You know you’re in Ireland when…

You know you are in Ireland ... when there are more Protestant churches than eating places... or perhaps we just got hungry in a particularly fervent part of Belfast? When the first thing you see when you step out of terminal one in Dublin is a large church tower in the middle of the car... Continue Reading →

‘It is what it is’

This is a phrase that has got me through some difficult experiences and some low moments. I've found myself saying it again to a couple of people lately. It may sound like resignation but  there is a world of difference between resignation and acceptance (see image). So when I say this phrase I mean acceptance.... Continue Reading →

Why Worship Matters

"Let man's soul be a sphere and then, in this,  the intelligence that moves, devotion is" These are lines from a poem by John Donne (1573-1631), hardly contemporary but still wonderfully insightful. We have all sorts of words for worship these days: praise/adoration/contemplation but I think loves this phrase, worship or 'devotion' is 'the intelligence... Continue Reading →

The Cat

On day two of the retreat (see previous post) we were sent out into the garden to practise 'Terra Divina' - in simple language we were to spend twenty minutes listening to what God might say to us through the natural world. Not knowing much about trees and birds I found this intimidating. However I... Continue Reading →

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