Author Archives: Fr. Allan Hawkins

BUT, WITH NORWEGIAN AIR, IT IS POSSIBLE TO PAY — AND DO NEITHER

“To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive” – Robert Louis Stevenson, Virginibus Puerisque, VI, El Dorado On Tuesday, October 17 early, we left home and flew to New York’s JFK Airport. We had several hours to wait … Continue reading

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“A dab at an index”

Oliver Goldsmith said, in 1759, that “One writer excels at a plan or a title page, another works away the body of the book, and a third is a dab at an index”. A reader’s letter in the current issue … Continue reading

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Reigning and Ruling

I am often asked: “Queen Elizabeth II reigns – but she doesn’t actually rule, does she?” The answer is: “Yes, she certainly does rule”. When I was ten years old I was a pupil at our (Church of England) parochial … Continue reading

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October 21 is the Feast of Blessed Karl, Emperor of Austria and Apostolic King of Hungary

The following is drawn principally from a leaflet published by the Emperor Charles League of Prayer (www.emperorcharles.org): Charles of Austria was born on the 17th August 1887 at Persenbeug castle in Lower Austria. His parents were the Archduke Otto of … Continue reading

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In Paradisum

My father, Raeburn Simpson Hawkins, died 36 years ago. His Year’s Mind – the anniversary of his death – falls on this coming Monday, October 2. Born in Canada, he served in the Great War as a very young man … Continue reading

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Who said this?

“The past is dead; let it bury its dead, its hopes and its aspirations; before you lies the future – a future full of golden promise; a future of expanding national glory, before which all the world shall stand amazed. … Continue reading

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The Purple Testament of Bleeding War — Shakespeare

  This years mark the 75th anniversary of an event – the Dieppe Raid — in August of 1942, when I was eight years old. But I need to start an account of my recollections of this catastrophe some two years … Continue reading

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