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Thought for the month – January 2021

Reflecting upon Covid-19 makes me think of the words of Psalm 46 ‘Be still and know that I am God, exalted over nations, exalted over earth’. We are not in charge. For too long we have behaved [...]

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Thought for the month – November 2020

For many of us, silence plays an integral part on our spiritual journey. It may be experienced as a welcome challenge or a necessity for the nourishment of our souls and inner lives. Silence may [...]

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Thought for the month – October 2020

In this short piece, I would like to wander from the beaten path to Finchale (pronounced Finkle) Priory, a stage of the camino ingles, on the banks of the River Wear near to Durham. There, we can [...]

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Thought for the month – August 2020

The Rule of St Benedict for August begins by talking of monks who have to travel, rather ironic in today’s society where we are only just coming out of an unprecedented ban on travelling. Yet, [...]

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Thought for the month – July 2020

I was happy that my husband could visit Mount Athos. In a series of ecstatic phone calls he described the landscape as he walked between the monasteries. “The land is covered in flowers. The [...]

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Thought for the month – June 2020

Someone asked the question ‘What is God trying to tell us by the pandemic?’ God does not intervene with a pandemic to make a point or get people to think. Nevertheless it is important for us to [...]

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Thought for the month – May 2020

At this unhappy time when we may be forgiven for anxiety about the health and welfare of our loved ones, Society and, indeed, ourselves it may be helpful to consider times when Christians have [...]

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Thought for the month – April 2020

In his Holy Rule, St Benedict often refers to murmuring and grumbling. This is understandable as murmuring and grumbling can present obstacles to anyone trying to build up and maintain an [...]