Dark season of hope earth silent, broken, hurting on tiptoe, yearning.
O Oriens, splendour lucis aeternae, et sol justitiae: veni, et illumine sedentes in tenebris, et umbra mortis O Dayspring, splendour of light eternal and sun of righteousness: Come and enlighten those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death. Dayspring 21st December. The shortest day of the year. The darkness of this […]
Our poem of the month from Clare Shaw, poet in residence for the BASPCAN 2018 Child Protection Congress Poetry Writing with Year 8 Caitlin thinks Jackie Kay switched on the Blackpool lights. No, I say, that’s Peter. Now tell me one thing about your room. Ellie glares from the back row and Emily won’t meet […]
When Lois and I married – nearly four years ago – we both felt quite strongly that we had been brought together for something more than just our own joy. We have been so wonderfully blessed over these four years: with companionship, fun, the love of both our families; with friends; with a home and […]
Osborne Road: A chapter closes Two days from now we will, for the last time, close the doors of our home in Osborne Road. A new and exciting chapter in our lives is beginning, full of hope and possibility. But for now it is a time of saying goodbye, of reflecting on all that has […]
VI The Abbott With a little trepidation in his heart, the pilgrim knocked on the Abbott’s door. He need not have worried. The door was opened by a warm, jovial man, his white beard and hair encapsulating a smiling, wrinkled face. Something about that face suggested that here was a person who had lived through […]
V Brother Tim The pilgrim didn’t know how long he had sat there in the pew, nor when it was that the young monk had come, silently, to sit beside him. It could have been just a minute or two, or it could have been hours, but to the pilgrim it didn’t matter. It was […]
IV Sext Before Brother Mattheus could go any further with his tales of the monastery, the bell started tolling for chapel. Mattheus showed the pilgrim where he could go – either to join in the chapel prayers, or, if he preferred, to wander round the monastery or gardens. The monk then scurried off to join […]