A Pilgrimage to Mells
I had a wonderful day - staying at Downside Abbey and then, later this morning, driving out to nearby Mells. This is an idyllic Somerset village with everything a priest could possibly wish for on his day off - a fine public house (The Talbot Inn), a manor house (now owned by the Catholic Asquith family) and a pretty medieval church (St Andrews), which, despite being Anglican, has a surprising number of dstinguished Catholic converts in the graveyard: Siegfrid Sassoon (the convert war poet), Christopher Hollis (M.P., convert author and father of the bishop of Portsmouth) and, most importantly (for me), Mgr Ronald Knox. He will need no introduction to readers of this blog - a convert, wit, man of letters, translator of the Bible, Westminster priest and one of my favourite homilists (I often refer to his three volumes of sermons or the talks he gave to school children, such as The Mass in Slow Motion). For more information on this wonderful priest, go to the website of the Ronald Knox Society. His tomb can be seen in the (rather fine) photo above.