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Lord, teach me to be generous.

Lord, teach me to be generous.

Lord, teach me to be generous. Teach me to serve you as you deserve; to give and not to count the cost, to fight and not to heed the wounds, to toil and not to seek for rest, to labour and not to ask for reward, save that of knowing that I do your will.… Continue Reading

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Ignatian Spirituality

Ignatian Spirituality

Ignatian spirituality focuses on the insights and teachings of St Ignatius Loyola. (1491 – July 31, 1556) the founder of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits). His spirituality is primarily embodied and passed on through his Spiritual Exercises. This is normally experienced as a thirty-day silent retreat made individually under the guidance of a spiritual… Continue Reading

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Saint Ignatius Loyola

Saint Ignatius Loyola

As part of my recent walking of the Camino, I stopped and prayed at the place in Pamplona where Ignatius Loyola was wounded – this was the beginning of his conversion from ostentatious knight to close follower of Jesus. My photo (above) shows the statue in Pamplona of the event. Diagonally across the street is… Continue Reading

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Clergy Status Anxiety

Clergy Status Anxiety

I have written previously, if you really want to annoy Anglican clergy … get their titles wrong! Titles are what distinguishes the men from the boys – or whatever the inclusive version of that is. Into this clergy status anxiety steps Pope Francis. He has basically removed the title of Monsignor (those who hold the… Continue Reading

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sede occupata

sede occupata

Habemus Papam! Sede Occupata! Yesterday morning just after 7am I was having my breakfast when the noise from my computer, from the live Vatican feed I had embedded on this site (I had tweeted about this), alerted me. White smoke. My impression, when Jorge Bergoglio, Pope Francis, came out onto the balcony was a moment… Continue Reading

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St Benedict

St Benedict

Today is the feast of St Benedict (480 – 547) famous for his Rule for a Christian community of monks. The Rule is followed by “Benedictines”, Cistercians, and many others. It is followed by many in adaptation in ordinary daily life beyond cloister walls. I am an Associate of Kopua monastery, the Cistercian monastery in… Continue Reading

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