I have just returned from Norway where I went to attend the funeral and burial of our friend Kåre Sekkesæter in Ranheim Church just outside Trondheim, following his sudden death on 12th June. It was so good to be with his family (Gunnvor, Bjørn, Irene, Geir, Hans Olav, whom we've known since 1983, and their … Continue reading Reflections after returning from Kåre’s funeral
I have just had two nights away in the campervan with Amelia (my youngest granddaughter, aged 7) and my cat (Willow). We stayed on a site near Buxton, had some lovely walks, went into Poole's Cavern and went pony trekking in the rain to Three Shires Head.
The Bible says that humankind is made in the “image and likeness” of God. Has this led us to extrapolate back in our desire to try to understand what God is like - but in doing so, have we actually created God in our image and likeness, albeit somehow ‘bigger’ and ‘better’ and more ‘perfect’? … Continue reading ALL-MIGHTY OR ALL-VULNERABLE?
"I am one with the source insofar as I act as a source by making everything I have received flow again—just like Jesus." (A quotation from Raimon Panikkar) Raimundo (or Raimon) Panikkar (1918–2010) was a Catholic priest who was born of a Spanish Catholic mother and a Hindu father. His Hinduism led him to the … Continue reading THE TRINITY IS UNIVERSAL
I was recently reading "Gateway to the Trinity" by Tony Castle. It is based on Rublev's Icon and has given me new insights which build on my reflections over the past few years. The following are extracts from Chapters 3 and 4: "Rublev is the first iconographer to use the structure of a circle in … Continue reading HOW RUBLEV’S ICON SHOWS US A WAY INTO THE TRINITY
After a number of years of writing and re-writing my life story, I have finally just finished the first draft of my autobiography, which is called CROSSING CULTURES, FINDING FREEDOM. I have had some extracts and summaries on this website for a while, but I have recently updated much of what was in that section. … Continue reading MY AUTOBIOGRAPHY – CROSSING CULTURES, FINDING FREEDOM
Friday, 8th March I felt inspired whilst at Mt St Bernard’s Abbey on Friday to reflect on and write some thoughts about God and God's relationship with Creation and with all Humanity. God is and was and always will be, without beginning, without any ending, contained within self, yet flowing ever out. Beyond all naming, … Continue reading GOD IS ALL AND GOD IS IN ALL
"Francis [of Assisi] could not be a peacemaker until he had peace about his own broken relationship with his father, his lost dreams and his own 'demons'. It is no different for us. If we want to be peacemakers, we have to confront the wounds and darkness in our own hearts first - otherwise we … Continue reading HOW TO BE A PEACEMAKER
"We can no more achieve purity by impure means than we can achieve peace by means of war, or happiness of mankind through terror, or reach God through the intellect alone." This is a quote from the novel "Incognito" by Petru Dumitriu. Dumitriu (1924-2002) was a Romanian-born novelist who experienced the horrors of communist oppression … Continue reading ACHIEVING our dreams
Light is not so much something we can see directly, or touch, even if we can see the source. It is something by which we see all other things. When Jesus Christ calls himself the “Light of the World” (John 8:12), he is not telling us just to look at him, but to live in his … Continue reading LIGHT