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Lent 2017: Week 5

Week 5: Stillness exercise

So it’s late on a Friday afternoon in the open-plan office where I work, and I need to compose the phrasing of some sort of stillness exercise by six o’clock (my father would wait for the church-bells from the same Sacred Heart steeple before mixing his first gin and tonic of the evening as his salivary glands twitched in perfect ...

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Week 5: Gospel reading

The Parable of the Wandering Sheep “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven. “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the ...

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Week 5: Prey

The same master, a hearty, hirsute baritone, taught me Latin and Greek at each stop on the three scholastic terraces, prep, secondary, and college; and, because he looked quite Olympian, if benignly so, to the students in his charge, I am inclined to take seriously his repeat assertion that the good shepherd is a mistranslation of kalos poimenas and is ...

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Week 5: Pray

A word to the wise: the Lord will always surprise us. Nothing is predictable, especially prophecy, which predicts nothing other than the fact that the future is always and everywhere a thing of the past. Therefore, caveat pastor; let the shepherd beware, or at least be wary. For the thing is, many of the lost sheep – perhaps most of ...

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