Month: December 2013

  REFLECTION: ‘One aspect of our disconnection from the earth and from our own bodies is the loss, for many of us, of our connection to manual work. Of course few of us would welcome a life of tough manual labour. And it’s good that human ingenuity has meant that many of the most repetitive, […]

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  REFLECTION: ‘The unstoppable nature of the seasons make clear that there is a bigger picture than our own concerns. We can become so concerned with the detail of our own lives that we lose sight of the wider patterns of which we are (amazingly, mysteriously) a part. Patterns of change and growth, of rising […]

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  One of our patron saints in Beloved Life is undoubtedly St John of the Cross. The spirituality and hospitality of the Carmelites have been foundational for us, and the writings of this extraordinary 16th century Spanish Carmelite friar continue to provoke and inspire us in our attempts to explore the ancient and unfolding Jesus […]

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  REFLECTION: ‘Consider the lilies of the field’ said Jesus, teaching that if we can learn to give close attention to the natural world around us a new way of seeing all of life may emerge. We’ll get a new perspective. This process begins physically (simply but amazingly) – by getting out in the natural […]

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REFLECTION: ‘There are many and undoubted benefits in the way we live now, but we have paid a heavy price for them. One of the costliest losses has been our widespread disconnection from the earth that nurtures us and from the creatures and life forms that share the planet with us… We can and must take […]

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