Sunday, 11 January 2009

The Baptism of the Lord (ii)

Early Mass was taken by Fr Mark. Following that Lauds was recited and everything was prepared for the Sung Mass which was well attended. The Anthem today, Panis Angelicus by Camille Saint-Saens, was really uplifting.
After Mass a leaflet was distributed to all about the Festival of Hope and Light which will be kept later this month. We hope to have a good response for this celebration.
After several conversations in the Hall I took the Blessed Sacrament to a housebound and went to do my usual rounds in the hospital. Today the hospital was filled to capacity, and beds are so much in demand that the upstairs ward, closed some years back, was re-opened and full. Once again it was lovely to be with Christ suffering in those people and to be able to say a word of encouragement to them and their relatives. From these visits I always take more than I put in. Amongst others today I met a lady who left Hungary many years ago for a life in England. She knew Cardinal József Mindszenty and remembers listening to his trials full of false accusations on the radio. He stood up against Communism and Nazism and paid the price ending in exile. She was really moved as she said to me that during those years the Church in her country was purified and produced great saints like the Cardinal himself, a beacon of light and hope to so many in such a dark time.
Cardinal József Mindszenty

The Cardinal during his unjust trial

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