On the 1st of January, in the Year of Our Lord 2013 the 11 sisters, formerly members of the Community of Saint Mary the Virgin, Wantage, were reconciled to Our Holy Mother the Church.
What wonderful a New Year's gift for the sisters, for the Church and for the Holy Father, whose own particular project and gift to the English Church the Ordinariate is.
I offered Mass for their intentions yesterday. Now, all the sisters need is a permanent home, and a little cash, presumably, to set it up, so pray!
The Ordinariate in England is the real touchstone of whether we are with the Benedictine "programme" or not. It touches how we see Ecclesiology: the Church's relationship with other Christians bodies, the relationship of individual Christians with the Holy See. The setting up of the Ordinariates throughout the English speaking is just one of the ways in which we have moved to a more authentic interpretation of Vatican II, recognising what we have in common, but recognising what is defficient. Yesterday, for these sisters, who were living a Catholic life "in much fullness", received what was defficient, namely visible Communion with the See of Peter.
Pray for the Ordinariate, that this year the might be given a London home, a little money.
A Happy and Blessed New Year