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Thought for the month – October 2021

I was on holiday on Orkney at the beginning of September and an interesting signboard right next to my cottage caught my attention. It is one of a series of information boards for the stages of [...]

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Thought for the month – September 2021

In loco isto dabo pacem (In this place I will give peace) is Pluscarden Abbey’s motto, and the feeling of peace is what is most commented on by those who visit this 13th century  monastery, [...]

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Thought for the month – June 2021

From the tiny ant on the kitchen windowsill, to the squirrels racing in the trees, to the wealth of birdlife attracted to our pond this year, I have been blessed by the intimacy of oneness with [...]

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Thought for the month – May 2021

True freedom is freedom from oneself.[1]” So writes a Benedictine monk in reference to the current Covid pandemic. “…in this current situation we learn unquestionably that we all have a [...]

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Thought for the month – April 2021

I have been getting mixed messages from my Lenten reading, domestic life and the Rule of St Benedict! Through the years, the Rule has been a guiding light in many situations. However, in [...]

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Thought for the month – March 2021

This Lent, I am reflecting upon the life and writings of my patron saint, St. Aelred (1100- 1167). He was a Cistercian monk and Abbot of Rievaulx in Yorkshire. It was while visiting the ruins of [...]

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Thought for the month – February 2021

“Remember man that thou art dust and to dust thou shall return.” This phrase with its powerful reminder of our human state etched itself into my faith memory as a child, in a good way, as a [...]

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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 [...]