch your thoughts like a good fisherman watching for fish. The path you must follow is in the Psalms - never leave it. If you have just come to the monastery, and in spite of your good will you cannot accomplish what you want, take every opportunity you can to sing the Psalms in your heart and to understand them with your mind. And if your mind wanders as you read, do not give up; hurry back and apply your mind to the words once more. Realize above all that you are in God's presence, and stand there with the attitude of one who stands before the emperor. Empty yourself completely and sit waiting, content with the grace of God, like the chick who tastes nothing and eats nothing but what his mother brings him'. This saint, who founded the Camaldolese Order, died in the eleventh century. His wisdom is still applicable today. May he pray for us, and may God bless you in your own journey.

Monday 18 June 2018, Dedication of S Chad's Cathedral, Feast. This beautiful cathedral, whose crucifix is pictured opposite, was consecrated on 21 June 1841, having replaced an earlier Georgian chapel. It was the first cathedral to be built in England after the restoration of the Catholic hierarchy. Blessed John Henry Newman is known to have preached there, including at Bishop Ullathorne OSB's enthronement as the first Bishop of the Diocese, and S Chad's relics rest above the altar. May he pray for us, and may God bless you this day.

 

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