Posted by: catholicrelics | October 10, 2009

Pray for a particular blessing

25, originally uploaded by Catholic Church (England and Wales).

Opening words from the Archbishop of Southwark, the Most Reverend Kevin McDonald

‘As we begin this Mass on this beautiful day, I would like to welcome all of you to Aylesford.

‘I also welcome those who are watching this Mass on the Internet.

‘It’s 50/50 that you should come here; here to this wonderful Carmelite Shrine which also houses the relics of St Simon Stock. St Simon Stock and St Therese of Lisieux belong both of them to the Carmelite family. So this is very much a home; this is very much where we should be at home; where St Therese herself is at home.

‘All of us here today, wherever you come from, come here seeking a blessing. Everyone here today is looking for a blessing. I think it is appropriate as we begin the Mass, in our own lives, to identify the particular blessing that we are seeking today; to identify and bring it before the Lord. And as we come together, seeking God’s blessing and seeking the intercession of St Therese – we should open ourselves to God because we all come together here today in great need; all of us without exception come together in great need, particularly for God’s healing and God’s forgiveness.

‘So let’s open ourselves completely to the healing and forgiveness and the possibility of conversion and new life which is on offer; which is available here today in the Eucharist.’


  1. It was a wonderful experience, I felt like not going home again. It was an opportinity for real spiritual refuelling. Thanks be to God and the organisers.

  2. It was really a day full of love!

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