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Barcelona

In Es Castell, today, at 12:00 a number of us gathered with the leaders of the Ajuntamiento to observe a minute of silence for the victims of the attack in Barcelona yesterday. I know that there are many who feel anger, but I can only feel deep sadness. I watched the ferry from Barcelona arrive […]

Theme for the Week – 24 July 2016

Scripture for this Sunday: Hosea 1:2-10 (the naming of Hosea’s children); Psalm 85; Colossians 2:6-19; Luke 11:1-13 (Jesus teaches his disciples about prayer).  It might seem rather flippant to ponder what happens when, for example, the football teams of Argentina and Uruguay meet, and large portions of the population of each country pray for their team […]

John Donne and Hope

Hope lies in understanding the full implications of being in the presence of God – not just God’s close, personal intimacy, nor God’s compassionate healing, nor God’s generous and abundant sustenance and feeding, but the awful power of forgiving love that brings discord into harmony. John Donne wrote: Bring us, O Lord God, at our […]

Prayer for a new day

O God, early in the morning I cry to You Help me to pray And to concentrate my thoughts on You; I cannot do this alone. In me there is darkness, But with You there is light; I am lonely, but You do not leave me; I am feeble in heart, but with You there […]

George Herbert

On 27 February, the church remembers George Herbert, an English priest of the early seventeenth century — and a poet who taught his verse to “rise harmoniously” on the wings of prayer. Born in 1593, he became a young man of brilliant promise, high-minded and proud — especially in his religion. He was convinced that […]

The Courage Of Mercy

A Reflection by Brother Alois of Taizé – December 2015 Throughout the year 2015, at Taizé, we looked for ways to get involved in new solidarities; these are so urgent today. Across the earth, new forms of distress – migratory, ecological and social – are a challenge for believers of different religions and for non-believers […]

Prayer for Christian Unity

This prayer is offered for use during the week of prayer for Christian unity (18-25 January). God our Father, it is your purpose to bring your whole creation into full unity in Christ. We commit ourselves to you. Help us to live for others even as your love includes all: to seek out from others […]

World Human Rights Day

Every day should be a day to focus on improving human rights.  However, on this day we remember the adoption by the United Nations General Assembly of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 10 December 1948. The season of Advent is meant to be a time of anticipation of opportunities to encounter Christ in our lives and in […]

Paris – Diocese of Europe Bishops Respond

Our Bishops have sent messages to those churches and other congregations in the Greater Paris area, assuring them of the support and prayers of the Diocese. Bishop Robert, who is in France on a pastoral visit to Nice, says: I am deeply shocked by the terrible tragedy which has befallen the city of Paris. I […]

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