Archive | January 2019

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FOR THE LEAST OF THESE (Views from the Abbey 6)

As many will know, Jim and I like travelling in France and we are attempting (slowly!) to learn the language. During our holiday last year, we met a chap called Bruno who was very fluent in several languages. According to him, with one hundred words you can make yourself understood in English but in French, […]

GOBBLEDYGOOK (Views from the Abbey 5)

There is a (hopefully mythological) story of some graffiti that appeared on the wall of a certain theological college which went as follows: ‘Jesus asked them, “Who do you say that I am?”  They replied, “You are the eschatological manifestation of the ground of our being, the kerygma of which we find the ultimate meaning […]

STEPPING INTO THE FUTURE (Views from the Abbey 4)

A visitor to a class of seven-year olds was struck by the sad, worldly expression on the face on one little girl apparently labouring over a poem. Stopping by her desk he read her work: yesterday, yesterday, yesterday happiness, happiness, happiness today, today, today trouble, trouble, trouble tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow sorrow, sorrow, sorrow Deeply moved […]

BEYOND THE FAMILIAR (Views from the Abbey 3)

I am really looking forward to receiving my congratulatory telegram/card from King William in 25 years’ time (when I will have reached the ripe old age of 100). Five years ago, when I was 70, I had major heart surgery. The night before the operation I asked God for another 10 years of active ministry […]