Friday, 30 May 2008

The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

All good things come to an end and so has our week of rest in Walsingham. All four of us feel refreshed and ready to return to the place that God, in his mercy and generosity, has placed us in. Prayers have been offered in the Holy House for all those who read this blog.

Sung Mass was celebrated this morning at 11am. The celebrant was Br Paschal SSF and the preacher was Br Maximillian SSF, the newly arrived Franciscan Friars in Walsingham. I heard Br Paschal preach on Wednesday and Br Maximillian today, both have preached a very good sermon.

This afternoon pilgrims were leaving and others arriving, when one observes this change one must think about the hard working team of people, ably led by both Frs Philip, who make such a great transition work so smoothly.

It was great to celebrate the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus here in Walsingham. That Sacred Heart formed in the womb of Blessed Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit, that Sacred Heart in which God is made tangible and from which the Church flows out. It is in this absolute love that the transcendant becomes immanent, that the invisible becomes visible, that we find our gate to enter into the life of God.

This day is also the International Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests. It is only in this heart, the fount of all joy and holiness, that priests can be formed and shaped as on an anvil. Please keep us priests in your prayers, that we may become holy and that our lives are shaped on this Most Sacred Heart.

Jesus meek and humble of heart, make our hearts like unto thine.

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