Category Archives: Theology

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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The old man carried the child, but the child governs the old man

Easter is early so Lent is upon us almost before the last of the Christmas chocolate cherry liqueurs disappear ‘down the little red lane’. We turn from crib to cross at the last great feast of Incarnation/Epiphany/childlikeness: Candlemas, or Presentation, … Continue reading

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Seeing clearly now the rain has gone

  For Paul’s and Aidan’s magazines, January 2016 Christmas is Emmanuel: God with us. Or rather, God within us. We cannot attain the presence of God because God is already in us. We just don’t realize it. We have nothing new … Continue reading

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A rare privilege

Three weeks ago I never imagined that I would say this, but — it’s a rare privilege for a father to speak at the obsequies of his son. It’s rare for obvious reasons. It’s a privilege because over the last … 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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Keeping up appearances

Homily for 30 August 2915. Proper 17, Year B. Deuteronomy 4: 1,2,6-9. James 1:17-27. Mark 7: 1-8,14,15,21-23 Last week Martin told us that when Paul said that we should fasten the belt of truth around our waists, the word he used which is … Continue reading

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