For many English Catholics, and especially those in the diocese of Arundel and Brighton, today’s celebration of Mass will be a time for grappling with the sad news of Bishop Conry’s resignation and the pain this will be causing so many.
As we pray for him, his diocese, and his family we look to make sense of this and learn from this in the context of the the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, and the love of God this reveals.
The prayer after Communion will be particularly poignant today:
May this heavenly mystery, O Lord,
restore us in mind and body,
that we may be coheirs in glory with Christ,
to whose suffering we are united
whenever we proclaim his Death.
Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
- In who else’s suffering are we united? And whose do we turn from?
- How do we show that God’s answer to suffering and death is the fresh offer of mercy and love?
Photograph of antique buckle (from the belt of St Caesarius of Arles?) showing the Anastasis – the shrine of the Resurrection – in Jerusalem, from the Musée de l’Arles antique. Photgraph (c) Allen Morris, 2014.