I apologize that your London blogger has not been reporting to you as she should. Life has been busy! After the Australia trip, there was a great rush of activities; the London scene is a busy one.
Here’s a date for your diary if you love London and enjoy its history. Join us on Oct. 15, at 6.30pm, on the steps of the Church of Our Most Holy Redeemer in Cheyne Row, Chelsea, London SW3., for the start of our next Catholic History Walk http://www.mjcontinuity.com. These are sponsored by Continuity, a group dedicated to praying for the restoration of the Faith in Britain and the unity of Christians.
The first walk was held on Sept. 24, the feast of Our Lady of Walsingham, and began at Westminster Cathedral, after the 5.30pm sung Mass. We had a good crowd, and the walk took us to the Houses of Parliament and to Westminster Abbey, past Horseferry Road – from whence the old horse ferry used to ply, and where the family of James II escaped across the Thames one stormy night in 1688 – and past Great St Peter Street, and Abbey Orchard Street.
At the Abbey, we spoke of St. Edward the Confessor, its founder, and of the coronations held there, including that of our present Queen, back in 1952 in the vanished era of post-war Britain. We ended with prayers for our country, as we stood in the glowing lamplight of a Westminster evening.
There is plenty to pray about in our country today. New regulations mean that lesbian partners are listed instead of fathers on birth certificates if the mother so decides, thus rendering the document valueless in stating the child’s full identity. There is much pressure to promote “assisted suicide.” The crime rate, especially violent crimes by the young, continues to climb. Revelations of dishonesty by Members of Parliament in claiming expenses mean that our politicians have never been held in greater contempt.
There is a profound sense of a loss of common values and purpose, and a sense of a break with the best of our history and the beliefs that shaped it. As one colleague expressed it “All the old landmarks of life are going”.