On the wall facing my bed I have a very large, blown-up, photo of Teresa Higginson in a frame. It is not my property. I volunteered to take care of it for a time when it seemed to be in danger of being binned. It actually belongs in a presbytery, and I think it is about time it was returned.
Some years ago a retired (now deceased) priest in my diocese asked me to visit him. He had become involved in the cause of Teresa Higginson, and was looking for someone to succeed him. I think I agreed, but without much enthusiasm. A few years ago I felt a need to visit Teresa's grave. I don't know what I expected from that visit, but she has been a quiet "presence" in my life for some time.
I recently bought a new book about her; "The Devil in Bootle" by Richard Whittington-Egan. It is available from Amazon UK. It seems an easier read than the biography by Cecil Kerr. I think I heard a rumour that someone - or some people - is, or are, involved in trying to promote her cause again. It was never rejected by the Vatican, just shelved. The English and Welsh bishops have shown little interest in her. I used to find this puzzling, but having been an English priest for over 35 years I am no longer puzzled. To some it may be embarrassing to recall that she is a northern lass, and northerners - any English people really - are not supposed to behave like that! We may also be dealing with the fear of mysticism again. It has occurred to me that, had she been beatified, and her life and insights had been more widely known, she might have helped us to avoid the disastrous catechetical mistakes of the 60's and 70's.