Monday, 21 July 2014

There will now be....

....a brief intermission - to allow for some time for reflection (not a Protect the Pope type of reflection) and also some time to relax and enjoy the Pembrokeshire sunshine and my Old English Game bantams (who have chicks).

New life, fresh hope

Also, time to consider where I am going with this blog.

Many bloggers are going through a crisis of something or other right now so I feel it is only right that I should join them.

I bemoan the wars and tragedies that surround us, I rend my garments at the ineptitude of the machinery of the Catholic Church but, above all.....a very big above all.....

...I will not bemoan my Catholic Faith.

Now is the time to be counted; it is not the time for closing the laptop and curling up in a foetal position and sucking one's thumb.

We are now under pressure as never before - but this is what being a Catholic is all about so.....rejoice!


  1. Lovely photo,these things matter don't they.Yes,lots of reflecting going on.Something will "POP" soon I feel.....At the end of the day,it is the truth that matters...

  2. Yep, kittens still have whiskers, last time I checked. Did ostriches ever have teeth?

  3. Enjoy the period of reflection -but do make sure you come back!!!

  4. Please take to your reflection the pledge of how much you are appreciated. For all the frailties of those around you, you stand as a beacon of hope and encouragement for those like me who silently stand and watch. You articulate the anxieties of our time as few others do. God bless you.

    1. Anon @ 7.50pm - thank you for that most kind comment. God bless you and yours.

  5. Please do not join the crisis crowd. I humbly offer this for consideration, from "across the pond" as it were.

  6. Mr. Collins, enjoy your time away from blogging. I thoroughly enjoy your blog, may God grant you peace in your respite. +JMJ+

  7. Everybody is entitled to a break Richard, so enjoy the wonderful weather we are having together with a few pints of the Reverend James
    and I am sure you will be back suitably refreshed and raring to go.

  8. We hope you have a decent break and receive many graces and blessings.

    In Christ
    Alan and Angeline

  9. What a cute little fellow!

    As for the other, as fellow Texan Julie says, "not always happy, but always happy to be Catholic."

  10. Odd, the Bear, too, has been feeling... like taking a break, and did take a short one. There is something unsettled, pre-echos from the October synod? Or just Francis Fatigue. Who knows. No one will begrudge a rest, friend.

  11. The post-Vat II Catholic Church is in a complete and utter mess, and it's getting worse.

    There is now a need for things to change. This will come about, not when Catholics retire into dutiful but resentful silence, but when they start once again to cry their Catholcism from the roof-tops, fearlessly and without false and hypocritical "niceness".

    Voris is a good example.

    We must once again assert our Catholicism clearly, simply, in straightforward way and forget all this false "ecumenism" that has betrayed the Church during the last fifty years.

  12. Mr Collins, I hope that you will continue your writing (I have learnt a good deal from reading your website). Above all, I hope that you will seek out magazines which will pay you properly for your utterances.

    And I really do mean "pay you properly". Those who glorify amateurism need to ask themselves: does the concept of a living wage for honest toil mean anything whatsoever, or was Leo XIII on a magic-mushroom trip when he said that it did?

    But really the ultimate rebuttal of amateurism triumphant occurs in a Turgenev novel (FATHERS AND SONS, I think, though I can't swear to it) where a local time-waster decides to take up a surgical practice. One bystanders asks: "But does he have any surgical training?" "Oh, no," the retort comes, "he does it more from philanthropy."

  13. Richard, Do come back just as soon as you are rested.

    God bless!

  14. Richard, ENJOY your crisis and then come back to blogging, PLEASE.
    There are good signs of shoots ,

    I have been supplying in North Wales for past two weeks witha third to go. At every Sunday Mass there have been several young children from whom there was not a squeak or a whimper. Some parents are obviously doing a good job when we see children genuflecting in Church. The children wre not all from the parish where I am supplying. Two families with four children each were holiday makers and were in church at least ten minutes before Mass started at 9.30am.

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