Stone Floor

In the Presence of God

In Stoneleigh Abbey in Warwickshire there is a floor.  A stone floor worn by the feet of countless monks who, in years long past, made their way into the Abbey to say their prayers.  Nine times a day they crossed that floor, this floor: Like a map that stone now tells the story of their…

Refiners Fire

Refiner’s Fire

The prophet Malachi speaks of God sending a Refiner’s Fire that will consume God’s people, encouraging out the potential within and turning them into precious gold.  Transforming the potential, as Paul was later to write, from glory to glory becoming more and more Christ like. The Holy Spirit came down upon those gathered on that…

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Are you ready?

Tomorrow’s dawn sees that last day of unending joy.  With the the Holy Spirit’s arrival at Pentecost the liturgical season turns away from Easter,  Away from the rising of the Son of God to the sending of the Spirit and her empowering so that Jesus’ message, of love and hope and peace is spread to the ends…

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Beach Blessings

While I am not one prone to beach holidays I do like a deserted Scottish beach with its miles of sand, or pebbles and rock pools.  It was the former I found myself on one sunny May afternoon whilst on holiday recently.  The few other visitors on the beach, mostly dog walkers didn’t stay very long…

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Light Show

I popped into the church yesterday. I have obviously never popped into the church at such a time of day, at such a time of the year, with the sun just so in the sky and shinning, before. Shinning through the stained glass window – of which we only have one. Taking with their beams…

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A World Changing Event

I have been spending some time of late exploring figures of Christ and Mary which are not the usual Western images.  It all began because of what I was planning for Good Friday.  While there are lots of non-Western images out there of the Nativity and a number of the Annunciation, there are very few of…