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A moment of grace

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The religious and liturgical events that provided the setting for this song were the traditional Jewish ceremonies that followed a baby’s birth. Though they aren’t clearly defined by Luke, who was not a Jew himself, three key Jewish ceremonies were taking place in the life of Mary, Joseph, and Jesus…(Read More)

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Hidden lives

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Celtic saints are tenaciously native and local. They have, from the beginning, been a natural part of life, associated above all with the place in which they lived out their vocation. The waters of the holy well after all are the very selfsame waters that they were in the lifetime of the saint…(Read More)

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If love reigns

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The teacher who is seen only in the classroom, and nowhere else, is a teacher and nothing more; but let him go with his boys to recreation and he becomes a brother. If one is seen only preaching from the pulpit…(Read More)

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The force of blessing

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I have heard of an experiment in meditation. For a certain number of days, some years ago, a group of people made a circle around the city of Washington and meditated continually. Gathered unknown to itself within this circle of loving kindness, Washington changed. The statistics for that period in the city showed a remarkable…(Read More)

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Climate of serenity

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Saint Andrei Rublev was born about 1360 and died in 1430. He was a monk throughout his adult life, first at the Holy Trinity Monastery and later at the Andronikov Monastery in Moscow, where he was buried. He is remembered as being shy and calm, devoted to divine services, meditation and icon painting…(Read More)

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Godhead here in hiding

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Godhead here in hiding Whom I do adore Masked by these bare shadows, shape and nothing more, See, Lord, at Thy service low lies here a heart Lost, all lost in wonder at the God Thou art…(Read More)

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Voices of women

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I want to hear the voices of women Reverberate around the world Not the cries of the mourner and the victim only Those too, of course But also the articulate agendas of women’s passions For a well, whole and flourishing world…(Read More)

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Young companions

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Three young companions of St. Paul are commemorated together on the day after the festival of Paul’s conversion. Thus the church is reminded that not age but love of Christ and faithful care of the church are the important qualities for Christian witness in the world…(Read More)

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Experience of grace

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How could Paul both deny that he had received the gospel through human mediation and yet also affirm that his gospel was in accord with the tradition he received? Unless we are content to conclude that Paul was wholly unscrupulous in his shifts and manoeuvres (a judgment we should hesitate before passing on anyone), the…(Read More)

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She showed us Christ

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No saint claims to be a saint, and neither did you—except in so far as we are all called to be saints. In 1987 when Bob Browne was making the film Return to Hepu, you said to him: “I am just an earthen vessel with God’s treasure inside me.” No saint would claim…(Read More)

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