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, 30 August 2020

Virtual Pilgrimage to Walsingham - Day III

Having been to Mass here in Oxford I had to catch up on the recording of the third and final day of the LMS virtual Walsingham pilgrimage later on in the day.

It was good to feel one was present at the Mass in the Slipper Chapel, which is such a prayerful and delightful place. Fr Henry Whisenant’s homily in looking at pilgrimage not just to specific shrines but as the pilgrimage of one’s life was all the more suited to a pilgrimage like this where one participated from home.

Doing that did I am sure bring spiritual benefits - an opportunity to focus on devotion to Our Lady of Walsingham, to reflect further on one’s own life-pilgrimage and to feel drawn back to this graced place in the north Norfolk countryside.

Our Lady of Walsingham Pray for us

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