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Thought for the month – May 2022

We, the Oblates of Stanbrook, have been mulling over the idea of Synodality. Synodality is very much the buzz word but it is a neologism and no one is quite sure what it means or what Pope [...]

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Thought for the month – April 2022

It would seem in the space of two thousand years, everything that could have been written about Easter, has been, except of course our own stories. As children of the Resurrection Easter is [...]

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Thought for the month – March 2022

On 18th September, following three intense years of study and training, I had the privilege of being admitted and licensed by our Bishop in Salisbury Cathedral as an Anglican Licensed Lay [...]

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Thought for the month – February 2022

The Presentation, forty days after Christmas, is the big liturgical feast of February, when Jesus is brought by his parents to the temple to consecrate him to the Lord, and his significance is [...]

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Thought for the month – January 2022

I was asked to write this article about the same time as the Copt 26 event was taking place. The book group that I belong to had chosen David Attenborough’s ‘A Life on our Planet’ as a gesture [...]

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Thought for the month – December 2021

My journey to becoming a Benedictine Oblate of Minster Abbey, Kent. I suppose my journey began in my search for God.  My search intensified around the age of 27 although I have always had a [...]

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Thought for the month – November 2021

Spring 2021 brought challenges to my husband Andrei and me. In March my 92 year old mother was told that the care home she loved was being closed by its new owner and all residents would have to [...]

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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, [...]