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21.5.17.

Last Wednesday evening two of our sisters represented the community at the Induction Mass of Fr. Ian Vane, our new parish priest in Uckfield; Bishop Richard Moth presided. Then on Friday there was a short article printed in the Tablet, click opposite to read it. We had welcomed Sue Gainsford, former literary editor of the Tablet & now a freelance journalist, the previous week & we'd spent a happy few hours together.

                         




         

18.5.17.

Does anyone remember Max Bygrave's song of 1958 'You need hands'? If we stop to ponder we'll see how we really do need hands, ours & other peoples each & every day.
Right now, & especially during this month of May, Our Blessed Lady is holding our world in her hands, offering us to her Son, beseeching Him on our behalf.

                         



         

12.5.17.

Look who came to visit us! He was quite tame so must have strayed from one of the properties nearby; peacocks make good guard dogs! We tried very hard to persuade him to open his tail feathers; he stayed a whole day & then disappeared, hopefully he has made it home.
                         



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8.5.17.

Yesterday we celebrated Good Shepherd Sunday, a day when we pray for priestly vocations. For us here in the monastery it's also a day when we think of & pray for all those 'Good Shepherds' who have guided us on lifes journey. We particularly thank & pray for Mother Mary Joseph as she guides our community.

                         


         

1.5.17.

We went to see the Viz nursery at recreation yesterday! All seem to be doing well although the marrow seedlings look a little 'under the weather'! I think sister needs to talk & sing to them a little more often! I suppose we're all 'seedlings' in a way; needing nourshment & encouragement to grow, as St Francis de Sales says 'where we are planted' to our full potential.
 
                         



 
         

 29.4.17.

The ducklings have hatched & are a joy to see swimming across the pond; the woods are ablaze with the blue haze of bluebells. Isn't Spring wonderful?
                         

 
 
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22.4.17.

We have new guests! 4 Canadian geese are visiting. They are huge birds, & when in flight make quite a noise. Perhaps they are eating the fish in our pond!
                         

         


18.4.17.

A few of our Easter Alleluia days to share with you.
                         


         

16.4.17.    EASTER SUNDAY

ALLELUIA! ALLELUIA, ALLELUIA!
Wishing you many blessings on this most glorious day. United  in love & in prayer with
 our sisters & friends
all over the world.
                         


         

12.4.17.

We are in retreat & as we enter the Sacred Triduum tomorrow we unite ourselves with you in love & prayer, remembering your families & intentions.
                         


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9.4.17.

On this beautiful, sunny Palm Sunday the lambs have arrived, frisking & jumping with joy. We wish you all a very peaceful & prayerful Holy Week.
                         


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5.4.17. 

Yesterday we welcomed our chaplain, Fr Jim Hurley, back from America. Whilst there, & with other members of the Cardinal Cooke Guild, Fr. Jim celebrated Mass for the commemoration of the 49th anniversary of the Cardinal's appointment as Archbishop of New York. Fr. Jim is involved in promoting the cause of beatification & canonisation of Terence, Cardinal Cooke.

                         


 

  



         

4.4.17.

Helen & Steve brought us some new fish & more water lilies for the pond a couple of days ago. Let's hope the heron doesn't eat all the fish!
 
                         

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30.3.17.

On this beautiful spring morning the sheep are busy munching the green grass & we are waiting for the lambs to make an appearance. All is at peace.
 
                         


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27.3.17.

A few 'family' pictures. Sr M. Teresa preparing the choir for Mass on Laetare Sunday, Sr Clare Chantal preparing the Liturgy at the zither, Sr Josephinre Margaret putting the kettle on & Lorraine preparing the dinner.
                         





         

26.3.17.

On this beautiful spring Mothering Sunday morning, take a quick walk with us through our daffodil park, have a seat & hear the birds praising God! Turn sound up.

                         

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25.3.17.     The Annunciation

'The angel had completed his mission: he could bring to God humanity's "yes", spoken by Mary of Nazarath.
                      Pope St John Paul II
                         



         

17.3.17. 

Happy St Patricks day!
Our good friend Inge has made us the gift of a summerhouse in our daffodil park, for our retreatants. It has a wonderful view out over the park & will be the perfect place for gazing out onto God's glory; a quiet place to sit & reflect. Come & try it out!
           


         

13.3.17.

Last Thursday, the 7th, Sr Jane Margaret's great nephew celebrated his 1st birthday with us; amid the balloons & banners there was lots of laughter, fun & unwrapping of presents, the latter done mostly by Joseph's 3 year old brother Sebastian! We thank God for the gift of life & for family.
           

 
         

29.2.17.              ASH WEDNESDAY

Today we begin our 6 week journey of contemplation, reflection, penance & prayer through the weeks of Lent. Lent is also known as a 'Little Springtime'; spring, the season of newness, everywhere new promise bursting forth. Our park is full of glorious daffodils amid the still barren trees, a golden host bringing joy to our hearts & our eyes. The birds are singing & the bulbs are just about popping their heads above the ground.
For us too it's 'desert-time', the season to slow down, to take time to be with God; to emerge from our winter barreness, cast aside our yesterdays & travel towards our tomorrows.
We wish you a very prayerful & blessed Lent, may you feel God near as He leads you to the glory of His Resurrection.
           







         

25.2.17.

A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it, it just blooms.
                       

         

15.2.17.

In our busy lives we sometimes need to know that it's okay to be 'idle', to take space & time just to be, as Thomas Merton reminds us -
'Let there be a space somewhere in which you can breathe naturally, quietly & not have to take your breath in continuous short gasps; a place where your mind can be idle & forget its concerns, descend into silence & worship God in secret'.
                       




         

11.2.17.

'The true monastery is not dependent on the enclosure of walls; it is rather a quality of consciousness or state of heart that involves daily commitment to attain an inner aloneness - the place where God & soul dwell in intimacy.'
                               Beverly Lanzetta

                       

         

3.2.17.

Yesterday some of us went to Worth Benedictine Abbey to celebrate Mass for the Day of Consecrated Life with our Bishop. When we arrived home we found the ducks enjoying a leisurely swim on the pond.
                       


         

28.1.17.

Last week we had some very cold, crisp & frosty days, but to accompany them were some spectacular sunrises which we managed to capture. One sister said it was like walking into heaven!
                   

             

Believe in God like you believe in the sunrise. Not because you can see it but because you can see everything it touches.
                                               C.S. Lewis  

         

26.1.17.

Yesterday the Waldron 'Parish Pealers' came to entertain us with a selection of carols & tunes expertly played on their hand bells.
It was a wonderful afternoon & we are very grateful to these lovely ladies who shared their very special, unique way of bringing joy.
                       


         

24.1.17.

Last night we held a prayer vigil before today's great feast of Our Holy Founder, St Francis de Sales. A medley of prayer, hymns & readings to ponder & reflect on. Today we shall be adoring before the Blessed Sacrament all day & will hold you all in prayer.

                       



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18.1.17.

Throughout the world there are millions of us who pray to the same God. We may call Him by a different name; we may say different words, our rubrics & ways of worship may vary, but we are all on the side roads that lead to the main highway; we are all gazing in the same direction. Today the week for Christian Unity begins & as we each rejoice in our individual gifts of faith & vocation, we pray for one another that we may have the grace of perseverence, courage & compassion; that we may bring joy & hope to a world that at times seems overwhelmed with sadness & fear. We're also in the middle of our Novena to Our Holy Founder, St Francis de Sales, before his feast on January 24th. You, your intentions & all those you hold in your hearts are remembered in our Novena.

               










         


14.1.17.


'Our hearts are restless until
 they find rest in You.'
                                           St Augustine



                     


         

8.1.17.        Feast of the Epiphany

"What can I give Him poor as l am?
If l were a shepherd, I would give a  lamb;
If I were a Wise Man, l would do my part,
Yet what l can l give Him: give my heart."

                 

         

5.1.17.


Yesterday we enjoyed welcoming our Bishop, Richard Moth, for the afternoon. It was such a lovely visit showing him our new home, having tea together with our chaplain Fr Jim Hurley & then at Vespers Bishop Richard blessed our chapel.


                   

 
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1.1.17.  Solemnity of the Mother of God

As we approached the end of 2016, yesterday evening we shared a vigil of prayer, music, psalms & quietness. We prayed for our world, for each other; we offered one another the gifts of friendship & forgiveness as we journey together into a new year. We blessed each other & asked for the grace to Live Jesus always.

On January 1st 1612 our Holy Founder, St Francis de Sales wrote to St Jane de Chantal -
 "May we live this year
 that it may serve as a foundation for eternity".

We wish you, your families & all whom you hold in your hearts a very Happy & Blessed New Year.

                   






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28.12.16.

Here are some Christmas pics to share with you. It was a time of prayer & blessings, of work & fun, of laughter & gratitude. God be praised!
                       

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25.12.16.

Christmas Blessings
& great Joy to you all.
We remember you &
all your intentions before the crib.
                       


         

21.12.16.

On this shortest day of the year our Advent wreath has almost finished its work. It shines out among us in the darkness as we anticipate the birth of the Light of the World. Symbolic in meaning it reminds us that we are in a holy season, it invites us to reflect & pray in stillness.
                         


         

18.12.16.

At Vespers last night we began the O Antiphons; the beautiful poetic verses once described as 'a unique work of art' that will journey with us through these last days of Advent & into the wonderful feast of Christmas. We unite with the church in singing these verses which have been echoing down the years since the 8th century. At the beginning of the Magnificat each evening we will proclaim the coming of Christ, raising our voices in longing & welcome. We are in retreat this coming week & remember you & all your intentions in our prayers.
Maranatha, Come Lord Jesus.
                         





         

11.12.16.

These are busy days, days of lists of things to do before Christmas. Have we ordered the turkey, bought enough mincepies, presents? We are waiting, preparing for the coming of Jesus. Fr. Jim told us a story at Mass this morning: a group of men were on their way home from work, they were late for their train so were rushing, pushing their way through crowds to reach the platform. In their rush they knocked into a small boy selling apples, upset his cart & the apples went everywhere. They didn't stop to help pick them up but jumped onto their train. Just as it was ready to leave one man had a twinge of conscience, said goodbye to his friends & returned to the boy & his overturned applecart. He began to help pick them up noticing that many were bruised & unsaleable. Pulling out his wallet he handed the boy some money noticing that the boy was blind. As he left the boy shouted after him "Are you Jesus?"
In these last weeks of Advent we are all called to be Jesus, & perhaps to search for Him in places that we don't expect to find Him.

               









         

1.12.16.

Over the past 3 days we have had Fr. Michael Creech, a Redemptorist priest, giving us beautiful Advent talks. A good friend to our community, we have known Fr Michael for over 45 years & he always visits when he is in the area. Thank God for faithful, generous & holy priests.

                     

         

27.11.16.

I can't believe it'll be the first Vespers of Advent this evening, where has this year gone? It has simply flown past, & left us breathless! Now we enter into the most beautiful time of the Church's year, a time of expectation, waiting & longing. With Mary we have pronounced our 'Fiat'; with Mary we are not quite sure how the future is set to pan out, but we place it into the hands of a living, loving God & go where He leads. Maranatha, Come Lord Jesus.

 
                     





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25.11.16.

A little girl stood watching a man as he drank by a well, after drinking the man stood there gazing into the well, as though looking at someone. The girl asked "Who lives down there?" ''God does," answered the man. "Can I see him?" "Of course you can," the man replied. He lifted the little girl up so that she could see down the well, but all she could see was her own reflection on the water. Disappointed she said "But that's me, all I see is me." "Good" replied the man, "Now you know where God lives - He lives in you."


                     



         

20.11.16.    Christ the King

Although it's a very wet, wild & windy morning here in East Sussex, on this beautiful feast of Christ the King, the ducks are enjoying a morning swim on the pond. There are golden, fallen leaves everywhere, blanketing the earth & keeping it warm & snug. We are in retreat before our renewal of vows tomorrow on the feast of the Presentation; two days of Eucharistic adoration when we'll pray so much for our world & all its needs, for you & for all your intentions.


                     




         

17.11.16.

As part of the conclusion of this Year of Mercy a Sacred Heart Mercy Mission around central London was held this past week, concluding on Sunday with Mass at Our Lady of Victoires church in Kensington, celebrated by Bishop John Wilson. Part of this mission was to welcome the relics of our sister, St Margaret Mary Alocoque & St Claude de la Colombiere, for veneration. Some of our sisters travelled to London to attend the mass & had a wonderful day.
             



           


13.11.16.

'Go in peace today. Love & be loved. The fountain of truth will prevail for a few hours at least today & make people wonder  . . . . .  Why?'
                                        Chief Seattle


                   


           

9.11.16.  Feast of the Lateran Basilica

As enclosed contemplatives we have not visited one of the designated 'Holy Doors' during this Year of Mercy, but today we had our own Holy Door. At the beginning of Mass we processed round the cloister to our Choir singing 'O how lovely is your dwelling place Lord God of hosts', uniting ourselves with the Church in this beautiful act of love.

             


           


6.11.16.

'In Autumn the trees show us
 how beautiful letting go can be'.
                   

     
           

31.10.16.

  'Where beauty is apparent we should enjoy it,
   Where beauty is hidden, we should unveil it.
   Where beauty is defaced, we should restore it,
   Where there is no beauty we should create it'.
   
 
       




                 
 At Vespers this evening we begin the Liturgy for the feast of All Saints. For this feast I wish you a day full of the beauty that God will send you. Recognise it & rejoice in it for it surrounds you & will lift your heart & soul.                          
                                           

28.10.16.

Tomorrow is the baptism of Joseph Vincent Allenby, one of Sr Jane Margaret's great nephews, brother to Sebastian. He is a sunny, happy little chap, with blue eyes & a continual smiling face. His hair is something to behold as it sprouts upwards! There is something very special about interacting with a smiling baby, seeing God's gift of the miracle of life before our eyes in all its innocence & simplicity.
               



           

24.10.16.

Today is ' United Nations day', when in 1945 the United Nations was established after our world had seen what total war could do. It was set up to promote 'choosing 'life', for refugees, for health care, in the growing of food & in the promoting of science & culture.  Our world today is a very different place, but the words of Deuteronomy 30 are still relevant:
        'I set before you life or death,
                blessing or curse.
           Choose life then, so that
           you & your descendants
               may live in my love.'

Today the 'Jungle' camp in Calais is being closed, those living there will be in utter anquish & despair, with an uncertain future. May we, with open hearts, be with them in whatever way is possible for each one of us, to bring life by our prayer & way of life.

         








               

19.10.16.

When Srs Clare Chantal & M. Teresa were in Annecy in July, attending a workshop on the Treatises on the Love of God by St Francis de Sales, they stayed with our sisters in the monastery there. Here is a small video of the sisters at recreation during that week showing their musical skills!

         



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17.10.16.

Although the feast of our Sister St Margaret Mary Alocoque is Oct. 16th, being a Sunday we are keeping it today, the anniversary of her death. Thanking God for all His many blessings given through our sister's intercession & uniting ourselves with all our sisters & friends throughout the world, praying for all your intentions as we adore before  the Blessed Sacrament all day.

       






                     

15.10.16.

Every day, during the month of October at 4.15. we recite the rosary together. Such a simple prayer, but so powerful, so meditative & beautiful. I don't think we shall realise until we reach heaven the gift that it is.

         



'The greatest method
of praying is to
 pray the rosary
.'
            St Francis de Sales


                     

30.9.16.  

Sr. Mary Blogerina is going into her twelve day retreat tonight. Please say a little prayer for her -  & watch this space!
         


                     

25.9.16.

'Count your blessings,
count them one by one,
and it will surprise you
what the Lord has done'.


         

                     

18.9.16.

Yesterday we had a wonderful day with our group of Daughters of St Francis de Sales in Patmos; we welcomed Michael Moran, Director General of the Sons of St Francis de Sales & Jennifer Hammond the Regional Directress of our Daughters, who was over on a visit from the United States. It was a day of blessings & sharing as we rejoiced in the deep bonds of friendship.

       





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15.9.16.
   Our Lady of Sorrows

'In dangers, in doubts, in difficulties, think of Mary, call on Mary.
With her for guide
you shall never go astray;
while invoking her
you shall never lose heart;
while she holds your hand,
you cannot fall;
under her protection
you have nothing to fear.'
                                          St Bernard

 





                     

9.9.16.

Last night we had a procession to honour Our Lady for her birthday. This is an old tradition within our community; years ago it was an outside procession with lighted candles in coloured jars hanging from trees along the route, all very beautiful & atmospheric. As the sisters got older it became an indoor procession, last night we processed around our cloister saying the rosary & singing hymns. It's always good to honour Mary our Mother.
 




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8.9.16.

Thursday was the 97th birthday of our dear Sr Mary Dorothy. Nuns don't retire you know; sister spends her days saying many rosaries & prayers, she is our 'Prayer Bank'!

 


               



5.9.16.


Just for today I will trust
the path I am on . . . .



 



               
27.8.16.

We are surrounded by natural parables. A few weeks ago I put below pics of our pruned roses; they were just about to burst forth into flower when the deer had them for lunch! They were 'naturally pruned' but came up again with new leaves & resilience. Once again the deer visited & this time they were even more severely eaten, right down to the surrounding wire, and now yet again they have burst out in new leaf, what is the hope for their future - who knows? But it seems to be within their very being that there is hope. Isn't it the same within our daily lives? We are 'pruned' again & again throughout life, sometimes it's very painful, very hurtful, but we gradually, with the grace of God, carry on anew. I have always loved what Michael Angelo said when he was sculpturing a block of marble; that he was not making anything new but just uncovering what was already there. That's what God does with us & our lives.


 







                     

22.8.16.

Yesterday we had the joy of welcoming the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate from London, for the day. They came for Mass & stayed until after Vespers & Adoration. We spent a lovely few hours together & thankfully the sun shone in the sky as well as in our hearts.

       



               

16.8.16
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We have some new cards, click on the picture opposite to see them. They are 1.25p each plus postage stamp; the insides are left blank & are on Hammer Embossed card. We can put any personalised greeting on to the cards for you. To see the rest of our cards or to order click on Online Shop  -  cards  - below.


       


               

12.8.16.

Feast of St Jane Frances de Chantal

'Follow your own way of speaking to Our Lord; sincerely, lovingly, confidently & simply, as your heart dictates'.
            St Jane Frances de Chantal

We unite in love & prayer with our Sisters & friends throughout the world as we celebrate this special feast of Holy Mother beginning with First Vespers this evening. May you receive many blessings through her intercession.

       




               

9.8.16.

This beautiful Dragonfly came to visit us yesterday, his body had the most wonderful colours on it; looking at it you couldn't but help marvel at this awesome creation of our loving God.

       



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4.8.16.

Our two sisters returned home safely from their workshop in Annecy. Here are some pics to share with you of their wonderful visit; our Annecy monastery, our sisters in Moulin & at the Museum where much of our Visitandine heritage is on display. Please click on the pictures


     




   



           

28.7.16.

A few pics of the gardens, with our new statue of Our Lady. Sometimes it's hard to reconcile living in God's beauty & with God's creatures, much as we love them all! Our rose bushes were  blooming, some in bud & quite glorious, but for the second time in the past weeks they have been 'pruned' by the deer that come into our grounds. These are utterly delightful, some are just like Bambi, but their choice of menu leaves a lot to be desired!

 
       






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24.7.16.


'All that we are is the result of all that we have thought'.
       



               

21.7.16.

We had a tea party for some of our Affiliated Sisters, it was lovely to have them together & share with our extended family, ending with singing the Lord's praises at Vespers.

     


   


           

16.7.16.

Early this morning our Sisters Clare Chantal & Mary Teresa left for Annecy, France where they will be attending a workshop on the Treatises of the Love of God by St Francis de Sales. Our Holy Founder said that 'Those who go stay & those who stay go'; so our sisters take all of us in their hearts as they visit 'La Sante Source'. It will be for them an enriching few days, meeting old & new friends & sisters. God be praised!


           





                     

12.7.16.

The sun is shining & Donna & Mary 'say' they are off to do some cleaning! Do they look like cleaners to you? I have my suspicions that they are looking for a sunny spot!
           




                     


7.7.11.

May the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.
                            Amen.
           



                     

6.7.1.6.

Click picture to see how Forest gump got into Heaven!
           


                     

4.7.16.

Happy Independence day to all our sisters & friends across the pond! Our love & prayers always.

 

           

                     


3.7.16.

Our dear Lorraine & her friend Alison completed a run for cancer yesterday. Lorraine's grandson Sebastian, 2, celebrated with an icecream!
           


                     

29.6.16.

Leonie Martin was the sister of St Therese of Lisieux; whereas her 4 sisters entered the Carmel of Lisieux, she entered the Visitation Order at Caen. Her cause for beatification is underway.
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27.6.16

Let's make sure we look for some 'magic' today.


   



         

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21.6.16

Mid-Summers day, & the sun has shone all day, Praise the Lord! Sile has been working very hard during her retreat, transforming the newly named 'Queen's Garden', after the Queen of Heaven & Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth in honour of her 90th birthday! It is now looking very neat & tidy, as long as the rabbits don't eat everything! Our Lady just needs a new coat of paint at a later date. The pond & tree lined drive is very tranquil.


   







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13.6.16.

Something for the gardeners to enjoy!
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7.6.16.

The wild garden has, at last, grown wild, & is wonderful to see. Hundreds of daisies, buttercups & other wild flowers; a haven for the butterflies, bees & for us to gaze on.
You know for the Chinese there is the year of the Dog, the year of the Snake; well for us this is definitely the year of the Buttercup! Everywhere you look there is a golden hue where this simple little wild flower is flourishing.

   



 

'We do see nature with our eyes, but with our understandings &
our hearts'
     William Hazlett

         

4.6.16.

We have visitors in the lavender plant in our cloister courtyard. One small egg at the moment belonging to a family of Pied Wagtails. Small birds with long tails which they swing from side to side as they walk along, they are comical to watch! The nest itself is no more than 5 inches across to give you an idea how small it is. Let's hope the female returns to lay the rest of her brood.


 





             




           




       
3.6.16.        The Sacred Heart

'In your imagination see the crucified Jesus Christ in your arms & on your chest, & say a hundred times while kissing the wound in His side, "Here is my hope, here is the living well-spring of my happiness, here is the heart of my soul, here is the soul of my heart. Nothing shall separate me from this love. I hold Him & I will not let Him go until He has brought me to safety."
      St Francis de Sales to St Jeanne de Chantal
           

                                     


2.6.16.

Yesterday we had the pleasure of a visit from Bishop Stephen Conway, Anglican Bishop of Ely; Bishop Stephen is the nephew of our chaplain Fr. Jim Hurley, who accompanied him. It was lovely to welcome Bishop Stephen again & to hear news of his diocese & work.
 





Bishop Stephen








Fr. Jim
           


30.5.16.           The Visitation

In England the Visitation Order, our Order, isn't very well known, but most Christians do know the story of the Visitation in the Gospel, Luke 1: 39-56, when Mary 'went in haste' to visit her cousin Elizabeth. Pope Francis said that in this gospel "God tells us something the Lord does everytime He visits us, He calls us out of our house; we are visited so that we can visit others; we are encountered so that we can encounter others; we receive love in order to give love."

Mary was far from thinking 'it was all about her', or thinking that everyone had to come & wait upon her; she left the house & went out to serve. Filled with a joy, which is there for each one of us when we are doing God's will, she proclaimed her great hymn of praise, the 'Magnificat'.

Our feastday begins at 1st Vespers this evening & tomorrow we shall spend in Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament. We pray for all of you & for ourselves, that we may be able to live the tenderness of Mary, to have seeing eyes & listening hearts, that we may 'go out' to others in their need, & in doing so find great joy.

 












   
 
28.5.16.

If it's not a feastday we commemorate Our Lady on a Saturday. Today at Morning Office we sang 'O purest of Creatures, sweet mother, sweet maid' for the entrance hymn. How fitting these most beautiful lilies adorn our altar as we sang those words. They were a gift & are truly spectacular. Today we pray through the intercession of Our Lady for peace in our troubled world.
 
   




         

21.5.16.

Today although warm it's raining, but as we had a gardening day on Thursday the rain is very welcome. Wild flowers are popping up all over giving a delicate covering to the earth & grass, the pots are now full of new plants & the hanging baskets are 'hanging'! A few more weeks & hopefully we shall be a blaze of colour; spring has definitely sprung!



 



 



       

15.5.16.          PENTECOST

Everything is very late in the kitchen garden this year because the ground was so wet. Now it's like concrete! However some vegetables have gone in & the area is looking a little more 'alive', in the greenhouse tiny seedlings are popping their heads up. Do we allow our 'plot' to be become dry & arid so that nothing can grow; do we neglect the weeding, watering & nourishment that is required for growth of any kind? As we spend the day in Adoration we pray for the gifts of the Holy Spirit, that we may all be filled with wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety & fear of the Lord; that our love may deepen & grow, that our world may know peace & joy in the Lord.

 
   

















       

11.5.16.

Tonight we go into retreat for 3 days in preparation for Pentecost. Please pray for us & we'll remember you in prayer; that the Holy Spirit may grant us His gifts, strengthen our faith & fill us with His love.

   


       
 
10.5.16. 

Just the weather to 'cool off' in our woods & see the wonderful display of bluebells. Isn't God clever?

   

       

8.5.16.

Would you ever believe so much could be stored in such small sheds! So time for another clear out, sort out & throw out, &  another skip l think!