Many of you probably know that today is the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin in the Roman Catholic church. I just wanted to say to all my Catholic readers that I hope you have a lovely day today. I love days like this when we can all gather for the liturgy in the middle of the week.
I know that some of my Anglican readers do not yet believe in the Assumption, and that is ok. I have a lot of respect for Marian devotion in the Anglican Communion. I just wanted to say that the blessed virgin Mary has had a tremendous impact on my faith life. She is in many ways the first evangelist, so I would like to ask all of my Anglican readers to ask her to prey for me so that I might do a better job in my attempts to teach you about our church.
Hello wonderful readers,
Forever and a day ago, I promised you that we were going to talk about the inspiring lives of the English Martyrs. Today, we are going to begin to do that by talking about Bl. William Freeman, whose feast day was yesterday.
Bl. William lived from 1558 until 1589. Growing up, he was a devout Anglican. In 1586, he witnessed the Martyrdom of another English Catholic and was never the same again. He left for France, where he became a priest. After this, he returned to England, where he lived devoutly until the day of his own martyrdom in 1589.
Bl. William Freeman is so inspiring to me because of his ability to hear and receive the truth of the Catholic faith. I think he is also a great example for Anglicans who are thinking of coming into the church. Sometimes, Anglicans are afraid that they are being disloyal to England if they become Catholic. Bl. William remained loyal to England, but he recognized that loyalty to God must come first. I think that all of us can learn a lot from this martyr’s struggles with loyalty.
Hello again my wonderful readers,
I had temporarily stopped writing this blog because I wanted to educate myself more on the theologies of the Anglican and Catholic churches. I always love praying and thinking with you, but I found myself to be too ignorant to keep up this blog. However, due to the warm encouragement of several of you, I have decided to start writing again even as I continue to educate myself. I have greatly missed talking with you and I’m happy to be back again. 🙂
Hello again my wonderful readers,
I am sorry that it has been a long time since I have written to you. My free time over the past month has been rather scarce. However, I will make it up to you and I prey that our time of praying and thinking together about how best to unify ourselves with our Anglican brothers and sisters will be fruitful And pleasing to our lord.
Today is the feast day of some of the martyrs who died in Mexico over 100 years ago. As I think about their lives today and pray to our Lady of Guadalupe that religious freedom might flourish in Mexico, I am reminded of the English martyrs who lay down their lives for the unity of the church during the English Reformation. Sometimes it is easy to feel as if our work towards unification with the Anglican church is not necessary because of their closeness in doctrine to our own church. However, when we study the lives of men, like St. Thomas Moore and St. John Fisher, who died so that the two churches might not have split, we realized that this is indeed not the case. It is important that we remember their contribution and that we ask them to pray and intercede for us on this our prayerful journey of evangelization. For the next few posts, I will reflect on the lives of some of the most important ones.
Clearly, one of the most fundamental ways we can work towards Our eventual unity is to pray for and with one another. All Christians are called to do this to some extent. As Catholics and Anglicans, I think that one of the most beautiful opportunities we have of doing this is to share in one another’s liturgy. The liturgy is a framework on which all our other prayer is grounded. It is a gift which not all of our Christian brothers and sisters have And for which we should be truly thankful.
Attending a liturgy which is not your own can be a profoundly moving experience. One day in the next couple of weeks I would like to challenge you to attend either daily mass or evensong in the tradition which is not your own. While you are there reflect on the similarities and differences between the two liturgies. I would love for you to comment on this post with your experiences.
If you are reading a blog about the possible unification of the Catholic and Anglican churches, there is a good chance that you are interested in learning more about the catholic faith period If you are not, perhaps you could be persuaded to do so period 🙂 RCIA Is a great way to do this, But it can be a big time suck if you’re not really serious period Sometimes, you may also have questions about what the Catholic Church says about a particular aspect of your Anglican faith. It can be very difficult for an RCIA teacher to answer such questions if she is not familiar with the Anglican tradition period Through this section of my blog, I hope to provide a series of brief catechetical lessons which Will be designed especially for you, my Anglican readers, and will hopefully answer some of the questions that you may have period If there is a topic that you would like me to cover sooner rather than later, feel free to leave a recommendation in the comment box of any post period I am working on getting an email for this blog that can serve the same purpose period
Our lord’s peace be with you forever
Although there are obviously many great things that we can do To work towards the eventual reception of all Anglicans into full unity with the Catholic Church, The greatest and most valuable thing that we can ever do for our Anglican brothers and sisters is to pray for them to our God and to the immaculate heart of Mary. Today I wish to remind or educate you about a very fulfilling way that we can do this. I am talking about the green scapular which was given to us by our lady.
The green scapular is yet another way to express our love for the immaculate heart of Mary. It is associated with conversion. The prayer which is associated with it is immaculate heart of Mary pray for us now and at the hour of our death. You can either wear it for one of your Anglican friends or, if it seems to be prudent, put a green scapular into their belongings. Below is a link to the green scapular society which has more information about this wonderful devotion that I could possibly tell you in a blog post. I encourage all of you to buy green scapulars, to wear them and to join the green scapular society. May all of you remain forever devoted to our immaculate mother.