Month: November 2014

  The Prologue is a new series of Morning Bell for the start of Advent and for the beginning of a new Church year. In this series we are simply offering text from the wonderful Prologue to John’s Gospel. John probably wrote his Gospel in old age, many years after his experience as a young man of being one of the disciples […]

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  INTRODUCTION: This week at the start of Advent 2014 marks the beginning of our second year of spiritual practice in Beloved Life. For the first few months of this new year we’ll be working with ideas from Ian’s book Cave Refectory Road: monastic rhythms for contemporary living… What does it take to mark the canvas to write the […]

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  A new series of Morning Bell called Unfurlings marks the closing of Autumn and the ending of the Church year with the festival of Christ the King. The Unfurlings are a collection of haiku poems from the poetry collection Unfurling. Each haiku is an opportunity to reflect on our direction at this time – […]

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  WISDOM: The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. REFLECTION: ‘One of the greatest (and shortest) of short stories ever told is Jesus’s parable of treasure in the field. The treasure […]

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  REFLECTION: ‘I love you. One simple phrase that is being uttered many times all over the planet as you read this. I love you awakens old dreams, and brings new worlds into being. So much of our possibility as human beings is connected to our desire for intimacy – for the love of another, […]

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  REFLECTION: ‘Fear is, for most of us, a really strong driver. And it can easily come to dominate us. Earlier in this year of spiritual practice we explored the idea of fighting our dragons with humility. We’ve also noted that occasionally the only thing that will enable us to hold on in tough times […]

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  REFLECTION: ‘The final act of Jesus, the Gospel writer Luke tells us, was to bless his followers. And this rag-tag group went on to change the world. The final act was thus just a beginning. And the blessing may not be incidental to that outcome. In the ancient and unfolding Jesus tradition there is […]

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