Category Archives: Belief, faith and religion

Poem for Luca

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Poems by Rumi

Until last month, I confess, I had never even heard of the Persian poet and Sufi mystic Jalal ad-Dïn Muhammad Rumi, ‘Mawlana‘ (1207-1273).  I am indebted to Estelle Gillingham for her recently quoting the great philosopher online.  From Rumi’s extensive … Continue reading

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God Save The King

HM The Queen is 85 this year.  She is so attuned to the demands of duty that she would perfectly understand it if it became known that the planning for the Accession proclamation, if not the Coronation of King Charles … Continue reading

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Too good for your own good?

When you: apply for a new job, don’t you just hate it when you ask for the Person Specification and it turns out to require a mixture of Richard Branson, Albert Einstein and Mother Teresa?  Does it ever happen the … Continue reading

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Church and culture change

All the great ideas are older than we think.  Centuries before Freud and Jung, for instance, the Greek dramatists showed us how well they understood human nature and its storms and shallows and pain.  Europe thought of its first university … Continue reading

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Beauty and grace

Please read my Christmas piece on this topic, entitled ‘Humbled by beauty’, in my other blog The Serene Light here.

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Papal inviduality

I am not a Roman Catholic but  I find the Church endlessly fascinating.  The Pope’s recent ‘clarification’ of the Church’s position on condoms, for instance.  We learn that the prohibition on condoms is not as absolute as we all thought.  … Continue reading

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Pious Americans on TV

We are often told that Americans are more religious than we are, more ‘church-going’, so I have to ask this. Has anybody else noticed that, except in the case of weddings and funerals, no-one in any of the American TV … Continue reading

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Roger Thacker, priest, 1947 – 2010

The life and work of an exceptional Anglican pastor in West London, Roger Thacker, will be remembered by many people with gratitude at and after the memorial service for him in Hammersmith. Continue reading

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Gibbon at Oxford

The Gutenberg Project is opening a treasure store of obscure old books locked away, until now, in ancient libraries.  I like to dip into it and come up with tiny gems like this topical one: the great 18th century historian … Continue reading

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