Thoughts on Faith

  • Ash Wednesday – a  good time to say “sorry”

    Ash Wednesday – a good time to say “sorry”

    Ash Wednesday, which this year is 22nd February, marks the beginning of the 40 days of Lent. Have you done something which haunts you?  Which makes you feel restless and defensive, every time you think of it? Why not deal with it this month, and put it behind you? Whatever your mistake has been, consider what…

  • The Archbishop that Idi Amin murdered

    The Archbishop that Idi Amin murdered

    On 17th February the Anglican Church remembers Janani Luwum, Archbishop & martyr of Uganda. The Most Reverend Janani Luwum (d 1977) was the Archbishop of Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi and Boga Zaire when 45 years ago this month he was murdered by the dictator Idi Amin. At the time the Church in Uganda was on the…

  • The first Valentine

    The first Valentine

    The Roman Emperor Claudius II needed soldiers. He suspected that marriage made men want to stay at home with their wives, instead of fighting wars, so he outlawed marriage. A kind-hearted young priest named Valentine felt sorry for all the couples who wanted to marry, but who couldn’t. So secretly he married as many couples…

  • What’s special about  Candlemas?

    What’s special about Candlemas?

    In bygone centuries, Christians said their last farewells to the Christmas season on Candlemas, 2nd February. This is exactly 40 days after Christmas Day itself. In New Testament times 40 days old was an important age for a baby boy: it was when they made their first ‘public appearance’. Mary, like all good Jewish mothers, went…

  • Science and Miracles

    Science and Miracles

    We live in a world where we can expect the sun to rise tomorrow and the milk to pour out of the bottle when we tilt it over our cereal. But for God, the properties of matter and the biological processes that we know and read about in textbooks are simply the usual ways He…

  • Spiritual Practices

    Spiritual Practices

    January is a time for thinking about New Year Resolutions, even though we can struggle to keep them very long! However, this month is a good time to re-set our spiritual disciplines. These practices, which engage our whole person, help our spiritual growth as disciples of Christ.  If we want more of Jesus’ presence in our lives, we…

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