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HOMILY PREACHED ON THE OCCASION OF THE TRIGGERING OF ARTICLE 50 (BREXIT)
March 29 th , 2017 at the Midday
Eucharist SOUTHWARK CATHEDRAL _______________________ + In the name of God, the All-Compassionate,
the All-Merciful.  Amen. Today is a momentous day in the life
of our nation and it would be wrong to ignore what is happeni...

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ASSOCIATES of the COMPASSIONATE HEARTS of JESUS and MARY
Many
of us are aware of the presence of hate, fear, bigotry and anger in our society
– and see a growing lack of compassion, not least for those who some perceive
‘don’t belong’.   And we might even be aware of the way these
feelings can begin to fill our o...

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USING DIVINE COMPASSION TO COUNTER HATE, FEAR AND DIVISION
Since the country voted for Brexit and Donald Trump was
elected President of the USA I have found, in my work as a spiritual director,
that many more people speak of an ‘existential
angst’ they, or their friends, are experiencing.   Feelings of anger, disgu...

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BREXIT AND THE REFORMATION
Having listened to Mrs. Emily Thornbury MP being questioned by
Evan Davis on Newsnight recently I
began to understand the Labour Party’s position on Brexit.  Unlike the Tory Party (which seems to
have wholeheartedly embraced a ‘hard’ Brexit) or the Liberal ...

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AND IS IT TRUE?
CHRISTMAS – John Betjeman The bells of
waiting Advent ring, The Tortoise stove is lit again And lamp-oil light across the night Has caught the streaks of winter rain In many a stained-glass window sheen From Crimson Lake to Hookers Green. The holly in the w...

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ON THE MYSTERY OF THE INCARNATION - Denise Levertov
It’s when we face for a moment the worst our kind can do, and shudder to know the taint in our own selves, that awe cracks the mind’s shell and enters the heart: not to a flower, not to a dolphin to no innocent form but to this creature vainly sure it and  ...

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A LETTER TO A CHRISTIAN LEADER
The
Rt. Hon. Theresa May, MP House
of Commons London SW1A 0AA Feast
of the Conception of our Lady 2016 Dear
Prime Minister, We,
priests and Religious of the Church of England, are writing to you as someone
who publicly affirms that they are a Christian and ...

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THREE MASSES FOR CHRISTMASS, A CRIB AND A PROCLAMATION
I notice that the Church of England Lectionary acknowledges
three different sets of Readings for Christmas but does not explain why these
are offered.  Some may not know the rich
tradition that lies behind the choice of these readings( https://en.wikiquote....

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STORIES TO LIVE BY?
I cannot help but wonder if one of the reasons why there appears
to be a growth in right-wing extremism is consequent to the loss of the Christian
narrative that influenced the way in which European societies have
developed.   By ‘Christian narrative’ I don...

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MEMORIES OF HILFIELD FRIARY
1976 - 1978                  I arrived at the Friary on the Feast of the Holy Cross, September 14th, and was one of three admitted as a Postulant on September 15 th by the Guardian, Br. Jonathan – another was Stanley who also worshipped All
Saints, Margaret...
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