Monthly Archives: March 2008

Another reason to homeschool.

The National Union of Teachers (not called NUTs for nothing) is the biggest teaching union in the UK. Recently the other big teachers union the NASUWT complained that too many kids in the classroom where ‘little princesses and little princes’ who had simply never had anyone say ‘no’ to them before. Teachers face abuse in the form of swearing, personal attacks and violence; I know this from friends who are teachers. However for some considerable time instead of being in loco parentis teachers have made themselves powerless in the face of this behaviour. The unions stratch their heads and suddenly say that parents need to take control of their children. Ah yes, but when we try the schools frequently over-ride us.

So there are all these really nasty children in school. You would think the unions would look at the schools where this sort of behaviour is somewhat less and think-how can we do that? Er, no. The nuts of NUT are actually looking at a vote AGAINST faith schools. Now, my experience of Catholic schools is hardly stella-but the fact is Catholic schools (and I think the few Jewish schools we have) are far far better than state schools. Other Christian schools some in close behind us and still ahead of state schools.

After Bishop O’Donaghue was subjected to bullying and “bizarre” questioning by Barry Sheerman et al in behalf of the ever tolerant government I am not surprised at yet another attack on faith schools.

Soon homeschoolers will be back in the line of fire.

Divine Mercy Sunday

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Jesus said “My Heart rejoices on account of this feast.” (D998) He also said “I want to grant a complete pardon to the souls that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion on the Feast of My mercy” (D1109).“Whoever approaches the Fountain of Life on this day will be granted complete forgiveness of sins and punishment” (D300).

“The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion will obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment” (D699).
Our dauhter Avila was baptised on the Feast of Divine Mercy, the 3rd April- the morning after John Paul the Great died. It was the effort of that holy pope that gave us this wonderful feast day, an act of gratutitous generosity  from the Lord.

Jesus died for us and at the last moment St Longinus pierced Him with the spear and St John sae blood and water come from the heart wound. This blood and water pours out from the Sared Heart offering us Mercy and Forgiveness. TAKE THE GIFT!

Jesus told St Faustina that after the time of Mercy would come judgement.  Don’t wait for judgement-take Mercy.

I could write a huge amount on this-and perhaps when I get the time I will.

Dot survives the gas man-but only just!

On Thursday I took the children to the library and then we hoped to go and visit Dot as we usually do after a library trip. She is 83 and was our next door neighbour for many years until we moved-and has remained a friend ever since.

She was very breathless and blue around the lips; not at all well. She was waiting for the doctor to come. Her grandaughter and great grandson were there.

The gas man had been a couple of days earlier to check over her central heating boiler. He hadn’t bothered to put a cap on the top properly and so for two days gas had been leaking into her house!!

By the time we arrived another gasman had been and fixed the problem. He told Dot she must be a strong woman to have survived! She was nearly gassed to death.

She’s okay now, thank God. But I am shocked at what happened.

Veronica; the veil and the legend

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As the Shroud of Turin is so much in the news right now, I thought I would also mention the other famous image of Christ- the Veil of St Veronica.

The legend of St Veronica goes back to at least the Acti Pilati and like most of these stories probably had an oral tradition before that. Veronica was considered real enough and important enough to be included in St Francis of Assisi’s Stations of the Cross where she remains (No. 6).

It is thought Veronica was called Berenice or in some traditions Seraphina and was a daughter of King Herod and wife of Zacchaeus, the chief tax collector of Jericho. She was the woman who suffered the issue of blood and was healed when she touched the hem of His garment.

It was thought that her high position in society helped get her past the guards to Jesus as He made His way to Golgotha and she was able to offer her veil to Him-on which was left His image.

She then received the name of her veil Vera (Latin for True) Icon (Greek for image).

The history of the veil is a bit hit and miss. It seems to have been kept at the Vatican- was very probably there under Pope John VII (705-8) and definately there in 1011 because it was written about. It remained there until it rather suspiciously vanished around 1611 and then Pope Urban VIII forbade copies to be made-presumably to stop shenanigans over the veil.

It then seems to have turned up at a monastory in Manopello Italy in 1660 -where it remains to this day. Images that seem to be copies can be found in other places around Europe.

The Veil of Manopello is a bit of a mystery all by itself. The image is seen on a cloth so fine it is transparent. The image fades and grows depending on the light and behaves a bit like a hologram. It is held between two pieces of glass in an ancient wooden frame that has been covered in silver.

Unlike the shroud the veil has not been subjected to lots of scientific investigation. The monks say they are in no hurry and are waiting for science to catch up and be good enough to look at the image closely without either getting it all wrong or destroying the delicate cloth.

However, so far it seems the cloth is byssal- a very rare and very fine cloth made from a particular kind of mussel beard. Byssal cloth has been found on the bodies of Pharoah’s and was prescribed for the Jewish priest’s ephod. Acccording to Chiaro Vigo one of the very few byssal weavers left in the world the cloth is so fine it cannot take paint.

From photos and microscopic investigations it seems the veil image is not paint and that it fits the image of the shroud exactly.

A lot more needs to be done before anyone can really say how the image was made and when-but the monks are waiting for scientists…hehehe.

I climbed the Waseley Hill

On Monday we went for a walk at the Waseley Hills. We managed to just avoid the snow.

I managed to get to the top!! WHoo-hoo! Thank God they have benches up there.lol. It took quite a long time for me to get there and the kids were up and flying their kite long before I made it, but I am really pleased with myself.

We came back down to the visitors centre for drinks and cake. I managed that too. Actually coming down is a little harder because my balance is so bad, but I did okay. AND I didn’t need painkillers!

Oxford Pro-life 1 year Anniversary

OXFORD PRO-LIFE WITNESS 29TH MARCH

THIS WILL BE OUR 1ST YEAR ANNIVERSARY! PLEASE COME ALONG AND PRAY FOR THE UNBORN.

3PM -4PM

THERE IS EXPOSITION IN THE CHURCH AND THE ROSARY IS LED BY FR JOHN SAWARD.
WE PRAY FOR REPARATION FOR ABORTION, FOR ALL MOTHERS AND FATHERS OF THE UNBORN, FOR THE DOCTORS AND NURSES INVOLVED IN THIS EVIL.

REFRESHMENTS AVAILABLE AFTERWARDS IN THE CHURCH HALL.

VENUE – JOHN RADCLIFFE HOSPITAL, HEADLEY WAY, OXFORD.

WE MEET OUTSIDE ST ANTHONY OF PADUA CHURCH – THERE IS EXPOSITION WHILST WE PRAY.

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This is my daughter Heleyna when she was 12weeks gestation. Far too many babies don’t get to live past this age. Far too many babies don’t get to live to this age.

The Shroud and the Sudarium pt2

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The Shroud’s image was miraculously unharmed in a fire that melted the silver reliquary it was being stored in. Experts have been able to closely study the body of the man and as newer discoveries were made in Israel about just how Rome went about crucifying people, it became surprisingly evident that the image corresponded exactly to how it would have been done. The marks of scourging on the man’s back fit the Roman flagellum exactly.

But this man was also crowned with thorns and appears to be ethnically Jewish.  There is blood and blood serum on the shroud. The blood is of type AB.

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