Saturday, 7 February 2009

Literary Pretentions...

I have a devotion to St. Anne Line, and I adopted her as a patron saint when I decided to take private vows.  She's one of the three female canonised English martyrs, and I particularly liked the feisty way she answered her judges when accused of harbouring priests.

Not much is known about her life - even the year of her birth is uncertain - though her death was well-documented.

Unfortunately, another friend of mine, none other than Auntie Joanna, knew of my affection for St. Anne, and she managed to talk me into writing a chapter about the saint for her new book, English Catholic Heroines.

It has proved to be extremely difficult to write. It should have been completed back in December. Admittedly, I did get a bad case of flu, which gives me a teensy weensy excuse. But I knew at the time that I would regret agreeing to it. I think it's done now...

I need to tape a card to my computer screen with "Gosh, that's so kind of you to ask, but I'm afraid that..." and then a selection of endings to be applied as needed, for example: "...the cat has been sick on my keyboard," "...I am temporarily insane, and so can't be held responsible for my actions," and "...I've converted to Mormonism."  And then I need to send it out to everyone who asks me to do anything.

I wonder if I can use it to get out of being a Confirmation catechist next year...

4 comments:

Father Anthony Ho said...

Confirmation catechist!!!

Will pray for your task as a catechist. This is my 4th year being Confirmation catechist for Grade 7. I am now also teaching High School Confirmation class. I found it's more challenging/ difficult to teach Confirmation class than Adult Catechism Class or 1st Communion Class, because of the age group.

puellapaschalis said...

I respectfully demand a copy once it's published ;)

the owl of the remove said...

I have a devotion to St. Anne Line too - and I look forward to the book. Is that your statue, and if so, where did you get her?

Mac McLernon said...

Sadly, Father, the statue is not mine... it's not even the statue I saw in South Woodford - I didn't have a phone camera back then, so wasn't into snapping away at everything... I really ought to go back to remedy the situation.

No, the statue is in a school somewhere - I found the photo through Google Images.

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