The Blessed Titus, standing, centre, with his Bishop
cousin seated centre front
Today (25th July) is the Feastday of our patron, Blessed Titus Brandsma, the Carmelite priest who combined fearless journalism in defence of the poor and the oppressed with his vocation as a priest of Jesus Christ.
Eventually, the Nazis got him and threw him in a concentration camp before executing him.
As his executioner guard took him to be murdered the Blessed Titus gave him his Rosary beads.
I was reminded of this today when attending a funeral of a stalwart of the Faith, Anthony Wilson.
One of his close friends took out her Rosary beads at the graveside and threw them into the pit so that they rested on Anthony's coffin.
A valiant gesture and one that Blessed Titus would have recognised as being a small but great personal sacrifice.
And now to the sort of announcement; Dylan Parry and I have been trying, with the guidance of Mary O'Regan, to arrange the next Guild meeting.
Provisionally, it will take place on Saturday 15th September at The London Oratory where an EF Mass will be celebrated by Fr Rupert McHardy, Cong. Orat.
We await details as to which chapel will be used for Holy Mass but the timing is 10.30am for Mass followed by a brief talk (hopefully, Fr McHardy) and afterwards, probably a local hostelry such as The Hour Glass pub.
We hope that our Chaplain and mentor, Fr Tim Finigan, will be able to join us and to give us his wise counsel.
As soon as details become clearer, we will issue a poster but, in the meantime, please pass this information on.
Remember, all are welcome, bloggers or not and, of course, the Feast of the Holy Cross is the day before; the anniversary of Summorum Pontificum, another cause for celebration, five years on.
Posted by Richard Collins - Linen on the Hedgerow