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Lent 2017: Week 2

Week 2: Stillness exercise

I simply cannot concentrate. But perhaps complex inattention is more fruitful (although I should not be thinking in productive terms) than a rudimentary focus. It is hard to consider infinity when we experience the good Creation only in the act of detail. In any event, private prayer is impossible at church services, mostly Masses, because I am so interested in ...

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Week 2: Gospel reading

Matthew 13 New International Version (NIV) The Parable of the Weeds Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared. ...

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Week 2: Prey

Every Christian is a heretic at heart. That is a true, if theatrical, way of stating the obvious fact that all of us have our scriptural preferences. We make selections all the time between the verses we favour and the verses we deplore; and a selection (or ‘discrimination’ in both senses, positive and negative) is what the word heresy means ...

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Week 2: Pray

Butterflies, God bless them, are deeply attracted to the smell of human urine. That is not, of course, the first word in the sciences of the botany and/or biology of the Lepidoptera order, as the sceptics might insist, and it’s not the last word, either, as the savants might exclaim. But it is a fact among many other facts, and ...

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