From Bethlehem to Hebron

For the second part of our pilgrimage we moved from blissfully beautiful Galilee to Bethlehem, via two brief stops. First we stopped at the Jordan River very near to the site of Jesus' baptism (and also several other old Testament events, an example of how history piles up vertically in several places). This was the one... Continue Reading →

A Little Pocket of Heaven 

I have just completed a retreat at El Palmeral. What a privilege!   I feel like I have entered a little pocket of heaven on earth.  Snuggled away in the Spanish countryside near Alicante, Mike and Julie welcome 10 to 12 guests regularly into what is their home and is also a retreat centre. You... Continue Reading →

What are your troubles producing for you?

Grief? Hassle? Irritation? Frustration? Define 'trouble' as any sort of problem, setback, disappointment or pain and ask yourself the above question. Possibly you will only come up with these kinds of answers: sorrow/loss of earnings/loss of confidence/loss of hope in the future. For you might even say that your troubles are dividing you from friends... Continue Reading →

Faith in the Future: hope

Thinking back over the book "Stranger than we can Imagine", would I recommend it? I'm not sure I would - it's a fascinating look back over the 20th century but it doesn't leave you with any sense of hope about the 21st-century. And hope, substantial hope in something solid, is what we all really need... Continue Reading →

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