Contemplata aliis Tradere

A meagre contribution to the mission and work of the Order of Preachers: my reflections, thoughts, ideas and the occasional rant on matters mainly theological, philosophical and ecclesiastical, drawn primarily from my reading and experience of life and the world. Striving to be always Catholic, firmly Christian and essentially Dominican, flavoured with dashes of Von Balthasar.

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A son of the English Province of the Order of Friars Preachers (Dominicans); born in Malaysia but have lived in the USA, Singapore, the UK & the Philippines for varying durations. A pilgrim and way-farer, a searcher for Truth on the journey of Life... "Wherever the Catholic sun doth shine, There’s always laughter and good red wine. At least I’ve always found it so. Benedicamus Domino!" - Hilaire Belloc

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Remember, remember...

Today is the 400th anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot. Visit The Gunpowder Plot Society's comprehensive site for more information on this historic event which is now largely an excuse for a bonfire and fireworks fun. There is also a pertinent and relevant article by Fr Michael Barnes SJ in this week's The Tablet.

This day remains one of the more fascinating 'What if?'s in English history...

As for the title above, it comes from a rhyme taught to children to remind them of this day. The fear of Catholic conspiracy and even hatred for the Church and the Pope remains to this day and in some towns in Sussex effigies of Guy Fawkes and even the Roman Pontiff are still placed on the bonfire! So behind each bonfire and firework display is a far more sinister and hateful commemoration.

The photo on right is of a stained-glass window of a Jesuit martyr from the Church of Our Lady and the English Martyrs in Cambridge.


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