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March 15: The Psalter: Words for a pilgrim's journey
There were occasions when the abbey dog, a white standard poodle, would wander into the chapel  to join us

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March 8: We each have a name
Arriving as the Headteacher of a new school after local reorganisation, I was asked by a member of staff "What do we call you?" My answer was simple. "I have a first name, so do you. That's what we call each other".

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March 1: How free is free?
For many people in countries across the world, talking to the press is dangerous 


Feb 22: We stand in awe
The awe that comes to us in the presence of God is wordless


Feb 15: Things fall apart

When the signs of strain are such that cracks appear in a structure, there are three immediate choices. Ignore the evidence and trust that all will be sorted, make-do with some sticky tape until a later, more convenient date, or attend to the issue before there are more serious consequences.


Feb 8: Not in my name
I make no apologies for returning to the issues raised by the recent election of Donald Trump to the Presidency of the United States  


Feb 2: The mystery in the image
The icon in its gentle serenity, offers a gracious resemblance of love and helps us focus on the beauty of God


Jan 26: Another year, another remembrance
(Jan 27: International Holocaust remembrance day)

The mark of so many of those we call ‘saints’ for want of a better word, has been precisely the sense of being undefeated even in the most difficult of circumstances.


Jan 18: Sometimes I feel like a motherless child

Seeing those pictures from Chicago in 2008 filled me, and I am sure, so many others with hope, joy and expectation. This weekend, with the inauguration on January 20th, I have no such feelings; just the opposite.


Jan 11: Another place to meet

Those Parishes that have a Parish Hall where groups can gather after sharing the Eucharist are indeed fortunate


Jan 4: Epiphany, a time of realization

The global reaction to the arrival of Francis in Rome is evidence enough that others notice not just enormous events but the small points that indicate attitude and personal values