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.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Happy birthday to the Pope Emeritus

Today is the 87th birthday of the Pope Emeritus, and an opportunity to express good wishes to Pope Benedict in his retirement and to put on record my appreciation of his great and long service to the Church as a theologian, pastor, administrator as well as Pope, and for the rich legacy he has given the faithful by example and by the written and spoken word.


May he continue to enjoy his retirement and know the love and regard of those he has served so faithfully.

1 comment:

Our Lady of Good Success-pray for us. said...

Thanks for posting this. Who knew? you did; God bless!