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Month: January 2015

Carthusian Brother

Monks, Manes, and Moustaches

Heads, feet, and hair seem to be essential to much religious practice. In the place of worship – Christian males: head uncovered, feet covered; Jewish males: head covered, feet covered; Muslim males: head covered, feet uncovered. Sikh: hair never cut. Buddhist monks and nuns: head fully shaved. Jewish (First Testament/Hebrew Bible) regulations about not cutting

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Thomas Merton

Thomas Merton 100 Years

This Saturday, 31 January [feast day of that other well-known saint 🙂 ], it is 100 years since the birth of Thomas Merton. He is one of the most-influential spiritual writers of recent times. He was born in Prades, France, of a Kiwi father and American mother. His dad went to the school where I

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Jesus facepalm

Anglo-Donatism

An article by the reliable Ruth Gledhill on the Christian Today website claims: As the consecration of the first female bishop [in the Church of England] approaches, Christian Today has learned that at the consecration a few days later of traditionalist priest Father Philip North as Bishop of Burnley no bishop will lay hands on

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Your Kingdom Come

Your Kingdom Come

Your kingdom come. John the Baptist can be a bit of an embarrassment for Christians because if we look honestly at the documents it’s pretty clear that initially Jesus was a follower of John the Baptist. In Matthew Chapter 3 it says: In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming,

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