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Lent 2017: Week 4

Week 4: Stillness exercise

I know from umpteen paperback apologetics that Spiritus in Latin and Pneuma in Greek and Ruadh in Hebrew all signify breath of some sort, the oxygenating impetus that aerates biochemical life; and I’m told too that the gender of the noun varies in the different declinative languages. That would be typical of the Holy Ghost’s habitual devilment, as is the ...

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Week 4: Gospel reading

The Parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found ...

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Week 4: Prey

In my first year in the senior house at school, the same good-looking Jesuit priest (so recently ordained that we still sometimes addressed him as Mr.) introduced us to the Gospel of Matthew, which, he was keen to inform us, preceded that of the terser and more tormented evangelist Mark in the protocol of honour only and not in that ...

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Week 4: Pray

Do not despair, dear reader. The first definition of “priceless” in any reputable dictionary will tell you that it means “so precious its value cannot be determined”; “of immeasurable worth”; indeed, “worth a king’s ransom”. At the same time, do not presume. The further definition of “priceless” in the self-same dictionary will remind you that it can also mean “absurd, ...

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