Thursday 14th April 2011
As we step into the great week in which the Church recalls the passion, death and resurrection of our Lord, we do so this year with a special poignancy. Until now the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham has numbered fewer than twenty people. By next Sunday, as we celebrate the great feast of Easter, it will be close to a thousand. The pilgrimage of faith upon which many of you have embarked this year – the repentance of Ash Wednesday, the desert of the Eucharistic Fast during Lent, and the renewal of reception this coming week – is a model, a type, of the every Christian's journey toward the fullness of faith in the kingdom of heaven. As this year we return once more to the fullness of faith found in Christ's victory over death, we do so in the knowledge that by responding to the call for unity, we deepen our communion with Christ and one another. Those of you who will be received into the full communion of the Catholic Church this week, especially for the Ordinariate, will be very much in my thoughts and prayers as you take this significant and joyous step. I am looking forward to being with many of you as you make this journey and, though I can't be with all of you in person, you should know that my prayers, and those of many thousands, come with genuine love and respect for the decision you are making. To those of you watching these historic events, please keep us in your prayers, continuing the great prayer of Christ in Gethsemane: that all may be one! May our Lady of Walsingham and Blessed John Henry Newman pray for you as you journey home.