This morning, the lecture at the Faith Summer Session was given by Dr Christina Read. It was delightful to hear her referred to as such by Lucy Nash who is this year’s conference chairman since I have known Christina since was a teenager. Christina’s doctorate was on the work of Hans Urs Von Balthasar. She is married with three children and was speaking about the sacrament of marriage. Her talk was a good and solid presentation to the young people on the goods of marriage; she explained very competently how contraception contradicts the essentially life-giving nature of the marriage act; and she brought in many personal touches to the topic. These were at times quite moving, as for example when she spoke of how amazing it was for her to look at her children and realise that they were the result of the love of her and her husband in co-operation with God’s creative will.
Christina’s talk was from a prepared text so I expect that it will be published in Faith Magazine at some point.
It is also significant that Lucy Nash is chairing this year's conference. Back in 1974 when I went on the Faith Summer Session myself as a teenager, her father Andrew was the chairman.