Journal

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A Very Vulnerable Christmas

Last week I hurt my back. It started as a twinge, which graduated to a constant niggle, which culminated in me collapsing on the floor in pain as I tried to unpack the dishwasher. Clearly, housework is not good for you! I have spent the last few days either hobbling on crutches, crawling on the floor or lying flat on my back, with a heat pack wedged underneath me. The simplest tasks have become excruciatingly …

Good Gift Guide 2019

I know it is still November but we are always early to the Christmas Party at my house. My daughter Sophia has had her own Christmas tree up in her room since October and has been buying gifts all year. The Michael Buble Christmas album has been played repeatedly and we have also been serenaded by Perry Como on the record player. Sophia is a passionate ambassador for all things Christmas and the rest of …

Wild Deer, Dreams and Disappointment

‘Always, we begin again’ St Benedict I had been carefully nurturing my seedlings for weeks. It had become part of my early morning routine to go out and check on them, pull out any weeds, check for bugs, then water and fertilise, as necessary. They were perfectly positioned to get optimum sun and I took great delight in admiring them whilst I drank my morning cup of tea. The lettuce was finally big enough to …

And the Table Will be Wide

The sun streamed through the chapel windows. It was 9am on an ordinary Tuesday and I was about to participate in a Catholic Mass for the first time in my life. With the exception of a very, brief stint at a Catholic school more than 40 years ago, this was my first real experience of Catholic community and liturgy. When I arrived at The Abbey the night before, the gracious sister who welcomed me had …

When you don’t have any words….

“Our Father dwelling in the heavenly realms, May the glory of Your Name Be the center on which our lives turn. Manifest Your kingdom-realm, And cause Your every purpose to be fulfilled on earth, Just as it is fulfilled in heaven! We acknowledge You as our Provider Of all that we need each day. Forgive us the wrongs we have done as we ourselves Release forgiveness to those who have wronged us. Rescue us every …