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Claire Alcock
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Some broken is good broken, and necessary for something else to flourish, and some broken is very bad. Michael Kerrigan, fictional star of Jimmy McGovern’s recent 6 part drama on BBC 1, Broken, is a broken man whose flashbacks to sexual abuse in his…

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It’s exactly a year since we voted in the UK to leave the European Union and I’m still trying to recover from the shock. It’s taken a year for us to get to the beginnings of negotiations and they kicked off this week in Brussels, with disagreement, of…

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It was Bring a Dad to School Day at our local school this week. Coincidentally I was in school that afternoon helping with RE. I didn’t expect to have so many dads there. You could see 1 or 2 hanging round the school gate just sorting things out on their…

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Seven years on from ordination and I have been pondering assorted dead ends of the priestly vocation. A dead end is a road you thought went somewhere, somewhere you really wanted to go. The vista was attractive. The opening of the route revealed a wide…

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Words are a double edged sword. Sometimes, oftentimes in prayer, I’m finding them to be both inadequate (not enough) and also surplus to requirement. Especially in the light of the unimaginable terror and shocking deaths brought about by a suicide bomb…

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We’ve all met a negative person, and perhaps afterwards felt their negativity linger like a bad smell or a button that’s too tight around the throat. People can become negative in the face of stress or obstacles, of course, but for all those who allow…

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Interesting how the word vocation is used in daily life. We identify vocational qualifications, but they’re normally specifically practical; plumbers and electricians, for instance. We perhaps think of teaching and nursing as ‘vocations’, but what else?…

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A poignant phrase in today’s gospel from Luke’s Emmaus Road account – ‘We had hoped…’ We had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. They could possibly be the saddest three words in the bible. We had hoped… We’re all living with our ‘had hoped’s’. We…

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In the year 2000, Good Friday fell on 21st April. I know that because I had a baby that day. I was booked in to be induced at 37 weeks because I had suffered a still birth the year before, the baby’s heartbeat unaccountably ceasing at 33 weeks. Pregnancy…

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‘…and let us not think of chocolate…’ So ended a short heartfelt prayer read by a small boy, in a recent primary school service I attended as schools broke up this week for Easter. Obviously well trained in the ‘Easter is not about chocolate’ school of…
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