Thought for the Week

March 17, 2019

The Second Sunday in Lent

I recent read the full judgement of a County Court judge for the crime of sexual abuse of children. I skipped some bits relating to the details of the abuse but read the judge’s comments on the victim impact; the gravity of offending; contextual items; the process of sentencing and what is and isn’t considered […]

March 10, 2019

The First Sunday in Lent

The play ‘The Cane’ which was at the Royal Court is unsettling. Reading the script was tough enough; I don’t want to see a performance. It tells the story of a deputy head of a comprehensive school on the eve of retirement after 45 years at the same school and the discovery that this now […]

March 3, 2019

The Transfiguration of Our Lord

I am feeling nostalgic. Charlotte and I saw the London premiere of the Australian film ‘Ladies in Black’ (and yes, if you get a chance to see it, do so). I very much enjoyed the film set in a big department store in Sydney in the summer of 1959-1960. It follows the lives of 4 […]

February 24, 2019

The 7th Sunday after The Epiphany

Putting pen to paper or fingers to keyboard (or quill to parchment) is often a creative act. You’re never sure what exactly might appear on the page! I recently heard an author describe her writing process as not so much detailed planning but more writing for herself to see what the characters in their situations […]

February 17, 2019

The 6th Sunday after The Epiphany

Political futures seem more volatile than ever before. Brexit dominates politics here but not so much in Australia which is about to head into a general election in May, while in the USA politics is coming to terms with the mid term elections in last November. The political pollsters are not predicting as accurately now […]

February 10, 2019

The 5th Sunday after The Epiphany

It was on a bookmark. The word attracted me. HO’OPONOPONO. I’d never seen it before and it took me a few seconds to say it out loud – to hear it – and I’ve no idea whether I’ve said it correctly. I’m assuming it is a Hawaiian word because I read that it is a […]

February 3, 2019

The 4th Sunday after The Epiphany

At the Barnes Conference this week, I heard a little Anselm of Canterbury (courtesy of the Treasury of Daily Prayer). Christian soul, soul raised from sad death, soul redeemed from miserable slavery and set free by the blood of God: rouse your mind, dwell upon your resurrection from the dead, and ponder well the history […]

January 13, 2019

The Baptism of our Lord

If you don’t care, why should I? I was driving and saw something fall from her jacket pocket. Two girls were walking towards me on the footpath chatting, hands in and out of pockets, holding phones. I figured they were about maybe 12 or 13 years old. The afternoon weather was cold and bleak. I […]

January 6, 2019

The Festival of The Epiphany

With the new year comes new starts, new resolutions, new commitments, trying new things and so on. One suggestion I received for the new year – someone knows my study pretty well – was in an article I was sent about decluttering. In essence the article said that when I decluttered I would feel better […]

December 30, 2018

First Sunday of Christmas

It seems the volume is up on many people’s frustration or anger control. I am hearing lots of views about politics – Brexit – the EU – and, wider still, the global machinations of China, Russia, and the US. Everyone has a view and a villain. People have ‘solutions’ – or at least what they’d […]

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