Once I was a clever boy learning the arts of Oxford... is a quotation from the verses written by Bishop Richard Fleming (c.1385-1431) for his tomb in Lincoln Cathedral. Fleming, the founder of Lincoln College in Oxford, is the subject of my research for a D. Phil., and, like me, a son of the West Riding. I have remarked in the past that I have a deeply meaningful on-going relationship with a dead fifteenth century bishop... it was Fleming who, in effect, enabled me to come to Oxford and to learn its arts, and for that I am immensely grateful.

Saturday 16 April 2011

Happy birthday, Holy Father

Today is the 84th birthday of the Pope, and an opportunity for Catholics to express their affection and regard for the Holy Father.

1 comment:

Brasil said...

Benedict XVI has a true gift for theological reflection. I feel like I am on a retreat and in a classroom all at the same time when reading his work, and this book is a good example of that. This is the second of two books written on Jesus Christ and is worthy of reading. I have read the book slowly, a few pages at a time. I found the first book a little easier to delve into, which is why I go about this one a bit slower. Nevertheless, I am find that it has helped me in my faith. I particularly find the Pope's use of Scripture very helpful as it helps me to make connections between the Old and New Testament.