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St Therese of Lisieux

St Therese of Lisieux

St Therese of Lisieux is one of the Doctors of the Roman Catholic Church. She did not attend University nor in fact receive any formal “education” as we might imagine it, or is it to suffer it, today! Millions of copies of her biography have been sold worldwide and...

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The Christmas Narrative

The Christmas Narrative

John Henry Newman once said that the great principle of the Faith is the Incarnation; what might be called the enfleshment of God. The Gospel for Christmas Eve refers to the Word of God, through whom the whole of creation came into being, entering into the shabbiness,...

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The story of Captain Noel Chavasse

The story of Captain Noel Chavasse

A blockbuster film, peppered with the stars of stage and screen, concerning the life and exploits of Noel Geoffrey Chavasse is not likely to appear any time soon! First, he was a practicing and devout Christian, secondly he had firm views about sexual promiscuity and...

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A Night at the Opera

A Night at the Opera

I had the recent great good fortune to be invited to go to the opera at Glyndebourne, not so far from Lewes in Sussex. I’ve added it to my list of “60 at 60” along with milking a cow and helping to deliver a full-term sheep; an objective that came to fruition through...

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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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