Holy Week

This week’s reading material!

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A good cycle today but too much ticking from the bracket axle (where the pedal stems attach to the frame of the bike).

So, Halfords tomorrow (:-(

And I actually undertook Ride #2 this evening, before turning back.

Is summer here?

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A Week of Objects

Tonight I was installed as a member of the Knights of St Columba.

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I was very nervous: the event occurred between the parish priest’s homily and the Preface to the Eucharist, and we had the faithful as audience.

In addition to the medal and ribbon, I also received a crucifix, which was blessed by the priest and presented to me; I crushed it into my palm to remind me of the important weeks ahead as Lent heads towards Holy Week and ultimately Easter.

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I reminded myself of the incredible journey I have been on this year: this time last year I would not have been attending Sunday mass let alone looking at the Daily Readings, praying the Glorious Mystery (1-3) and reading the Way of the Cross!

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Last Sunday marked the end of the year for the current donations box; and my ‘Wee Box’ has been suitably bloated.

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Other objects for the weeks ahead a full bag of S2 jotters and folios to mark; I also have the laptop home from school: a dissertation needs to be written.

But there will also be time for some bike and mud. And plenty of cuppas, of course.

A Week of Objects

Tonight I was installed as a member of the Knights of St Columba.

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I was very nervous: the event occurred between the parish priest’s homily and the Preface to the Eucharist, and we had the faithful as audience.

In addition to the medal and ribbon, I also received a crucifix, which was blessed by the priest and presented to me; I crushed it into my palm to remind me of the important weeks ahead as Lent heads towards Holy Week and ultimately Easter.

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I reminded myself of the incredible journey I have been on this year: this time last year I would not have been attending Sunday mass let alone looking at the Daily Readings, praying the Glorious Mystery (1-3) and reading the Way of the Cross!

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Last Sunday marked the end of the year for the current donations box; and my ‘Wee Box’ has been suitably bloated.

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Other objects for the weeks ahead a full bag of S2 jotters and folios to mark; I also have the laptop home from school: a dissertation needs to be written.

But there will also be time for some bike and mud. And plenty of cuppas, of course.

Transfigured

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I think that the force of the wind kept me from thinking of a title for this blog posting; perhaps one will ‘birth’ as I type.

What a weekend!  This evening the relished additional light was marredby the horrendous wind and the quagmire that Devol Road has become.

My privilege it was to meet with the Paisley Diocese Bishop elect yesterday morning in a quiet St Laurence’s, Greenock.  Only after he had warmly greeted my son and I before slipping into his ‘half’ of the confessional was I informed by one of the laity (a neighbour of my mother’s) of his identity!  However, and securing the courage to brave my second ever face-to-face confession, he was an absolute … saint.  Warm, urbane, and genuinely interested.

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I hope that his installation on Wednesday goes as smoothly for him as our discourse.

Marking. Marking. And more marking, with a smattering of university planning, reading and reflection meant that I just had to get out. But two weeks out of the saddle and you definitely know about it.  I had planed – as can be spotted from my Strava ‘trail’ – to head up to Wee Furries Descent and reclaim my KOM…but the wind was appalling.  Two weeks out of the saddle, yes I know I was pushing it to even attempt it, but as soon as I rolled off the ’75′ i realised I should have kept it simple and headed into Kilmacolm.

And Devol Road? 21 minutes! OK, I was off a few times, sinking into the mud in between taking snaps…But it is almost as bad as it was when it had the roughs of standing water.

The only positive facet of the forthcoming ‘putting forward of clocks’ is the extension of light…

And whilst today’s Gospel was concerned with The Transfiguration, maybe the motif of light is as good a title as any for this blog post.  If I reflect upon my spiritual life this time last year, I would say that current events would blind that darkness of old.  Have I been ‘transfigured’?   I certainly ‘burned’ whilst speaking with the Bishop-elect. Being a Catholic (again?) is more than a Sunday thing: it has become every moment of my being. 

OK. Title – Transfigured. Now, still some time to type up a close reading passage about Mars for my wee S2 pupils, read some of Scottish Catholic Observer, then enjoy the 600th show of No Agenda.

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P.S. And here is a picture of my St Joseph chaplet, which arrived recently from the U.S.; I finished the Seven Sunday Novena today.   I like the contrast it creates with the harsh Scottish mineral.

Lent 2014: Day 1

It continues to rain… However, our thoughts must be with those poor souls involved in the terrible air tragedy in the Far East.

In fact, all around us we have aggression, poverty and death; it is pumped to us 24/7 by our indefatigable news outlets.  And people – families – are continuing to find it difficult to feed themselves: in the UK.

For me?  This Lent it’s dinner money into the SCIAF box and ‘The Way of the Cross’ instead: to pray, give alms and fast.

Tonight, after what has been a weekend drenched with work and study, I will head out into the fading light and perhaps hook into a ‘Catholic Answers’ podcast, Stations of the Cross and today’s Rosary: the first three Joyful Mysteries.  And think of others and how unbelievably privileged I am.

How unbelievably rich most of us are.

The countryside, even at night, offers calm; the ambience is the whispers of a land settling down for slumber. 

The bike, which I’ve decided to ‘Christen’ as ‘Raphael’ in homage to the archangel from Tobit and escort his son, Tobias needs some overdue care and attention – perhaps next week!

Upon my return, late evening marking and planning awaits.  Still, how rich…

Weekly Rosary; Hourly Prayer

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A wonderful single-decade Rosary for one’s pocket, provided by eBay seller -  rosebead_04.

Here is a handy suggestion from A Book of Marian Prayers: A Compilation of Marian Devotions from the Second to the Twenty-First Century by William Storey http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0829435743/ref=cm_sw_r_udp_awd_c-6etb18ZDQWZ

Over the course of each week: Joyful; Luminous; Sorrowful & Glorious.

Sunday
The Annunciation of the Lord to Mary
The Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth
The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ

Monday
The Presentation of our Lord
Finding Jesus in the Temple at age 12
The Baptism in the Jordan

Tuesday
The Wedding at Cana
The Proclamation of the Kingdom
The Transfiguration

Wednesday
The Institution of the Eucharist
The Agony of Jesus in the Garden
The Scourging at the Pillar

Thursday
Jesus is Crowned with Thorns
Jesus Carried the Cross
The Crucifixion of our Lord

Friday
The Resurrection of Jesus Christ
The Ascension of Jesus to Heaven
The Descent of the Holy Ghost

Saturday
The Assumption of Mary into Heaven
Mary is Crowned as Queen of Heaven and Earth

Wee Furries (top end)

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