Month: September 2014

  REFLECTION: ‘Pilgrimage is a physical journey made with spiritual intention. And it’s this mix of physicality and spirituality that makes the practice of pilgrimage such a vital one in the tradition. Physical capability is not enough on pilgrimage. Belief alone is not enough. Experience on its own won’t carry us through. Even desire is […]

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  This new series of Morning Bell is for the Feast of St Michael & All Angels. In the ancient and unfolding Jesus tradition the presence of angels is a quiet but consistent theme. In this brief series we are pondering biblical references to angels, and wondering how their presence and nature might shape our stillness and movement, our […]

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  REFLECTION: ‘Welcome to paradise!’ is not the usual greeting at the beginning of any Eucharist. But I believe that it (or something like it) could have been the greeting at any time in the first thousand years of the life of the Church, and it could be so again. The Eucharist – the Mass, […]

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  This new series of Morning Bell works with the poem series called Haiku Beatitudes: 10 songs for a new world in Unfurling. These short poems are meditations on the Beatitudes – the famous sayings of the teacher Jesus that seem to be at the very heart of his wisdom for the world.  The Beatitudes are always challenging, often turning […]

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  POEM: LIGHT A CANDLE (TO START A FIRE) You could take a sledge-hammer to this place. You could begin to knock it down. And drag the furniture into the street. Build a pyre. Pour on petrol. Then light a great fire. Stand well back. And see it burn. Or you could light a candle.  You could […]

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REFLECTION: ‘Sooner or later in every human life, there comes a moment, a day or a season when it’s clear that only courage will see us through. This is part of the earthy reality of what it means to be human. And deciding to Choose Courageous in the face of immense difficulty is part of […]

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