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Monthly Archives: September 2017

Beyond Literal Belief

Beyond Literal Belief

Religion as Metaphor: Beyond Literal Belief by David Tacey I hope David Tacey’s book is another doorway into the realisation of the importance of metaphor. It rightly argues that the new atheism and fundamentalism are both misunderstanding the stories literalistically. I regularly encounter a fear that if someone questions the historicity (or validity) of a… Continue Reading

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Matthew in Slow Motion 20

Matthew in Slow Motion 20

Now after they had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, ‘Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.’ (Matthew 2:13) Ἀναχωρησάντων δὲ αὐτῶν, ἰδοὺ… Continue Reading

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Pope Francis Reinforces Subsidiarity

Pope Francis Reinforces Subsidiarity

From 1 October 2017, there will be a change in Roman Catholic canon law that will mean that local Conferences of Bishops will be the final arbiters of the liturgical translation used in their region. Currently, Pope Francis’ motu proprio, Magnum Principium is only available in Latin and in Italian. There is an unofficial English… Continue Reading

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Rotterdam Christchurch Déjà Vu

Rotterdam Christchurch Déjà Vu

I was born in Rotterdam – after its heart had been destroyed in the Second World War (see image above). You can see the ruins of the medieval St. Lawrence Church. I have spent most of my life in Christchurch. It’s heart was destroyed in the Quakes beginning in 2010. Rather than reinstate the medieval… Continue Reading

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Resources for 24th Ordinary Sunday

Resources for 24th Ordinary Sunday

Let us pray (in silence) [that we may love God in our hearts and in our actions] Pause Lord, [or God of compassion] direct our hearts by the action of your mercy, for without your help we cannot please you; through Jesus Christ who is alive with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,… Continue Reading

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Daily Prayer

Daily Prayer

I pray Daily Prayer. It is also called the Divine Office, the Breviary, the Liturgy of the Hours, Morning and Evening Prayer, Matins and Evensong, and Compline, Lauds, Vespers, and so on and so on… This discipline of praying psalms, reading a passage(s) from the scriptures, and interceding and giving thanks… this discipline that is… Continue Reading

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Reading The Bible

Reading The Bible

I regularly advocate that people read the Bible s-l-o-w-l-y, prayerfully. I encourage the practice of Lectio Divina where I suggest “Use only a small passage of scripture. This is not drinking beer it is sipping a liqueur.” I have been creating a series going through Matthew’s Gospel line by line, word by word (start here).… Continue Reading

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