Monthly Archives: February 2018

The changing of the seasons – autumn

Thomas Merton wrote: “There is in all visible things…a hidden wholeness.”
In the visible world of nature, a great truth is concealed in plain sight: diminishment and beauty, darkness and light, death and life are not opposites. They are held together in the paradox of the “hidden wholeness.”
In a paradox, opposites do not negate each other – they cohere in mysterious unity at the heart of reality.

Winter Olympics

“The Winter Olympics judges give higher marks in many events to those who tried the most difficult jumps and fell, than they did to those who chose simpler jumps. To try for the best even if you don’t make it is very important”. (Christine Sine, Godspace)

Talking about Lent and sausages

Lent can be a season for bearing the burden of one’s sin in readiness for a fresh experience of God’s grace in Christ on Resurrection Sunday. The fasting element is designed to foster that sense of carrying a nagging need or hunger. Every pang of desire for whatever you’ve given up is meant to be experienced as a call to prayer and repentance. It’s a beautiful tradition when truly practised with the devotion of the penitent. (Mike Frost)

‘This is my beloved:Listen to him!’

“In a time where our world is overshadowed by violence, hatred and suspicion of the other, the Church is called to live an alternative narrative of hope, reconciliation and love. As the Church, God’s grace at work in us liberates hope – communally, personally, in our society and in our world”. (Dr Deidre Palmer, President-elect, National UCA Assembly)

“The prejudice of exclusion”

“We are all prejudiced. What changes in our dialogue with others is the focus of our prejudice. Can we be prejudiced towards justice, equality and respect, or do we always live primarily with the prejudices of exclusion?” (Pakistani theologian Charles Amjad Ali)