What is our work?

1 Thessalonians 5: 12-28  In this strange period we’re experiencing, time itself seems to have changed. The indistinguishable days go by in a blur, without the structure of our former schedules. Some of us are out of work; others are adapting to working in completely different ways; suddenly we’re faced...

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Build one another up

The biblical wisdom found in 1st Thessalonians is this: Encourage one another and build each other up. It’s a beautiful verse. It’s poetic. It’s what so many of us have been trying to do during the COVID-19 pandemic. I should find this comforting. I should use this as evidence that...

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Rollercoaster of God’s Love

Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful, for I have taken refuge in you; in the shadow of your wings will I take refuge until this time of trouble has gone by. (Ps 57:1) In 1975 a band named the Ohio Players released a song called “Love Rollercoaster”. Later...

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A new song?

O SING unto the Lord a new song : for he hath done marvellous things (Ps. 98:1)   I have always loved the psalms. For me, they are the most expressive, and arguably the most honest, part of the Bible. When I was going through the discernment process in the Diocese of...

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All shall be well?

Today the Anglican Church celebrates the feast of Dame Julian of Norwich (c. 1343 – 1416). She lived during the second wave of the Black Death, a pandemic which ravaged Europe. She was an Anchorite, someone who chooses to withdraw from secular life and live a life of asceticism, in...

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Resilience

For the last text in my series: how to see this time of confinement as Good News in the light of the Pascal liturgy, I really wanted to bridge the gap between the two shores by approaching the question of mourning from the angle of resilience. I wanted to talk...

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John

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life and...

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Beatitude

A number of years ago, I stumbled across a blog called Momastery, in which a woman named Glennon Doyle wrote funny, brave, thought-provoking pieces about the spiritual learning to be found in being a mom. Over the years since, Doyle has parlayed that blog into several best-selling books, and used...

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Clean

Now the apostles and the believers who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also accepted the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him, saying, ‘Why did you go to uncircumcised men and eat with them?’ Then Peter began to explain...

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My soul longs after you

Psalm 42 starts with a wonderful image and a deep desire. As the deer longs for the water-brooks, so longs my soul for you, O God. However, the psalmist’s longing, we quickly find out, comes about because his soul is so heavy. Not only does he feel forgotten by God,...

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