Friday, August 24, 2012
One of the kindest things
It is Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor 80th birthday today and so today he relinquishes his role as a voting member of the Conclave and as member of the Congregation for Bishops.
As the Bishop of Arundel and Brighton he ordained me and showed me and many others so many acts of kindness. He cared for his priests.
He gave me permission to try my vocation as a monk and after a few months came down to the monastery and spent a few days on retreat, we talked quite a bit about God and prayer but never whether I was I going to stay or come back to the diocese, he said, "I just wanted to come and be with you". It was one of the kindest things anyone has ever done for me.
It is sad that a few months later his kindness to another of his priests did so much damage to him as Archbishop of Westminster.
Posted by Fr Ray Blake