• Faith and Life,  Scripture

    When The Wood Is Dry

    There is a line in the Gospel of Saint Luke which I have read a thousand times and which I have considered at some length just as often. Saint Luke is describing the Passion of Christ and he relates the moment at which the Lord, carrying His Cross on the way to Golgotha, turns to the weeping women of Jerusalem, who mourn what is happening to Him. The Lord tells them to mourn not for Him but for themselves, for there will come – He says – a terrible moment in which the living will envy the dead. Jesus ends His words by saying to these women – For if…

  • Church Life,  Faith and Life

    The Power of the Cross

    There is something terrifying and yet deeply consoling about the Cross. We are terrified because the Cross reminds us, at the human level, that we must all suffer in one way or another during life. None of us can or will escape this reality. Suffering will find us. And none of us like suffering – not one of us wants to suffer. At the spiritual level, the Cross consoles us greatly; there, we see the Lord in His own suffering – and by means of that suffering, we see and experience our redemption. By His holy Cross we are redeemed and the way of salvation is opened to us. Further,…

  • Events,  Faith and Life,  World View

    A Page Turning

    The pages of a book turn. Blank to begin with, they await the words which will be written upon them. It is such a moment today in the United Kingdom – the page of the book of history turned yesterday and we wait to see what words are yet to be inscribed. This sentiment encapsulates the sense and the mood of the nation today. It is a moment of change – profound change – and it will take us some time to become accustomed to this moment which has dawned today. We have a new monarch, King Charles. He will address the nation this evening in his first official act…