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Each Nation Has A Charism - Release It

A prophetic married monk suggested to me this week something on these lines, regarding his own and neighbour countries:  the God-given charisms of his four nations are Contemplative (Wales), Prophetic (Scotland), Teaching (Ireland) and Building (England). England sold its birthright for colonial oppression, and the other nations allowed their...

Posted at 16:45pm on 20th January 2022

Three Ways To Change The World

Three Steps to Change the World: Satish Kumar, in Resurgence & Ecologist magazine suggests the following. 

1) Be the change that you wish to see in the world.

2) Communicate the change by learning new skills or using creative avenues open to you.

3) Organise the change through appropriate networks - or develop...

Posted at 11:22am on 13th January 2022

Where Is God In All This?

Ross Hamilton responds to my Christmas letter:'Thank you for your question "Where is God in all of this?" and your Christmas thoughts prompted by Handel's Messiah got me thinking.

 You envisage a time when the human race is experiencing the results of human-induced climate change. You paint a picture of a...

Posted at 19:43pm on 3rd January 2022

New Year Message

What change do you want to see in the world?  

Leaders of ever more powerful nations such as China and Russia seek to impose their will on the world. Not for long will one will keep control of a billion wills.

 In liberal democracies an old generation of capitalist...

Posted at 14:57pm on 2nd January 2022

The Messiah In A Climate/covid Stricken Planet

I exulted  in a nearby  performance of Handel's Messiah. Throughout I was thinking of planet earth's crisis and the campaigners shut out of the COP 26 conference centre.  It prompted these Christmas thoughts:

Comfort ye, comfort ye, my earthlings.  Every sinking island and uninhabitable desert shall be exalted....

Posted at 17:09pm on 21st December 2021

Dear Australia


Macrina, the mother of family monasticism, and her brother Basil, made their homes hubs of prayer, hospitality and creativity and invited needy children into them. Is it Australia’s turn now?

The urgent must no longer crowd out the eternally essential. Good is enemy of the best. Denial of reality...

Posted at 09:46am on 5th December 2021

Angry Children Reject Parents

People at a recent retreat revealed the heartache of rejection and estrangement from children and grandchildren and a more general concern about children who in anger reject their parents. Conflict seems to come from three sources: Gender issues, Anger - inexplicable and  unexplained, and Rejection of our faith and...

Posted at 09:30am on 26th November 2021

Lecture: The Influence Of The 7th C Irish Mission On Britain And Beyond

On Saint Hilda's Day, 17 Novemember, I received the vows of Bryan Knox of Cramlington on Holy Island, in the presence of 'The Gang', ten committed friends of forty years.

That evening I gave Berwick Historical Society's first lecture since Covid, on the subject 'The Influence of the 7th c Irish Mission...

Posted at 11:39am on 18th November 2021

Handel's Messiah For Climate Crisis

On Saturday I exulted  in a performance of Handel's Messiah. Following the example of King George 2 we all stood for the Hallelujah chorus.  This is surely the most inspired creation in the history of human-kind on earth. Throughout I was thinking of planet earth's climate crisis and the...

Posted at 09:00am on 8th November 2021



Previously unencountered microbes leap to human hosts from other animals in an ongoing ‘zoonotic spillover’. Habitat destruction, such as deforestation and industrialised agriculture put increasing numbers of humans in contact with highly stressed animal and insect populations.  The real virus is unaccountable business greed that gobbles up natural...

Posted at 14:05pm on 31st October 2021
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