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Cleansing

Cleansing

Many of us will recall with great affection the late Fr Martyn Hill TSSF. He was a man of remarkable gifts, intelligence, and holiness. Subsequent to his death his daughters approached me and said that there was something that their beloved Dad would want me to have....

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Confirmation and Reflection

Confirmation and Reflection

This year there are twenty candidates making their promises and being confirmed by the great friend of St Anne’s, Bishop Jack Nichols. As usual there are a mix of boys and girls among the adults who have been prepared over the last six months or so. Some of them I...

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Jubilee

Jubilee

Unless one happens to be inhabiting the innermost regions of the Amazon Jungle it is highly unlikely that The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee has passed you by! Naturally in Tottington, our celebrations are later than those undertaken by the rest of the nation, but mark and...

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Alive in God

Alive in God

I am just embarking upon another great book by Timothy Radcliffe. It was a sort of Christmas present to myself and once again he does not fail to satisfy. Alive in God is an exploration into the importance of imagination in the Christian life. Radcliffe considers the...

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Trinity

Trinity

As I prepare our candidates for confirmation I find myself emphasising time and again that all religions are not the same, they do not believe the same thing, nor are there great swathes of uniformity on matters of ethics and moral issues. What makes Christian belief...

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Peace and Happiness at Easter

Peace and Happiness at Easter

St John Henry Newman once wrote, “One thing alone I know - that according to our need, so will be our strength.” What, I wonder, enabled him to pen these words? It is highly unlikely that Blessed Newman ever attended a self-awareness course or was exposed to...

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Lent

Lent

‘Behold, we go up to Jerusalem’, these are the words of Jesus to his disciples, that we read from the Gospel before Ash Wednesday. They describe also, the journey that we are all invited to make in the season of Lent when we are encouraged in the name of the Church,...

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Preparation

Preparation

As we all know, the Accession Day for Her Majesty The Queen falls on Sunday the 6th of February. This will mark her 70th year, not only as our Sovereign, but also as Supreme Head of the Church of England. Her role combines both temporal and spiritual authority and...

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Thoughts

Thoughts

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” These words from the prophet Isaiah remind us that discernment...

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Advent

Advent

“Keeping Christ at Christmas.” I blinked and behold, it was Advent Sunday!!! Where did November go I ask myself? Remembrance whizzed through and before I knew where I was up went the ladder and as one banner came down another went up.  On the Monday after...

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We Will Remember Them

We Will Remember Them

This year, Alison and I are able to count ourselves alongside other parents in this Church whose children currently serve in the armed forces.  It’s a year since our Harry joined the Royal Navy and my brother’s youngest son, Sebastian, is currently undergoing somewhat...

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Edith Stein

Edith Stein

I am currently making my way through a biography of Edith Stein, otherwise known as, St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross. To quote the author, Maria Ruiz Scaperlanda, it describes Edith’s journey from the depths of atheism to the heights of sainthood. The story of Edith...

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