Category Archives: Pastoralia

Remembrance Sunday 2016

One of our joys at St Modwen’s is to be a kind of safe haven for people who wander in and out. Some of them are of no fixed abode. All of them find it difficult to cope with society—and … Continue reading

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Homecoming

A homily for Proper 19, Year C Here is Jesus talking to the religious jobsworths and nitpickers, the people who put duty before compassion. He uses two stories about people losing things, searching for them, and finding them. Is this … Continue reading

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Life moves on

Type “coping with the death of son/daughter” into a search engine and you will be rewarded with a host of material. But most of it is directed at mothers, and nearly all concerns the death of an infant or a … Continue reading

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Comfortable words

We’re not the first and won’t be the last, but I don’t know what I think until I write it down, and writing is therapeutic, so … We need to lick our wounds. We’re not straying from the nest. I … Continue reading

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They also serve who only stand and wait

The Civic Service on Remembrance Sunday 2015 at S Modwen’s Church, Burton upon Trent Micah 6: 6-8. Matthew 5: 1-12 Last year I told you how moved I had been by the valour, comradeship and courage of trainee Marine Commandos seen in … Continue reading

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A woman of no importance

A homily for 6 September 2015 Proper 18 Year B. Isaiah 34.4-7. James 2:1-10, 14-17. Mark 7:24-37 The image of the child drowned trying to flee Syria will stay in my mind for a long time. I wonder why that image … Continue reading

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For God’s sake, go!

A level results today. Reminds me of three episodes last week. One. A young woman said she was nervous about what she might get. I said: “what do you need?” Before she could reply, her grandmother answered for her. I … Continue reading

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