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Why be a Christian? Part 1

By admin | 11/04/2017

Timothy Radcliffe OP begins What is the Point of Being a Christian? (2009) with the words of Cardinal Shard, “[t]o be a witness does not consist in engaging in propaganda nor even in stirring people up, but in being a living mystery.  It means to live in such a way that one’s life would make…

Palm Sunday 2017

By admin | 11/04/2017

1. How good it was to walk in procession this morning, to see the donkey, to see all these palm fronds. They are palms of victory.  On this Palm Sunday we re-enact Jesus’ triumphant procession into Jerusalem: all the people gather on the Mount of Olives, lifting high their palms and spreading their cloaks on…

Word of Life: John 11

By admin | 10/04/2017

2 April 2017 11:25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. 1. In the beginning God spoke a Word, and the universe came to be. God’s utterance was like…

Oscar Romero’s Day

By admin | 31/03/2017

The Anglican Church keeps the feast of Oscar Romero, the Archbishop of San Salvador and Martyr, on 24 March each year.  The Archbishop was assassinated at the altar on that day in 1980. He was a champion of the poor, devoted to non-violent liberation and renewal of the heart. His social vision remains electric and transformative, even…

Oscar Romero's Day

By St Peter's | 31/03/2017

The Anglican Church keeps the feast of Oscar Romero, the Archbishop of San Salvador and Martyr, on 24 March each year.  The Archbishop was assassinated at the altar on that day in 1980. He was a champion of the poor, devoted to non-violent liberation and renewal of the heart. His social vision remains electric and transformative, even…

Archbishop Justin on Money

By admin | 30/03/2017

The Archbishop of Canterbury’s 2017 Lent book is Dethroning Mammon: Making Money Serve Grace. Archbishop Justin argues that Mammon, the idol of economics and finance, has distorted our valuation of people and things.  The exchange value of a thing is so often a poor reflection of its worth. If we could see with the eyes of…

Rowan Williams: Sacraments of the New Society

By admin | 28/03/2017

We cannot choose our families; nor can we choose the members of the Body of Christ. Like any family, frayed tempers and arguments should not be cause for walking or splitting apart.  The Church is, or should be, a sign of humanity’s reconciliation.  That is Williams’ foundational commitment in On Christian Theology. Is this a…

“Drunk with the overflow of the House of God”: Jn 4

By admin | 22/03/2017

1. “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty” (Jn 4:14) So Jesus says to the Samaritan woman as she draws up water from the well. At Lent, we are called to examine ourselves, to claim again…

"Drunk with the overflow of the House of God": Jn 4

By St Peter's | 22/03/2017

1. “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty” (Jn 4:14) So Jesus says to the Samaritan woman as she draws up water from the well. At Lent, we are called to examine ourselves, to claim again…

Catching the Spirit: John 3:1-17

By admin | 16/03/2017

  1. …no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above (Jn 3:3) We must be born, as we hear Jesus telling Nicodemus, of water and of Spirit. Not only must we be washed clean, but we must be infused with new life, with new humanity. I want to suggest that…

John Macquarrie’s Paths in Spirituality, Pt. 2

By admin | 16/03/2017

Whenever we come into new knowledge, create anew, make new friends or connections—we transcend ourselves, and we experience the Holy Spirit, says Macquarrie. To experience the Spirit is to experience ek-stasis, to stand out of oneself—to grow. The Church is “the growing point where the upbuilding work of the Spirit proceeds most intensely” (51). This…

John Macquarrie's Paths in Spirituality, Pt. 2

By St Peter's | 16/03/2017

Whenever we come into new knowledge, create anew, make new friends or connections—we transcend ourselves, and we experience the Holy Spirit, says Macquarrie. To experience the Spirit is to experience ek-stasis, to stand out of oneself—to grow. The Church is “the growing point where the upbuilding work of the Spirit proceeds most intensely” (51). This…

John Macquarrie’s Paths in Spirituality, Pt. 1

By admin | 10/03/2017

If the Church finds itself in narrow straits these days it is, in part, because it has not listened deeply to its past masters.  John Macquarrie, sometime Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity at Oxford, must rank as one of the foremost Anglican theologians of the twentieth century.  His Paths in Spirituality (1972) still offers departure…

John Macquarrie's Paths in Spirituality, Pt. 1

By St Peter's | 10/03/2017

If the Church finds itself in narrow straits these days it is, in part, because it has not listened deeply to its past masters.  John Macquarrie, sometime Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity at Oxford, must rank as one of the foremost Anglican theologians of the twentieth century.  His Paths in Spirituality (1972) still offers departure…

Simoom: Jesus’ testing in the desert, Mt 4:1-11

By admin | 07/03/2017

1. We hear again of Jesus’ temptation in the desert, forty days and forty nights. We too have embarked on forty days of self-examination in the desert: it is Lent.   Lent is an ancient word related to lengthening (old English: lengten) for, in Europe, this is the time when the days lengthen;  it is the…

Rowan Williams: Tokens of Trust, Pt. 2

By admin | 02/03/2017

I believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church To be in the church is not to stand under the arches of an old building, or to become a club member. It is to step into the life of the Trinity, which, as we saw in the last part, is the life of communion—of sharing.…

Sermon for the Feast of St Thomas Aquinas

By admin | 28/02/2017

29 January 2017 1. Yesterday was the feast of St Thomas Aquinas, a happy day for the Church — or for me at least. I developed something of an unlikely interest in St Thomas’ major work, the Summa Theologiae, when I was about 24. It was intended as an introductory work for thirteenth century university…

Rowan Williams: Tokens of Trust, Pt. 1

By admin | 28/02/2017

In this introductory theology, published in 2007, Williams discusses the major articles of the Apostles’ Creed.  The Latin Creed was the ancient symbolon of the West–the sign, or signet ring, or token of Church membership. This Creed, recited at every baptism, is the pattern of our trust in God. I believe in God the Father Why trust…

The Needling of Love: Hadewijch

By admin | 19/02/2017

Aelred of Rievaulx: God is Friendship

By admin | 14/02/2017

“Here we are, you and I, and I hope a third, Christ, is in our midst.” “Come now, beloved, open your heart, and pour into these friendly ears whatsoever you will, and let us accept gracefully the gift of this place, time, and leisure.” So begins the work On Spiritual Friendship by Aelred, Abbott of…

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