There I stood at the door unaware my presence was already known, confused that I was expected, yet basking in the scent of baking bread beckoning me home. The cooking pot on the stove was larger than I had ever seen, animatedly exhaling the scent of pure love, bowed adoration bubbling from within. The radio... Continue Reading →
In the second week of our photography challenge I was aiming to see the world through God's lens - I often try this prayerfully, and get captivated by small details, rather than overly concerned with aspects which frustrate or dishearten me...my heart has been absolutely gladdened by the simple things this week!
The Examen Prayer is an ancient way of meditating on the day or week that is past, and nurturing an attitude of gratitude for the blessings that God has granted, as well as acknowledging those people or situations that weigh heavily on our hearts. I invite you to find a comfortable place to sit, and... Continue Reading →
What better activity for a wet and dreary Saturday afternoon than to visit a Shinto Shrine? Having been in Tokyo for just a week, working through the jet lag for most of that, I was keen to get out and about. Slightly surprisingly, we weren't the only people who had this idea, and the weather... Continue Reading →
Over Epiphanytide there is a custom to bless the home with a prayer and chalking in the year and initials of the wise men who journeyed over a long distance to meet the Christ-child. This custom is about welcoming the Christ-child and the unknown visitor into your home. Using the blessed chalk (I still have... Continue Reading →
It seemed like a simple question, and yet I was frozen on the spot...how could I answer? It wasn’t the kind of enquiry which might result in a request of some sort, but rather an extension of “how are you?” Thoughts came crashing all around me like a huge wave...am I busy enough? Or am... Continue Reading →
Most of this week I have accompanied a parish retreat with the Community of Saint Mary the Virgin in Wantage. It is always a privilege to take time out of the busyness of life, but even more so when supporting others in that. It has been a wonderful opportunity to explore or embrace a focus... Continue Reading →