CHRISTMAS AT THE ORATORY LARNE
Rev. Dr. Martin Pulbrook
Christmas Day 2013
My dear Pat,
It's 2.50pm., and we have just finished our Christmas dinner. Before I go and fall asleep by the fire I just wanted to pen these few words to you.
I left this morning at 7 a.m, without in the end having breakfast. Everyone else seemed sound asleep, and I didn't want to risk waking anyone up by moving around in the kitchen. I stopped briefly at 8.30 at the Castlebellingham Service Area and got a coffee and a roll.
I find it difficult to put adequately into words the effect on me of the two Masses at The Oratory on the 22nd and 24th. So often in the mainstream the performance of ceremonies is formalaic and wooden, i.e non-spontaneous. But exactly the reverse is true in what you have managed to bring into effect at The Oratory: there is immediacy, complete sincerity, and spontaneity, and the result is simply overwhelming. Thank you for allowing me to be part of something that will be with me for the rest of my life.
I am greatly saddened by the fact that these massive positives that you have brought to things spiritual should be unfairly weighed down and counterbalanced by the inevitable negatives flowing from the recent case.
It is time the public in general heard good things about you for a change, rather than bad and appalling things.
As a British citizen I am ashamed of my country's justice system.
Dr Martin Pulbrook
Lecturer in Latin and Greek (Rtd)