Today is the feast of Saints Kyneburga, her sister Kyneswide and their relative Tibba – the patron saint of falconers. It is said that Ireland was the land of saints and scholars – but there was also a time when England too was full of saints. I once started a project counting all the place-names derived from Our Lady – and gave up.
Recently His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols dedicated England and Wales to the Immaculate Heart of Mary – for this country was once known as Mary’s dowry. And in a time when a Catholic politician is slated for wearing ashes on her forehead in public, let’s hope that goodwill and lovingkindness – of which Our Lady is the exemplar – win the day.
Our Lady of Westminster