Tat and Tolkien
I wasn't going to buy anything - but couldn't resist an embroidered amice (£7.50) and, most amazingly, a black cope that was reduced to £40! It's not particularly nice but, with copes, the key thing is the shape and this one is classically Roman. For £40 you can't really go wrong and you never know when a black cope will come in handy. Watch out Kingsland!
Then I went to St Vincent's Centre, Carlisle Place to the London Faith Forum talk. I'm not able to attend these regularly but went along tonight to support my friend, Fr Mark Swires of the diocese of Brentwood, who was speaking on '"Light in Dark Places" - The Life of Grace in the Lord of the Rings.' I'm rather under-read when it comes to Tolkien (mea culpa) but the talk was very interesting and Fr Swires handled the questions very well. Here he is looking rather relieved after the talk was finished:
I must make another effort to read the Lord of the Rings - Fr Swires' talk and Peter Kreeft's excellent The Philosophy of Tolkien (Ignatius Press, 2005), which I flicked through over the summer, have certainly wetted my appetite.