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It is right to celebrate!

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Happy All Saints day!

Pope Benedict XVI said,  ” The world offers you comfort, but you were not made for comfort, you were made for greatness.”  

We are all called to be the best we can be in Christ. Let our brightest light shine. We are called to holiness, closeness to God.  The Saints who precede us reached ‘greatness’ in their own unique way.

Recently, I visited the execution site of St’s Thomas More and John Fisher just outside the London Tower on Tower Hill where they were martyred for their Catholic faith. They died not knowing of their greatness in living their Faith with such tenacity.  It is right to celebrate their lives and to remember their sacrifice.

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This is the plaque which includes their names, fixed to the spot where they were beheaded,

John Fisher by Hans Holbein. The Stapleton Collection

Thomas More by Hans Holbein

Hans Holbein the Younger. Sir Thomas More.
© Frick Collection, New York

Read here for details about these two prominent English Saints.

Two Doctors of the Church to welcome in the Year of Faith.

The Church recognises those saints who have particularly distinguished writings as Doctors of the Church.  

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Off to the Eternal City!

I feel so excited about going to Rome. Not only is it the first family holiday in six years, but we’re going to visit a city that is steeped in history, art, culture, the blood of Saints and Martyrs, Catholicism and of course,  Italian food! We will be away for 11 days and I will not be posting anything for the duration of or holiday. I will be using a pen and paper to jot down my thoughts and feelings, the old-fashioned way, before sharing it with you here at 1catholicsalmon.

I’m leaving all my work done and dusted, and boy, it feels great.

I must admit to a little disappointment at having to miss the Queen’s 60th Jubilee celebrations this week-end….I know it’s going to be spectacularly memorable. But, hey, I’ll always be able to say, ‘We were in Rome in the year of the Olympics and the Queen’s Jubilee!!’.

Ciao!