Light from Lucca

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.” (Matt. 5:14) It has been five years since I have been able to travel more than about an hour from Malvern, let alone abroad, but earlier this year the Lord greatly surprised me by encouraging me...

To think of someone is to pray

'For a Carmelite, to think of someone is to pray for them.' (Thérèse of Lisieux) What a precious thought to reflect on and to put into practice! Both the implication that it is the Holy Spirit who brings people to our attention to pray for them - and the awareness...

A scattered confetti of promises in the run up to the General Election

O land, land, land, hear the word of the LORD! (Jer. 22:29) It is commonplace to claim that governments run out of steam after eleven years in office. With the present government having been in power for fourteen, the call for change has been reaching fever pitch...

In the aftermath of the Euro elections: Reading the signs

Very early on the morning the results of the European elections were announced, I woke with a strong sense that we are heading deeper into times of shaking. Ours is a generation and a nation that has been blessed to live largely at peace and in relative comfort, but...

Praying for Italy

Italy has long been dear to my heart. It has a long and complex history, and has exercised enormous influence in the world, whether through the edicts of its empire-building Caesars, or the epistle that Paul wrote to its Kingdom-of-God-seeking believers. That seed of...
A Franciscan Prayer

A Franciscan Prayer

May God bless you with a restless discomfort about easy answers, half-truths and superficial relationships, so that you may seek truth boldly and love deep within your heart. May God bless you with holy anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so...

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Living in the power of Life-giving contrition

Living in the power of Life-giving contrition

Intro I love taking topics and exploring what the Lord has to say about them. Today we are going to be looking at a subject that probably wouldn’t feature in most people’s list of top-ten favourite biblical themes: contrition! The Bible tells us that The LORD is near...

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Praying wider in the Spirit

Praying wider in the Spirit

Yesterday morning after watching the news I was reflecting on just how many massive topics there are for prayer across so many issues and nations. The challenge is to stir our spirits up on behalf of the people and matters the Lord lays on our heart, without feeling...

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