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Thursday 4 September 2014

If God is love

All we can touch, swallow, or say
aids in our crossing to God
and helps unveil the soul.
Saint Teresa of Avila

Thursday 21 August 2014

Minerals of non-violence

Where do you think all these appalling wars and quarrels come from?
James 4:1

Thursday 7 August 2014


Joseph took the boys from Israel’s knees and bowed respectfully, his face to the ground.
Genesis 48:12

Thursday 24 July 2014

Places to earth your faith

westlin’ winds and fernie braes,
Northern lights and siller tides
Kathleen Jamie

Thursday 10 July 2014

A time to rest?

No other religion has made non-performance such a clear article of faith as have the Jewish people.  Richard Rohr

Thursday 26 June 2014

There is a place beyond ambition

Make a stillness around you, a field of peace.
Peter Heller, 'The Painter'

Thursday 12 June 2014

Rest and God’s unresting love

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns. Matthew 6:26

Thursday 29 May 2014

The art of resting well

I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Jesus

Thursday 15 May 2014

Rest, the holy grail?

Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow.
(Matthew 6:34, MSG)

Thursday 1 May 2014

Resurrection: more than a postscript

The enemy of faith is fear.
Anthony de Mello

Sunday 20 April 2014

Easter Sunday: The examples of freedom

But Jesus made no reply, not even to a single charge – to the great amazement of the governor.
Matthew 27:14

Saturday 19 April 2014

Holy Saturday: An evolving relationship with God through a cathedral

You appear to me in paintings and prints
As an ancient signpost, fingering the sky.
Tom Ingrey-Counter

Friday 18 April 2014

Good Friday: Dying before you die

In its initial moments resurrection is indistinguishable from death.
James Finlay

Thursday 17 April 2014

Relationships of resurrection…

Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet.
John 13:5

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Finding Silence

Silence is the gateway to the soul and the soul is the gateway to God.   Abbot Christopher Jamieson

Tuesday 15 April 2014


If we drop into Silence for just a moment, we feel the presence of Silence as an invitation.
Robert Sardello

Monday 14 April 2014

Among the redwoods

Around me the trees stir
in their leaves
and call out, “Stay awhile.”
Mary Oliver

Sunday 13 April 2014

Ontological space: poetry as a place of resurrection

I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
Wendell Berry

Thursday 10 April 2014

Altered states

‘Lazarus, come out!’ 
John 11:43

Thursday 3 April 2014

Obedient to grace

I have come that they may have life, and fullness of life. Jesus

Thursday 27 March 2014

Lost and found

I and the Father are one (John 10:30)

Thursday 20 March 2014

The scent of resurrection

They buried him in the tomb that he had cut out for himself in the City of David. They laid him on a bier covered with spices and various blended perfumes, and they made a huge fire in his honour.  2 Chronicles 16:14

Thursday 13 March 2014

Surrender and resurrection

“Father! In your hands I place my spirit!”
Luke 23:46

Wednesday 5 March 2014

Lent 2014: Looking for the place of our resurrection

A quest in the journey through life. 
Verena Schiller

Thursday 27 February 2014

Allowing grace to bless us again

Out of the fullness of his grace he has blessed us all, giving us one blessing after another.
John 1:16

Thursday 13 February 2014

The endless fulfilling of all desires

God says I am the sovereign goodness of all things. 
Julian of Norwich

Thursday 6 February 2014

You are the body of Christ

You know that your bodies are parts of the body of Christ.
1 Corinthians 1:16

Thursday 30 January 2014

Jesus, the pulse of God

The Son is the image of the invisible God.
Colossians 1:15

Thursday 23 January 2014

Wide as the wind

For I am certain that nothing can separate us from his love: neither death nor life, neither angels nor other heavenly rulers or powers, neither the present nor the future, neither the world above nor the world below
Romans 8:38

Thursday 16 January 2014

Shine on me that I may shine

Stay with me, then I shall begin to shine as You shine;
to shine so as to be a light to others.
Cardinal Newman

Thursday 9 January 2014

Ring in, ring out

The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.
Alfred Tennyson

Tuesday 24 December 2013

Dec 24 Love: Sacred spaces

And all her journeyings was a caressing
Within her mind of secrets to be spoken.
The simple fact of birth soon overshadowed
The shadow of the angel.
The Visitation,Elizabeth Jennings

Monday 23 December 2013

Love: So near

You who were darkness warmed my flesh
where out of darkness rose the seed...
I wither and you break from me;
yet though you dance in living light,
I am the earth, I am the root,
I am the stem that fed the fruit,
the link that joins you to the night.
Woman to child, Judith Wright

Sunday 22 December 2013

Love: In action

And this will be the longest task: to attend,
to open myself.
The Other, Ruth Fainlight

Saturday 21 December 2013

Love: Is here

All mankind will see God's salvation.
Luke 3:6

Friday 20 December 2013

Love: Day-spring cheer

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

Thursday 19 December 2013

Love: Yearning

As the deer pants for streams of water,
    so my soul pants for you, my God.
  My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
Psalm 42:1-2

Wednesday 18 December 2013

Joy and Laughter: Anna

Could we but look more clearly and wisely
We might discover somewhere in the garden
A strange new flower and an unnamed star.
The World, Czeslaw Milosz

Tuesday 17 December 2013

Joy and Laughter: Simeon

God of mystery, God of glory, we will laugh with you.
Candles and Conifers, Ruth Burgess

Monday 16 December 2013

Joy and Laughter: The Shepherds

[Happiness] comes to the monk in his cell.
It comes to the woman sweeping the street
with a birch broom, to the child
whose mother has passed out from drink.
It comes to the lover

Happiness, Jane Kenyon

Sunday 15 December 2013

Joy and Laughter: Elizabeth

I am born for the second time,
happiness of the world
came to me again.
My body effervesces.
Anna Swir

Saturday 14 December 2013

Joy and Laughter: John the Baptist

'.. the baby in my womb leaped for joy.'

Friday 13 December 2013

Joy and Laughter: Mary

My soul reaches out to God
My spirit rejoices in my saviour
God sees that the humble heart is open
And implants his vision into it.

Vaux.2003 (Magnet Magazine)

Thursday 12 December 2013

Dec 12 Power: Strong women and strong men

Mary and Elizabeth
Two strong women
Whose wombs
Carried two strong men
Joyce Rupp

Wednesday 11 December 2013

Dec 11 Power The awestruck angel

You, Lady, are the great, high door
that soon shall open wide.
You, most beloved ear to my song
Now I feel: my word is lost
in you as in a wood.
The Angel speaks, Rainer Maria Rilke

Tuesday 10 December 2013

Dec 10 Power: The place of deep meeting

Each reflects the other’s face
Till heaven in hers and earth in his
Shine steady there.
Annunciation, Edwin Muir

Monday 9 December 2013

Dec 9 Power: The sum of power

Aren't there annunciations
of one sort or another in most lives?
Denise Levertov

Sunday 8 December 2013

Dec 8 Power: Power of God hold us?

Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense.  When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear. Luke 1:11

Saturday 7 December 2013

Dec 7 Power: Waiting is not powerless

Let it come, as it will, and don't
be afraid. God does not leave us
comfortless, so let evening come.
Jane Kenyon

Friday 6 December 2013

Dec 6 Light: My own star?

'Twinkle, twinkle little star,
how we wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high,
like a diamond in the sky.
Bringing visions from afar,
how we wonder what you are.
Alix Brown, Candles and Conifers

Thursday 5 December 2013

Dec 5 Light: Enough to take a step

Be not too curious of Good and Evil;
Seek not to count the future waves of Time;
But be ye satisfied that you have light
Enough to take your step and find your foothold.

TS Eliot, The Rock

Wednesday 4 December 2013

Out of darkness comes…

Weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. Psalm 30:5

Tuesday 3 December 2013

Dec 3 Light: Be present living Christ in us

The visible reminder of Invisible Light.
The Rock, T S Eliot

Monday 2 December 2013

Dec 2 Light: He will come, will come

He will come like dark.
One evening when the bursting red
December sun draws up the sheet
and penny-masks its eye to yield
the star-snowed fields of sky.

Rowan Williams

Sunday 1 December 2013

Dec 1 Light: In the darkness

The light shines in the darkness.
John 1

Thursday 28 November 2013

Advent 2013

To child is born to us!
A son is given to us!
Isaiah 9:6

Thursday 21 November 2013

These islands

No man is an island.  John Donne

Thursday 14 November 2013

Something to wear as a buttonhole in heaven

Little Brown Jobs.  Definition (noun): Colloquial, generic term used by birders to describe small, difficult to identify birds such as relatively unremarkable sparrows.

Thursday 7 November 2013

Where am I?

The soul
could be happier anywhere than where it happens to be.
Roger McGough

Thursday 31 October 2013

The friend of guilt

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:13

Thursday 24 October 2013

The transcendent inside

Everything you see has its roots in the unseen world.
    The forms may change, yet the essence remains the same.
Every wonderful sight will vanish; every sweet word will fade,
    But do not be disheartened,
The source they come from is eternal, growing,
    Branching out, giving new life and new joy.
Rumi, translated from the Persian

Thursday 17 October 2013

The sleeping Jesus

the Holy Ghost over the bent
World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.
Gerard Manley Hopkins

Thursday 10 October 2013

The echo

When a friend dies, part
of oneself splits off
and spins into the outer dark.
...Part of one's body has been riven.

When a friend, Stephen Dobyns

Thursday 3 October 2013

The hero

We love because He first loved us.
1 John 4:19

Wednesday 2 October 2013

A quote to live and die by

It is by choice and not by chances that we change our circumstances.
Nadia Sahari

Thursday 26 September 2013

A day of small things

Nothing is lost.  Nothing is so small
that it does not return.
Dana Giola

Thursday 19 September 2013


God has gifted Creation with everything that is necessary...Nothing that is necessary for life is lacking. 
Hildegard of Bingen

Thursday 12 September 2013

Miracles, wisdom and kindness

I know what everyone wants
is a miracle.
Mary Oliver

Thursday 5 September 2013

How are you?

We are both staring hard
At each other. He wants to know
Just where in this bright, blue-faced world
He might be safe.
Mary Oliver

Thursday 29 August 2013

God is…

I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.' 
Exodus 3

Thursday 22 August 2013

There is time left

The time will come when...
Mark 2:20

Thursday 15 August 2013

On the boundary

I want to step through the door full of curiosity, wondering
Mary Oliver

Thursday 8 August 2013

Wave after wave

Love is patient.  1 Corinthians 13:4

Thursday 18 July 2013

Restored to a fully social being

Let us make mankind in our likeness. Genesis 1:26

Thursday 11 July 2013

Experience and argument

When you open up in silence to what is there, there is something that is there that is not yourself.
Rowan Williams

Thursday 4 July 2013

Aspects of love

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
Mary Oliver, from Wild Geese

Thursday 27 June 2013

An inner light even from a distance

So we are grasped by what we cannot grasp;
it has inner light, even from a distance.
Rainer Maria Rilke

Thursday 20 June 2013

In front of our noses

He doesn’t play hide-and-seek with us. He’s not remote; he’s near.
Acts 17:28, The Message

Thursday 13 June 2013

Human signs

Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.
(Colossians 1:15, NLT)

Thursday 30 May 2013

A time for love and hate

There is life without love.  It is not worth a bent penny, or a scuffed shoe. 
West Wind [2], Mary Oliver

Thursday 23 May 2013

A time for listening and speaking

"Watchin' and listenin' 's the thing at present ."
Magician 's Nephew, C S Lewis


Thursday 16 May 2013

A time to keep and to give

Make sure you don’t take things for granted and go slack in working for the common good; share what you have with others.  Hebrews 13:16

Thursday 9 May 2013

A time to embrace and to part

It's time the stone consented to bloom.
Paul Celan

Thursday 2 May 2013

A time to cry and to laugh

Weeping may stay for the night but rejoicing comes in the morning. 
Psalm 30:5

Thursday 25 April 2013

A time to tear down and build up

Every week, a Sabbath rest when I release the world’s hold on me.
Christine Valters Paintner

Thursday 18 April 2013

A time to kill and heal

Is this the river of life
or death?  Both? Both.

Wendell Berry, Sabbaths 2002, VI

Sunday 31 March 2013

Lent:  Jesus

His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace.  Ephesians 2:15

Saturday 30 March 2013

Lent:  In between days

When hope has gone, when nothing happens, nothing changes.

Friday 29 March 2013

Lent: The thief on the cross

I promise you that today you will be with me in paradise.

Thursday 28 March 2013

Lent: Simon of Cyrene

Simon from Cyrene happened to be coming in from a farm, and they forced him to carry Jesus’ cross. Mark 15

Wednesday 27 March 2013

Lent: Herod

Men here have short attention spans.
They see something sparkly and they're off.

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip

Tuesday 26 March 2013

Lent: Pilate

Pilate spoke to them a third time, “But what crime has he done?" Luke 23:22

Monday 25 March 2013

Lent: Peter’s Betrayal

“You are one of them!” “No, I’m not!” Peter replied.

Thursday 21 March 2013

Lent: Women

Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real.

Thomas Merton

Monday 18 March 2013

Lent: An army officer

There's no accounting for happiness,...
It comes to the monk in his cell.
It comes to the woman sweeping the street
with a birch broom, to the child
whose mother has passed out from drink.

Jane Kenyon

Thursday 14 March 2013

Lent: Rich and poor

Zacchaeus, hurry down! I want to stay with you today. (Luke 19:5)

Monday 11 March 2013

Lent: Children

I'm hurt all the time.
I don't want to cry for the way I feel inside.
I just want someone to hold me...
I'm alone in the dark, please try to find me.


Thursday 7 March 2013

Lent: Mad men

When Jesus was getting out of the boat, a man with an evil spirit quickly ran to him from the graveyard where he had been living.

Monday 4 March 2013

Lent: Fishermen

Come with me.

Thursday 28 February 2013

Lent: What matters?

Distracted and thoughtless?

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