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Epiphany of the Lord

Wednesday, January 06, 2010
Readings: Isaiah 60:1-6; Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6; Matthew 2:1-12 Read more

Noisy Fear and Gentle Hope - Homily for New Year's Day

Friday, January 01, 2010
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The Nativity in Art: Light and Glory, Joy and Sorrow

Thursday, December 31, 2009
As we celebrate the wonder of the Nativity it gives us cause to reflect upon the works of great artistic beauty that have been inspired by this mystical event. Christian artists over the centuries have been moved to express the birth of our Saviour in myriad ways, each painter highlighting different aspects of the scene by their use of composition, colour, light and darkness, and particularly by which figures they include in the scene. Furthermore, the manner in which these figures are arranged and how they are portrayed grants us an insight into the particular piety and theological approach of the artist, his patron, and to some extent the era in which the work was painted. When images of the sacred are used as a means to aid contemplation, comparing and contrasting different depictions of the same event can help us to remember that insofar as these theophanies - events in which the Divine breaks into the everyday - reveal God's glory, they contain something which is infinite and so can never be fully expressed by our finite concepts, whether these be words, art, or music (to name but a few). Thus by considering two paintings of the Nativity from two different periods, we can hopefully gain some useful insights into two of the countless perspectives from which this glorious day may be viewed. Read more

A Puzzle for the Twelve Days of Christmas - The Solution

Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Twelve Days of Christmas Read more

Five Cribs to Make You Cringe

Tuesday, December 29, 2009
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Celebrating Priesthood in Fiction - Fr Brown

Monday, December 28, 2009
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Friars' Christmas Crackers

Sunday, December 27, 2009
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A Puzzle for the Twelve Days of Christmas

Saturday, December 26, 2009
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Christmas - 'And the Word became flesh ...'

Friday, December 25, 2009

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