Saturday, October 22, 2005

From The Inn at the End of the World
The bicentenary of Trafalgar
Was yesterday. Its significance is that Nelson’s ships defended an England built on the gentle and just rule of common law and custom against the worst of the French Revolution — overthrow the wisdom and charity of tradition and you get a tyrant, the logical conclusion of private judgement. But that England may be vanishing. I remember when you could still find it if you were looking for it.



HMS Victory
Whom do we fear, knowing that God the Father is with us? No-one!
Whom do we fear, knowing that God the Son is with us? No-one!
Whom do we fear, knowing that God the Holy Ghost is with us? No-one!
I learnt that from former Navy man Fr Peter Laister, who died three years ago the day after tomorrow and was there with that blessing to ‘commission’ the beginning of my adult life, or my life as I now know it.

Well done, good and faithful servant. Requiescat in pace. Amen.

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