Its been a long time since I’ve written anything! There aren’t too many changes in our daily life, but it seems like Benedict continues to grow even faster each day.
As for B’s latest craze, it’s books… It’s always story-time these days! I should be over the moon about this, and I am really. But sometimes it can get just a bit too much! After reading the same book so many times you don’t need the book any more to read it, it’s quite difficult to keep up the enthusiasm!
A few days ago, when Benedict was following me around with his book in his hand and making the noise which means “read to me, read to me!” an image randomly came into my head – it was the sign that Fr Alexander had up in his sacristy at St Patrick’s:
Celebrate this Mass as if it is your first Mass, your last Mass, your only Mass
I think it was Mother Teresa who originally said it. And it really struck me – I know reading a book isn’t the same as celebrating the Mass, but I thought, actually yes – I need to read this book as if it was Benedict’s first book, last book, and only book that I read to him. I know Mother Teresa spoke often about doing small things with great love, and motherhood is slowly showing me the reality of this.
So whether I’m reading to B, preparing his meal, dressing him, bathing him, picking him up, or changing his nappy, I need to stop my groaning thoughts, and see these tasks for what they really are, an opportunity to love.
Mother Teresa and Housewives – The Road to Holiness is a really short but inspiring article for all wives and mums!
Last Wednesday night, I went to my sister Hannah’s book launch in Soho for her newly published confirmation programme, Transformed in Christ. It was such a great evening with a real buzz in the air; there’s been quite a lot of hype about the programme and people interested in using it in their parishes. We’re about to start it in our parish in November and I really can’t wait to see the fruits from it.
When I helped Hannah with Confirmation a couple of years ago in Balham, we used this programme and I realised how important methodology is when handing down the faith to young people; it was fast-paced, fun, full of great video clips, and yet the content was still rich. I’m incredibly proud of what Hannah’s managed to achieve.
Eoin, Benedict and I went to St Patrick’s Church in Soho yesterday for Palm Sunday, and in true St Patrick’s fashion we processed around Soho Square holding our palms and singing hymns. And as with any religious procession around Soho there was no shortage of hostility, which I guess means all the more reason to process.
I absolutely love going back to St Patrick’s. I think it is the most alive and active parish I have ever known, and one that is really living Pope Francis’ call to evangelise. It evangelises like one massive steam roller; making its presence felt and really not afraid to go ahead! After Mass and lunch yesterday, the SPES students and seminarians, along with Fr Alexander went out on to the streets giving out palms and talking to people about Christ and the coming of Easter.
Its because of this passion for evangelisation that I am so glad Benedict was baptised in St Patrick’s. I don’t think Benedict could begin his life within the Church in a better place.
After Benedict’s baptism, with Fr Alexander:
With his Godparents – my sister, Hannah and Eoin’s brother, Stefan:
With Eoin’s parents, my Granny and Nanna, and my parents: