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.

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Our Lady of Fatima

I suspect a lot of parishes are holding their May Devotion to Our Lady today on what would otherwise be the freast of Our Lady of Fatima, and on the 95th anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady in the Cova de Iria in 1917.


Our Lady of Fatima


The message Our Lady delivered at Fatima was to a revolution afflicted country in a war-torn world, but it is one equally applicable to the circumstances of the present time. To turn to Christ in a spirit of repentance should be our response to the diverse and complex series of problems which confront the world today.
In particular the message of Fatima seems profoundly bound up with the survival of Christian European civilisation, and that is an issue with which we should indeed be concerned.
Our Lady of Fatima pray for us!

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