Perhaps the most moving thing I saw at the Shrine of Fernyhalgh was the Burgess Altar. To stand in front of an altar where Edmund Campion said Mass is a great experience. Known as the Old Missionary Altar, this piece of cabinetry was created to fold up and look like an oak wardrobe, a common
Fernyhalgh, said by the locals “Ferny-huff”, holds many sacred treasures. Once in a backwater place, surrounded by miles of hills and fields the Church of St. Mary’s now is close to the motorway to Preston. Sadly, the noise of the motorway interferes with the secluded beauty of the church and the shrine. St. Mary’s was
Between 1536 and 1537, over 40,000 men revolted against the Protestant take-over of the King’s counsel and Parliament. The banner of these soldiers and those who followed them was the Banner of the Five Wounds of Christ, emphasising a long-held love for the Sacred Heart of Jesus centuries before the modern devotion began in France.
A guest post by Supertradmum Some of you may have remembered my blog, Etheldredasplace. On that blog, I wrote of the lives and deaths of many of the English martyrs. One dear to my heart is St. Margaret Clitherow, the sprightly, beautiful wife of a well-to-do butcher in York, John, who was a “Church Catholic,”
An afternoon with Bishop Athanasius Schneider proved to be an extraordinary adventure into his childhood. I happened to be visiting a friend in Dundee yesterday, and attended a lecture and Solemn Pontifical Mass said by Bishop Athanasius Schneider, one of the leaders in the Church defending the true faith. The first part of his talk
What wonderful stories the saints give us…like little gems During the Boxer Rebellion in China at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th centuries, Catholics were persecuted. In 1900, 86 Christians were martyred for their Faith. Many were of the same family, the family of St. Mark Ji Tianxiang, a
“Who am I to judge?” The words of Pope Francis have been often repeated, used wisely and misused since he posed the question in July of 2013. Most often, those using the quotation leave out the preceding portion of the statement, “seeks God and has good will.” The two phrases of the statement are inseparable.
The most important thing a Christian can do in these present times is to become a saint, because the world needs more saints. Saints change the world around them in small and unseen ways, but all for the greater good. The plan of our Heavenly Father is for each of us is to become saints and