Are We Unfriendly?
Monasticism in a Suburb IHAVE always heard a lot about
St. George's, Sudbury, where Fr. C. L. Russell has proved how much can be done in the way of beauty of liturgical ceremony, given sufficient courage, determination and patience. So last Sunday
used my distance-killing Vespa to cross from South-west to Northwest London to see for myself. It was, indeed, an impressive sight to attend a virtually monastic liturgy in an otherwise ordinary suburban parish. Though the High Mass was only a Missa Cantata (there being no three priests available) choir and servers in the sanctuary amounts to about 60, beautifully trained both in singing and ceremonial. Few churches, too. are more perfectly kept or with greater dignity. The Lady Altar, which I visited after Mass, is a real gem well worth seeing. My only grouse is that the monastic liturgy left the congregation almost more apart from the sanctuary than usual. Not even were they allowed to join in the Credo. But I suppose you cannot have it both ways. Anyway I reco.-nmend a visit at 10.45 on Sundays, and Holy Communion, of course, is given at the Mass. I mention this because I know some churches were it still is not given at a High Mass.
Hamoyo' HOW HOW one is always learning about the Church. Imagine 200 men of all ages gathered together in London for a whole Sunday's rally—and yet virtually nameless. Have you heard of the Brothers of the Assumption ? It is a body of laymen, spread all over the country, who have sprung up through the visiting and nursing Sisters of the Assumption apparently through the sole force of their prayer. Public school boys. professional men, workers, they seem wholly representative of society. I heard Fr. Bernard Basset give them a brilliant serious-gay address and answer first-rate questions. But from the many gems of his speech, I take only one : the password and rallying cry " Hamoyo " which means " Have a Mind of Your Own." It is the invention of Fr. Whelan, the Y.C.W. chaplain, whose young workers greet one another with it. " Hamoyo " is a splendid way of remembering not to take the judgment of the world and those we associate with it for granted.
Literary Week-end FATHER CONRAD, 0.P., at
Spode House has gone out of his way to organise a Literary Weekend from July 5 to 7, and subjects to be treated in lectures include the modern novel; tragedy and religion; the sermon as literature; and poetry and belief. When some months ago we made an investigation among our readers about the relative popularity of features in this paper, resiews of current hooks and literary articles came a great deal higher than we expected. "this leads me to think that a number of our readers will he interested to spend what one hopes will he a flaming week-end in the rural beauty of Spode and listen to the
lectures and discuss them. Attendance is by invitation only, I dare say most of those who much want to go will get invitations if they apply to Fr. Conrad at Spode House, Rugeley, Staffs.
New ' Etudes' Editor A RECENT visitor to London was Pere Le Blond, the newly appointed Editor of the French Jesuit review, Etudes. When I met him, he told me that Etudes can claim a circulation in France as great as, if not higher, than any other serious French review, secular or religious. This is a very remarkable fact and, I imagine, only possible in France where serious religious discussion is always very much in the news. Etudes, moreover, throws its nest out far, and many of its best articles deal with social, political and culi ural matters. About half the writers in most issues are Jesuits. Pere Le Blond. who looks young for the job, has been a schoolmaster all his priestly life. Stimulated perhaps by happy school environment, he has inaugurated his editorship with an article about the need for charity among French Catholic writers and personalities.